After a dismal first half against the Indianapolis Colts, the Minnesota Vikings made a historic comeback in the second half of the game to win 39-36 in overtime on Saturday.
Greg Joseph capped off the Vikings’ incredible comeback (11-3) from a 33-0 deficit with a 40-yard field goal with three seconds left in overtime.
This unlikely victory allowed Minnesota to confirm its division title in the NFC North.
The Vikings trailed 36-7 late in the third quarter and became only the third team in franchise history to post 10 wins by eight points or less in a single season.
“We’re going to fight until we’re told we can’t play anymore,” Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said.
The previous Goodell home run mark was 32 points, and it was set by the Buffalo Bills in the 1993 playoffs when they turned a 35-3 deficit against the Houston Oilers to a 41-38 victory.
“When you have the opportunity to close the game, we have to do it better than what we’ve done so far,” Colts quarterback Matt Ryan said.
According to data from Sportsradarit was the second loss in 1,551 season or playoff games in the league since 1930 in which a team squandered a lead of more than 30 points to lose.
“Nothing scares us. We showed it in Buffalo,” said cornerback Patrick Peterson, who helped lead a 33-30 overtime win over the Bills on Nov. 13 after going down 17 points. We showed it again today”.
Dalvin Cook caused hysteria at US Bank Stadium by catching a short pass from Kirk Cousins before heading for 64 yards for the touchdown.
Seconds later, Cousins spotted TJ Hockenson in the center of the end zone, allowing the Vikings to score the two-point conversion and tie the game.
Cousins finished with 460 yards through the air. It was the 8th performance of his career for 400 or more passing yards.
Star receiver Justin Jefferson came within just 9 yards of the franchise record for receiving yards in a single season, a mark owned by Randy Moss (1,632, in 2003).
Jefferson had a hand in the Vikes’ comeback, with an afternoon of 12 catches, 123 yards and a major.
This is a 4th consecutive loss for the Colts (4-9-1).
The Colts have now been outscored 72-9 in the second half in their last two games. They saw their six-game winning streak against the Vikings come to an end.
You had to go back to 1997 to note the last time the Vikings got the better of the Colts. It was the Indianapolis squad’s last game before selecting Peyton Manning in the draft.