Vikings edge Bills on FG in overtime thriller

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Patrick Peterson’s second interception for the Minnesota Vikings sealed a stunning 33-30 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Orchard Park, NY

The game ended a wild game in which both teams seemed to win in the final minute of regulation. Buffalo (6-3) seemingly won when it stuffed Kirk Cousins ​​with a fourth quarterback sneak just short of the goal line. But in the following game, the Bills botched the snap and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks captured the ball on the goal line for a touchdown that gave Minnesota a 30-27 lead with 41 seconds left.

Buffalo recovered with a quick strike drive led by Josh Allen. Five plays produced 69 yards to set up Tyler Bass’s third field goal of the game, a 29-yarder with two seconds remaining that sent the game into overtime.

On the opening possession of overtime, Minnesota drove for a go-ahead field goal, a 33-yarder by Greg Joseph with a 3:42 left. That turned out to be a game winner.

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It was the Vikings’ seventh consecutive win (8-1) and the second time in as many weeks that they rebounded from a double-digit lead in the second half.

Buffalo led by 17 points in the second half before Minnesota recovered. After being stuffed all game, Dalvin Cook sparked the comeback with an electric 81-yard touchdown sprint. Cook ended up rushing for 119 yards on 14 carries.

In the fourth quarter, as Buffalo was looking for a possible game-winning touchdown on a fourth play and two plays, Peterson intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 39 yards.

Thirteen games later, CJ Ham struck on a 3-yard run to reduce the deficit to 27-23. And it stayed that way when Joseph slammed the extra point attempt off the right post. Minnesota got the ball back and drove behind Cousins, who finished on 30 completions in 50 attempts for 357 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Justin Jefferson also played his part, hitting a sensational one-handed grab for 32 yards in a fourth and 18 games to keep the regulation’s last drive alive. Jefferson finished with 10 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown.

Up until his overtime interception, Allen had all the answers for Buffalo. He completed 29 of 43 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown. Allen also ran six times for 84 yards.

He showed no ill effects from the injured right elbow that kept him out of training for the whole of last week.

In the first quarter, Devin Singletary ran for two touchdowns as Buffalo took a 14-7 lead. – Field level media

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