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Vikings get critical Allen turnovers, stun Bills 33-30 in OT – Austin Daily Herald

Vikings get critical Allen turnovers, stun Bills 33-30 in OT

Published Sunday 13 November 2022 17:07

ORCHARD PARK, NY — Patrick Peterson caught Josh Allen 1:12 in overtime to finally end a sloppy but exciting back-and-forth between two of the NFL’s best teams, and the Minnesota Vikings ended their rally with a 17- A point behind in the second half to beat the Buffalo Bills 33-30 on Sunday.

The Vikings benefited from Allen’s three turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime, typically moving forward late when he mishandled a snap and fumbled in the end zone.

Greg Joseph put the Vikings ahead by hitting a 33-yard field goal at 3:42 in overtime. The game didn’t end until Allen, second and tenth at Minnesota’s 20, forced a pass down the middle intended for Gabe Davis, only for Peterson to intercept it a few yards into the end zone, his second pick of the day. Peterson ran out and slid onto the lawn.

Kirk Cousins ​​threw for 357 yards and Justin Jefferson had a monster play with 10 catches for 193 yards for the NFC North-leading Vikings (8-1). Minnesota rallied to win when it fell by 2 1/2 minutes or less in regulation for the fifth time this season.

The Bills (6-3) fell out of the AFC lead with their second straight loss, this is a thriller that included several momentum turning plays in the last minute of regulation alone.

The Bills, holding on to a 27-23 lead, appeared to have won when they stopped Cousins ​​49 seconds from time on the fourth goal from the half-yard line with no win.

In the very next game, Allen muffed center Mitch Morse’s snap and Minnesota linebacker Erik Hendricks dove into the end zone to recover it for a touchdown.

Allen, unable to play this week with an injured throwing arm, engineered a five-play 69-yard drive to set up Tyler Bass’s 29-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.

But his mistakes were the key to this defeat.

With the Bills leading 27-17, Allen threw his first interception in fourth and scored at Minnesota’s 2 with 10:27 remaining. Allen rolled to the right and inexplicably threw across his body straight back to Peterson, who returned the ball to Buffalo’s 34 and was tackled by Allen. The frustrated quarterback lay face down on the field for almost a minute, stepping on the turf with both feet before finally getting up.

Although the Vikings scored on the ensuing drive when CJ Ham shot down the middle on a 3-yard run, Joseph missed the extra point.

Then it was time for Jefferson to save the Vikings. He pulled off an incredible 32-yard one-handed grab for fourth and 18th on Minnesota’s final drive of regulation. Jefferson reached back to get a hand on the ball and yank it out of Bill’s defenseman Cam Lewis’s grip.

Jefferson was selected with the 2020 first-round pick, which the Vikings acquired in a trade that sent receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills. Jefferson became the first NFL player to rush for 20 yards in his first three seasons, breaking a tie with Odell Beckham Jr. and former Minnesota great Randy Moss.

Dalvin Cook sparked the comeback, scoring on an 81-yard streak to cut Buffalo’s lead to 27-17 with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. Cook ended up rushing for 119 yards on 14 carries.

Devin Singletary rushed to two TDs in the first quarter as the Bills appeared to take control by building a 24-10 lead at halftime.

Not protecting the ball has been a problem for Allen all season. He has turnovers in eight of nine games, with 10 interceptions – two more than all of last season. He’s also lost three fumbles, matching his total from last year.

Allen finished 29 of 43 for 330 yards pass and an 11-yard touchdown pass for Davis.

Allen only appeared on the field when he came out of the tunnel about 45 minutes before kick-off for a pre-game warm-up. He and backup case Keenum both took practice snaps.

INJURIES
Vikings: Akyayleb Evans, who started in place of Cameron Dantz, who was put on IR, did not return after suffering a first-half concussion. … LT Christian Darrisaw was escorted up the tunnel to be evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter.

Bills: LB Tremaine Edmunds failed to return from a first-half groin injury. … WR Jake Kumerow injured his ankle, ending his day.

NEXT
Vikings: Host Dallas next Sunday.
Bills: Host Cleveland next Sunday.

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