The Minnesota Vikings offense played really well for three drives during Sunday afternoon’s game vs the Carolina Panthers. Outside of that, the Panthers held Dalvin Cook and the Vikings offense down. But, when the dust settled on a game, that had more twists and turns than your favorite quarantine soap opera, that’s all the Vikings needed.
Justin Jefferson caught two touchdowns, the Vikings avoided a serious Dalvin Cook leg injury and overcame two pick-up-for-six fumbles to start the second half. But, none of that matters. What mattered are the last three minutes of this game.
It started with a muffed punt by Chad Beebe, that looked to end the afternoon for the Vikings. Somehow, between a great goal line stop and Mike Zimmer’s time out usage, the Vikings got the ball back with 1:51 left, which would prove to be too much time for Kirk “If I die, I die” Cousins.
Kirk “If I Die, I Die” Cousins
Kirk went 6 of 7 on the drive and delivered strike after strike to receivers that weren’t always that open. It finished with this dime to Chad Beebe in the back of the endzone.
Kirk Cousins is on FIRE ? pic.twitter.com/jLYdqnHXSH— Minnesota Vikings UK (@UKVikings) November 29, 2020
But life is never that easy for Minnesota sports fans. Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers offense still have over 40 seconds on the clock and only needed a field goal to earn a victory.
Sure enough, it came down to a 54-yard field goal and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kicker miss a game-winner vs the Vikings. Why would this one be any different?
I don’t know… but I’m glad it was.
The Vikings are now 5-6 and their playoff hopes are still alive.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan