Vikings vs. Saints score: Minnesota survives thriller in London as game-winning, 61-yard kick hits upright


It was an exciting, close game in London between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints coming down to the kickers. Greg Joseph kicked the Vikings’ leading 47-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds left to take a 28-25 lead. Wil Lutz, who drilled a 60-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter, was ordered to do it again from 61 yards and tie the game on the final game. His kick bounced off the upright as Minnesota survived the win.

The Vikings had crucial turnovers and solid special team moves, including a successful fake punt, but gave themselves some added stress by not exploiting these moves with touchdowns. Points on the board are important, but the struggle in the red zone is the reason this one was a nail biter when the Vikings could easily run away with it.

In the end, the Vikings did only enough, win by bouncing a ball into the uprights.

The Vikings made a statement early on, coming out and scoring a touchdown on their first drive. Quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​found a rhythm early on with his wide receivers, especially Adam Thielen, who got involved from the start, but crucial drops from receivers caused the attack to struggle down the line.

The Saints had the totally opposite start to the game in London, with two three-and-outs with quarterback Andy Dalton leading the charge before an injured Jameis Winston. The Saints have the most three-and-outs of any team in the league, and with their starting quarterback and Alvin Kamara as a late scratch, they had more obstacles to overcome.

The Saints’ defense finally got something to happen as time ran out in the first quarter, and did so on a large scale with an interception by Tyrann Mathieu on Cousins.

Taking advantage of the harvest, the Saints marched through the rest of the field, converting their first first downs of the game and taking in their first points of the day. Chris Olave’s reception at four yards got the Saints into the end zone.

From there it was a story of field goals. The Vikings regained the lead on a 28-yard field goal from Joseph with just over a minute left at halftime. Minnesota then forced another turnover on the return of the Saints, but once again could only get a field goal the clumsy way.

The Vikings got creative with a fake punt, using the quarterback skills of high school punter Ryan Wright to complete a 13-yard pass to Thielen, but they were only able to score three points. to get out of the game.

The Saints got their first lead of the game, thanks to a touchdown run on Taysom Hill and a successful two-point conversion. The lead didn’t last long, as Justin Jefferson responded with a touchdown of his own, but a missed extra point turned it into a three-point play.

It looked like this one would work overtime with a Wil Lutz 60-yard field goal to tie it at 25, but a Vikings field goal and a game-ending miss from Lutz gave Minnesota the victory across the pond.

We’ll have more analysis later. Check out below to see all the action from the London match.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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