Vikings OT gamble pays off in game winning field goal

The Vikings faced off against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, November 18, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings, on a three game win streak with two on the road, were playing at home for the first time since mid-October. The Vikings extended the streak to four games with a 21-18 win against the Rams.

Adrian Peterson ran for 125 yards and scored one touchdown. Teddy Bridgewater would score a touchdown rushing into the end zone and then follow it up with a two point conversion after diving into the end zone just inside the right pylon.

St. Louis’ Kenny Britt caught a 55 yard pass that was followed up by a run into the end zone by Todd Gurley. Rams’ kicker made four of five field goals including a 61 yard field goal and a tying field goal with 17 seconds left in regulation that tied the game, sending the game into overtime.

Minnesota won the coin toss and, instead of electing to receive the opening kickoff, head coach Mike Zimmer decided to choose the wind and kick the overtime kickoff. Minnesota’s defense forced a three-and-out and, after a great punt return by Marcus Sherels, the offense began running down the field behind Adrian Peterson and Matt Asiata.

With 9:24 left in the overtime period, Vikings’ kicker Blair Walsh sent a 40 yard field goal thought the uprights, winning the game for Minnesota.

With the win the Vikings improve to 6-2. Minnesota will visit Oakland on November 15. This story first appeared on Examiner.com and is used with permission.

 

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