Vikings shock Bills in OT: Ranking the five wildest games, from Josh Allen gaffe to Justin Jefferson grab

Vikings shock Bills in OT: Ranking the five wildest games, from Josh Allen gaffe to Justin Jefferson grab

It’s not often a game lives up to the hype, but that’s definitely what happened Sunday at Buffalo. At the start of week 10, Vikings-Bills was supposed to be the most exciting game of the week and not only did we get it, but the game also added a touch of madness with a side of madness.

The Vikings’ shocking 33-30 overtime win over the Bills had a ton of huge plays, so we decided to rank them. Here are the five biggest games in gaming, and to be honest, we probably could have made a top 20 list, but we had to cut that thing somewhere.

5. Dalvin Cook goes 81 yards for a TD

You know a game was crazy when an 81-yard touchdown run barely breaks the top five best plays, but that’s the case here. With the Vikings leading 27-10 in the third quarter, Cook spearheaded Minnesota’s unlikely comeback with this run, which came down to a first-and-10 play in the third quarter:

If you’re wondering why that’s called crazy, it’s because it was the second-longest scoring play by ANY NFL team this year. The only longer play this season came back in Week 5 when Josh Allen hit Gabe Davis for a 98-yard touchdown. The goal rush was the longest run of Cook’s career and the longest TD of any Vikings player since 2012. More importantly, the run cut Buffalo’s lead to 27-17 and put the Vikings within striking distance of an eventual upset victory.

The 32-year-old corner proved in this game that he still has it. Peterson has beaten Josh Allen twice, and both have come in huge situations. The first pick came after the Bills drove to Minnesota’s 7-yard line. On a fourth and a second, Sean McDermott could have dispatched the placement team, but instead he decided to go for it, and that’s when it happened:

Peterson’s 39-yard return gave the Vikings a decent field position and they were able to capitalize 13 plays later with a touchdown that cut the lead to 27-23.

Peterson’s second pick, which is the one we officially place on our top-five list, was an overtime winner. With the Vikings up 33-30, the Bills knew a touchdown would win the game, but they didn’t get the touchdown, thanks to Peterson:

That interception ended the game and gave Minnesota a stunning win. It was the first time since November 2014 that Peterson had two picks in the same game and only the third time in his career.

3. Gabe Davis’ controversial take

After the Vikings took a 30-27 lead with just 48 seconds left, it looked like the Bills were done, but no. Buffalo was able to force overtime after Josh Allen engineered a 69-yard drive in just 39 seconds. The biggest play of practice came on a 20-yard pass to Gabe Davis that officially put the Bills within goal range:

The only problem is that Davis failed to catch.

The ball clearly moved as Davis went to the ground and the NFL even admitted after the game that it should have been deemed incomplete. However, the Vikings were unable to contest the play as there were less than two minutes remaining in the game. At this point, a game can only be rewatched if the replay booth initiates it, but the replay booth decided not to stop the game and the hold ended up holding.

If the Bills had won that game, Vikings fans might have set fire to NFL headquarters because of that missed call.

In any other game it would be the only thing people would talk about afterwards, but in this game it didn’t even make it to the top of our “craziest games” list.

With two minutes to play the Vikings were facing a fourth and 18 and as they trailed 27-23 they had no choice but to go. The plan for the play was pretty simple: Kirk Cousins ​​decided to throw it at Justin Jefferson and pray. The prayers clearly worked because Jefferson ended up with one of the most spectacular catches in NFL history.

It’s almost impossible to do this capture justice with words, so let’s look at it.

It was a one-handed catch on fourth down that gave the Vikings new life. I hope you never get tired of watching this game, because it will probably air thousands of times a year as long as Jefferson is in the NFL. Overall, Jefferson caught 10 passes in the game for 193 yards and a touchdown.

Jefferson’s big game indirectly leads to the best game on our list.

1. Josh Allen unlikely escaped the yard line

Although Jefferson invented the big game, the Vikings actually went empty on their drive. On fourth base from the Bills’ yard line, Kirk Cousins ​​got stuffed by a stealthy QB. With just 49 seconds left and the Vikings at a timeout, all the Bills had to do was gain ONE INCH and they could have ended the game, but instead the impossible happened.

Allen was going to throw in a stealth QB, but he never got to attempt it because he missed center Mitch Morse’s snap:

After Allen blew it up, Eric Kendricks found it in the end zone to give the Vikings the unlikely touchdown. The miracle score gave Minnesota a 30-27 lead in a game they would eventually win in overtime.

This game was truly an instant classic and these are just five of the games that made it so great.


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