Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson survived one of the craziest finishes in recent NFL history on Sunday afternoon.
It took a remarkable one-handed catch, a fumble in the end zone and a last-second interception, but the Minnesota Vikings beat the Buffalo Bills 33-30 in overtime at Highmark Stadium in what should easily become the game. of the season – if not recent NFL memory.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a chance for the overtime win and quickly walked into the red zone after Buffalo gave up a Vikings field goal. Still, Allen threw an interception directly to Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson in the end zone, which sealed the three-point victory for Minnesota. It was Allen’s fourth interception in the red zone in the past two weeks.
This finish, however, was only part of the ridiculous finish that was full of errors from Allen.
“Losing sucks. It sucks even worse,” Allen said clearly after the match, via WKBW’s Matthew Bove. “Horrible second half. I have to be better. I have to be better… It’s on me. I can’t have this.
Justin Jefferson sparks wild fourth quarter
First, on a big fourth down late in the fourth quarter, Jefferson somehow got a one-handed catch by Bills cornerback Cam Lewis.
Lewis also had two hands on the ball at the time, which made his grip even more incredible.
The NFL tweeted several angles of the incredible take:
Jefferson finished the day with 193 receiving yards and one touchdown on 10 catches.
The Vikings’ practice, however, didn’t quite reach the end zone. The Cousins quarterback on fourth down was judged inches away, giving the ball back to the Bills on the goal line.
Allen fumbles, throws INT into a rough finish
On the very first play on the goal line, Allen lost the ball.
The fumble was quickly picked up by Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks for the touchdown, giving Minnesota a 30-27 lead.
Although Allen quickly got the Bills on the field with a five-play, 69-yard drive to set up Tyler Bass’ tying field goal, it wasn’t enough in the end.
The Bills led 27-10 at the end of the third quarter and missed it all. Allen’s interception in the end zone was his second of the game and his fourth in two weeks. He finished the day throwing 29 of 43 for 330 yards with a touchdown. He was also the Bills’ leading running back, with 84 rushing yards.
The Bills are down to just 2-9 in one-score games since the start of last season, despite going 16-1 in games decided by more than one score. They have now lost two games in a row.
While Allen was questionable all week with a right elbow injury, the Bills need him if they are to make the Super Bowl run many thought they were capable of before the season. The Allen who showed up against the Vikings on Sunday – who had a lot to prove – just won’t measure up.
“I backed him up no matter how it goes,” wide receiver Stefon Diggs said, via WGRZ. “My quarterback gives a lot of effort. At the end of the match, you saw him lead us to the end of the pitch… He’s going to hate it for 24 hours, but I supported him. My quarterback is a winner.
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