It’s not often that a game lives up to the hype, but Sunday in Buffalo certainly did. Going into Week 10, the Vikings-Bills were expected to be the most exciting game of the week and not only did we get that, but the game also threw in a mad rush with a side of madness.
Vikings, Shocking 33-30 overtime win against Bills There were a lot of big plays, so we decided to rank them. Here are five of the biggest plays in the game, and to be honest, we probably could have made a top-20 list, but we had to cut this thing off somewhere.
5. dalvin cook a TD. goes for 81 yards
You know that one game was crazy when an 81-yard touchdown run barely cracked the top five for best plays, but here it is. With the Vikings trailing 27–10 in the third quarter, Cook led Minnesota’s impossible comeback with this run, which came in a first and -10 game in the third quarter:
If you’re wondering why it qualifies as insane, that’s because it was the second longest scoring game in the world by any team. NFL this year. The only long game of this season came back in Week 5 when josh allen Beat Gabe Davis For 98-yard touchdown, The scoring was the longest run of Rush Cook’s career and the longest-running TD by any Vikings player since 2012. More importantly, the run cut Buffalo’s lead to 27-17 and steered the Vikings away from a potentially upset victory.
The 32-year-old’s corner proved in the game that he still has it. Pietersen dismissed Josh Allen twice, and they both came in great conditions. The first pick came after the Bills went all the way down to Minnesota’s 7-yard line. In fourth and second, Sean McDermott field goals could have sent the team out, but instead, he decided to go for it, and this is what happened:
Pietersen’s 39-yard return gave the Vikings good field position and they were able to capitalize on 13 plays later with a touchdown that cut the lead to 27-23.
Pietersen’s second pick, which we are officially putting on our top-five list, was a game-winner that came in overtime. With the Vikings going 33-30, the Bills knew a touchdown would win the game, but they didn’t get a touchdown, thanks to Peterson:
That interception ended the game and gave Minnesota a resounding victory. This is the first time since November 2014 that Pietersen has taken two picks in the same game and only for the third time in his career.
3. Controversial Gabe Davis Catch
The Vikings took a 30–27 lead with only 48 seconds, it appeared the bills were done, but didn’t. Buffalo was able to overtime after Josh Allen made a 69-yard scoring drive in just 39 seconds. The biggest play of the drive came on a 20-yard pass to Gabe Davis, who officially placed the Bills in field-goal range:
The only problem is that Davis didn’t actually take the catch.
The ball apparently moved as Davis was going on the field and so did the NFL post game recruitment that it should have been declared incomplete. However, the Vikings could not challenge the game as there were two minutes left in the game. At that point, a play can be reviewed only if the replay booth initiates it, but the replay booth decides not to stop the play, and the catch stands.
Had the Bills won the game, Vikings fans would have set fire to NFL headquarters over this missed call.
In any other game, it would be the only thing people would talk about later, but in this game, it didn’t even top our “Crazy Plays” list.
With two minutes left to play, the Vikings were facing fourth and -18 and since they trailed 27-23, they had no choice but to go for it. The plan of the play was very simple: Kirk Cousins Decided to throw it to Justin Jefferson and pray. The prayer clearly worked as Jefferson came down with one of the most spectacular catches in NFL history.
It’s almost impossible to capture justice with words, so let’s take a look at it.
The one-handed grab on the Fourth Down that brought new life to the Vikings. Hopefully, you’ll never get tired of watching that play because as long as Jefferson is in the NFL, it’s probably going to be shown thousands of times per year. In total, Jefferson caught 10 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown in the game.
Jefferson’s big play indirectly leads to the top game on our list.
1. Josh Allen’s Impossible Rumble at the One-Yard Line
Although Jefferson came in with big drama, the Vikings really came up empty on their drive. On fourth and on goal from the Bills’ one-yard line, Kirk Cousins QB secretly filled in. With only 49 seconds left to play and the Vikings a timed out, all the Bills had to do was gain an inch and they could have ended the game, but instead, the impossible happened.
Allen was going to run a QB sneak, but he never had to attempt it because he bobbed the snap off the center. Mitch Morse,
After Alan bobbed it, Eric Kendricks Came up with it in the end zone to give the Vikings an impossible touchdown. The miracle score topped Minnesota 30–27 in a game that it would eventually win in overtime.
This game was really an instant classic and these are just five plays that made it so great.