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 the New Orleans Saints that came down to the kickers. Greg Joseph kicked the Vikings’ go-ahead 47-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds left in the game to take a 28-25 lead. Wil Lutz, who drilled a 60-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter, was tasked with doing it again from 61 yards out to tie the game on the final play. His kick bounced off the upright as Minnesota survived for the win.

The Vikings had crucial turnovers and solid special teams plays, including a successful fake punt, but gave themselves some extra stress by not capitalizing on those plays with touchdowns. Points on the board are important, but the struggles in the red zone are why this one was a nail biter, as the Vikings could have easily run away with it.

In the end, the Vikings did just enough, to win by bouncing off a ball in the posts.

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

The Saints had the complete opposite start to the London game, with two three-and-out games with quarterback Andy Dalton leading the offense for an injured Jameis Winston. The Saints have the most three-and-outs of any team in the league, and with their starting quarterback out and Alvin Kamara as a late scratch, they had several hurdles to overcome.

The Saints defense finally made something happen as time expired in the first quarter and did so in a big way with a Tyrann Mathieu interception on Cousins.

The Saints were able to capitalize on the pick and marched down the rest of the field, converting their first first downs of the game as well as setting up their first points of the day. Chris Olave’s four-yard reception got the Saints in the end zone.

From there it was a story of field goals. The Vikings regained the lead on a 28-yard field goal by Joseph with just over a minute left in the half. Minnesota then forced another turnover on the Saints return, but again could only get a field goal on the fumble.

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

The Saints took their first lead of the game, thanks to a Taysom Hill touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion. The lead didn’t last very long as Justin Jefferson answered with a touchdown of his own, but a missed extra point made it a three-point game.

It looked like this one was going into overtime with a Wil Lutz 60-yard field goal to tie it at 25, but a Vikings field goal and a game-ending drive from Lutz gave Minnesota the win across the pond.

We will have more analysis later. Check below to recap all the action from the London match.

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