By David McDonnell
Holy Mother of God, What a comeback!!!!
The Vikings were 33-0 down against the Colts at half-time, but staged a miraculous second-half comeback to send the game to overtime, where they won at the death to complete the biggest ever comeback in NFL history.
It is difficult even now trying to comprehend what we witnessed.
At half time, it had been all so different.
In the first half the Vikings kept getting punished from largely self-inflicted wounds with the Vikes being roundly booed by their home support as they trailed 33-0.
The Colts first touchdown came from a blocked punt, their second after Dalvin Cook had fumbled which led to a successful touchdown drive, and a third score came after Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Julian Blackmon for a pick six.
The Colts took at 33-0 into half-time.
In the third quarter touchdown a touchdown from the impressive KJ Osbourne looked like a consolation score.
Even when they added a second, there wasn’t much of a fuss from anywhere but when Justin Jefferson got a third touchdown at the start of the second quarter, the whole mood of the stadium changed.
It made a two-score game with 13 minutes remaining and there was certainly a belief that a comeback could be on the cards. The atmosphere was rocking but when Cousins threw an interception with eight minutes remaining, everyone took a breath.
However two minutes later, Cousins was one-yard out with a first and goal and two plays later found Adam Thielen for a touchdown.
Before the two minute warning, Minnesota made a big stop on fourth down when Matt Ryan tried the QB sneak. The chains showed him to be just short and with 2.19 left, Dalvin Cook broke free from a screen pass and went 64 yards for a touchdown that exposed some poor tackling by the Colts.
Cousins found Hockenson through the middle for the two point conversion to tie the scores, 36-36.
The game went to overtime and with time threatening to run out, Greg Joseph kicked over from 40 yards to make history as the Vikings completed the greatest comeback in NFL history.
There have been 1551 games in the NFL, and these Minnesota Vikings are the only team to comeback from a 33 point deficit.
The win secures the NFC North title for Minnesota, while at the same time probably ending Jeff Saturday’s chances of keeping his interim coaching job past this season. His side paid the price for thinking the game was over and terrible clock management and play calling.
This comeback will live long in the memory.