Vikings come back to beat Panthers

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The Vikings aren’t ready to give up on a playoff run just yet.

A 28-27 comeback win over the Panthers improved the Vikings to 5-6 and kept their wild card hopes alive in the NFC.

Vikings return man Chad Beebe muffed a punt with 2:10 remaining, appearing to have ended the Vikings’ last, best chance at a comeback, but when the Panthers were held to a field goal after Beebe’s miscue, Beebe redeemed himself by catching a touchdown pass with 46 seconds left.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a big game, completing 34 of 45 passes for 307 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He didn’t get much help from the running game, as Dalvin Cook managed only 61 rushing yards and also lost a fumble.

Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had 19 completions in 36 attempts for 267 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, in his return to Minnesota, where he was once viewed as the quarterback of the future. Bridgewater showed a lot of heart at the end in getting the Panthers into range for a game-winning field goal, but the 54-yard attempt missed.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 4-8. They’re out of contention in the NFC playoff race, but the Vikings are still hanging on.

50 responses to “Vikings come back to beat Panthers

  1. I’m not exactly sure how to feel after watching that – happy, irked, or just relieved . . . .

  2. Wow. Vikings are amazing.

    Tons of injuries, tons of opt-outs, unbelievable amount of rookies without the benefit of training camp … and this team is only a handful of points away from 8-3.

    Just wow.

  3. Ugly game. Matt Rhule and DC Phil Snow handed the game on a platter to the Vikings by only rushing 3 on the last couple of Vikings’ scoring drives of the game. Hence, Cousins had all of the time in the world to sit back unscathed and pick Carolina apart. An average team would have blown out Minnesota today. Vikings are bad, Carolina worse.

  4. 60 Years of mediocrity says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:28 pm
    61 yards and a fumble, eh?

    Sounds like MVP material to me alright #skLOL

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    Aaron Jones stats for tonight?

  5. I’m jelly of Vikings and strive every day to jump onto their bandwagon … but I keep getting kicked off like stale Gouda.

    ~t

  6. Anyone who wants to see why a team is 4 and 8 should watch the 4th quarter of this game. The Panthers’ coaching staff did everything they could to hand the game to the Vikings.
    To the Vikings’ credit, they took advantage of it and won the game.
    There are so many coaches who play not to lose instead of playing to win in the NFL. And they usually do exactly that — lose.

  7. 61 yards and a fumble, eh?

    Sounds like MVP material to me alright

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    Its too bad he cant play against the GB defense every week, hed be a lock to win MVP if he could

  8. @purpleguy

    Give us a break, you can put your cheesehead back on now and watch your packers tonight.

  9. Ugly game full of mental mistakes, and poor coaching on both sides. Cousins and Kendricks get the game balls.

  10. The heart of a champion!!! With all of that talent on both sides of the ball, no one would be surprised if this team just showed up and collected their win each week, but today was just another example of what makes this team so special! No 4th-quarter lead is safe against the top comeback quarterback in the league!!! The Panthers found out the hard way that you don’t give the ball back to Kirk with ANY time left, let alone two minutes – that’s an eternity for him!! Dalvin Cook again showed why he’s the best RB in the league, and the vikings show how deep they are at WR now, adding Beebe to the current studs Thielen and Jefferson!! This is a team that NO ONE wants to face now, and definitely won’t want to face come January, when the wind turns cold at US Bank Stadium, site of the greatest home field advantage in the league!!

  11. Did Kirk put his big boy pants on, stand up to his wife and tell her he will NOT be bullied into wearing his wedding ring during the game? Or is he still wearing it. Couldn’t watch the game.

  12. 60 Years of mediocrity says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:28 pm
    61 yards and a fumble, eh?

    @@@@222

    I know, right. Those are stats usually tied to packer RBs

  13. johnnylarue says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:37 pm
    Ugly game. Matt Rhule and DC Phil Snow handed the game on a platter to the Vikings by only rushing 3 on the last couple of Vikings’ scoring drives of the game. Hence, Cousins had all of the time in the world to sit back unscathed and pick Carolina apart. An average team would have blown out Minnesota today. Vikings are bad, Carolina worse.

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    And how is that Minnesota’s fault? So it’s Minnesota’s fault the Panthers coaching staff couldn’t figure it out? If anything the onus is on Teddy, and I love the kid for not making plays.

  14. As a lifelong Vikings fan I want my team to win of course but when you play ugly the win is not as meaningful. Alot of people get down on Cousins but if the offensive line can give him just a little time he can be a really good quarterback. I hope Teddy Bridgewater is ok after he was hurt at the end of the game, he’s a really upstanding guy..

  15. tokyosandblasturd says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:33 pm
    Wow. Vikings are amazing.

    Tons of injuries, tons of opt-outs, unbelievable amount of rookies without the benefit of training camp … and this team is only a handful of points away from 8-3.

    Just wow.
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    Tons of injuries? You mean the same thing that happens every year? Plus, talk to the Ravens and Broncos about losing players to COVID. Tons of opt-outs? The Vikings had one opt out (Michael Pierce). “Unbelievable” amount of rookies without training camp? How about every team in the league without the benefit of training cap. A handful of points away from 8-3? The common margin of victory in the NFL is 3 points. Many teams can say they are a handful of points from a particular record.

  16. soisaystotheguyi says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm
    Did Kirk put his big boy pants on, stand up to his wife and tell her he will NOT be bullied into wearing his wedding ring during the game? Or is he still wearing it. Couldn’t watch the game.

    @@@@@@@@222

    packer fan struggling

  17. Fire that Panthers offensive coaching staff – what a blown game. And total mismanagement of the final offensive series – you got there with Bridgewater running and he should have run on both second and third down – either option of direct run – at least make Minnie use timeouts. Fire the DC -3 man rush works against a relatively poor O line – against an experienced QB – come on man.

  18. The way this season has gone I fully expected the Panthers to make the long FG at the end to get the win, feels great to be wrong.

  19. Its too bad he cant play against the GB defense every week, hed be a lock to win MVP if he could

    +++++

    Dalvin Cook has surpassed 50 yards rushing in just 2 of the 5 games he’s played against Green Bay. Fact.

  20. ThenCameBronson says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm
    The heart of a champion!!! With all of that talent on both sides of the ball, no one would be surprised if this team just showed up and collected their win each week, but today was just another example of what makes this team so special! No 4th-quarter lead is safe against the top comeback quarterback in the league!!! The Panthers found out the hard way that you don’t give the ball back to Kirk with ANY time left, let alone two minutes – that’s an eternity for him!! Dalvin Cook again showed why he’s the best RB in the league, and the vikings show how deep they are at WR now, adding Beebe to the current studs Thielen and Jefferson!! This is a team that NO ONE wants to face now, and definitely won’t want to face come January, when the wind turns cold at US Bank Stadium, site of the greatest home field advantage in the league!!
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    On most threads, you would consider this to be dripping with sarcasm. But with Vikings’ fans, this could be an actual serious take.

  21. cancerman2020 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm
    61 yards and a fumble, eh?

    Sounds like MVP material to me alright

    _____

    Its too bad he cant play against the GB defense every week, hed be a lock to win MVP if he could
    _____

    Doubtful, the MVP usually comes from a good team, or at the very least, a team with a winning record.

  22. Dalvin Cook has surpassed 50 yards rushing in just 2 of the 5 games he’s played against Green Bay. Fact.

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    HUh, whatta know? I guess the GB D must really stink this year then because hes 1 for 2 this year with 5 tds.

  23. Whoever said the refs wanted the Vikings to win is delusional and crazy. It seems every time there was a flag to be thrown on Carolina-the refs inexplicably picked it up…………..

  24. The Vikings put a ton of effort into this game. Almost as much effort into losing as they did winning. Three fumbles, two instant touchdowns and one in the red zone. Beebe is the poster child of this. some players come up big when games are on the line. He came up big for both teams! Harrison smith continues to try to do too much and has knocked more Vikings out of the game than the other team does week in and week out. We watch a great game winning drive that makes you feel great only to watch the Panthers quickly March down the field and only fail to win because the kicker shanks one. And yet I tune in every week. It is not easy to be a Vikings fan.

  25. ragnarthegreat, I couldn’t say it any better, seems like all our wins are luck this year, not talent

  26. That was a great comeback. When Beebe dropped the punt it was all but over. Kirk did a great job on the last drive, but let’s not forget the job the oline did protecting him. And Beebe redeemed himself! Great game!

  27. Lost a couple draft slots, still not making the playoffs. I love it, 8-8 again. Keep up the mediocre work!

  28. packertruthvspurpleblather says:
    November 29, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    Its too bad he cant play against the GB defense every week, hed be a lock to win MVP if he could

    +++++

    Dalvin Cook has surpassed 50 yards rushing in just 2 of the 5 games he’s played against Green Bay. Fact.

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    History is history dude you’re skewing it to justify the crappy run defense the Packers have this year, you can’t count past performances. Cook still dropped a buck 65 and 4 TDs the last time they played. I’d worry more about that Bears D tonight than what Cook has done to the Packers.

  29. Pretty enjoyable game. Was pulling for Teddy. I’m sure this game meant a little more than normal to him.

  30. mypercyhurts2 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 5:53 pm
    Lost a couple draft slots, still not making the playoffs. I love it.

    @@@@@@222

    packer fan deflecting. Vikings making playoffs and knocking the pack out. I love it.

  31. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Almost a spectacular day for Packer fans when they were cheering cook being injured
    __________________

    You are a shame. I know many proud Viking fans, and you are not a part of them.

  32. iknoweverything says:
    November 29, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    mypercyhurts2 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 5:53 pm
    Lost a couple draft slots, still not making the playoffs. I love it.

    @@@@@@222

    packer fan deflecting. Vikings making playoffs and knocking the pack out. I love it.
    __________________

    Keep loving it.

  33. The Vikings didn’t beat the Panthers, the officials did. Right @ConservativesRuinEverything?

  34. Some fact checking, no the Vikings didn’t have a ton of opt outs but they are missing 2 defensive line starters.

    The average margin of victory is not 3 points. Most games are decided by at least 7 points and at least a 4th of them by double digits.

  35. mypercyhurts2 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 6:44 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    November 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Almost a spectacular day for Packer fans when they were cheering cook being injured
    __________________

    You are a shame. I know many proud Viking fans, and you are not a part of them.
    ___
    Don’t blame the messenger. Your fan base posts are what they are. Crying about it won’t help. Maybe check them. Dope.

  36. Congrats to the Vikings on their magical 5-6 record, and they now sit all alone in 3Rd place in the division. One game below .500 represents the pinnacle of success if you’re a Viking fan, and this team is a credit to mediocre teams everywhere.

  37. The heart of a champion!!! With all of that talent on both sides of the ball, no one would be surprised if this team just showed up and collected their win each week, but today was just another example of what makes this team so special! No 4th-quarter lead is safe against the top comeback quarterback in the league!!! The Panthers found out the hard way that you don’t give the ball back to Kirk with ANY time left, let alone two minutes – that’s an eternity for him!! Dalvin Cook again showed why he’s the best RB in the league, and the vikings show how deep they are at WR now, adding Beebe to the current studs Thielen and Jefferson!! This is a team that NO ONE wants to face now, and definitely won’t want to face come January, when the wind turns cold at US Bank Stadium, site of the greatest home field advantage in the league!!

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    I wish I could love anything as much as this guy loves the Vikings.

  38. Not gonna apologize for objective views, even if it trashes my favorite team (for which I’ve had season tiks for years) and praise certain players on that team worshiped by cheesers. Apparently this iknoweverything newbie believes the sole purpose of the comment section is to troll rather than be realistic. It’s hard to pay attention to geniuses drunkenly shouting into the wind.

  39. If this team had Michael Pierce and Danielle Hunter, they would easily be 8-3, and in debate as the class of the NFC. Spielman deserves a lot of credit for nailing the last two drafts, signing cook at a under the market rate

  40. philmccracken says:
    November 29, 2020 at 8:11 pm
    Congrats to the Vikings on their magical 5-6 record, and they now sit all alone in 3Rd place in the division. One game below .500 represents the pinnacle of success if you’re a Viking fan, and this team is a credit to mediocre teams everywhere.

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    Vikings are actually in 2nd place in the division.

  41. That last drive against a 3 man rush was successful because Cousins had the time to survey the field. It’s a hint of what he could do if the O-Line was better and could give him this amount of time against a 4 or 5 man defense set up in the front line. BEEF UP THE O – LINE….PLEASE!

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