Vikings beat Panthers 34-28 in overtime

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The Vikings got the ball first in overtime against the Panthers and there won’t be a second possession.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins hit wide receiver K.J. Osborn for a 27-yard touchdown to make the Vikings 34-28 winners in Carolina. The win moves both teams to 3-3 on the year, although the Vikings feel better about that than the Panthers given Carolina started 3-0 while the Vikings lost their first two games of the year.

Cousins threw three touchdowns on Sunday, including a strike to Adam Thielen in the third quarter that was part of a 16-0 run that put the Vikings up 28-17 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers passing offense had been abysmal to that point, but they were able to put together a pair of scoring drives that erased all of Minnesota’s lead with under a minute to play. The Vikings got into position for a 47-yard field goal try that Greg Joseph missed to force overtime.

They didn’t need to turn back to the kicker. Dalvin Cook ran for 25 yards and Cousins completed four passes to move the team into position for the scoring strike to Osborn.

It was Cousins’ third touchdown pass of the day and he finished with 373 yards through the air. Cook added 140 yards and a touchdown on the ground in his return from an ankle injury.

Sam Darnold hit Robby Anderson for a touchdown and Tommy Tremble for a two-point conversion to force overtime, but his work throughout the first 50-plus minutes of the game was a big reason why the Panthers had to mount such a furious comeback. He finished the day 17-of-41 for 207 yards while throwing an interception and losing a fumble. That makes seven turnovers for Darnold in three games without Christian McCaffrey in the backfield and they’ll have at least two more games without him before he’s eligible to come off injured reserve.

The first of those games comes against the 1-5 Giants on the road next weekend. The Vikings will have a bye before they try to keep their winning streak going at home against the Dallas in Week Eight.

32 responses to “Vikings beat Panthers 34-28 in overtime

  1. Wooohooooo!

    Took overtime to beat the Panthers with no McCaffree!

    “World class” 😂

  2. Another kicker, another case of the yips. Does Zimmer like beat them for misses or something? Because his kickers sure seem to be a fragile bunch.

  3. P.S. Zimmer’s clock management again almost cost us and our kicker??? These 2 guys need to go!

  4. Another win that doesn’t feel like one. Playing not to lose will bite them when they play the better teams in the league. If the Carolina receivers could catch the football it may have bit them today. Credit to Kirk and the offense for pulling it out in the end. The defense has to play much better, but coming into the bye they are a .500 team, which feels about right for this unimaginative, conservative coaching staff.

  5. The Panthers are not ready to challenge the Bucs and Brady is not slowing down anytime soon.

  6. Great OT system to only allows one teams offense to have a possession, that wouldn’t be fair to allow both teams offence a chance with the ball.

  7. “Great OT system to only allows one teams offense to have a possession, that wouldn’t be fair to allow both teams offence a chance with the ball.”

    My grapes are very sour :/

  8. I wonder if Panthers are wishing they moved up to draft Justin Fields right about now…

  9. “Vikings are lucky to be 3-3 instead of 1-5.”

    You do realize 1 play changes in all 3 of those losses and they could also easily be 6-0. Think about it.

  10. vikingsftw says:
    October 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm
    “Great OT system to only allows one teams offense to have a possession, that wouldn’t be fair to allow both teams offence a chance with the ball.”

    My grapes are very sour :/

    I’m not a Vikings or Panthers fan… I’m a football fan and it’s a stupid system>

  11. We got 2 weeks to find a better kicker. Who’s out there? Maybe we can offer the Raiders a 4th to get Carlson back??

  12. Positive side…..they fought back to send the game to OT. Negative side, offense and all those dropped passes. One week its the OL, the next it Sam Darnold, today its the WR’s cant catch a cold if it was under their nose! Rhule will blame the defense yet again this week!!

  13. 1) Zimmer is a TERRIBLE coach. 2) Cousin’s is really good, but still not elite nor will he ever be. I don’t care what the stats say. BUT…he’s not the problem. 3) Zimmer absolutely ruins kickers and has just about ruined everything to do with the Secondary. 4) How many passes can Carolina receivers drop. Darnold is better than his stats…and the mobility. Nice.

  14. The final score wasn’t indicative of how much the vikings dominated in this game. If it hadn’t been for the refs trying to hose them as usual, it would have been a blowout. The panthers were never really in this game, aside from a few lucky plays and calls. Minnesota is 3 plays away from being undefeated. The rest of the NFC is shaking in their boots thinking of facing this team in the playoffs. Minnesota has the MVP frontrunner at qb, the best running back in the league, and the best set of receivers in the league. Throw in the best coaching staff and front office in the league and you see the recipe for success that all other teams are trying to emulate!

  15. You do realize 1 play changes in all 3 of those losses and they could also easily be 6-0. Think about it.

    +++++

    This type of optimism is what has filled up the Minnesota Viking Trophy Closet.

  16. Someone should have told the Panther’s defense that BOA Stadium’s 6 ft social distancing policy doesn’t apply to the opposing team.

  17. stellarperformance
    Or… With three losses in the final moments your sucky Packers are lucky the Vikes aren’t 5-1 as well.

  18. Praise be! They saved Mike Zimmer’s job again this week. The Vikings would never fire a .500 coach.

  19. minneanderthals says:
    October 17, 2021 at 5:01 pm
    Wooohooooo!

    Took overtime to beat the Panthers with no McCaffree!

    “World class” 😂
    ____
    Unlike Packer fan, Vikings fans respect the Carolina football team. Good tough game. Respect.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    October 17, 2021 at 5:34 pm
    Vikings are lucky to be 3-3 instead of 1-5. IF the Vikings had any luck they would be 5-1

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