Justin Jefferson racks up 143 yards as Vikings beat Chargers 27-20

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The Vikings have had a lot of strange endings to their games in the 2021 season.

But there was no drama for Minnesota on Sunday, as the club defeated the Chargers 27-20 on the road at SoFi Stadium.

The Chargers made it a seven-point game on Dustin Hopkins‘ 24-yard field goal with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings then used a successful four-minute drive to bleed out the clock.

Receiver Justin Jefferson made a terrific catch on the right sideline to haul in a 27-yard pass on third-and-6, keeping the possession going. Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed an 18-yard pass to Adam Thielen on third-and-20, setting up a key fourth-and-2 on the Chargers’ 36.

Los Angeles had no more timeouts, so Minnesota faced a choice. The club could’ve kicked a 54-yard field goal to go up by two possessions, tried to pin the Chargers deep with a punt, or go for it to potentially end the game.

Channeling his inner Brandon Staley, Mike Zimmer elected the latter. Running back Dalvin Cook took a pitch to the right for 4 yards, and effectively put the game on ice.

Cook finished the game with 94 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown, also catching three passes for 24 yards. Jefferson also had nine receptions for 143 yards, marking his highest output of the season. Cousins was 25-of-37 passing for 294 yards with a pair of TDs, both of which were thrown to tight end Tyler Conklin.

Minnesota’s defense kept Los Angeles’ offense at bay throughout the contest, allowing only 253 yards. Quarterback Justin Herbert was 20-of-34 passing for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Austin Ekeler had just 44 yards on 11 carries, plus three catches for 15 yards with a TD. Keenan Allen made eight receptions for 98 yards.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 4-5, keeping themselves in the mix for an NFC wild card spot. Minnesota plays Green Bay at home next week.

The Chargers’ loss put them at 5-4, making the matchup between the Raiders and Chiefs on Sunday Night Football for first place. L.A. will host Pittsburgh in Week 11 for SNF.

21 responses to “Justin Jefferson racks up 143 yards as Vikings beat Chargers 27-20

  1. Staley and the DC lost this game. No pressure on 2nd and 20 and next series on 3rd and 20. Both plays are the reason they converted first downs. This isn’t that difficult. They can’t run for 11 yards if you stack the box or throw for an 18 yard gain if you bring pressure. How these guys have jobs is beyond me.

  2. As a Vikings fan, I am glad to see the win, however it does not change my mind one bit on Zimmer/Spielman getting the boot, the win just puts us back on track for a 8-9 season and 17thpick in the draft. Same old same old.

  3. See you next week Vikings fans. It might not be your Super Bowl but it will be for your playoff hopes survival.

  4. Huh. Feeding the ball to Jefferson and Thielen during the game and then in crunch time results in a win. Who’da thunk it?

  5. The Zimocracy continues. Two big penalties on the final drive and horrible clock management on it as well. Gave up a score at the end of the 1st half. Blew a time out on 1st and goal on defense only to have the team walk in on the next play. You’re going to win a few of these kinds of games, but there’s nothing we haven’t seen the previous weeks when it went the other way.

  6. It hurts to be a Viking’s fan-but this will temporarily ease the pain……………………

  7. Great victory, I was pulling for the Vikings all day.
    Each pointless win almost guarantees ensuing years with Slick Rick and the constantly befuddled Mike Zimmer.
    Two, maybe three more wins ought a do it.

  8. These last 4 games have shown the real Chargers.
    Those wins against KC & LV ? Early season flukes.
    Renaldo Hill & Joe Lombardi are position coaches at best, not NFL coordinators.
    And “Coupon Tom” Telesco is a glorified assistant, unfit to be a GM.

  9. Just win baby! Next week might be interesting. Maybe Peterson, Pierce, Smith, and Barr will return…..

  10. Not lying! Hard part of the schedule played, Vikings go minimum 6-2 to finish. Good enough for Wild Card and perhaps division if we can go 7-1. Pack will end up 11-6 and last dance ends with their first playoff game. SKOL!

  11. Good game charger fans. That is a good young team with a good looking QB who is very likable.

  12. Great games by Kendrick’s and Jefferson. Must feel strange for the above-cheesers critiquing this Zimmer/Spielman team that hasn’t lost a game to the Aaron Rodgerers in almost a year.

  13. Chargers are complete frauds. Herbert..is not all that. Once teams have had a little time to figure him out..he’s been no better than average. As far as the Vikes, they seemed poised to have their usual crash and burn in the 4th quarter today except they found an incredibly inept LA team to push them the win. I think they got one more win in the bag against Detroit to finish out a glorious 6-11 season! Skooool…cryin’ out loud 🙁

  14. The Chargers started out playing like a playoff team. The last month they’ve played like the Jets.

  15. It always revolves around the Packers for us folks in Viking land. Wish we had what they have. The wins, the history, etc . . .

  16. Must feel strange for the above-cheesers critiquing this Zimmer/Spielman team
    If you are happy, we are happy. Perhaps extensions are due all around?

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