Cousins Strikes back !
The Minnesota Vikings showed resolve today.
It was 20-0 at halftime and the Broncos were rolling. It seemed like the Vikings at home couldn't get out of their own way. It certainly didn't seem like a team with the defense like the Broncos who had been stopping the run all day would let the Vikings back in it.
Kirk Cousins did just that tossing 3 touchdowns and leading the improbable comeback that the Vikings needed to notch their 5th win in a row at home.
Here's what they're saying in Minneapolis
The Vikings completed a very unlikely comeback after the Vikings defense once again bent - allowing the Broncos a 19 play drive into the Vikings red zone with 2 minutes to go, needing a touchdown to overcome a 27-23 deficit. But in the end they held - stopping the Broncos on their final three pass attempts from inside the 5 yard line as time expired to secure the win.
It was not only the only time a team overcame a 20 point halftime deficit to win in the last 100 opportunities, it was the only time in the past 40 years a team overcame a 20+ point halftime deficit by scoring on every second-half possession.
In so doing, the Vikings saved their postseason and division title hopes, while avoiding a trap-game loss, and moved to 8-3 going into their bye-week.
But it was a big comeback largely due to an exceptionally poor first-half performance from the Vikings.
It was a classic setup for a trap game. The Vikings had come off a big win at Dallas, and were looking forward to their bye-week with a few key injured players sitting out. Meanwhile the Broncos had the 4th ranked defense and were willing to take chances with a backup QB and nothing to lose - having been all but eliminated from playoff contention.
Our Townsquare Media Sports Director Rob Meltzer was at the game and interviewed the players ... Here's what they said: