The Minnesota Vikings have pulled off the biggest comeback in National Football League history.
After finding themselves in a 33-0 hole, the Vikings managed to send the game into overtime where they scored a game-winning field goal to beat the Indianapolis Colts 39-36.
The Vikings were outplayed 33-0 in the first half of the game at US Bank Stadium.
But they scored 36 points in the second half — their first points came eight minutes and 25 seconds from the end of the third quarter — and kept the Colts on just one field goal.
A draw at 36 forced the Vikings to overtime.
Greg Joseph kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Vikings the win and seal their comeback as the greatest in NFL history.
With the win, the team improved to 11-3 and captured the NFC North, their first league title in five years.
They also eliminated the Detroit Lions from contention for the division title.
The Colts fell to 4-9-1.
The Vikings replaced the Buffalo Bills’ previous record of 32 points in their 1992 playoff game against the Houston Oilers.
The win is especially sweet for the team with a roster of veterans who missed the playoffs three of the last four years.
After the 2021 season ended, the Vikings fired coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman.
They were replaced by current coach Kevin O’Connell and GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 34 of 54 passes for 460 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
In an on-field post-game interview with NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, Cousins was in disbelief upon learning the comeback was now the biggest in the sport’s history.
“I need a second, Tom,” Cousins said.
“It was an ugly first half.
“But found a way… we’ll take it.”
Many fans – and even some of the Vikings players – were discouraged by some of the officials during the game.
At one game, umpires ruled that a Colts runner was down when the ball bounced out of his arms, but a replay showed the runner had not touched the ground and the game should have been called a fumble.
“Vikings fans have the right to be sick. This is the worst managed game of the whole year. Totally unacceptable,” one person tweeted.
“Perhaps the worst choice in sports history. Whatever umpire decided the runner-up should not be allowed to officiate an NFL game again. Vikings fans must be furious,” wrote another.
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