Vikings stun Bills 33-30 in overtime thriller | Game recap, stats to know and highlights

By: Alec Whit

In one of the wildest games of the NFL season, second half mistakes once again doomed the Buffalo Bills in a topsy-turvy 33-30 overtime loss to Minnesota Vikings.

Going for the win in OT, Josh Allen threw an interception at the goaline to Vikings CB Patrick Peterson — an INT that now sends the Bills into a two-game losing streak and down to third place in the AFC East after entering the day the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC.

Allen and the Bills had all the makings of being able to pull out a win during a cold and occasionally flurry-filled afternoon. The Bills once again had a double-digit second half lead, this time leading 27-10 but the Vikings scored three consecutive touchdowns to take a 30-27 advantage with 0:41 to play.

The Bills appeared to have a 27-23 win in-hand after getting a 4th and goal stop as DE Shaq Lawson stuffed Vikings QB Kirk Cousins at the 1-yard line to give the ball back to the offense with 0:49 to play in the game.

But on the very first play from their own 1-yard line, Allen couldn’t handle the snap from center Mitch Morse and the Vikings recovered the ball in the endzone for a touchdown to go up 30-27.

The game was not over though and Allen heroically led the offense down the field and into field goal range. Allen found TE Dawson Knox twice and then completed a pass to Gabe Davis along the sideline — though Davis appeared to juggle the ball on the way to the ground but the play was not reviewed — and the Bills got into field goal territory. Kicker Tyler Bass made a 29-yard field goal to get the game to overtime.

In OT with Minnesota in Buffalo territory, Vikings WR Justin Jefferson, who was making huge catches on a routine basis, hauled in a 24-yard toe-tap catch along the sidelines to get to the Buffalo 2-yard line. Jefferson also made a one-handed grab on 4th down late in the 4th quarter to help force overtime and finished the day with 10 catches, 193 yards and a touchdown.

At the 2-yard line, the Bills defense stepped up again and forced a field goal to make it 33-30.

On the ensuing drive, Allen scrambled for 18 yards then 20 yards to get the Bills into Vikings territory. The offense got the ball down to the Minnesota 20-yard line before Allen threw the INT that allowed the Vikings to come away with the win and go to 8-1.

The Bills fall to 6-3 and third place in the AFC East. They’ll host the Brown next weekend at 1 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.

Here are key stats and more things to know from the game:

  • The Bills have not scored a touchdown in the second half in 3 consecutive games (GB, NYJ, MIN)
  • Josh Allen got the start at quarterback for the Bills after coming into the game questionable with an elbow injury.
  • Allen finished the game 29 of 43 for 330 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 INTs
  • Allen has thrown 2 INTs in three straight games and has just two passing touchdowns over his last 10 quarters of play.
  • RB Devin Singletary scored the Bills’ first two touchdowns of the game, both of which came on the ground. It marked his third career multi-rushing TD performance (including playoffs).
  • WR Gabe Davis hauled in a 11-yard TD in the second quarter for his first TD since Week 6 vs. Kansas City
  • Rookie CB Christian Benford recorded his first career interception
  • CB Dane Jackson recorded his second interception of the season
  • WR Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards for the 6th time this season. He now has 15 100-receiving yard games as a Bill, the fourth-most in team history.
  • Both teams combined for 967 total yds (Bills 486, Vikings 481), the 7th most ever in a Bills game.
  • S Damar Hamlin made a game-high 11 total tackles
  • Stefon Diggs’ 12 catches vs the Vikings tied career-high with the Bills (also had 12 vs Ten 9/19/22).
  • Allen now has 159 total TDs (123 passing, 35 rushing, 1 rec.) in his career, tied for 3rd most by NFL QB in first 5 seasons with Patrick Mahomes (159); only QBs with more are No. 2 Cam Newton (160) and No. 1 Dan Marino (171).

 

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