Missed Kick Saves Vikings in 33-31 Win Over the Ravens


The Vikings were on the verge of losing for the first time of the season Sunday, ready to walk off the field with a loss as Ravens kicker Steve Hauschka lined up for a 44-yard field goal with 2 seconds to play. Then, just like in any magical season – they caught a break.

Hauschka’s kick sailed wide left, and the Vikings survived a wild 33-31 win to move to 6-0 on the season. Brett Favre was 21 of 29 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings looked like they would win a laugher, as they led 27-10 with 10 minutes to play before the Ravens staged a furious rally.

Joe Flacco put on a throwing show vs the Vikings secondary, hitting Mark Clayton with a 32-yard TD pass to make it 27-17. Then after a Ryan Longwell field goal made it 30-17 with six minutes left, the Ravens struck fast, as in less than a minute Flacco hit Derrick Mason for a 12-yard score to make it 30-24.

The Vikings offense stalled, and again it was the Ravens offense outshining the usually stout Vikings D. After a short punt, the very next play Ravens running back Ray Rice raced in from 33 yards out to give the Ravens a 31-30 lead with 3:37 left.

Then it was Favre’s turn. A 58-yard pass to Sidney Rice set up another Longwell field goal, this time from 31 yards out with 1:56 to play to give the Vikings the slight two-point lead. Then it was the magic of a missed kick that kept the Vikings perfect season intact.

“We were fortunate to win that game, and we were fortunate to beat San Francisco,” Favre said. “I have no idea what will happen in the future. That’s what I tried to tell some of the guys.”

Next week the Vikings perfect season will for sure be tested. They travel to Pittsburgh to play the world champion Steelers, who are 4-2 and have won three in a row.

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One Response to “Missed Kick Saves Vikings in 33-31 Win Over the Ravens”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    Defense! Defense?

    What happened to Vike 4th quarter D? Front line got tired. Pat Williams is still out of shape. Would like to see Jimmy Kennedy get more playing time at tackle position. Wouldn’t surprise if we hear that either Kennedy or Freddie Evans is involved in a trade this week. We’re deeper D line than even QB.

    Ray Edwards was up against 3rd string OT (Yanda) and disappeared today. K-Will had outstanding pressure in 1st half.

    Safeties played poorly in 4th quarter but these are quality starters. Madieu and Tyrell are coverage upgrade over Sharper/Smith but still allowing too many big plays

    On Offense:

    Favre had 140 QB rating and made some great throws. Somehow didn’t feel he played to that lofty ranking. Haven’t watched a lot of Flacco and he impressed.

    Interesting use of AD as a pass catcher. Some new variations in Bevell Bevell playbook. If Harvin’s absent (looks like dislocated shoulder) need to bring in D.Rey or Jaymar Johnson.

    Coaching:
    “Stunned Sunday to see the Viking — with 2:30 left in the game, trailing Baltimore 31-30, with a third-and-nine at the Raven’ 17 — to not go aggressively for the first down. “We were a little surprised too,” Peterson said. Peterson ran for a three-yard gain, with the Viking happy to settle for the field goal. It was a poor call because the Raven had scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, the Vike looked gassed on defense, and even if Ryan Longwell made the field goal, Baltimore would have two minutes to win it.

    sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/10/19/week6/

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