Minnesota Vikings re-write NFL history in 'unbelievable' 122-year first
NFL fans have been left in shock after the Minnesota Vikings pulled off the largest comeback in history to secure a 39-36 overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings were trailing 33-0 at half-time, but mounted a stunning turnaround after the interval, with star quarterback Kirk Cousins throwing for 417 yards in the second half alone.
Trailing 36-28 late in the fourth quarter, Cousins found Dalvin Cook with a screen pass deep in Minnesota territory, before the running back took the ball 64 yards upfield for a touchdown. The Vikings were successful with their 2-point conversion attempt, with Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson in the end zone to send the game into over-time.
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After both teams failed to score on their first possessions in the extra period, the Vikings drove into field goal range and Greg Joseph nailed a 40-yarder to complete the historic comeback.
Unsurprisingly, NFL fans and pundits were left gobsmacked by the dramatic change in fortunes for the Vikings, with many taking to social media to share their amazement of what they had just witnessed. Even Cousins seemed to be in shock at what he and his teammates had just achieved.
“We just pulled off the biggest comeback in NFL history? Okay. I need a second,” Cousins said in a post-game interview. “That doesn’t just happen. Basic people don’t do that, but we just did.”
Vikings were DOWN 33 POINTS AT HALFTIME. Little did we know they had the Colts right where they wanted them.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 17, 2022
Another Minneapolis miracle: Vikings erased a 33-0 halftime deficit vs. the Colts to finish off the single largest comeback in NFL history. It surpassed the 32-point comeback that former Bills QB and Colts HC Frank Reich led in a 1993 wild-card playoff game vs the Houston Oilers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 17, 2022
Colts and coaching staff should be tarred and feathered. Up 33-0 and lose 39-36. Give Vikes credit for not quitting, but this is EMBARRASSING COLTS. Matt Ryan must think he had buzzard’s luck. Up 28-3 and lose SB. Up 33-0 and lose again and both in OT. 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) December 17, 2022
HAHAHAHAHA what a historic loss for the Colts
— Football (@BostonConnr) December 17, 2022
The NFL has been around since 1920.
The first Super Bowl was in 1967.
There has never been a 33-point comeback in an NFL game.
The Vikings defeat the Colts 39-36 in overtime after being down 33-0.
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) December 17, 2022
How was this the worst best game in @NFL history. #Vikings #Colts
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) December 17, 2022
Patrick Peterson's words of wisdom inspired Vikings
Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell revealed some choice words from cornerback Patrick Peterson were behind the inspiration for the comeback. “I’ll never forget it as long as I live,” O’Connell said. “I walked out to join the rest of the team before we went back out there and I just overheard (Petersen) say to the offence, ‘we’re going to get stops, you just need five touchdowns - that’s nothing’.
“And it was a nice little moment for me to lead in right off of, and I said ‘Pat, you’re exactly right’. That’s what we needed at the time and it was probably the most motivated I’ve been to try and challenge our players.
“They knew that regardless of the outcome today, that first half was not good enough and it will never be acceptable to have that kind of performance. Nobody is happier to be NFC North Champions and the way that we earned it, I think it’ll stick with a lot of us for a long time.”
Unfortunately for Colts quarterback Matt Ryan, he is now on the receiving end of the biggest comeback in NFL history, as well as the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons infamously lost Super Bowl LI to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots after blowing a 28-3 lead.
The previous biggest comeback in NFL history was held by the Buffalo Bills, who overturned a 32-point deficit to beat the Houston Oilers in the 1992 playoffs.
Matt Ryan has now been on the losing end of both the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in NFL history 😧 pic.twitter.com/yuZNm7s3r0
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 17, 2022
Matt Ryan has now been on the losing end of the largest comeback in NFL history and the most iconic comeback in NFL history.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 17, 2022
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