Week 15 of NFL The season started with a bang as Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings pulled off the biggest comeback in NFL history, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 39-36.
Greg Joseph’s game-winning 40-yard field goal in the final seconds of overtime sealed the rally (the Colts led 33-0 at halftime) and clinched the NFC North in the process.
In the second game of the day, the Cleveland Browns defense forced two turnovers and Deshaun Watson connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones for a touchdown pass in a 13-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
And in the nightcap, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins on a game-winning field goal as time expired. The 32-29 win clinched a fourth straight playoff berth for the Bills.
Here are the best plays!
Buffalo Bills 32, Miami Dolphins 29
Diggs showing his hands
Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs made a nice catch even though the ball was well behind him, showing strong hands for a 16-yard gain.
Down Goes Tua
Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson came up with a big sack in the red zone on third down that dropped the Dolphins 8 yards.
Is good! Dolphins in the first marker
Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders drilled a 39-yard field goal to give Miami a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Landing! The accounts regain the lead
Josh Allen connected with Quintin Morris for the touchdown to give the Bills a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter. The touchdown was Morris’ first in his NFL career.
Shown with hard running!
Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert showed strength and speed, dashing down the sideline for a 68-yard gain! The big run also put the sprinter over 100 rushing yards in the first quarter.
The run would lead to another field goal for the Dolphins.
The bills strike again
Allen threw a pass to Nyheim Hines, who took it 10 yards into the end zone for the Bills’ touchdown. It was the first touchdown for Hines in a Bills uniform since the trade from Indianapolis.
Kill Waddle for the big win!
Tua Tagovailoa hit the wide receiver Jaylen Waddle down the sideline for a 32-yard gain to move into Buffalo territory.
Answer the dolphins
Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed he refused to go down, breaking multiple tackles on his way to Miami’s first touchdown of the night.
Bills fans get loud
Here’s something you don’t see every day… During the game it was announced that if Bills fans continued to throw snowballs on the field, it would be a 15 yard penalty.
Allen working his magic
Allen and the Bills were able to add another score just before halftime. The Bills superstar QB bought some time, rolled to his right and delivered a perfect pass to James Cook for the touchdown. The score gave Buffalo a 21-13 halftime lead!
Waddle turning on the jets
Tagovailoa hit Waddle for the pass up the middle and then Waddle torched the defense for the 67 yard touchdown!
The cheetah gives the lead to the dolphins
Tagovailoa threw a perfectly pitched ball Tyreek’s Hill for a 20-yard touchdown and gave the Dolphins a 26-21 lead late in the third quarter.
Sack of string!
Allen is sacked and stripped by Jaelan Phillips and the Dolphins take over at midfield. They extended their lead to 29-21 early in the quarter on a 47-yard field goal by Sanders.
Allen’s long run gets Bills going
Allen sprinted past the Miami defense for a huge 44-yard gain to the Bills inside the red zone.
Allen to Knox for six!
Allen connected on a wide open Knox for the touchdown, followed by an Allen that converted the two-point try. This game is tied!
Heavy heavy snow
The snow has officially arrived at the end of the fourth quarter!
Win the accounts!
Kicker Tyler Bass hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired to send the Bills home with the win.
cleveland browns 13, Baltimore Ravens 3
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made his 355th career field goal, making him Baltimore’s all-time leader in field goals made.
DPJ for six
Holding a three-point lead late in the third quarter, Watson found Peoples-Jones for a 3-yard score to give the Browns a 13-6 lead.
Not too fast
The Ravens lined up for a 50-yard field goal in an attempt to make it a one-goal game, but the kick was blocked.
Back to back!
The Ravens had their chances to cut into the Browns’ lead, but Myles Garrett didn’t let that happen. The pass rusher recorded back-to-back sacks late in the game, which helped seal the victory for Cleveland.
Minnesota Vikings 39, Indianapolis Colts 36
Jonathan Taylor injury
The Colts put the game away in the first quarter. ESPN reported that he will not return due to an ankle injury.
Making a move
Indianapolis put a field goal on the board on the opening possession of the game. Then, after forcing a Minnesota three-and-out, the Colts blocked a punt and ran it in for a touchdown.
They do it again
The Vikings got their drive off to an auspicious start when Dalvin Cook took off on a 40-yard run. However, Cook fumbled the ball on the next play, and the Colts recovered it.
Seven plays later, quarterback Matt Ryan hit running back Deon Jackson for the goal line. The Colts took a 17-0 lead.
This is not good
Down by three points in the first quarter, Minnesota elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 31-yard line. Cook was stuffed, and the Colts took over on downs. The Vikings held them to a field goal.
Another mistake by the Vikings
Minnesota went three-and-out, but then attempted a fake punt. However, punter Ryan White couldn’t connect with wide receiver Jalen Nailor. The Vikings held the Colts to another field goal.
It just gets worse
Minnesota’s latest upset came when quarterback Kirk Cousins was intercepted by safety Julian Blackmon, who returned the pick for a touchdown. The Colts took a 30-0 lead with 5:50 left in the first half.
Indianapolis got another field goal before halftime, taking a 33-0 halftime lead.
The Vikings finally got on the board on their second possession of the second half. Two plays after Colts defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, Cousins hit wide receiver KJ Osborn for a 63-yard completion. Three plays later, Cousins and Osborn connected on a 2-yard touchdown pass. Minnesota lost 33-7.
Up to three scores
After Indianapolis got its fifth field goal, Minnesota got its second touchdown. An eight-play drive ended with Vikings fullback CJ Ham on a goal-line score. The Vikings trailed 36-14.
Number 18 arrives
We have a game.
The Colts went three-and-out, and the Vikings found the end zone shortly after. A six-play drive, which was aided by a personal foul on Colts defensive end Rodney Thomas II, saw Cousins hit Justin Jefferson for three completions, including an 8-yard touchdown. The score cut the Colts lead to 36-21.
One score game!
Cousins had a deep ball intercepted by Thomas at the 2-yard line, but then the Colts failed to get a first down. On the fifth play of Minnesota’s next drive, Cousins hit wide receiver Adam Thielen for a goal line drive. The touchdown cut the deficit to eight points.
The Vikings get a raw deal
Jackson fumbled on the first play of the Colts’ next drive, and Vikings cornerback Chandon Sullivan scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for the TD. However, Jackson was initially rejected. After Minnesota challenged the play, it was overturned and ruled a fumble, however, they took over at the site of the play, which was the Indianapolis 38-yard line.
The Vikings then turned it over on downs.
Minnesota was down 33-0 at halftime. With 2:15 left in the fourth quarter, they were tied at 36 apiece.
The Vikings picked Ryan up with a quarterback on fourth-and-1. On the first play of the next possession, Cousins hit Cook, who ran through the Colts’ defense for a 64-yard touchdown. Cousins then hit tight end TJ Hockenson for the two-point conversion.
The game went to overtime.
THEY DID IT!
Both teams scored on the first possession of overtime. Then Minnesota did.
Cousins hit Osborn, Thielen and Jefferson for a trio of completions that combined for 51 yards, setting up a game-winning 40-yard field goal for Greg Joseph as time expired.
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