The Denver Broncos pulled off a last-minute, come-from-behind recovery to take the win at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
The two teams were riding positive momentum going into the primetime match-up (November 19), with the Vikings winning their last five games and the Broncos with a three-game win streak of their own.
Like they did against the Jets, the Broncos defence forced a turnover on the very first possession of their opponents.
The offence cashed in on the fumble and had a 17-yard drive that ended in a made field goal by Will Lutz.
Those would be the only points scored in the first quarter and Denver’s defence had a successful first quarter shut out.
The second quarter opened with a successful Vikings drive.
The possession took 5:08 minutes, 11 plays, and covered 65 yards.
Josh Oliver took the ball into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown.
The Vikings defence would force a 3-and-out and then the offence would extend their lead with a 34-yard field goal make.
Lutz would make a 31-yard try of his own to put the Broncos on the board in the interval.
Lutz would also be good from 51 yards and sent the home team into the locker room down by one.
Backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs, in his second start for the Vikings, rushed into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown and the Vikings would extend their lead and score the only points of the quarter.
It would be Lutz, who once again ensured his team made some impression on the scoreboard, who scored with two made field goals from 37 and 28 yards.
The Vikings made a field goal of their own and the home team was down by five points, with a chance to win the game, if they managed to score a touchdown for the first time all game.
The Broncos would start the possession on their own 25-yard line and take the ball downfield for 75 yards in 12 plays, in a drive that finally saw them in the end zone.
Russell Wilson’s 15-yard pass was caught for a touchdown by Courtland Sutton and the Broncos were up by one.
A failed 2-point conversion meant they could not add to the lead but the defence was impeccable to end the game and the Vikings would turnover on downs with time running out.
With their fourth win in a row, the Broncos now sit second in the AFC West behind defending champions Kansas City Chiefs and are in strong playoff contention.
The Vikings are also second behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North and hope to reverse their fortunes against the Chicago Bears.
The Broncos hope to take their positive momentum into their matchup with the Cleveland Browns.