The Minnesota Vikings faced an insanely tough task on Sunday Night Football in Week 10 when facing the Dallas Cowboys, but were able to achieve victory!
The Minnesota Vikings entered Week 10 looking to rebound after a heartbreaking loss to the Chiefs last week. However, the deck seemed stacked against the purple and gold with this being a prime time game on the road against a winning team with two starters sidelined due to injury.
Facing the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, the Vikings came out with a purpose. They took advantage of their first two drives, as Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdowns (one of them a spectacular grab) to tight end Kyle Rudolph to get out to an early 14-0 lead.
Dallas would battle back, converting on several third downs and capitalizing on a free play for a touchdown as well as a lapse in coverage to tie the game up in the final moments. However, a Dan Bailey field goal gave Minnesota a 17-14 lead going into halftime.
Minnesota struck first in the second half, connecting on a field goal after not being able to cash in on the goal line and having to settle for a field goal. Dallas responded with a drive which resulted in an amazing Amari Cooper catch from Dak Prescott that looked like it was going out of bounds.
With the score 20-21 in favor of the Cowboys, Minnesota powered their way down the field with a combination of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison and capped off the touchdown with a two-point conversion.
The final quarter started with Minnesota leading 28-21. Aside from one Maher field goal for Dallas, the defenses played at a high level and forced punts. With the Cowboys trailing by four, they moved inside the red zone with two minutes left in the contest.
Minnesota was able to make a stand, taking over on downs thanks to a great pass defense from Eric Kendricks while covering Ezekiel Elliot. The Vikings took over on offense, but a bobbled toss and two short runs forced them to give the ball back to Dallas.
Instead of taking multiple shots at the end zone, Dallas chipped away at the yardage. Gaining nine yards on three plays, the game came down to fourth down with only a few moments left on the clock.
As time expired, Prescott heaved the ball into the air for his hail mary attempt. The ball floated into the end zone where safety Jayron Kearse made the play to intercept the ball and get out of bounds, ending the game.
The final score showed a Minnesota Vikings victory over the Dallas Cowboys by a final score of 28-24. The underdogs with so many factors against them going into this game, the purple and gold showed their heart and determination on Sunday Night Football.
With that win, the Vikings move to 7-3 on the season and stay one game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North and are still in the running for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. Next week, Minnesota will host the Denver Broncos at U.S. Bank Stadium.