Flashback Friday: Legendary lateral leads Vikings over Broncos in 2003

An amazing, heads-up decision by Randy Moss played a big part in the Minnesota Vikings coming away with a win over the Denver Broncos in 2003.

This Sunday inside U.S. Bank Stadium, the 7-3 Minnesota Vikings will take on the 3-6 Denver Broncos. The Vikings have won five of their last six games and are they coming off a huge victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

The all-time series between Minnesota and Denver is tied at seven wins apiece, with the last three meetings resulting in losses for the Vikings. The last time Minnesota was able to beat the Broncos came in 2003 at the old Metrodome.

In the matchup, Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper went 19-for-26 for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Randy Moss led Minnesota in receiving as he had 10 catches for 151 yards and an amazing lateral to running back Moe Williams at the end of the first half that resulted in a touchdown.

The Vikings defense recorded three interceptions in this win over Denver, one of which was returned for a 33-yard touchdown by defensive end Lance Johnstone. He also recorded 1.5 of Minnesota’s five sacks during the game.

For the Broncos, quarterback Steve Beuerlein went 9-for-19 for 119 yards and three interceptions. Denver running back Clinton Portis rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and tight end Shannon Sharpe finished with seven receptions for 79 yards.

The Vikings eventually won 28-20 to improve to 6-0 on the season. They finished the season 9-7, however, and missed the playoffs thanks to an infamous, last-second touchdown pass by Josh McCown of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17.

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