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Vikings vs. Colts rating: Minnesota completes largest comeback in NFL historical past, clinches NFC North – CBS Sports activities

Saturday afternoon turned essentially the most unlikely division coronation in NFL historical past for the host Minnesota Vikings as they trailed 33-0 at halftime, the biggest dwelling halftime deficit in franchise historical past, towards a scuffling Indianapolis Colts workforce that has now misplaced 4 in a row. The Colts dropped to 4-9-1 following Minnesota’s 39-36 historic comeback victory in additional time. Because of their 33-point comeback, the biggest in a single sport in NFL historical past, Minnesota locked down its first NFC North division title since 2017 and in addition its first playoff berth since 2019.

The sport swung from an unmitigated catastrophe to an unprecedented comeback with the Vikings using a 39-3 run within the second half and additional time to surpass the Buffalo Payments’ 32-point rally over the Houston Oilers within the 1992 AFC Wild Card Sport, a sport Buffalo received 41-38 in additional time after trailing 32-3. Coming into Saturday, groups that trailed by 30 or extra factors on the half had been 0-132 within the Tremendous Bowl  Period, since 1966, together with playoff video games. Make that 1-132 following the latest “Minnesota Miracle” that was accomplished by kicker Greg Joseph’s 40-yard additional time discipline purpose. The Vikings at the moment are the primary workforce in NFL historical past to go 10-0 in one-possession video games by the primary 14 video games of a season. 

Minnesota’s first seven drives had been a textbook option to put the sport out of your individual attain shortly as they ended with a blocked punt returned for an Indianapolis landing, a fumble by working again Dalvin Prepare dinner, consecutive turnovers on downs, a punt, a Cousins pick-six and one other punt. The Vikings roared again on the power of Cousins throwing 4 second-half touchdowns to Okay.J. Osborn, Justin Jefferson,  Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Prepare dinner plus a one-yard dive by fullback C.J. Ham on the purpose line. Prepare dinner’s landing introduced the home down in Minnesota, taking a display screen move 64 yards for what turned the game-tying rating following the two-point conversion. 

For the Colts and notably quarterback Matt Ryan, Sunday was a gut-punch. Week 15 marked the primary time this season the Colts have led by double digits in a sport, and so they scored extra factors within the first quarter (17) than their Thirty first-ranked scoring offense had averaged coming into the matchup, 16.1 factors per sport. The vast majority of the touchdowns got here by way of the Colts’ protection and particular groups, due to the 24-yard blocked punt return rating for the primary landing of the sport and security Julian Blackmon’s 17-yard interception return for a landing. 

Ryan accounted for the opposite rating with a one-yard landing toss to working again Deon Jackson. The Indianapolis offense was taking part in with phenomenal discipline place your complete first half between deep kickoff returns and the Vikings’ two turnovers on downs on their very own 31. Ryan is now on the dropping finish of the largest comeback in NFL historical past and the largest comeback in Tremendous Bowl historical past, the Atlanta Falcons’ 28-3 collapse to the New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LI. One of the best sport of Colts kicker Chase McLaughlin’s profession went to waste as his 5 discipline objectives, 4 of which got here within the first half, stand as his new single-game profession excessive and tied the Colts franchise single-game file. 

Up subsequent, the Vikings host an NFC wild card hopeful in Brian Daboll’s New York Giants. The Colts return dwelling to host Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Evening Soccer in Week 16.

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