Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Recap
The Minnesota Vikings headed to Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers not knowing if Sam Bradford would play. It turns out Bradford was ruled out after a short workout before the game bringing in Case Keenum in as the starter.
Minnesota kicked off to start the game after deferring. Both teams were very vanilla with the first possession. Pittsburgh went 3 and out and the Vikings moved the chains once and then went backward resulting in a punt. The Steelers next two possessions were both impressive. They marched 78 yards on nine plays capped by a Martavis Bryant catch and run. Pittsburgh opened the 2nd quarter finishing off their 2nd touchdown drive of 5 plays of the afternoon with a 2-yard shovel pass to Juju Smith- Schuster. The Vikings responded with an 11-play 51-yard drive and finally got on the board with a Kai Forbath field goal from 42 yards.
There was no more scoring after that with five more punts combined in the first half. (It should be noted that Xavier Rhodes is following Antonio Brown all over the field).
The Vikings opened up the second half and after being stopped, they went for an ill-advised fake punt. Mike Tomlin thanked Zimmer for the free three points after not being able to move the ball. The Vikings responded with an 82-yard TD drive featuring Dalvin Cook’s 21-yard run to the 1. The next play was punched in by Fullback C.J. Hamm, however, Forbath missed the extra point. On the ensuing possession, Martavis Bryant torched Trae Waynes for 51 yards before the Vikings defense held them to another Boswell field goal of 27 yards. This closes out the scoring for the 3rd quarter with the Steelers leading 20-3.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trade field position until the about the 8-minute mark when Bell and Big Ben salted 4:45 seconds off the clock and sealed the deal with yet another Boswell field goal from 37 yards out. The Steelers ironed out and turned over the Vikings on downs with a ton of pressure on Keenum. In garbage time, the Steelers added another Boswell Kick of 43 yards. Steelers win 26-9
Player of the Game Mavtavis Bryant.