Minnesota Vikings Rally to Take Down the Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos had everything going right for them in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings. Denver had a 20-0 lead at halftime over Minnesota and it appeared as if the Vikings would have packed it in.

Instead, the Broncos faded away and Minnesota made some clutch plays late in the game. Kirk Cousins threw the game-winning 36-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with less than 6:10 remaining in regulation as the Minnesota Vikings took down Denver by a score of 27-23.

The Denver Broncos had a chance to win the game late in the game. With two seconds remaining on a 3rd-and-goal from the Minnesota 4-yard line, Brandon Allen threw an incomplete pass in the end zone intended for Noah Fant.


Allen made his second career start in the NFL. He completed 17-of-39 passes for 240 yards one touchdown and one interception. Brandon Allen rushed for 18 yards on three carries.

Fant caught four passes for 60 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The leading receiver for Denver in this game was Cortland Sutton. He caught five passes for 113 yards receiving. Sutton also completed a pass for 38 yards. He also rushed for 10 yards on two carries.

The Broncos leading rusher was Phillip Lindsay with 67 yards on 16 carries. He also caught two passes for eight yards receiving.

With Denver leading 3-0 in the first quarter, Brandon Allen threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Troy Fumagalli. It was his only reception in the game.

Andy Janovich scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Denver Broncos in the second quarter. It was his only carry in the game. Janovich also caught one pass for three yards receiving.

He suffered an arm injury in the second-quarter and Andy Janovich did not return to the game.

On Minnesota’s first drive of the second-half, Kirk Cousins threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Irv Smith Jr. He caught three passes for 20 yards receiving and a touchdown.

When the Vikings were trailing 23-7 later in the third-quarter, Dalvin Cook scored on a 3-yard touchdown run (missed two-point conversion). Cook finished with only 26 rushing yards on seven carries and a score. He also caught five passes for 31 yards receiving.

With 10:21 remaining in regulation, Kirk Cousins threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs with 10:21 remaining in regulation. Cousins completed 29-of-35 for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for one yard on two carries.

Diggs caught five passes for 121 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Kyle Rudolph caught five passes for 67 yards receiving.

This was a huge comeback win for Minnesota because the NFC is really tough. They improve to 8-3 on the season and the Minnesota Vikings also want to keep pace in the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers (8-2). Green Bay was on a bye this week and they will be on the road next week in a huge NFC showdown against the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) on the road.

Minnesota continues to keep on proving people wrong and they have won their last six-out-of-seven games.

Denver loses another close game that has been the mantra for them in the 2019 season under new Head Coach Vic Fangio.

The Denver Broncos (3-7) will be on the road next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills (7-3).

The Minnesota Vikings (8-3) will be on a bye week next week. However, they will be on the road against the Seattle Seahawks (8-2) in Week 13 on December 2 on Monday night.

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