Updated:
Original:

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
Chad Beebe

The Minnesota Vikings' kept their playoff hopes alive on Sunday afternoon, overcoming a third quarter deficit to come from behind to defeat the Carolina Panthers 28-27 at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

The Vikings got off to a good start with Kirk Cousins finding Justin Jefferson on a 12-yard connection on their opening drive to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead. 

However, the Vikings couldn't extend their lead as the first half was dominated by choppy offense and opportunistic defense. 

The Panthers tied the game in the second quarter with Teddy Bridgewater connecting with Robby Anderson on a 41-yard touchdown. The Vikings answered with a quick drive at the end of the half that ended in a 25-yard field goal from Dan Bailey to go into the locker room up 10-7.

The Vikings opened the second half with the ball but that turned out to be a good thing for the Carolina defense. Jeremy Chinn stripped Kirk Cousins for a 17-yard fumble recovery to give the Panthers a 14-10 lead and did it again 10 seconds later on a 28-yard fumble recovery by Chinn to put Minnesota in a 21-10 hole.

On an afternoon where the Vikings were without Adam Thielen due to COVID-19 protocols, the offense struggled to get going. After the Vikings and Panthers exchanged field goals, Minnesota made a last stand with Cousins hooking up with Jefferson for his second touchdown of the day.

The 10-yard score combined with a two-point conversion brought the Vikings to within 24-21. The Vikings earned a stop on the next possession, but Chad Beebe, replacing K.J. Osborn as the team's punt returner, muffed the ensuing punt. With a chance to win, the Panthers could only get a field goal to leave the door open for the Vikings.

With the game on the line, Kirk Cousins drove the Vikings down the field and found Beebe for a 10-yard touchdown with 46 seconds for the game-winning score. 

Bridgewater had one last gasp, leading the Panthers into field goal range, but Joey Slye's attempt flew wide left and the Vikings held on for the 28-27 victory.

The Vikings improved to 5-6 with the win and are one game back from sixth-seed Arizona, who lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota will look to make up more ground next week against Jacksonville.

Next Up

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department of Justice Monday.

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.

eggs

As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Related

Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey kicks Vikings out of final playoff spot

The Vikings kicker missed four kicks in a 26-14 defeat.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings could move into playoff spot after OT win over Jaguars

The Vikings didn't make it easy but came away with a win.

Adam Thielen

Cowboys score late to end Vikings' winning streak

Adam Thielen's two touchdowns weren't enough in a 31-28 defeat.

Adam Thielen

Vikings earn a rare win in Chicago

Adam Thielen scored two touchdowns in a 19-13 victory.

Dalvin Cook

Vikings' revival not enough in loss to Titans

Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook had big games, but the Vikings lost 31-30.

Kirk Cousins

Winless Falcons embarrass Vikings; sends Minnesota to 1-5

Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions in the defeat.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?

Mike Zimmer

Browns smother Vikings offense, puts Minnesota back on the brink

The Browns won with a game plan reserved for Mike Zimmer's squad.