Jim Souhan: It was time to write off Vikings once and for all on Sunday — until it wasn't

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Football

Is Kirk Cousins the guy who sabotaged the Vikings' season, or the one who saved it?

Is the Vikings' defense made of terry cloth or Teflon?

Is Chad Beebe a special teams pariah for muffing a key punt, or a receiving savior for catching the winning touchdown pass?

Are the Vikings a good team digging out of a hole, or a bad team that's in too deep?

If anyone tells you they are certain of the answer, you should hide your credit cards and car keys because they are lying as much as someone touting a no-strings-attached timeshare.

Midway through the fourth quarter of their game against Carolina at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, the Vikings trailed by 11 points, had given up touchdowns on consecutive plays to the same Panthers rookie, had produced zero sacks or 20-yard gains, and were about to fall into a tie in the standings with a Detroit Lions team that just fired its general manager and coach.


Although forensic scientists are checking to be sure, it seems that the Vikings rallied for a 28-27 victory, the winning points coming on Cousins' 10-yard touchdown pass to Beebe with 46 seconds remaining, less than two minutes after Beebe's fumble on a punt return threatened to end the Vikings' playoff hopes.

Logic is not invited to this party, and predictability just left with a designated driver. Any conclusions you may have drawn during the game were rendered meaningless by its end.

Cousins was about to steer his team to a second straight embarrassing home loss against a losing team ... before he completed six of seven passes for 75 yards and the winning touchdown in a 65-second drive with only one timeout available.

Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the former Viking, was about to complete a triumphant return ... until he missed an open receiver in the end zone for what would have been a clinching touchdown.


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