Arizona Cardinals 34, Minnesota Vikings 33: Last second miss sends Vikings 0-2

For most of Sunday afternoon’s game, it looked like a kick from Greg Joseph would make the difference in the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals.

And it was.

Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal with no time left, which provided the margin of victory after an extra point missed earlier in the day, leaving the Cardinals to run away with a win from 34-33 in week two of the NFL.

The Vikings drew the first blood into this one, and it took them less than a minute to get there. Kirk Cousins ​​stepped back to pass and found KJ Osborn for a whopping 64 yards in Game 2 of the game to put the Vikings up 7-0 after their first possession.

The Cardinals responded on their second possession after the two teams traded three-and-outs. Kyler Murray escaped the rush and hit DeAndre Hopkins for 15 yards to tie it at 7-7 with just under six minutes left in the first quarter.

However, Minnesota regained the upper hand on their next possession, as Cousins ​​got his second touchdown pass in the first quarter. This was a 7-yard shot from Adam Thielen that put the Vikings ahead by a score of 14-7 with seconds left in the first quarter.

Cousins ​​got his third touchdown pass of the afternoon shortly after, as he dashed to his left and punched Justin Jefferson for 14 yards. Greg Joseph’s extra point started wide on the right, but it was still good enough for the Vikings to have a 20-7 lead with just under nine minutes left in the second quarter.

The Cardinals moved closer on their next possession, as Murray threw the ball into the end zone from 12 yards to reduce the Vikings’ lead to 20-14 with just over three minutes left in the half. time. The practice featured a play near the goal line that was originally called a Vikings fumble, but upon review it was (correctly) called off by officials with Arizona retaining possession.

Arizona then took the lead after poking the Vikings on a 3rd and 1 point from Dalvin Cook. The Cardinals had only needed one play to score by then, as Murray found Rondale Moore for a 77-yard strike to put the home side the advantage, 21-20 with a minute and a half to go. play at half-time.

A 52-yard field goal from Greg Joseph restored the Vikings’ lead to 23-21, and the Cardinals responded just before halftime with a 62-yard goal. . . yes, sixty-two. . .by Matt Prater to take a 24-23 lead in the locker room.

Arizona took football out of the locker room at halftime, but it was the Vikings who scored on that possession thanks to a 38-yard pick-six from Nick Vigil. He caught a pass from Murray and came back, putting the Vikings in the lead with a score of 30-24 just a minute into the second half.

But the Cardinals had a response once again, as Murray got his third touchdown pass of the afternoon, this one on 9 yards for AJ Green where he crushed Bashaud Breeland en route to the zone. goals. The score put the home team in the lead once again by a score of 31-30 with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter.

After a Vikings punt, the Cardinals resumed driving, but safety Xavier Woods recovered Murray’s second interception by the Vikings in the afternoon, as he landed a long pass near the line. goal to retrieve the Vikings ball.

Minnesota regained the lead in practice that followed, as Greg Joseph posted his second 52-yard field goal of the afternoon to put the Vikings back on top, 33-31. The Vikings forced a punt on the next possession, but Dede Westbrook inexplicably lined it up at depth and was shot down at the 2-yard line to put the Vikings into dangerous waters. Unsurprisingly, the Vikings then had to return the ball to the Cardinals from the depths of their own turf.

The Vikings forced the Cardinals into a 4th and 5th Minnesota 41 situation and brought home, but Murray got rid of it and found Christian Kirk for a huge payoff to set up the first and the goal. The Vikings then limited the damage to a field goal from Prater, a 27-yard player to move up Arizona, 34-33, four and a half minutes to go.

The two teams traded punts and the Vikings recovered the ball from their own 22-yard line with a time-out and just over two minutes to go. The Vikings, led by Cousins, pushed down the field and put Joseph in position to attempt a winning kick. Joseph, who had been good twice for 52 yards earlier in the game, pushed his offensive attempt to the left as time ran out, sending the Vikings to a 0-2 record.

The Vikings will host the Seattle Seahawks in their opener at US Bank Stadium next week, while the Cardinals travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Vikings are heartbroken to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, 34-33, at State Farm Stadium. Thanks to everyone who covered this week’s game right here at The Daily Norseman!

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