星期四晚上足球: 明尼苏达维京人队在匹兹堡钢人队的反击中险胜

明尼苏达维京人 endured a late Pittsburgh Steelers rally to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 36-28 victory on Thursday Night 足球.

已成为指挥 29-0 lead by late in the third quarter, the Vikings found themselves inches away from an embarrassing final-play collapseSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s incomplete pass to Pat Freiermuth in the end zone quashing a potential comeback for the ages.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith flew into tight end Freiermuth to force the incompletion, sparing Minnesota blushes and lifting his team to 6-7 on the year.
    Roethlisberger was keen not to put any blame on the 23-year-old rookie, who was said to be devastated by his dropped catch.
      He’s taking it pretty hard,” Roethlisberger told reporters.
        I pulled him next to my locker and talked to him a little bit at the end. I got a lot of faith and belief and trust in that guyhe’s got a lot of heart.
        He’ll eat this for a while and he shouldn’t because it’s not on him.
          Pat Freiermuth -- under pressure from three Steelers defenders -- 能够't hold on to Roethlisberger's last-second pass.

          Cooking with gas

          Smith’s heroics took the spotlight away from a blistering performance by Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who looked to have set his team on track for a straightforward win with 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
          Justin Jefferson’s first quarter touchdown from Vikings QB Kirk Cousintopped up by a Greg Joseph field goalhad set the home team on their way before Cook’s two quickfire touchdowns threatened to turn the contest into a procession.
          Dalvin Cook carries the ball during the second quarter.

          Joseph added two more field goals after halftime to make it 29 unanswered points, the Steelers only getting on the scoreboard with two minutes remaining in the third quarter when Roethlisberger threw a short touchdown pass to Najee Harris.
          Three minutes into the fourth and a once unassailable lead had evaporated to nine pointsHarris adding his second touchdown and Roethlisberger throwing a stunning 30-yard touchdown pass to James Washington.
          Clearly keen not to be upstaged, Cousins proceeded to one-up his opposing signal caller by spiraling a spectacular 62-yard touchdown pass to K.J Osborncapping a 308-yard, two touchdown performanceto restore the Vikingscushion to 16 点数.
          Yet the Steelers again refused to lie down. Roethlisberger threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Freiermuth before finding Diontae Johnson for the two-point conversion to tee up a grandstand finish, but Smith’s intervention denied that same Big Ben-Freirmuth combo from completing a fabled comeback.
          James Washington hauls in Roethlisberger 30-yard touchdown pass.

          ‘I don’t look at moral victories

          The loss sees the Steelers drop to 6-6-1, putting a dent in their playoff hopes with two difficult games against the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs — 都 8-4 — to come in December.
          Some may have taken heart from the manner of the fightback, but Roethlisberger said he had no interest inmoral victories.
          We’re running out of time,” Roethlisberger admitted.
          I don’t look at moral victories, I told the guys thatI’m not gonna tell y’all, ‘Great moral victory, great fightback,’ because it’s not that, but I’m proud of them for fighting.

          ‘Another fun night

          The Vikings on the other hand, will just be relieved to have emerged victorious.
          After suffering the ignominy of being the first team to lose to the Detroit Lions (1-10-1), which ended an almost year-long winless streak last week, it’s hard to imagine the mental toll that such a collapse would have inflicted.
          Patrick Peterson reacts after the game.

          Head coach Mike Zimmer will now have time to get to the bottom of his team’s Jekyll and Hyde performance before the Vikings face the Chicago Bears (4-8) 在十二月 21.
          Another fun night,” Zimmer told reporters.
            That team who played in the first half for us was pretty darn good, and I think could probably beat anybody. The team who played in the second half could probably get beat by anybody.
            We kept the TV ratings up too, so that’s goodevery week now we do it,” Zimmer joked.

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