It looked just like the Minnesota Vikings' game last week against the Buffalo Bills. The team held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scoreless for three quarters, taking a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter of play. Then, the Vikings allowed the Buccaneers to convert three consecutive scoring drives, including a touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins just before the two-minute warning to take a 13-10 lead.
But then something different happened.
Teddy Bridgewater led the Vikings down the field, going 5-for-8 on the final drive, and Blair Walsh connected on a 38-yard field goal to tie the score at 13 and send the game to overtime.
Tampa Bay won the coin toss and elected to receive. After an ill-advised return attempt by Trindon Holliday, Glennon found Seferian Jenkins again on the Buccaneers' first play of overtime for what looked like a first down.
And then. . .Anthony Barr happened.
Barr stripped the ball from Jenkins' grasp, picked it up, and rambled 26 yards for a touchdown, the first of his young NFL career, and gave the Vikings an improbable 19-13 victory in a game that they nearly let slip away.
Bridgewater completed 24-of-42 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown, a 17-yard strike to Greg Jennings in the third quarter. Jerick McKinnon ran the ball 16 times for 83 yards, and Cordarrelle Patterson had his best receiving game of the season, catching six balls for 86 yards, including several big catches in the fourth quarter.
The win marks the Vikings' first victory over the Buccaneers since 2001, and their first win ever at Raymond James Stadium. The victory moves the Vikings to 3-5 on the season, and they will host the Washington Redskins next weekend at TCF Bank Stadium before going on their bye week.
We'll have plenty more on this game over the next day or two, but for now it's time to celebrate a Minnesota Vikings victory, 19-13 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.