There really is no touchdown like a fat guy touchdown, and Linval Joseph provided one of those for us on Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings took on the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles had just gained a first down into Minnesota territory at the 31-yard line. On the next play, Stephen Weatherly knifed through the Vikings’ offensive line and hammered Carson Wentz. Then. . .greatness happened.
Linval Joseph has the football and he will NOT be stopped!— NFL (@NFL) October 7, 2018
BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN for the @vikings!
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The ball floated out of Wentz’s hands and into the waiting arms of Linval Joseph. Joseph knew exactly what to do with it, as he took off down the right sideline and, with the help of a couple of blocks, got the ball into the end zone for a 64-yard score.
It will go down in the record books as a fumble recovery for Joseph and not an interception, per the NFL stats folks.
This was the first touchdown in the career of Linval Joseph, and is the third-longest fumble recovery for a touchdown in Vikings’ history by a defensive lineman.
Linval's FR TD was the 3rd longest in #Vikings history by a DL.— Vikings PR (@VikingsPR) October 7, 2018
1. 77t, Kevin Williams, vs. Jax '04
2. 65t, Alan Page, at Chi '70
3. 64t, Linval Joseph, at Phi '18
That touchdown gave the Vikings a 10-3 lead, and they’ve expanded that lead to 17-3 at halftime.