Joseph’s late field goal gives Minnesota Vikings win over New Orleans Saints
The NFL waltzed back into London on its yearly sojourn with a purple and gold swagger as the Minnesota Vikings edged a nerve-shredding encounter 28-25 over the New Orleans Saints thanks to a dynamite offensive display from Justin Jefferson and the trusty boot of Greg Joseph.
The receiver’s electric pace set up the winning field goal for Joseph as the Vikings move to 3-1 and top of the NFC North, with a firm eye on the playoffs,
while New Orleans sink to 1-3 and last in the NFC South as they wonder what could have been.
Wil Lutz’s last-second monster 65-yard field goal attempt teased overtime but finally spelled defeat as the ball bounced off the left upright then spun across the crossbar before falling the wrong side of the posts.
The optimism for Andy Dalton v Kirk Cousins II, a sequel to 2017’s never-ending 27-27 overtime tie between Cincinnati and Washington, was admirable from the 60,639-strong crowd but,
after a first-half full of mistakes from both quarterbacks, the contest slowly simmered into a thrilling shootout as the final quarter ebbed away and the lead swung back and forth.
The final twist in the tale was provided by Jefferson as he left Marshon Lattimore in his dust down the left sideline to catch a 39-yard pass from Cousins with the scores level and only 97 seconds remaining.
The Saints prevented a touchdown but Joseph stepped up and sealed the victory from 47 yards. The kicker enjoyed the spotlight as he tied a bow on stifled drive after stifled drive, finishing with a crucial five field goals and 16 points for his team.