After starting the season 5-0, the Vikings have found themselves in a rut, receiving bad news after bad news. Ever since their week 6 bye, the Vikings have lost 3 in a row and none hurt as bad as their loss yesterday to the Detroit Lions.
In the same week that their offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, resigned, the Vikings suffered a brutal loss to the Lions.
With just 23 seconds left in the game, Sam Bradford and the Vikings were able to take a 16-13 lead off a touchdown by Rhett Ellison. After trailing the whole game, they were finally in position to take home the W.
But with just those 23 seconds, Stafford was able to connect with wide receiver Seth Roberts for 27 yards, which set up a 58 yard field goal attempt for their kicker, Matt Prater. Prater has been shaky at times during his career with the Lions, but he was able to hit the game-tying 58 yarder to bring the game into overtime.
The Vikings bad luck continued as the Lions won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball first. If you’re not familiar with NFL overtime rules, if the team with the ball first scores a touchdown, then the game is over. Any other result would give the Vikings a chance to win the game. Guess what happened?
It wasn’t even an ordinary touchdown. Check out Golden Tate’s somersault flip touchdown:
GOLDEN TATE IS A SAVAGE! GAME WINNER! LIONS WIN! pic.twitter.com/pwyKKk3ALI
— Detroit Lions Videos (@DetroitVideos) November 6, 2016
Here’s another look at it:
Golden Tate is a legend. pic.twitter.com/rMSVXcMCzt
— Detroit Lions Fans (@DetLionBlood) November 6, 2016
The losing streak continues for the Vikings and they are now 5-3. The Lions on the other hand moved to 5-4, but more importantly, took a win from one of their NFC North rivals.