The Minnesota Vikings held on late for a 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The Vikings move to 4-5 on the season with the victory.
Gutsy play-calling gave the Vikings the edge at the end of the game when they ran the ball on fourth down and converted it, which kept the drive alive. That decision iced the game for the Vikings and closed out the win.
The first score of the game happened with 14:18 left in the second quarter when Greg Joseph nailed a 46-yard field goal for the Vikings. The Chargers tied the game at 3 with a 46-yard field goal of their own three minutes later in the second quarter.
Joseph gave the Vikings a 6-3 lead at the 6:42 mark in the second quarter with his second-made field goal. Tight end Tyler Conklin added onto the advantage with a touchdown that put the Vikings in front by 10 points, 13-3. Larry Rountree III’s one-yard rushing touchdown trimmed the deficit to three points, 13-10, 90 seconds left in the first half.
Just under five minutes into the third quarter, Chargers running back Austin Ekeler caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert that put the Chargers up by four points, 17-13. Conklin stole the lead back from the Chargers by capturing a goal-line touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins. The Vikes entered the fourth quarter with a 20-17 lead.
Stretching it across for the score@dalvincook
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 14, 2021
Dalvin Cook punched in a one-yard rush for a touchdown that extended the Viking lead to 10 points, 27-17, with 9:29 left in the final quarter. With 4:36 left in the game, the Chargers were in the red zone but elected to kick a field goal with Dustin Hopkins on fourth down. The Chargers trailed by one touchdown, 27-20.
The Vikings managed to hold on to the win and get an impressive victory over one of the AFC West’s best teams. Justin Jefferson had a phenomenal showing with nine receptions for 143 yards. The Vikings are back in action next Sunday, Nov. 21 at home against the Green Bay Packers at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Vikings find themselves in second place in the NFC North, behind the first-place Packers.
Michael Daly is the Beat Writer for the Minnesota Vikings and can be followed @michaelbraydaly on Twitter.