Courtland Sutton’s late heroics allow Broncos to edge Vikings


On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos defeated the Minnesota Vikings on the road 21-20 thanks to a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Courtland Sutton that covered 15 yards and gave the Broncos the lead they needed to hold on for the victory.

Sutton made a diving catch in the back left corner of the end zone after a leaping effort and landed with both feet within the legal boundaries of the play. Before that play, Denver (5-5) had to make do with five field goals because they couldn’t score a touchdown in their previous games.

Wilson passed the ball 27 times out of 35 attempts for 259 yards and the game-winning touchdown. The Broncos outscored their opponent in turnovers by a score of 3-0 and claimed their fourth victory in a row.

Joshua Dobbs, who completed 20 32 passes while throwing for 221 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, led the Minnesota Vikings (6-5). The Vikings’ five-game winning streak ended, but Dobbs scored a touchdown for the team on the ground.

Dobbs extended the Vikings’ advantage to 17-9 with 7 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the third quarter by using his legs. After he was unsuccessful in finding an open receiver, he spotted an opportunity and scored a touchdown by running up the middle of the field for 10 yards.

With 12 minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the game, Broncos kicker Wil Lutz kicked a field goal from 37 yards out, bringing the score to 17-12 for Denver.

With 10 minutes and 37 seconds remaining in the game, Lutz scored again, this time from 28 yards out, to bring Denver’s deficit down to 17 points. Broncos cornerback Ja’Quan McMillian made the play that led to the touchdown by intercepting a pass deep inside Vikings territory.

With 3:17 left on the clock, Greg Joseph kicked a field goal from 30 yards out for Minnesota, cutting the deficit to 20-15.

At the break, Minnesota had a slim 10-9 lead. Lutz kicked a field goal from 31 yards out to get the scoring started for Denver early on in the first quarter.

With 14 minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Dobbs threw a touchdown throw to Josh Oliver that covered 3 yards and turned the score 7-3 in favor of the Vikings. Dobbs avoided the pressure by rolling to his right and hitting Oliver for the touchdown, which was Oliver’s second of the year.

Joseph kicked a field goal from 34 yards out, increasing the Vikings’ lead to 10-3 with 8 minutes and 9 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Lutz kicked two consecutive field goals, bringing the team’s score to within one point at the break. He kicked a field goal from 31 yards out with 4:08 left on the clock, and then he nailed a field goal from 52 yards out as time ran out before the half.

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