Paul Allen Calls Vikings’ 61-Yard Field Goal to Beat Giants on Last Play
But once more, the Vikings found a way to get it done, pulling out a thrilling 27-24 home victory over New York on a 61-yard field goal by Greg Joseph on the final play of the game. Minnesota improved to 11-0 this season in one-possession games with the victory.
And as expected, Vikings radio play by-play announcer Paul Allen made another exuberant call for the clutch kick. Minnesota (12-3) already had claimed the NFC North division title last week.
Allen’s exuberant calls have become a common . courtesy of all the close games this season. Although Allen has been calling games for the team since 1995, he has never been part of a season quite as exciting.
Minnesota’s 11 victories by a margin of less that one score is the most in NFL history in a single season. The Vikings’ only win that has come by more than eight points happened all the way back in Week 1 with their 23-7 win over the Packers.
Three Minnesota wins this season came on the final play. In eight of their 11 one-score victories, they’ve trailed in the fourth quarter. Despite their impressive 12-3 record, the Vikings have only outscored their opponents by a combined five points all season, 378-373.
There’s plenty of talk that the Vikings won’t succeed when the postseason arrives. But given what we’ve seen through the first 16 weeks, they will make things entertaining whenever they take the field.
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