Vikings kicker Greg Joseph, center, celebrates with teammates after kicking a field goal in overtime Saturday to give Minnesota a 39-36 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Stacy Bengs/Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings completed the biggest comeback in NFL history, erasing a 33-point deficit by beating the Indianapolis Colts 39-36 on Greg Joseph’s 40-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in overtime on Saturday to clinch the NFC North division in their typical dramatic fashion.

Kirk Cousins passed for 460 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Vikings (11-3), who trailed 36-7 late in the third quarter and became just the third team in league history to win 10 games in one season by eight points or fewer.

The Colts (4-9-1) stumbled onto the infamous side of the list, just ahead of the Houston Oilers in the 1992 postseason when they blew a 32-point lead (35-3) and lost to Buffalo (41-38) in overtime. According to Sportradar data, this was only the second loss in 1,551 regular-season or playoff games in the league since 1930 in which a team had a lead of more than 30 points.

“Nothing fazes us. We showed that in Buffalo,” said cornerback Patrick Peterson, noting a 33-30 overtime victory over the Bills on Nov. 13 after a 17-point deficit. “We showed that again today.”

The Vikings took this rally all the way to their second possession of OT. Cousins hit K.J. Osborn for 15 yards, Adam Thielen for 21 yards and Justin Jefferson for 13 yards to move into range.

With time winding down and Minnesota out of timeouts, Ifeadi Odenigbo of the Colts was called for delay of game for lying on Jefferson to try to keep the Vikings from setting up for the winning kick, putting Joseph 5 yards closer for the winner.


Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday didn’t exactly get conservative in this collapse. Matt Ryan was stopped short on a fourth-and-1 sneak at the Minnesota 36 with 2:19 left in regulation. Then Cousins hit Dalvin Cook for a 64-yard touchdown on a screen pass on the next play and T.J. Hockenson for the 2-point conversion to tie the game before the 2-minute warning.

Outscored 33-0 in the fourth quarter of their most recent game – a 54-19 loss to Dallas on Dec. 4 – the Colts came back fresh from their bye week and stunned the Vikings with a 33-0 halftime lead that was the second-largest in the NFL this season. Cincinnati led Carolina 35-0 on Nov. 6.

The intermission deficit for Minnesota was the second-biggest in franchise history, behind a 45-10 score at Seattle in 2002.

The Colts had a six-game winning streak against the Vikings stopped. The last time Minnesota beat Indianapolis was in 1997, the final game the Colts played before they drafted Peyton Manning.

BILLS 32, DOLPHINS 29: Tyler Bass hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired, and Buffalo (11-3) clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth on a snow-slick field in rallying to a win over Miami (8-6) in Orchard Park, New York.

The Bills overcame a 29-21 deficit by scoring on their final two drives. They tied the game when Josh Allen threw a 5-yard pass to Dawson Knox and then leaped over the line for a 2-point conversion with 9:02 remaining.


Allen then oversaw a 15-play, 86-yard drive that ate up the final 5:56 to set up Bass’ field goal, which led to numerous Bills players diving head-first to slide in the snow.

Allen threw four touchdown passes to increase his career total to 171 (including one receiving) and tie former Miami quarterback Dan Marino for the most by an NFL player in the first five seasons of his career.

In winning its fifth straight, and third in three weeks over a divisional opponent, Buffalo also inched closer to clinching its third consecutive AFC East title by building a three-game lead over Miami.

The Dolphins entered the weekend as the AFC’s sixth seed. They’ve now lost three in a row in their bid to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2016.

BROWNS 13, RAVENS 3: Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass in his home debut for Cleveland (6-8), leading the Browns to an ugly win over AFC North-leading Baltimore (9-5), which again played without injured star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Watson wasn’t spectacular, but he did enough in his third game since being reinstated from an NFL suspension to help the Browns keep their miniscule playoff hopes alive.


Watson, missed 11 games because of alleged sexual misconduct, connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones on a 3-yard TD pass in the third quarter to put the Browns up 13-3 – the biggest deficit Baltimore has faced all season.

Watson finished 18 of 28 for 161 yards.


STEELERS: Mitch Trubisky will start at quarterback on Sunday when Pittsburgh plays at Carolina.

Trubisky began the season as Pittsburgh’s starter before losing the job midway through a Week 4 loss to the New York Jets. He has relieved Kenny Pickett twice, helping secure a win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 16 and throwing for 276 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions last Sunday against Baltimore.

Pickett is in concussion protocol.

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