Not many people expected the Minnesota Vikings to have much success on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Championship rematch from a season ago that Philadelphia won convincingly. The Vikings flipped the script this time around and defeated the Eagles 26-23. Philadelphia now has lost three games this season and this already matches the total amount of losses they had a season ago.
With the game tied at three in the second-quarter, Linval Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a touchdown. Right before halftime, Kirk Cousins threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. Thielen finished with seven receptions for 116 yards receiving and a touchdown. Cousins completed 30-of-37 for 301 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one yard on five carries.
Stefon Diggs also had a big day receiving with 10 receptions for 91 yards receiving. Latavius Murray was the Vikings leading rusher with 42 yards on 11 carries. Running back Dalvin Cook missed another contest for the Minnesota Vikings because of a hamstring injury.
With the Philadelphia Eagles trailing 20-6 in the fourth-quarter, Carson Wentz threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wendell Smallwood (Smallwood 2-point conversion). He caught three passes for 41 yards receiving and a touchdown. Smallwood also rushed for 27 yards on three carries. Jay Ajayi was the Philadelphia Eagles leading rusher with 29 yards on eight carries.
Dan Bailey made a clutch 52-yard field goal for the Minnesota Vikings with 2:47 remaining in regulation.
Zach Ertz caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 1:07 remaining in regulation. Ertz finished with 10 receptions for 110 yards receiving and a touchdown. Wentz completed 24-of-35 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 26 yards on five carries.
The Philadelphia Eagles attempted an onside kick and it was almost botched by Adam Thielen, but he was able to maintain possession of the ball and seal the deal for the Minnesota Vikings.
Speaking of the Vikings (2-2-1), they will host the Arizona Cardinals (1-4) next Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) will travel to face the New York Giants (1-4) on Thursday night.