With just over two minutes left in their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings drove 65 yards down the field and scored a touchdown to pull within two points, trailing 17-15.
It was easy to laugh when Bradford’s pass on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt sailed about 15 yards too high, but the ‘Boys definitely got away with one at U.S. Bank Stadium.
After Jerrick McKinnon’s three-yard touchdown pulled Minnesota within two with 25 seconds left, Bradford — who returned in the second half after exiting the game with an apparent rib injury — threw over the middle to try and tie the score and force overtime.
His pass attempt was nowhere near a receiver, but it was clearly obvious from the replay that the Cowboys got away with a blow to Bradford’s face/helmet.
That was a blatant missed call, but to be fair to Dallas, ESPN’s Trey Wingo pointed out that there should’ve been a false start on the offense on the same play, which would’ve blown it dead before the blow to the head even happened:
The Cowboys were able to recover the onside kick and take a knee to run out the clock and win the game, improving to 11 straight wins and an 11-1 overall record.
The Vikings, meanwhile, fell to 6-6, including 4-2 at home.
In any given game, referees are going to make mistakes that hurt both teams. But in a pivotal moment on the decisive play of the game, these officials missed a big one (or two) that guaranteed Vikings fans even more misery after just getting over Bradford’s late-game pick in a loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
From Blair Walsh in the playoffs last year to Teddy Bridgewater’s preseason injury to losing Adrian Peterson, it’s been tough to be a Vikings fan lately. Not getting that flag and another crack at a game-tying two-point conversion — especially after Bradford made such an impressive return and the defense played so well — was yet another soul-crushing development.