Bold decision to kick led to Vikings’ overtime victory over Rams

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer let the Rams have the ball first in overtime.
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The Minnesota Vikings entered their overtime period against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday with plenty of guts. Tied at 18, Minnesota won the coin toss and gave St. Louis the first chance to put points on the board, according to Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer took the wind over the opportunity to possess the ball first since it was a blustery day at TCF Bank Stadium and field position seemed to be the team’s biggest priority. The gamble paid off when St. Louis went three-and-out on their first possession of overtime and were forced to punt.

A nifty return by Marcus Sherels gave the Vikings possession around midfield. From there, they easily pushed the ball into field-goal range and ended the game with a 40-yarder off the foot of kicker Blair Walsh.

Zimmer’s bold decision to take give St. Louis the first shot to score showed that he’s willing to make risky decisions in order to give his team the best chance to win.

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