Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

MIN
23
PHI
21
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MIN 3143323
PHI 0331521

Game Information
Location: Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 69,696

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Linval Joseph whipped out the sunglasses, sat on the bench and pulled on the oxygen mask .

Rest up, big man. Job well done.

Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, the 330-pound Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-21 Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.

"I love seeing Linval on the sideline in his glasses after plays. They have a lot of fun," Cousins said.

Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia's offense again struggled as the defending Super Bowl champions fell to 2-3.

Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 rout over Case Keenum and Minnesota's top-ranked defense in the title game on his way to earning MVP honors against New England.

Trying to rally from a 17-point deficit midway through the third quarter, the Eagles were set up to take the lead after Roc Thomas dropped a backward pass and Nigel Bradham recovered the fumble at the Vikings 30 in the fourth quarter. But Wentz was called for intentional grounding and coach Doug Pederson elected not to let Jake Elliott try a 58-yarder.

"We were in great position and we go backward," Wentz said. "It's frustrating."

Dan Bailey, who missed two field goals earlier, nailed a 52-yard field goal to extend the lead to 23-14 with 2:47 left.

Wentz fired a 7-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz to cut it to 23-21 with 1:09 left but Adam Thielen recovered the onside kick.

The Vikings (2-2-1) got an excellent performance from Cousins, who completed 30 of 37 passes, to avoid falling further behind in the NFC North. Cousins became the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.

"The pressure keeps building because we know what kind of team we could have if we can overcome some of the things we've been doing," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "There was a lot of pressure to come in here and get a win. They studied hard, came out and worked their rear ends off."

Cousins praised offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons.

"Credit to Coach Flip for being aggressive as a play caller, giving us a chance," Cousins said.

Joseph snatched Wentz's fumble out of the air and rumbled the distance to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Stephen Weatherly knocked the ball loose and Wentz couldn't recover to catch Joseph from behind after the strip-sack.

After a roughing penalty by Michael Bennett negated his sack, Cousins tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Thielen to extend the lead to 17-3 at halftime. Bennett hit Cousins in the upper thigh, held his legs before letting go and Cousins fell backward.

The Eagles finally got going on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Eric Kendricks forced Jay Ajayi to fumble at the Vikings 5 and recovered it. Cousins connected deep with Thielen for 68 yards on the next play and the Vikings reached the Eagles 2 before settling for Bailey's 22-yard field goal.

"There is no excuse down there," Ajayi said. "I didn't do my job."

Jake Elliott kicked a 30-yarder to tie it at 3-3 after Philadelphia wasted an opportunity inside the red zone. Shelton Gibson made a leaping 48-yard reception at the Vikings 17. But Wendell Smallwood dropped a pass on third-and-3 and the Eagles settled.

Down 20-3, the Eagles had a first down at the Vikings 15, but Wentz took a sack and they ended up kicking a field goal.

Wentz tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wendell Smallwood, who benefited from the NFL's new catch rule because the ball came loose when he hit the ground. Smallwood then ran in for the 2-point conversion to get Philadelphia within 20-14.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Bennett sat on the bench during the national anthem in protest of racial and social injustice. Bennett stayed in the tunnel during the anthem the first month of the season but already ran onto the field during pregame introductions.

GET IN LINE

The Eagles were flagged three times for illegal formation.

INJURIES:

Vikings: LT Riley Reiff left the game with a foot injury. ... RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was inactive.

Eagles: S Corey Graham left the game with a hamstring injury. ... DE Derek Barnett (shoulder) and DT Haloti Ngata (calf) and RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) were inactive.

UP NEXT

Vikings: Host the Arizona Cardinals (1-4) next Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the New York Giants (1-4) on Thursday night.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Eagles
05:02 Dan Bailey 37 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Eagles
12:24 Jake Elliott 30 yd FG 3 3
04:12 Linval Joseph 64 yd opp fumble return (Dan Bailey kick) 10 3
00:21 Adam Thielen 3 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) 17 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Eagles
07:32 Dan Bailey 22 yd FG 20 3
02:57 Jake Elliott 28 yd FG 20 6

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Vikings Eagles
12:05 Wendell Smallwood 12 yd pass from Carson Wentz (Wendell Smallwood 2pt Rush) 20 14
02:47 Dan Bailey 52 yd FG 23 14
01:09 Zach Ertz 7 yd pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott kick) 23 21

Team Stats
  Minnesota Philadelphia
1st Downs 19 21
Total Yards 375 364
Passing 298 283
Passing Completions/Attempts 30-37 24-35
Yards/Pass 7.8 7.4
Rushing 77 81
Rushing Attempts 23 17
Yards/Rush 3.3 4.8
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 32:47 27:13

Minnesota Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kirk Cousins 30 37 301 8.1 1 0

Philadelphia Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Wentz 24 35 311 8.9 2 0

Minnesota Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Latavius Murray 11 42 3.8 0 12
Stefon Diggs 2 25 12.5 0 20
Roc Thomas 4 8 2.0 0 6
Kirk Cousins 5 1 0.2 0 3
Mike Boone 1 1 1.0 0 1

Philadelphia Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jay Ajayi 8 29 3.6 0 9
Wendell Smallwood 3 27 9.0 0 13
Carson Wentz 5 26 5.2 0 11
Josh Adams 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Minnesota Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Adam Thielen 7 116 16.6 1 68
Stefon Diggs 10 91 9.1 0 25
Kyle Rudolph 5 41 8.2 0 17
Laquon Treadwell 3 21 7.0 0 8
Latavius Murray 2 14 7.0 0 8
C.J. Ham 1 7 7.0 0 7
Roc Thomas 1 6 6.0 0 6
David Morgan 1 5 5.0 0 5
Aldrick Robinson 0 0 0.0 0

Philadelphia Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Zach Ertz 10 110 11.0 1 23
Shelton Gibson 1 48 48.0 0 48
Nelson Agholor 4 45 11.2 0 20
Wendell Smallwood 3 44 14.7 1 23
Alshon Jeffery 2 39 19.5 0 31
Dallas Goedert 2 16 8.0 0 11
Jay Ajayi 1 5 5.0 0 5
Jordan Matthews 1 4 4.0 0 4

Minnesota Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Anthony Barr 5 1 0 0
Mike Hughes 5 0 0 0
Andrew Sendejo 5 0 0 0
Linval Joseph 4 1 1 15
Eric Kendricks 4 2 0 0
Harrison Smith 4 0 0 0
Xavier Rhodes 3 0 0 0
Danielle Hunter 2 0 1 8
Stephen Weatherly 2 0 1 5
Mackensie Alexander 1 0 0 0
Jalyn Holmes 1 0 0 0
George Iloka 1 0 0 0
Jayron Kearse 1 0 0 0
Sheldon Richardson 0 1 0 0
Roc Thomas 0 0 0 0
Eric Wilson 0 0 0 0

Philadelphia Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jordan Hicks 7 2 0 0
Sidney Jones 7 0 0 0
Nigel Bradham 5 2 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 5 0 0 0
Ronald Darby 4 0 0 0
Jalen Mills 4 0 0 0
Brandon Graham 3 0 1 3
Avonte Maddox 3 0 0 0
Chris Long 2 0 0 0
Michael Bennett 1 0 0 0
Fletcher Cox 1 0 0 0
Kamu Grugier-Hill 1 0 0 0
Treyvon Hester 1 0 0 0
Jay Ajayi 0 0 0 0
Rick Lovato 0 0 0 0
Joshua Perkins 0 0 0 0

Minnesota Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Philadelphia Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Minnesota Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adam Thielen 0.0

Philadelphia Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
DeAndre Carter 4 86 21.5 0 24

Minnesota Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Mike Hughes 1 13 13.0 0 13
Brandon Zylstra 1 9 9.0 0 9

Philadelphia Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Minnesota Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dan Bailey 3 5 60.0 52

Philadelphia Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jake Elliott 2 2 100.0 30

Minnesota Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Wile 2 78 43

Philadelphia Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Cameron Johnston 4 187 57