Tom Brady and the Buccaneers got the better of the Vikings 26-14 in a game that both teams needed to win.
The Buccaneers were able to hold on Sunday against the Vikings to stay in a wild card spot. Brady went 15 for 23 airing it out for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, throwing to Rob Gronkowski and Scotty Miller. The two touchdowns were the only receptions for the receivers, who made the most of their opportunities. Miller took it 48 yards to the house. Ronald Jones II also had a big impact rushing 18 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers defense also flexed their muscle getting to the quarterback for 6 sacks and 12 hits.
The Vikings did not go down without a fight. Kirk Cousins did what he could, going 24 for 37, 225 yards, and a touchdown. Cousins also had a career day rushing for 41 yards. The Vikings wideouts were all held under 40 yards other than Irv Smith Jr. who had 4 receptions for 63 yards and the only receiving touchdown. Dalvin Cook Rushed for another hundred yard game racking up 102 yards and a touchdown.
The big story of the game was Dan Bailey. Bailey was far from perfect missing every attempt of the game. He missed three total field goals from 36 yards, 54 yards, and finally from 46 yards. He also missed an extra point early in the game.
Bailey’s missed field goals and the offense’s inability to protect Cousins spelled disaster for the Vikings. It was a winnable game for them only losing by 12. They were able to keep the ball out of Brady’s hands for most of the game, only giving them 20 minutes of possession time but it was not enough. The 8-5 Buccaneers look to plunder the Atlanta Falcons and keep their playoff spot locked up. While the 6-7 Vikings try to stay in the hunt against a shaky Chicago Bears.
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