Backup quarterback Matt Cassel sparked the Vikings offense, building a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Greg Jennings each scored two touchdowns, and the defense, while bending to the brink, came up with a big play at the end of the fourth quarter to keep the Steelers from tying the game.
It was an entertaining battle to say the least, and it brought an end to a very entertaining first month of the season for the Vikings. It's not a stretch to say Minnesota could be 4-0 at this point, but it managed to shoot itself in the foot in losing its first three games.
Sunday's win over the Steelers—and Cassel's performance in particular—will ramp up the Vikings talk during the coming bye week.
While a 1-3 start has been extremely disappointing for the Vikings, finally getting a win under their belt could save the 2013 season from going straight downhill.
At the one-quarter mark of the season, we take a look at the studs, duds and biggest surprises for the Vikings so far.