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Vikings Stun Twitter, Complete 'Greatest Comeback in NFL History' with Win over Colts

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - NOVEMBER 24: Kirk Cousins #8, Justin Jefferson #18 and Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings eat turkey legs on the field after defeating the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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It only took the Minnesota Vikings 14 games to clinch the NFC North and earn a playoff spot.

The Vikings (11-3) officially won the division Saturday with a miraculous 39-36 comeback victory over Indianapolis Colts.

Down 33-0 at halftime, the Vikings charged back to score 14 points in the third quarter and 22 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where Greg Joseph hit a 40-yard field goal to cap things.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 34 of 54 passes for 460 yards and four touchdowns against two interceptions in the win. C.J. Ham, K.J. Osborn, Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen all recorded touchdowns.

The win is the largest comeback in NFL history, and it led to NFL Twitter being stunned by one of the greatest games of the year:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The greatest comeback in NFL history.

Next Gen Stats @NextGenStats

According to the NGS win probability model, the <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a>' win probability was as low as 0.4% when they trailed 33-0 with 13:22 remaining in the 3rd quarter.<br><br>The win goes down as the 2nd-most statistically improbable comeback in the NGS era.<br><br>📸: Top 5 Comebacks, NGS era <a href="https://t.co/Q2SpbTSiF3">pic.twitter.com/Q2SpbTSiF3</a>

Patrick Kessler @PatKessler

Are you kidding me, <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a> ??!! Wild, crazy, jaw dropping, history making, last-second win, again! Cardiac Kids!

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

Largest comeback in league history. Wow. <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a> are great TV!

Jay DeMarcus @JayDeMarcus

Just have to say… What the <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a> just did is nothing short of a miracle!! What an amazing game… <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/biggestcombackever?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#biggestcombackever</a>

Joe Fann @Joe_Fann

Hold up, the Vikings did what now?!?

Baihly Warfield WDIO @BaihlyWDIO

This is a once-in-a-lifetime season, however it ends. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SKOL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SKOL</a> 💛💜 <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a>

Chris Myers @The_ChrisMyers

Give the Vikings credit for the greatest comeback in NFL history rallying from 33-0 at halftime to win!<br>For the Colts ..that was an alltime embarrassment…<br>truly pathetic.. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VikingsFootball?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VikingsFootball</a>

DraftKings @DraftKings

From 33-0 at half to winning by a FG. Vikings now have the biggest comeback in NFL history! <a href="https://t.co/thbKLA67qj">pic.twitter.com/thbKLA67qj</a>

Ricky Ruiz @riiickyruiz

damn what a performance from the Vikings 🫡

Marke Driesschen @ctv_marke

There will always be the doubters &amp; skeptics, but the <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a> just completed the biggest comeback in NFL history, despite the officials &amp; a 33 point deficit. They're not perfect, but they're contenders, not pretenders &amp; are going to be a handful for anyone they go against.

Michele Tafoya @Michele_Tafoya

The <a href="https://twitter.com/Vikings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vikings</a> are the cardiac kids of this NFL season.

The only question is which playoff seed they'll secure.

The top overall seed in the NFC is still up for grabs, with the Vikings looking to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles (12-1). With the NFL moving to seven playoff teams per conference last year, only the top seed gets a first-round bye alongside home-field advantage.

So, while Minnesota will be pleased with its division crown, there's more work to be done to earn the crucial top spot in the NFC.

The Vikings will be happy with how far they've come this season, though, after finishing 8-9 last year and missing the playoffs for the second straight campaign. That ended the Mike Zimmer era, who led the team to the postseason three times in his eight-year tenure as head coach.

In came Kevin O'Connell, and the result has been a team that has emerged as one of the NFL's top contenders.

Of course, having an explosive playmaker at wideout in Jefferson doesn't hurt, nor does complementary pieces Cook, Thielen and T.J. Hockenson, who was acquired in a midseason trade with the Detroit Lions to bolster tight end.

And while Cousins is hardly among the NFL's elite quarterbacks, he's played well enough to keep the Vikings rolling. Ditto for the defense.

Add it all up, and you have a Vikings team that wrapped up the NFC North in December. Now, the question is whether this group will still be playing come February.