Vikings overcome 33-point deficit to defeat Colts, complete largest comeback in NFL history


The Minnesota Vikings completed the largest comeback in NFL history on Sunday, overcoming a 33-point halftime deficit to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 39-36, Here’s what you need to know:

  • Prior to this game, the largest deficit a team had overcome was 32 points when the Bills trailed the Houston Oilers 35-3 in the 1993 AFC Wild Card game but rallied to seal a 41-38 win.
  • With the win, the Vikings clinched the NFC North and improved to 11-3.
  • Kirk Cousins threw for 460 total yards and caught fire in the second half, tossing four touchdowns after halftime.


After taking a 33-0 lead at halftime, Indianapolis completely stalled. The Colts allowed Cousins to connect with K.J. Osborn for a touchdown in the third quarter and then watched as the Vikings QB hit Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook for scores in the fourth quarter.

Cook’s touchdown on a 64-yard screen pass cut the Colts’ lead to two, and T.J. Hockenson hauled in a two-point conversion to tie the game up at 36-36 and force overtime.

The Vikings secured the victory when Greg Joseph nailed a 40-yard game-winning field goal to give Minnesota a 39-36 win.

(Photo: Matt Krohn / USA Today)


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