Rapid Reaction: Steelers 27, Vikings 17

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

PITTSBURGH -- What an absolutely bizarre and -- if you’re a Pittsburgh fan -- exhilarating fourth quarter between two of the best teams in the NFL.

Minnesota benefited from some fortunate twists last week against Baltimore. Sunday, the Steelers took advantage of two red zone miscues to hold their lead at Heinz Field. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley returned a Brett Favre fumble 77 yards for one touchdown, and fellow linebacker Keyaron Fox returned an interception 82 yards for another score.

Fox’s play came after tailback Chester Taylor let a screen pass sail through his hands, ending the Vikings’ bid to either tie or take a lead with one minute remaining.

Without those mistakes, the Vikings might well have left with an impressive victory over one of the AFC’s top teams. To be frank, the loss hardly derails any of the Vikings’ long-term goals. From a tiebreaker perspective, the Vikings will be least impacted by a road loss to an AFC team.