Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers 19, Vikings 13

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Minnesota had four possessions in the fourth quarter Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Here's how they ended:

  • Punt (from Tampa Bay's 39-yard line)

  • Fumble

  • Loss of downs

  • Fumble

Based on that rundown, it's no surprise that Tampa Bay made two fourth-quarter field goals hold up in a 19-13 victory. The Vikings played tough in a historically difficult venue for them, but ultimately they didn't give themselves a chance when it counted.

The loss dropped the Vikings into a three-way tie for first in the NFC North, but it was particularly damaging when you consider it might be their last full-strength game for a while. Defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams are scheduled to appeal their suspensions this week; if the punishments are upheld, they will miss four of the Vikings' final six games.

For that reason, you would have to consider the Vikings the least likely of the division's top three teams to emerge as champion.