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Rapid Reaction: Vikings 33, Ravens 31

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota played it safe Sunday afternoon … and won. I’m not sure the victory was worthy of the wild celebration we just saw on the Metrodome field, but in the end the Vikings can say they are still undefeated this season.

Vikings coach Brad Childress’ team lost a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Ravens exploded offensively for 302 yards in the second half. But Childress decided to play for a field goal after the Vikings got the ball to the Ravens’ 18-yard line with 2:46 remaining, calling three running plays before Ryan Longwell kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left.

A capacity crowd at the Metrodome booed lustily, knowing how easily the Ravens had moved the ball in the second half. And true to form, Baltimore marched down the field with no timeouts at their disposal. But Childress’ strategy paid off when Ravens place-kicker Steven Hauschka was wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

Was it luck? Good strategy? Brett Favre magic? I don’t know for sure. At this point, all we can confirm is the Vikings are 6-0.

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