The Colts jumped on the Vikings early, building a 33-0 lead by halftime. But Minnesota turned things around in the second half, outscoring Indy 36-3 to tie things up. Then, in overtime, the Vikings emerged victorious, 39-36, thanks to a 40-yard field goal by kicker Greg Joseph. Minnesota's comeback win is the largest in NFL history.
The numbers behind Minnesota's comeback are eye-popping and have some connections to the Colts.
33: The Vikings were down 33-0 at the half before orchestrating their historic comeback. The 33-point rally is the largest comeback in NFL history, overtaking the 32-point comeback the Buffalo Bills completed against the Houston Oilers in the 1992 AFC wild-card game. Frank Reich, who was fired by the Colts earlier this season, was the man under center and led the Bills to victory.
Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is now on the losing side of two of the five largest comebacks in league history. He was the Atlanta Falcons quarterback during Super Bowl LI when his squad gave up a 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots. So now he's been on the losing team of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and NFL history.
25: Minnesota's win was the eighth comeback victory of 25-plus points in NFL history. For Ryan, he is now the only quarterback to lose twice when leading by 25 or more points in league history.
10: After Saturday's win, the Vikings have won 10 one-score games this season, which ties the 2019 Seattle Seahawks and 1978 Houston Oilers for the most in NFL history.
400 and 4: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins torched the Colts after halftime, completing 28 of 42 passes for 417 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Cousins is the third quarterback in Vikings history to throw four passing touchdowns in the second half of a game, joining Tommy Kramer (who did it twice) and Fran Tarkenton. Cousins' final stat line is 34-of-54 for 460 yards with four scores and two interceptions.
Cousins is also the first Vikings player to throw for 400-plus yards in consecutive games and now has the most 400-yard games in Vikings franchise history (five).
10/25/2015: Before Saturday's game, Cousins' largest comeback win was 24 points on October 25, 2015, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was also the game that spawned Cousins' famous postgame celebration when he yelled, "You like that!"
Stars across Twitter chimed in on the thrilling affair:
Unbelievable @Vikings!!!!!! Nothing like December football— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) December 17, 2022
Wow!!!— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) December 17, 2022
Greatest come back in nfl history pic.twitter.com/EGMNc3cbxS— Jonathan Stewart (@Jonathanstewar1) December 17, 2022
Matt Ryan has now been on the losing end of both the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in NFL history 😧 pic.twitter.com/yuZNm7s3r0— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 17, 2022
THE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN NFL HISTORY IS COMPLETE pic.twitter.com/ppM2UAzGa3— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 17, 2022
Amazing game #skol— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) December 17, 2022
Always remember that the largest comeback in #NFL history started after T.C. took the field for halftime 🤷♀️— T.C. Bear (@TC_00) December 17, 2022
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