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Vikings are 1st team in last 5 seasons to win when trailing by 20 or more at halftime

Kirk Cousins, Vikings

Over the past five seasons in the NFL, there have been 100 games in which a team trailed by at least 20 points at halftime. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings became the first of those teams to rally back and earn a victory.

Trailing 20-0 at the conclusion of the first half, Minnesota outscored the Denver Broncos 27-3 in the second half to claim the win. The team was catapulted ahead by three second-half touchdown passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins, who finished the game 29-for-35 with 315 yards through the air. The other score came on the ground from leading rusher Dalvin Cook, who was held in check to the tune of 26 yards rushing by a stout Broncos defensive front.

The victory did not come comfortably. Despite hanging on late, Denver quarterback Brandon Allen marched his squad down the field and had a goal-to-go situation in the final seconds, attempting to avoid the infamous fate that befell them.

With the comeback, the Vikings moved to 5-0 at home this season. They’ll get an extra day to rest during the upcoming week, not having to take the field until they travel to Seattle for Monday Night Football. They close out their 2019 home slate with three divisional games against the Lions, Packers, and Bears, respectively.

For the Broncos, the defeat is a backbreaker to any playoff hopes that they fostered. Allen completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes (17-for-39) as the team was unable to muster a second-half touchdown that would have delivered their second road win of the year.