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Vikings shocked by the Chargers in a 28-24 loss

The Minnesota Vikings again struggle to find a win as they fumble and mess up key plays costing the Vikings another 24-28 loss at home against the LA Chargers.

The first quarter held promise with massive defense plays from the Minnesota Vikings. However, It wasn’t enough though with the Chargers taking first blood with a pass to Donald Parnam Jr. to give the lead. The defense had great plays, but the offense had a hard time getting out of the gate. While Alexander Mattison had an electric start with several successful run plays, the momentum didn’t last with T.J. Hockenson losing the football to a fumble leading the Chargers to that drive that caused the Chargers to score.

The Vikings did eventually start to come alive with Justin Jefferson receiving a 54-yard to push down the field. With a push from Alexander Mattison and a quick pass to Josh Oliver tieing the game up.

Jordan Hicks contributed many great defensive plays today with an interception and turnover, providing a glimmer of hope that the Vikings could take the lead in the game in the second quarter. With a push from Jordan Addison and Jefferson, it seemed the Vikings could finish the drive with a positive outcome that isn’t a turnover. However, with a fumble by Mattison and key plays from the Chargers defense, the Vikings end short but still get on the board with a field goal making it 10-7. The Chargers end the third quarter by responding back with a crucial 3rd down play to push themselves into a Parham touchdown catch ending the first half with them back in the lead.

The third started with a challenge flag from Kevin O’Connell on a throw to Mike Williams didn’t go the Viking’s way with the Chargers continuing the drive. The Vikings kicked back with an impressive 36-yard touchdown pass and dive by K.J. Osborn bringing the Vikings within four to 21-17.

The fourth quarter was full of ups and downs. The quarter started with great pass rushes to Jordan Addison and Jefferson doing his thing and making a 52-yard touchdown catch to give the Vikings a 24-21 lead. Simultaneously, the Vikings’ defense made critical plays, including a pivotal stop on a 4th down attempt, followed by another touchdown.

The luck wasn’t there as the Chargers offense pushed with a touchdown pass to make the game 28-24 and Cousins couldn’t make a connection with the final seconds as he threw an interception. Chargers win 28-24.

With the loss, the Vikings now stand at 0-3 as they travel to Carolina to face the Panthers to hopefully catch a break from this losing streak.



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