Even if it weren’t just for the lulz, it’s important to note any time the Vikings lose an otherwise winnable game – in a world where the Packers underachieve this year and create a surprising vacuum atop the NFC North standings, the Bears won’t be able to slip in if the Vikings are in the way. That is to say, I was happy to see the Vikings lose in any case … how they lost was just the cherry.
Down big early, the Vikings battled back to force overtime, and were driving in the waning moments with a clear chance to kick a game-winning field goal. But that’s when Dalvin Cook maybe fumbled:
Ruled a fumble on the field but Dalvin Cook may be down pic.twitter.com/aztBJHhF2b
— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) September 12, 2021
I watched all the replays, and it was nearly impossible to tell when Cook’s butt hit the turf relative to when the ball squeaked out. And since the call on the field was a fumble, it had to stand. The Bengals drove from there, and kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 12, 2021