Double-Doinked Missed Field Goal Brings Vikings to London Victory over Saints

Rarely in life does time seem to stand still. But then there are field goal attempts. Then there was that field goal attempt, a potentially crucial kick as the last few seconds ticked on the clock and he fell towards the yellow post at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Minnesota Vikings needed football to sail under the bar or outside the post. But the ball, fired from 61 yards by New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz, appeared determined to hit the yellow post.

And when it did, when the silly-shaped ball bounced, time felt stopped. It slammed enticingly off the left post, bottom crossbar, spinning back and forth the whole time before falling to the ground. For a second that felt like an hour, the outcome was unclear.

Even the referees seemed uncertain. One looked at the other and finally they waved their arms: not good. The Vikings got away with a wild 28-25 victory in London.

“As soon as he hit it,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said after the game, “I thought it went in. Obviously a few bounces later…. We were able to walk away as the winning team.”

The fact that the emotion around the free-kick was there at all, that the Saints had another opportunity to extend the game further, was the result of another inconsistent performance from the Vikings. As wild as the double-doink ending was, the win doesn’t hide the ongoing struggles of a Minnesota team looking for growth, especially against a team without their starting quarterback (

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John Verrall

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