Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell threw a 16-yard TD pass to tie the game and then kicked the game-winning field goal in OT.
Ryan Longwell caught the pitch, rolled right, let the ball go and connected with Vikings tight end Richard Owens for the game-tying score. With Longwell’s three field goals and a clutch touchdown pass on a fake — plus a defense that forced nine punts — the Vikings showed again that they don’t need a flashy, high-flying offense to win.
Longwell’s 16-yard toss to Owens, his first career touchdown pass, tied the game in the fourth quarter. Then his 19-yard kick with 7:25 left in overtime Sunday gave the Vikings a 16-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
“Ten years in, I finally got one,” said Longwell, grinning broadly and gladly answering dozens of questions in the locker room. He also made field goals from 22 and 27 yards.
That special-teams trick by Minnesota (2-0) trumped the one used by Carolina (0-2), which had a 13-6 lead with 10 minutes left in regulation before coach John Fox called for a throwback pass by returner Chris Gamble that ended poorly for the struggling Panthers.
Bonus: He’s on my fantasy team, too!
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