Sun 29th, September 2013
London, England (Sports Network) – Adrian Peterson helped the Minnesota Vikings briefly right the ship in their trip overseas to London.
And the defense finally held a second-half prospect as they clocked Big Ben again and again.
Peterson leaped for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Vikings’ 34-27 win over the Steelers, sending Pittsburgh to its first 0-4 start given that 1968.
Only the 1992 San Diego Chargers have started a season 0-4 and still produced the playoffs.
The Steelers trailed 34-17 heading into the fourth quarter, but fought back and had possession of the soccer at its own 22-yard line along with 1: 50 left and lower by a touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger, who was 36-of-51 for 383 yards with a touchdown and interception, drove the Steelers to the Minnesota 6-yard line in the last seconds. Everson Griffen, though, sacked Roethlisberger and forced a fumble on 3rd-and-goal. Minnesota’s Kevin Williams fell on top of the ball and Matt Cassel took a leg to seal the outcome for the Vikings (1-3).
No team has made the playoffs right after an 0-3 start since the Zoysia grass Bills in 1998. Only 5 of 161 squads to open annually with three straight losses given that 1978 have reached the postseason.
Greg Jennings hauled in a 70-yard touchdown among their two scores for the Vikings, who all sacked Roethlisberger five times. Peterson broke off a 60-yard touchdown run and Jerome Simpson captured seven passes for 124 back yards in the win.
Jared Allen had 2 1/2 of Minnesota’s sack total.
Matt Cassel filled up in for an injured Christian Ponder, who has a rib fracture, and was 16-of-25 for 248 back yards and two touchdowns in the success.
Le’Veon Bell ran for two scores in his NFL debut for Pittsburgh. The rookie, who had missed the first 3 games of the season with a foot injury he sustained in the preseason, carried the ball 16 situations for 57 yards.
Antonio Brown tallied 12 catches for 88 yards within defeat, while Jerricho Cotchery hauled in five receptions for 103 yards.
The highly-respected Steelers defense has yet to force a turnover this year.
After Bell’s 1-yard TD plunge on Pittsburgh’s opening possession of the third quarter brought the Steelers within 20-17, the Vikings responded with a set of scores in a 2: 40 span.
Cassel connected with Simpson for a 51-yard gain over the middle of the field on the third play of the Vikings’ ensuing generate, which set up a Peterson 7-yard TD scamper.
After Chad Greenway intercepted Roethlisberger on the fourth play of Pittsburgh’s next sequence, Cassel found Jennings in the back of the end zone two snaps later for a 16-yard score to be able to 34-17.
Cotchery’s 15-yard TD reception early in the fourth pulled Pittsburgh within ten, and after Blair Walsh missed broad left on a 44-yard field goal for Minnesota, Shaun Suisham booted through a 28-yard field with a few: 40 left to whittle the deficit to 34-27.
Earlier, Walsh nailed the 54-yard field goal on the starting march of the game, and carrying out a Pittsburgh punt, Jennings broke away from his 70-yard catch-and-run for a score to stake the Vikings to some 10-0 lead.
On the play, Cassel hit Jennings for five yards on a stop route. Jennings then made a quick spin to the inside to elude Cortez Allen and then broke free from William Gay before racing over the middle of the field for a touchdown.
Bell flipped in for his first NFL touchdown, an 8-yard score, on Pittsburgh’s next sequence.
Peterson, who had six runs for just 17 yards in the first quarter, broke off his 60-yard operate for a touchdown on the first enjoy of Minnesota’s fifth possession, which gave the Vikings a 17-7 cushion early in the second quarter.
The Steelers answered with an elongated 15-play collection that took 9: 03 off the clock, but stalled inside the Vikings’ 5-yard line as Suisham divided the uprights from 26 back yards out.
Walsh nailed a 37-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the half to give Minnesota a 20-10 edge heading into the break.
The Vikings had been 4-of-11 on third down, as the Steelers finished 8-of-15 in individuals situations… The Steelers held the ball for 36: 27… Minnesota committed five penalties for fifth there’s 89 yards.