Sunday, February 25, 2024

Bengals comeback stuns Vikings 27-24

Jake Browning continues to win as the Bengals kept alive their playoff hopes with a stunning fourth quarter comeback against the Minnesota Vikings.

It was Browning’s fourth start of the year as he spells injured starter Joe Burrow, and marked his third win, and arguably his most dramatic. How dramatic was it? “I feel like I need a beer,” said Browning after the game.

It was also sweet revenge for Browning who was cut from the Vikings practice squad back in 2021. “I think right after we made the field goal and won the game, I screamed at camera and said, ‘They never should have cut me,’” Browning said.

BENGALS BROWNING COMES GOOD LATE

The Bengals struggled mightily against the Vikings defence for the first three quarters but then something clicked for Browning and the offense, scoring touchdowns on three successive possessions to tie the game with just 39 seconds remaining.

Browning hit Higgins for the first and third of those touchdowns neatly sandwiching a 1-yard run by Joe Mixon.

“Jake’s just so steady, you know?” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “He really is. He doesn’t get rattled by a negative play. He doesn’t overreact to it.”

Minnesota VikingsCincinnati Bengals
1st Downs2422
Passing 1st downs1617
Rushing 1st downs85
1st downs from penalties00
3rd down efficiency5-126-13
4th down efficiency0-11-1
Total Plays6769
Total Yards424378
Total Drives1012
Yards per Play6.35.5
Passing281298
Comp-Att26-3429-42
Yards per pass7.66.3
Interceptions thrown21
Sacks-Yards Lost3-225-26
Rushing14380
Rushing Attempts3022
Yards per rush4.83.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-52-4
Penalties4-223-26
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession33:4133:08

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