Powered by 307 yards from Kirk Cousins, and a total team offensive output of 387 yards, the Minnesota Vikings held on against the Carolina Panthers in a thrilling 28-27 victory, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 in US Bank Stadium in Minnesota. The Vikings rushing game contributed to this win with 96 yards and no rushing touchdowns, to support a 307 yards, three touchdowns effort by Kirk Cousins.
Cousins finished the game with three touchdowns, completing 34 of 45 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 307 yards and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 115.70.
The Vikings deployed a rushing game led by Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. For the game, Cook carried the ball 18 times and rushed for 61 yards, leading to zero touchdowns. Mattison supplemented by carrying the ball two times for a total of six yards. In the passing game, the Vikings’ top receivers were Olabisi Johnson and Justin Jefferson. Johnson caught seven passes for a total of 74 yards, while Jefferson contributed with 70 yards from seven passes.
The Vikings’ defense contributed to the win with no sacks, no forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, and scored zero defensive touchdowns.
On the losing side of the game, Teddy Bridgewater of the Panthers ended the day with one touchdown, along with 267 yards, one interception, and a 74.60 passer rating.
The Panthers’ rushing game was led by Trenton Cannon and Mike Davis. For the game, Cannon carried the ball three times, rushed for 17 yards, and zero touchdowns. Davis supplemented and carried the ball a total of 15 times for a total of 55 yards. Meanwhile Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Panthers. Anderson caught four passes from Bridgewater for a total of 94 yards, while Samuel contributed with 72 yards from five passes.
For the game, the Panthers defensive effort yielded two forced fumbles, five tackles for loss and two sacks. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.
With the win, the Vikings leave with a record of 5-6 for the season, while the Panthers record for the season now stands at 4-8.