December 1, 2022

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

The Bills defense had 12 men on the field to stop Dalvin Cook

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The Bills defense came up with a big stop for the Vikings running back Dalvin Cook On first-and-goal from the 2-yard line in overtime of Sunday’s game and did so with a little extra assist.

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said Sunday he thought Buffalo’s defense had 12 players on the field when they threw Cook for a three-yard loss, but wanted to confirm it on tape. The tape showed that O’Connell was right.

“I know he moves pretty fast out there sometimes,” O’Connell said via ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert.

Instead of having a first and goal at their own 1-yard line, the Vikings played from their own 5-yard line. Kirk Cousins He was sacked and punted incomplete before the Vikings kicked the go-ahead field goal. The Bills led into the scoring position, but the slam dunk Patrick Peterson The win was decided by an interception in the end zone.

Sunday’s umpire staff made two huge mistakes late in the game. In addition to losing 12 men, they required a pass to Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis In the last minute of regulation, it is finished when he has no control over the ball through contact with the ground. The returning assistant didn’t stop the game to review the play, NFL senior vice president told referee Walt Anderson They should have done that.

Coaches can challenge 12 missed men on field calls outside the last two minutes of games or in overtime. All replays start from the kiosk in those cases. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he thinks coaches should Always be able For challenging calls and situations like the one in Buffalo on Sunday are likely to draw others to that view.