The Minnesota Vikings, whose season has been covered with squandering leads in close misfortunes, probably felt a sensation that this has happened before Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers mounted a second-half rebound.
After the Steelers, who followed 29-0 in the second from last quarter, retaliated to make it 29-20, Kirk Cousins tracked down K.J. Osborn for a 62-yard TD to give the Vikings a little breathing room.
Yet, that didn’t keep going long as Cousins threw his second interception of the evening, and the Steelers changed over it into a score and two-point conversion toward make it 36-28 with 4:14 left.
In his first game back since disengaging his shoulder in San Francisco two weeks ago, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had the best first half of his career as he beat 100 yards hurrying with a 29-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He later added a seven-yard score as the Vikings’ ground game ruled.
With the Vikings right outside of Pittsburgh’s red zone with 10:02 to play in the second quarter, Cook took a handoff from Kirk Cousins and ran 29 yards down Minnesota’s sideline – – immaculate – – into the end zone to assist his with joining leap out to a 16-0 lead. The Vikings led 23-0 after Cook’s second score.
Five of Cook’s surges went for no less than 15 yards, the most in a game in his career and the most by any player in the first half in the course of the last 20 seasons, as indicated by ESPN Stats and Info. It was the most surging yards in a first half against the Steelers since somewhere around 2000.
Cook surged 14 times for 153 yards in the first half, averaging 10.9 yards per carry.