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Continued: Cassel provides spark as Vikings are kings of England

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 30, 2013 - 7:07 AM

A rare miss on a field-goal  attempt by Blair Walsh from 44 yards and a subsequent Steelers field goal cut the Vikings lead to 34-27.

Gulp.

“It was definitely a nail-biter,” Simpson said.

Vikings players — and their fans — probably got down to their nubs as Roethlisberger quickly moved the offense to Vikings 6 with 24 seconds left. A spike and an incomplete pass set up third down.

Considering what happened against Chicago and Cleveland, another blown lead might have sent their season into an abyss.

“We didn’t have the mentality that it’s going to happen again,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said.
This time they finished the job. The Vikings still face an uphill climb at 1-3, but their long flight home Monday morning will feel much different from it did coming over.

“When you get that win, it’s a whole different feeling,” safety Harrison Smith said. “Your body doesn’t hurt so bad. Everybody is happy. You get confidence. That can really build.”

Chip Scoggins • chip.scoggins@startribune.com

  • VIKINGS 34, PITTSBURGH 27

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