Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings couldn’t hold onto upset bid against Arizona. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater fumbled inside field-goal range during the final seconds of the game to secure the Cardinals’ 23-20 victory.
— A Vikings’ victory would have been the most impressive of the season, but even as a loss it was still their best performance this year.
— The Vikings ran one more play with 13 seconds left in the game and no timeouts instead of bringing on Blair Walsh for a potential game-tying field goal. Bridgewater was sacked and fumbled on the play. Coach Mike Zimmer explains what happened.
— Mark Craig highlights how cornerback Xavier Rhodes dropped what would have been a pick six in his five extra points.
— Arizona takes advantage of takeaways, while Vikings struggle to make the most of their opportunities.
— The Vikings had to get creative with their defensive backs and played a rotating game throughout the night.
— Sid Hartman explains how the Vikings put a up a good fight against the powerful Cardinals.
— The Vikings’ final play exposed their offensive flaws and will haunt them.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Dwight Freeney’s big play seals Arizona’s victory and moves them closer to a first-round bye in the postseason.
— Cardinals veteran receiver and Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald gets more praise for his blocking than his receptions.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Coach Mike Zimmer will be on the podium at 12:15 p.m. There is no player access scheduled.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Coach Mike Zimmer lied to the media on Monday night when asked if veteran cornerback Terence Newman might have to play safety this week at Arizona. Zimmer’s response: “He won’t have to.” But did he really lie? Or at that moment did he believe Newman wouldn’t have to fill this role? With so many moving pieces in a short week, let’s give Zimmer the benefit of the doubt. Here’s what Zimmer and Newman had to say about it.