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Vikings hold off Saints in wild London finish

Wil Lutz, whose 60-yard field goal tied the score for the Saints moments earlier, tried a 61-yarder on the final play of the game, but the ball hit the left upright and the crossbar before falling short in the end zone.

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New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz attempts the game-tying, 61-yard field goal on the last play of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Lutz missed the kick when the ball hit the left upright and the crossbar and the Vikings won 28-25.
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Greg Joseph kicked five field goals, including a game-winning 47-yarder with 24 seconds left, as the Minnesota Vikings held off the New Orleans Saints 28-25 on Sunday in London.

Wil Lutz, whose 60-yard field goal tied the score for the Saints moments earlier, tried a 61-yarder on the final play of the game, but the ball hit the left upright and the crossbar before falling short in the end zone.

Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 38 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (3-1).

Andy Dalton, starting in place of injured Jameis Winston, completed 20 of 28 for 236 yards and a touchdown for the Saints (1-3), who lost their third straight.

After Lutz tied the score with 1:51 left, Cousins and Justin Jefferson connected on a 39-yard completion to set up Joseph.

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Joseph's 24-yard field goal increased Minnesota's lead to 16-7 early in the third quarter.

Dalton and Marquez Callaway teamed on a 33-yard completion, leading to Latavius Murray's 1-yard touchdown run that trimmed the lead to 16-14 at the end of the third quarter.

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Minnesota's Justin Jefferson celebrates with "The Griddy" after scoring a rushing touchdown Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in the Vikings' 28-25 win over the New Orlean Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
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Minnesota used a fake punt to convert a fourth-and-2, leading to Joseph's 46-yard field goal and a 19-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Taysom Hill ran 2 yards for a touchdown and Dalton's two-point conversion pass to Jarvis Landry gave the Saints their first lead, 22-19 with 9:29 left.

The Vikings converted four third downs -- three on defensive penalties -- on their way to Jefferson's 3-yard touchdown run. But Joseph missed the extra point, leaving Minnesota with a 25-22 lead.

That made a difference when Lutz tied the score with his 60-yarder.

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Minnesota's Irv Smith Jr. celebrates with teammates after the Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The Saints' Wil Lutz missed a 60-yard, game-tying field goal as time expired when the ball hit the left upright and the crossbar.
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Cousins' 15-yard touchdown pass to Alexander Mattison on the first possession of the game gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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The Saints converted three third downs, the last of which came on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to rookie Chris Olave to tie the score.

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Joseph made 28- and 36-yard field goals to increase the lead to 13-7 at halftime.

Cine fractures leg

Minnesota Vikings rookie safety Lewis Cine sustained a fractured leg in the game. Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said Cine will stay in London to have surgery on his lower left leg. The medical team will remain with him until he is ready to return to Minnesota.

After having his leg immobilized with an air cast, Cine was carted off the field at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and taken to a hospital.

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Vikings teammates surrounded the 2022 first-round draft pick in a show of support.

Cine, who was the 32nd overall pick out of Georgia, made his NFL debut in the Week 2 loss at Philadelphia and has played mostly on special teams.

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