Minnesota 24, Dallas 21

Sunday, October 17, 2010 4:15 PM
WHEN: 4:15 PM EST, Sunday, October 17, 2010
WHERE: Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
HEAD OFFICIAL: Gene Steratore

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas 7 7 0 7 21
Minnesota 7 0 14 3 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Dallas 1-4 0-2 1-2 L2
Minnesota 2-3 2-1 0-2 W1


E.J. Henderson’s second interception set up Ryan Longwell’s go-ahead 38-yard field goal and the Minnesota Vikings edged the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 on Sunday in what was being dubbed the “Desperation Bowl.”

Adrian Peterson had 73 yards and a touchdown and Percy Harvin returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown as the Vikings (2-3) prevailed in a battle between teams that were thought to be NFC contenders.

Brett Favre finished 14 of 19 for 118 yards and touchdown in his 290th consecutive start for Minnesota, which managed a mere 188 total yards of offense.

Tony Romo threw three touchdowns – two to Roy Williams – but his second interception led to the go-ahead field goal. With the game tied at 21, Henderson picked off Romo’s pass intended for Jason Witten at the Dallas 22 yard-line.

Longwell's field goal gave the Vikings the lead with 4:09 left. Dallas then went three-and-out and never got into position to tie the game on its final possession.

The Cowboys (1-4), a favorite to become the first team to host a Super Bowl, are now in grave danger of missing the playoffs. Since 1990, only five teams have made the playoffs after starting 1-4.

Dallas tied the game at 21 on rookie Dez Bryant’s 31-yard touchdown reception – the first touchdown catch of his career – with 10:25 left.

But the Cowboys couldn't get out of their own way. The Cowboys had 10 penalties for 91 yards, including a pass interference call on Miles Austin in the first half that negated his 68-yard touchdown catch.

Top Game Performances

Dallas   Minnesota
Felix Jones Player Adrian Peterson
14 Attempts 24
32 Yards 73
2.3 Avg Yards 3.0
0 Touchdowns 1
6 Long 15
Dallas   Minnesota
Felix Jones Player Randy Moss
10 Receptions 5
61 Yards 55
6.1 Avg Yards 11.0
0 Touchdowns 0
14 Long 18

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Dallas 314 94 220 3 0 0 3.0 0
Minnesota 188 95 93 3 1 2 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Green Bay. The Vikings have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game at home against N.Y. Giants. The Cowboys have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .200 after a loss.