The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 16, 2012

Colts beat Vikings on late field goal

INDIANAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings watched helplessly as Colts quarterback Andrew Luck picked apart their defense Sunday.


Penalties turned into first downs. Blown coverages became touchdowns. And when the Vikings needed one more stop to force overtime, Luck slipped away and started completing passes down field as well.


After rallying for two late touchdowns and finally tying the score in the final minute, the Colts quarterback took advantage of three more mistakes and got Adam Vinatieri into position for the decisive 53-yard field goal with 8 seconds to go for a 23-20 victory.


"We did some things today that really hurt us. We hurt ourselves," coach Leslie Frazier said. 'We've got to figure it out. We've got to learn from it and not let it happen going forward. We really shot ourselves in the foot a few different times."


It was a frustrating day for the Vikings (1-1), who thought they had overcome the miscues and were headed to overtime again after tying the score at 20 with 31 seconds to play.


Luck made sure they didn't on a day when little went right for the Vikings.


Minnesota ended the first half by blowing a coverage that Luck exploited for a 30-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne for a 17-6 lead.


Then the Vikings allowed Indy (1-1) to start the second half with a 7-minute, 54-second drive with help from a roughing the kicker penalty on fourth-and-5 and a personal foul call on third-and-16. The penalties led to a 45-yard field goal.


And whenever the Vikings seemed to close in on Luck, he seemed to get away as he did on the 20-yard completions to Donnie Avery and Reggie Wayne on the Colts' final drive. Then he drew them offside with 13 seconds left to move the ball into field goal range.

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