2022 Minnesota Vikings season
OwnerZygi Wilf
General managerKwesi Adofo-Mensah
Head coachKevin O'Connell
Home fieldU.S. Bank Stadium
Division place1st NFC North
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs
(vs. Giants) 24–31
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

The 2022 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 62nd in the National Football League (NFL), their seventh playing home games at U.S. Bank Stadium and their first under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and new head coach Kevin O'Connell, following the firings of Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer at the end of the 2021 season.

The Vikings started 8–1 for the first time since 2009. They improved upon their 8–9 record from 2021 and clinched the NFC North for the first time since 2017, finishing with a 13-4 record. However, the Vikings were eliminated in the Wild Card round of the playoffs after losing 31–24, their first and only one-score loss of the season, to the New York Giants.

The Vikings received criticism throughout the season due to most of their wins being within one score (11 of 13 wins) and three of their four losses being blowouts. The Vikings ranked 31st in total yards allowed (6,608) and finished the season with a negative point differential (−3), the first time this had been done by a team with at least 12 wins.[1] Some of those claims subsided after the win over the Colts, in which the Vikings completed the largest comeback in NFL history; having trailed 33–0 at halftime, they rallied to win 39–36 in overtime.[2]


Free agency


Main article: 2022 NFL Draft

2022 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Contract Notes
1 12 Traded to the Detroit Lions[A]
32 Lewis Cine S Georgia 4 years, $11.494 million[4] From Rams via Lions[A]
2 34 Traded to the Green Bay Packers[B] From Lions[A]
42 Andrew Booth Jr. CB Clemson 4 years, $8.31 million[5] From Commanders via Colts[C]
46 Traded to the Detroit Lions[A]
53 Traded to the Indianapolis Colts[C] From Raiders via Packers[B]
59 Ed Ingram G LSU 4 years, $5.998 million[5] From Packers[B]
3 66 Brian Asamoah LB Oklahoma 4 years, $5.49 million[7] From Lions[A]
77 Traded to the Indianapolis Colts[C]
4 117 Traded to the New York Jets[D]
118 Akayleb Evans CB Missouri 4 years, $4.4 million[9] From Browns[E]
122 Traded to the Las Vegas Raiders[F] From Colts[C]
126 Traded to the Las Vegas Raiders[G] From Raiders[F]
5 156 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[E] From Ravens[H]
157 Traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars[I]
165 Esezi Otomewo DE Minnesota 4 years, $3.97 million[11] From Raiders[G]
169 Ty Chandler RB North Carolina 4 years, $3.96 million[11] From Titans via Raiders[G]
6 184 Vederian Lowe T Illinois 4 years, $3.86 million[12] From Jets[D]
191 Jalen Nailor WR Michigan State 4 years, $3.84 million[11] From Ravens via Chiefs[J]
192 Traded to the Indianapolis Colts[C]
7 227 Nick Muse TE South Carolina 4 years, $3.77 million[4] From Panthers via Raiders[F]
233 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[J]
250 Traded to the Las Vegas Raiders[F] From 49ers via Broncos[K]

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b c d e The Vikings traded a first- and second-round selection (12th and 46th overall) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Detroit's first-, second- and third-round selections (32nd, 34th and 66th overall).[3]
  2. ^ a b c The Vikings traded a second-round selection (34th overall) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for two second-round selections (53rd and 59th overall).[3]
  3. ^ a b c d e The Vikings traded second-, third- and sixth-round selections (53rd, 77th and 192nd overall) to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Indianapolis' second- and fourth-round selections (42nd and 122nd overall).[6]
  4. ^ a b The Vikings traded a fourth-round selection (117th overall) to the Jets in exchange for TE Chris Herndon and a sixth-round selection (184th overall).[8]
  5. ^ a b The Vikings traded a fifth-round selection (156th overall) and a 2023 fourth-round selection to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Cleveland's fourth-round selection (118th overall).
  6. ^ a b c d The Vikings traded a fourth-round selection (122nd overall) and a seventh-round selection (250th overall) to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for Las Vegas' fourth-round selection (126th overall) and seventh-round selection (227th overall).
  7. ^ a b c The Vikings traded a fourth-round selection (126th overall) to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for two fifth-round selections (165th and 169th overall).
  8. ^ The Vikings traded DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection (156th overall) and a 2021 third-round selection. The fifth-round selection would have become a fourth-round selection if Ngakoue had been a first-ballot selection to the 2021 Pro Bowl; this did not happen.
  9. ^ The Vikings traded a fifth-round selection (157th overall) and a 2021 second-round selection to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for DE Yannick Ngakoue.[10]
  10. ^ a b The Vikings traded CB Mike Hughes and a seventh-round selection (233rd overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's sixth-round selection (191st overall).[13]
  11. ^ The Vikings traded DE Stephen Weatherly and a 2023 seventh-round selection to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Denver's seventh-round selection (250th overall).[14]
2022 Minnesota Vikings undrafted free agents
Name Position College Ref.
Gabe Brkic K Oklahoma [15]
Mike Brown S Miami (OH) [16]
Thomas Hennigan WR Appalachian State
Bryant Koback RB Toledo
William Kwenkeu OLB Temple [17]
Zach McCloud Miami (FL) [16]
Josh Sokol C Sacred Heart
Tyarise Stevenson DT Tulsa
Luiji Vilain OLB Wake Forest
Ryan Wright P Tulane

Despite initially announcing Virginia Tech wide receiver Tré Turner as one of their UDFAs, Turner ultimately signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, who offered him a better contract.[18]


2022 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • Owner/chairman – Zygi Wilf
  • Owner/president – Mark Wilf
  • Owner/vice chairman – Leonard Wilf
  • Executive vice president/chief marketing officer – Martin Nance
  • Chief operating officer – Andrew Miller
  • General manager – Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
  • Executive vice president of football operations – Rob Brzezinski
  • Senior vice president of player personnel – Ryan Grigson
  • Vice president of football operations – Demitrius Washington
  • Director of player personnel – Ryan Monnens
  • Assistant director of player personnel – Chisom Opara
  • Director of pro personnel – Chris Blanco
  • Director of college scouting – Mike Sholiton
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Pat Roberts
  • Director of football quantitative methods – Scott Kuhn
  • Senior personnel executive – Jamaal Stephenson
  • Consultant – Bud Grant

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator – Wes Phillips
  • Quarterbacks – Chris O'Hara
  • Assistant quarterbacks – Jerrod Johnson
  • Running backs/run game coordinator – Curtis Modkins
  • Wide receivers – Keenan McCardell
  • Assistant wide receivers – Tony Sorrentino
  • Tight ends/passing game coordinator – Brian Angelichio
  • Offensive line – Chris Kuper
  • Assistant offensive line – Justin Rascati
  • Pass game specialist/game management coordinator – Ryan Cordell
  • Offensive quality control – Derron Montgomery
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Ed Donatell
  • Defensive line – Chris Rumph
  • Assistant defensive line – A'Lique Terry
  • Outside linebackers/pass rush specialist – Mike Smith
  • Inside linebackers – Greg Manusky
  • Assistant linebackers – Sam Siefkes
  • Defensive backs – Daronte Jones
  • Assistant defensive backs/safeties – Roy Anderson
  • Defensive quality control – Steve Donatell

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Director of player performance – Josh Hingst
  • Assistant director of player performance – Derik Keyes
  • Assistant player performance – Marquis Johnson

Offseason changes

Head coach

On January 10, 2022, the Vikings fired head coach Mike Zimmer, who had led the team to two NFC North titles and three NFL playoffs appearances in his eight years in charge.[19] On February 16, 2022, former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell was named the 10th head coach in franchise history.[20]

General manager

The Minnesota Vikings fired tenth-year general manager Rick Spielman on January 10, 2022, who most notably led the organization to draft Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Harrison Smith, Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr, among other draftees.[19] The Vikings hired Cleveland Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on January 26, 2022.[21] Initially, Adofo-Mensah and Kansas City Chiefs Executive Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles were the finalists for the general manager position. However, Poles withdrew on January 25, 2022, for the general manager position at the Chicago Bears, which ultimately resulted in Adofo-Mensah being hired.[22][23]

Final roster

2022 Minnesota Vikings final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
53 active, 9 inactive, 16 practice squad



The Vikings' preseason opponents and schedule were announced on May 12, 2022. They traveled to face the Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos either side of a home game against the San Francisco 49ers. They lost all three games by between 6 and 10 points.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 14 at Las Vegas Raiders L 20–26 0–1 Allegiant Stadium Recap
2 August 20 San Francisco 49ers L 7–17 0–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at Denver Broncos L 13–23 0–3 Empower Field at Mile High Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at Las Vegas Raiders

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 6 7720
Raiders 3 7 61026

at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Game information

Week 2: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 2: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
49ers 0 6 01117
Vikings 0 7 007

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 20
  • Game time: 6:05 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,714
  • Referee: Adrian Hill (29)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 3: at Denver Broncos

Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 10 0313
Broncos 0 17 0623

at Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: August 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 84 °F (29 °C)
  • Game attendance: 76,473
  • Referee: Clay Martin (19)
  • TV: KMSP
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Regular season


On May 4, the NFL announced that the Vikings will play the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, United Kingdom, on October 2, as part of the league's International Series. The game would kick off at 2:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. CDT, televised by the NFL Network, with the Saints serving as the home team.[24] On May 9, the NFL announced that the Vikings will play at the Philadelphia Eagles at 7:30 p.m. CDT on September 19 on ABC, as part of ESPN's Week 2 Monday Night doubleheader.[25]

The remainder of the Vikings' 2022 schedule, with exact dates and times, was announced on May 12. In addition to their usual six games home and away against their NFC North rivals, the Vikings also played games against each of the teams from the NFC East and the AFC East, as well as the two teams that, like the Vikings, finished in second place in the NFC West and NFC South in 2021: the Arizona Cardinals and the aforementioned Saints. The Vikings' week 15 matchup will be against the Indianapolis Colts, one of the second-placed teams from the American Football Conference (AFC) whom they were not originally scheduled to play in 2022.[26][27]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 11 Green Bay Packers W 23–7 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
2 September 19 at Philadelphia Eagles L 7–24 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 September 25 Detroit Lions W 28–24 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at New Orleans Saints W 28–25 3–1 United Kingdom Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London) Recap
5 October 9 Chicago Bears W 29–22 4–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Miami Dolphins W 24–16 5–1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 30 Arizona Cardinals W 34–26 6–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
9 November 6 at Washington Commanders W 20–17 7–1 FedExField Recap
10 November 13 at Buffalo Bills W 33–30 (OT) 8–1 Highmark Stadium Recap
11 November 20 Dallas Cowboys L 3–40 8–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
12 November 24 New England Patriots W 33–26 9–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
13 December 4 New York Jets W 27–22 10–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
14 December 11 at Detroit Lions L 23–34 10–3 Ford Field Recap
15 December 17 Indianapolis Colts W 39–36 (OT) 11–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 24 New York Giants W 27–24 12–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
17 January 1 at Green Bay Packers L 17–41 12–4 Lambeau Field Recap
18 January 8 at Chicago Bears W 29–13 13–4 Soldier Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 1: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Packers 0 0 707
Vikings 7 10 3323

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 007
Eagles 7 17 0024

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 3: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 3: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Lions 7 7 10024
Vikings 0 14 01428

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: at New Orleans Saints

NFL London Games

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 6 31228
Saints 0 7 71125

at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Game information

Week 5: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 5: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Bears 3 7 9322
Vikings 7 14 0829

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 6: at Miami Dolphins

Week 6: Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 10 01424
Dolphins 0 3 01316

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

Week 8: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 8: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Cardinals 3 7 13326
Vikings 7 7 14634

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,742
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Mark Schlereth and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 9: at Washington Commanders

Week 9: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Commanders – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 01320
Commanders 0 3 7717

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 76 °F (24 °C)
  • Game attendance: 58,651
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 10: at Buffalo Bills

Week 10: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
Period 1 2 34OTTotal
Vikings 7 3 713333
Bills 14 10 33030

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

In Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, after forcing a quick three-and-out, the Vikings took an early lead on a 22-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson; however, following a big kick return, the Bills responded immediately, as Devin Singletary ran it in from five yards. The Vikings punted on the ensuing possession, allowing the Bills to take the lead on another Singletary run, this time from one yard. Cousins then threw an interception, but this time the defense was able to hold Buffalo to a field goal, keeping the score at 17–7 as the game ticked into the second quarter. The Vikings then drove down to the Bills' 2-yard line, but a tackle for loss on Alexander Mattison, followed by an offensive pass interference call against T. J. Hockenson meant they had to settle for a field goal. Just as the Bills were looking like going on another scoring drive, the ball was punched out of Singletary's hands and returned 40 yards by Camryn Bynum. Midway inside the Buffalo half at the two-minute warning, the Vikings were faced with a 3rd-and-1 situation, but were unable to convert on successive passes from Cousins to Jefferson and then K. J. Osborn, resulting in a turnover on downs. A long run from Josh Allen then set up the Bills for another scoring drive, culminating in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Gabe Davis. The Vikings had to punt on the following drive, which meant the Bills took a 24–10 lead into the interval.

The Vikings began the second half with the ball, but after big gains by Jefferson and Dalvin Cook, Cousins threw an interception to Dane Jackson. The Bills managed to get the ball into Vikings territory on the next drive, but a 13-yard sack on Allen by Za'Darius Smith pushed them back into their own territory, forcing a punt. Despite gains by Hockenson and Osborn, though, the Vikings were also forced into kicking the ball away. Gains from former Viking Stefon Diggs and Dawson Knox then set up a 45-yard field goal for the Bills; however, on the Vikings' next play from scrimmage, Cook ran 81 yards for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 10 points. On the Bills' next possession, following a spectacular, one-handed catch from Diggs on 3rd-and-15 to keep the drive going as the third quarter ended, Allen combined with Davis and Diggs again to get into the red zone; however, attempting to find Knox in the end zone, Allen then threw an interception to Patrick Peterson, who returned it 39 yards to the Vikings' 34-yard line. On the ensuing possession, the Vikings worked the ball downfield and made it into the red zone on a 21-yard catch by Adam Thielen, before Cousins took it down to the 3-yard line on a 15-yard scramble. Following an incompletion to Jefferson, fullback C. J. Ham ran the ball into the end zone, only for Greg Joseph to hit the upright with the extra point, leaving the Vikings down 27–23. The Vikings defense then prevented the Bills from making a first down, giving them the ball back with 3:28 left in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings were soon faced with a 4th-and-18 situation going into the two-minute warning, only for Cousins to complete a 32-yard pass to Jefferson, who caught it one-handed between the hands of the defender, Cam Lewis, getting them into Bills territory. A 9-yard completion to Thielen followed, which had 15 yards added to it for an unnecessary roughness penalty against Christian Benford for the Bills. Jefferson was again the target on the next play, a 14-yard completion getting the Vikings down to the 3-yard line. A slip by Cousins on the next play backed the Vikings up three yards, but another completion to Jefferson on 3rd-and-goal saw him roll into the end zone. The play was originally ruled a touchdown, but a booth review meant he was ruled down at the 1-yard line. With the Vikings facing fourth down, Cousins attempted to find Cook in the flat, only for the ball to fall incomplete; however, the Vikings were given a reprieve by a defensive offside penalty. With the ball less than a foot from the goal line, Cousins attempted to sneak it in himself, but he was stopped short and the Vikings turned it over on downs; however, on the next play, the Bills fumbled the snap and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks pounced on it in the end zone for a touchdown. Joseph kicked the extra point to put the Vikings up by three points with 41 seconds left. The Bills had no timeouts, but they were able to make their way downfield with completions to Knox, Davis and Isaiah McKenzie, who were all able to get out of bounds to stop the clock. Allen took a deep shot to Gabe Davis on the next play that fell incomplete, but the officials deemed Andrew Booth Jr. to have committed a pass interference penalty, getting the Bills to the Vikings' 11-yard line with 5 seconds to play. With not enough time for a shot to the end zone, the Bills settled for the game-tying field goal, which Tyler Bass converted.

In overtime, the Vikings won the toss and received the ball first. They made their way down to the Bills' 2-yard line thanks to big gains from Cook on the ground and Jefferson through the air, as well as a defensive pass interference penalty against Benford; however, a loss of yardage on a Cook run, followed by a Cousins sack and an incompletion to Thielen meant the Vikings had to settle for a field goal with 3:45 left in the additional period. The Bills quickly made their way into Vikings territory thanks to runs by Allen, and back-to-back seven-yard catches by Diggs got them comfortably into field goal range. On the edge of the red zone, Allen took a shot to the end zone but the pass intended for Knox was broken up by Duke Shelley. Allen went back to the end zone on the next play with a pass intended for Davis, but it was again intercepted by Peterson, giving the Vikings the win to take them to 8–1 for the first time since 2009.

Week 11: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 11: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Cowboys 10 13 14340
Vikings 3 0 003

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 12: vs. New England Patriots

See also: NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Week 12: New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Patriots 10 6 10026
Vikings 7 9 71033

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 13: vs. New York Jets

Week 13: New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Jets 3 3 61022
Vikings 3 17 0727

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 14: at Detroit Lions

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 61023
Lions 7 7 71334

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,374
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert (62)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 15: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Main article: 2022 Indianapolis Colts–Minnesota Vikings game

Week 15: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34OTTotal
Colts 17 16 30036
Vikings 0 0 1422339

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

The Vikings welcomed the Indianapolis Colts to U.S. Bank Stadium with a third opportunity in as many weeks to clinch the NFC North title; a win or a tie would give them the division title, but they could also afford to lose if the Lions failed to beat the Jets the next day. Despite allowing the Colts to drive down to the Vikings' 1-yard line on the opening possession, the hosts were able to push them back to the 8-yard line, forcing a 26-yard field goal from former Viking Chase McLaughlin. On the ensuing drive, the Vikings were forced to punt, but Ryan Wright's kick was blocked by Ifeadi Odenigbo, another former Viking, and returned 24 yards for a touchdown by JoJo Domann. Dalvin Cook took the opening play of the Vikings' next possession 40 yards into Colts territory, but immediately fumbled on the next play, allowing the Colts to capitalise by capping a 66-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from Deon Jackson. On the Vikings' next drive, they were stopped on 3rd-and-1 and attempted to go for it on 4th down, only to be stopped again, giving the Colts the ball in Vikings territory.

As the game entered the second quarter, the Vikings' defense stood firm, forcing the Colts to kick a field goal. The Vikings were faced with another 4th-and-1 and set up to punt, only for Wright to toss the ball in the direction of Jalen Nailor; however, it fell incomplete and the Vikings turned the ball over on downs again, allowing the Colts to kick another field goal, this time from 49 yards. The two teams then exchanged punts before Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an interception deep in his own territory that Julian Blackmon returned 17 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings thought they had managed to ignite their offense on the next possession, but a 40-yard completion to K. J. Osborn was overturned after the Colts challenged the play. The Vikings eventually had to punt, and with four minutes left in the half, the Colts drove the ball downfield and kicked a 27-yard field goal to go into the break up 33–0.

To start the second half, the Vikings lost yardage and were again forced to punt; however, they were able to force the Colts into their second punt of the game on the following drive. A big pass from Cousins to Osborn moved the Vikings 63 yards downfield on their next possession, putting them inside the Colts' 5-yard line; after a short gain by Cook, Cousins found Osborn in the end zone for the Vikings' first points of the game. The defense then made a stop as the Colts entered Vikings territory, limiting them to a 52-yard field goal, before the Vikings offense marched downfield to score another touchdown via a 1-yard run from fullback C. J. Ham. They then closed out the third quarter by forcing the Colts into another punt.

They opened the fourth quarter with a 20-yard completion from Cousins to Justin Jefferson, and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Rodney Thomas II added another 15 yards. Another Jefferson catch for 17 yards got the Vikings into the red zone, and the drive was capped by a third Jefferson catch for an 8-yard touchdown, reducing the deficit to 15 points. The Colts punted again on the next possession, and Jalen Reagor returned the kick 51 yards to put the Vikings on the verge of the red zone again, only for the play to be called back for a facemask penalty against Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd. The Vikings made their way downfield, helped by another unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on Jefferson by Stephon Gilmore, only for Cousins to throw another interception when targeting Reagor on a deep route that the receiver appeared to give up on. The Colts started on their own 2-yard line, but could not capitalize on the turnover as the Vikings forced them to punt once again, and Reagor made a fair catch at midfield. Completions to Adam Thielen (his first target of the game) and Osborn, followed by a pass interference penalty in the end zone, got the Vikings down to the Colts 1-yard line, and they scored a touchdown on the third attempt, when Cousins found Thielen in the end zone. The Colts managed a first down on their next possession, but on the very next play, Jackson fumbled, and Vikings cornerback Chandon Sullivan recovered the ball and returned it for what he thought was a touchdown, only for the officials to rule Jackson to have been down by contact; Sullivan's protestations earned him a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. On review, the play was confirmed as a fumble, giving the Vikings the ball, but because the officials had whistled, they could not award the touchdown. Following the penalty, the Vikings started just inside their own half, but despite Jefferson picking up a pair of 7-yard catches, the drive stalled. On 4th-and-15, Cousins attempted to run for the first down, but he was tripped and the Vikings turned the ball over on downs for a third time with 2:52 left in the quarter. The Colts moved into Vikings territory, but faced with a 4th-and-1 on the Vikings' 36-yard line, Matt Ryan was stopped short on a quarterback sneak. The Vikings used all three of their timeouts during the Colts' drive, but on the first play of the following possession, Dalvin Cook took a screen pass 64 yards downfield for a touchdown. The Vikings attempted a two-point conversion, and Cousins found T. J. Hockenson in the end zone, tying the game with 2:15 left to play. The teams then traded punts, sending the game to overtime.

The Vikings won the toss ahead of the extra period and elected to receive the ball, but their opening drive stalled following a Cousins sack and an offensive holding penalty against guard Ezra Cleveland. A 14-yard catch by Hockenson put the Vikings on the verge of Greg Joseph's field goal range, but they declined the 57-yard attempt and punted instead. The defense then forced the Colts into a punt following a short drive, leaving the Vikings on their own 18-yard line. After a 6-yard run by Cook, Cousins completed passes to Osborn, Hockenson and Jefferson to get the Vikings down to the Colts' 27-yard line with 20 seconds left to play, and a delay of game penalty against Odenigbo moved them 5 yards closer to the end zone. That presented Joseph with the opportunity for a 40-yard, game-winning field goal. Despite the Colts calling a timeout in an attempt to ice the kicker, Joseph's kick was successful, giving the Vikings a 39–36 win and completing the biggest comeback in NFL history.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 11–3 and won the NFC North. This win was also their first over Indianapolis since 1997, ending a run of six straight losses.

Week 16: vs. New York Giants

Week 16: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Giants 0 7 61124
Vikings 7 3 01727

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,919
  • Referee: Adrian Hill (29)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Having secured the division title the previous week, the Vikings' next goal was to secure the #2 seed in the NFC and homefield advantage in the postseason until at least the divisional round. After trading punts on the opening four drives, the Vikings opened the scoring towards the end of the first quarter, finishing off an eight-play drive with a 12-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to T. J. Hockenson. The Giants drove into Minnesota territory on the next possession, but after a 16-yard completion from Daniel Jones to Daniel Bellinger to start the second quarter, rookie linebacker Brian Asamoah II punched the ball out and returned it to the Minnesota 36-yard line. The Vikings were able to add to their lead after driving down to the Giants' red zone, but a sack on Cousins on third down pushed them back and they had to settle for a Greg Joseph field goal. The Giants responded with a score of their own as Jones completed five out of five pass attempts and also ran for 14 yards, culminating with a 7-yard touchdown throw to Isaiah Hodgins. The two teams then traded punts on four straight possessions again to end the half with the Vikings leading 10–7.

The Giants tied the game on the opening drive of the second half; after a 22-yard completion to Darius Slayton got them into Vikings territory, the drive stalled but they were able to kick a 44-yard field goal through Graham Gano. After another Vikings punt on the next possession, the Giants were again able to move into the Minnesota half of the field thanks to long passes to Saquon Barkley and Richie James, only for the drive to again stall after pressure from cornerback Patrick Peterson led to Jones being sacked by D. J. Wonnum and Danielle Hunter, leading to another 44-yard field goal by Gano. The Vikings' following possession began with a 16-yard catch from tight end Johnny Mundt, before Cousins attempted to throw to Adam Thielen, only to see the ball intercepted by Cordale Flott; however, the ruling was overturned on review as Flott did not maintain possession as he went to ground. The reprieve allowed the Vikings to continue the drive, which culminated with another touchdown catch for Hockenson from 15 yards out, putting the hosts back in front 17–13 as the game entered the fourth quarter.

The next possession saw the Giants make their way to the Minnesota 32-yard line, where a pass intended for Hodgins was intercepted by Peterson; however, the Vikings were unable to capitalise as their drive stalled just inside the Giants' half. They attempted to go for it on 4th-and-2, but Cousins' deep pass attempt to Justin Jefferson fell incomplete. The Giants were then able to reduce the deficit to a single point; after the turnover, they only managed to go 18 yards, but Gano was successful on a 55-yard field goal attempt. The Vikings then had to punt, before forcing the Giants to do the same, only for Josh Metellus to block Jamie Gillan's kick, giving Minnesota the ball on the Giants' 29-yard line. A 4-yard run from Dalvin Cook and an 8-yard completion to K. J. Osborn gave them a first down, before Cousins found Jefferson over the middle for a 17-yard touchdown to extend the lead to eight points with just over 3 minutes to play. The Giants came back with a quick score of their own, as a 32-yard catch by Slayton was followed up by a 27-yard touchdown run by Barkley, before Jones found Bellinger in the end zone for the two-point conversion, tying the scores at 24–24 with less than a minute taken off the clock. A 16-yard catch from Jefferson on third down got the Vikings to their own 42-yard line, but a sack on Cousins presented them with another third-down after taking their final timeout. On 3rd-and-11, Cousins again found Jefferson for 17 yards, taking the Vikings to the Giants' 42-yard line, where Cousins was able to spike the ball with four seconds left. Joseph was successful with a personal and franchise-record 61-yard field goal, giving the Vikings a 27–24 win and an overall 8–1 record at home on the season.

Week 17: at Green Bay Packers

Week 17: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 0 01417
Packers 14 13 01441

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Clear, 40 °F (4 °C)
  • Game attendance: 78,190
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers (51)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Game Book
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With the loss, the Vikings not only dropped to the NFC's #3 seed, but also eliminated them from obtaining the #1 seed, thus ensuring the Vikings would begin their playoff run at home in the Wild Card round.[28]

Week 18: at Chicago Bears

Week 18: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Vikings 6 10 7629
Bears 0 6 7013

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: January 8
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 34 °F (1 °C)
  • Game attendance: 60,007
  • Referee: Brad Allen (122)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information



NFC North
(3) Minnesota Vikings 13 4 0 .765 4–2 8–4 424 427 W1
Detroit Lions 9 8 0 .529 5–1 7–5 453 427 W2
Green Bay Packers 8 9 0 .471 3–3 6–6 370 371 L1
Chicago Bears 3 14 0 .176 0–6 1–11 326 463 L10


Division leaders
1 Philadelphia Eagles East 14 3 0 .824 4–2 9–3 .474 .460 W1
2[a] San Francisco 49ers West 13 4 0 .765 6–0 10–2 .417 .414 W10
3[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 4 0 .765 4–2 8–4 .474 .425 W1
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 8 9 0 .471 4–2 8–4 .503 .426 L1
Wild cards
5 Dallas Cowboys East 12 5 0 .706 4–2 8–4 .507 .485 L1
6 New York Giants East 9 7 1 .559 1–4–1 4–7–1 .526 .395 L1
7[b] Seattle Seahawks West 9 8 0 .529 4–2 6–6 .462 .382 W2
Did not qualify for the postseason
8[b] Detroit Lions North 9 8 0 .529 5–1 7–5 .535 .451 W2
9 Washington Commanders East 8 8 1 .500 2–3–1 5–6–1 .536 .449 W1
10 Green Bay Packers North 8 9 0 .471 3–3 6–6 .524 .449 L1
11[c] Carolina Panthers South 7 10 0 .412 4–2 6–6 .474 .437 W1
12[c][d] New Orleans Saints South 7 10 0 .412 2–4 5–7 .507 .462 L1
13[c][d] Atlanta Falcons South 7 10 0 .412 2–4 6–6 .467 .429 W2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 5 12 0 .294 1–5 3–9 .517 .341 L2
15 Arizona Cardinals West 4 13 0 .235 1–5 3–9 .529 .368 L7
16 Chicago Bears North 3 14 0 .176 0–6 1–11 .571 .480 L10
  1. ^ a b San Francisco finished ahead of Minnesota based on conference record (10–2 vs. 8–4).
  2. ^ a b Seattle finished ahead of Detroit based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Carolina finished ahead of New Orleans and Atlanta based on head-to-head record (3–1 vs. 2–2/1–3).
  4. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Atlanta based on head-to-head sweep.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


See also: 2022–23 NFL playoffs


Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card January 15 New York Giants (6) L 24–31 0–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

Game summaries

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (6) New York Giants

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: (6) New York Giants at (3) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
Period 1 2 34Total
Giants 14 3 7731
Vikings 7 7 7324

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Team leaders

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yards Kirk Cousins 4,547
Passing touchdowns Kirk Cousins 29
Rushing yards Dalvin Cook 1,173
Rushing touchdowns Dalvin Cook 8
Receptions Justin Jefferson 128
Receiving yards Justin Jefferson 1,809
Receiving touchdowns Justin Jefferson 8
Points Greg Joseph 118
Kickoff return yards Kene Nwangwu 920
Punt return yards Jalen Reagor 167
Tackles Eric Kendricks 137
Sacks Danielle Hunter 10.5
Interceptions Harrison Smith
Patrick Peterson
Forced fumbles Za'Darius Smith 2

Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com[29]

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 4,484 263.8 7th
Rushing offense 1,661 97.7 28th
Total offense 6,145 361.5 7th
Passing defense 4,515 265.6 31st
Rushing defense 2093 123.1 20th
Total defense 6,608 388.7 31st

Source: ProFootballReference.com[30]


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