By David Windmueller and Mark Hayes, CNN
(CNN) — The sudden loss of a last-second touchdown was in the offing, only for a defender to intervene in the nick of time and deny Pittsburgh a chance at a dramatic fourth-quarter winning score.
With around 30 seconds left on the clock, the Vikes were driving for the go-ahead score, and looked poised to run out the clock and deny the Steelers’ last gasp when a Vikings defender, who’d already sacked the quarterback, crashed into the backfield and knocked the Steelers down.
The ball popped up out of the pile, appearing to be at his foot. But third-string quarterback Paxton Lynch failed to separate it from Pittsburgh’s defense, and a sense of deja vu from the first series of the night crept back into the minds of Vikings fans, as the Vikings failed to capitalize on the turnover on that fateful opening play of the game.
The Vikings lost by a score of 36-28 to the Steelers. It was their first loss to their division rivals since 2003.