Zimmer saw the frustration mount in star receiver Justin Jefferson after he was targeted just nine times in the two games prior to Sunday, posting five catches. “Wanting to make big plays. I really didn’t get that many opportunities in the last games. This game stressed giving me the ball, giving me the opportunity to go up and make a play. And definitely grateful for that and making those plays.”
Jefferson was the security blanket Cousins needed to reignite a dormant passing attack. An 18-yard gain on a third-and-20 ball Thielen caught over the middle of the field put the Vikings offense in position to win the game late in the fourth quarter. Heading into the game, the Vikings led the league in games decided by one score with seven, and they were 2-5 in those games, and 1-2 in overtime.