MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Jones passed for 301 yards and two scores and ran for 78 yards in his most memorable professional season finisher game for the New York Monsters, a 31-24 triumph over Minnesota in the trump card round that gave the Vikings their most memorable misfortune in 12 one-score games this season.
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Saquon Barkley scrambled for two scores, including the sudden death round halfway through the final quarter. The guard polished off the establishment’s most memorable season finisher win since the Super Bowl a long time back by amassing tight end T.J. Hockenson after a 3-yard get on a pass from Kirk Cousins at midfield on fourth-and-8 to compel a turnover on downs with 1:44 to go and no breaks left for the Vikings.
Jones turned into the principal quarterback in NFL history to hit these edges in a postseason game: 300 or more passing yards, two or more passing scores, and 70 or more surging yards.
“I’m intrigued. I’m not stunned because he’s been doing it throughout the year. He’s been balling,” said Barkley, who had 109 all-out yards on just 14 contacts. “He’s a unique player. This is where you can make your heritage at the end-of-the-season games, and what a method for getting it going.”
First-year lead trainer Brian Daboll’s group progressed to play No. 1 seed and NFC East opponent Philadelphia in the divisional round at the following end of the week.
“I think we’ve had a portion of our better games as of late and discovered some stuff that works for us,” said Jones, who had scored passes to Isaiah Hodgins and Daniel Bellinger. “So we’ll continue to make it happen. I thought the training staff worked hard having us arranged.”
Cousins went 31 for 39 for 273 yards and two scores and a hurrying score to cover the game’s initial belonging, the too-short toss to Hockenson his one glaring error. Justin Jefferson, the NFL’s driving collector, had just a single catch after halftime and got done with 47 yards.
“This is likely the hardest loss of my vocation,” said Cousins, who had by a long shot the best record of his 11 years in the association.
The Vikings remained on a brand by confronting 10-point deficiencies late in the subsequent quarter and again right off the bat in the second last quarter.
Cousins, who conveyed a wide range of on-track tosses as he was thumped to the turf by the rush-filled Monsters guard, hit Irv Smith Jr. for a short score pass that brought the Vikings inside three at 24-21.
Then, at that point, something interesting occurred — the guard got a stop.
Danielle Tracker’s sack constrained the main Monsters’ dropkick, and the Vikings went the alternate way for the tying field objective. They abandoned a few vital focuses, however, when Cousins ran a fruitful sneak on fourth-and-1 at the 15, invalidated by a premature move on left tackle Christian Darrisaw.
Jones changed over a punishment free fourth-and-1 sneak on the following drive for the Monsters. Barkley chugged into the end zone for the lead with 7:47 to go.
The Goliaths and Vikings were among seven groups at the end of the season games that passed up a significant opportunity last season, a six-year nonattendance for the Monsters finished with their 9-7-1 completion under Daboll to get a special case spot.
Vikings mentor Kevin O’Connell was a newbie at work, as well, coordinating a 13-4 division champion group that — in an NFL season with a record number of close edges and rebound wins — set an untouched imprint by going 11-0 of every one-score games.
Five years and one day after Case Keenum’s 61-yard last-play score pass to Stefon Diggs gave the Vikings a 29-24 triumph over New Orleans in the divisional round, Cousins at long last got a postseason game in Minnesota in his fifth season with the group.
His harmed right tackle Brian O’Neill drove the group in the pregame “Skol” serenade, assisting wrench up the decibel with evening out. The fans went wild in the principal quarter while establishment-driving rusher Adrian Peterson was displayed on the video board for a meeting.
The Monsters, having played here only three weeks prior, were undaunted by the commotion. They traveled for 166 yards on their initial nine plays for scores on their initial two drives, then acquired 90 yards in an incredible 20 plays for a field objective and a 17-7 lead.
Monsters cornerback Adoree’ Jackson got back from a seven-game nonappearance to a knee injury and assumed a huge part in keeping Jefferson calm after he had 133 yards and a score on 12 gets against the Goliaths last month.
“There were genuine tears in there,” O’Connell said external the storage space. “There are folks that normal to get an opportunity to come out on top for a big showdown. You must provide the Goliaths with a ton of credit.”
Monsters: OLB Azeez Ojulari (quadriceps) were harmed in the subsequent quarter and precluded at halftime. … Reinforcement FS Jason Pinnock (mid-region) left on a truck after covering an opening shot in the final quarter and went to an emergency clinic for assessment.
Vikings: LB Brian Asamoah II (blackout) was harmed covering an opening shot late in the subsequent quarter. … Reinforcement CB Cameron Dantzler Sr. (individual) was dormant in the wake of missing practice throughout the week.