MINNEAPOLIS (AP)- Mike Zimmer has seen enough game-deciding kicks in eight years as coach of the Minnesota Vikings, with outcomes more often than not favoring the other team, that he usually turns away.
"I'm usually saying, if they're kicking, ‘Miss this, blankety-blank,' and if we're kicking it it's, ‘Make this, blankety-blank,'" Zimmer said with a slight smile.
This time, after a near-collapse against the winless Detroit Lions, the Vikings wound up with the better view.
Greg Joseph made a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Vikings a 19-17 victory over the Lions on Sunday after new Detroit coach Dan Campbell successfully called for the go-ahead 2-point conversion try with 37 seconds left.
"I'm proud of our guys the way they fought. Not particularly proud of the way we played, though," said Zimmer, who watched the Vikings (2-3) lose a 10-point lead with less than three minutes left.