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Gostkowski's sixth field goal lifts Titans over Vikings

Field Level Media
28 Sep 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

Stephen Gostkowski drilled a career-best six field goals -- including a game-winning 55-yarder with 1:48 left -- and Derrick Henry ran for 119 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season as the Tennessee Titans remained unbeaten with a 31-30 victory against the winless Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Gostkowski kicked field goals of 39, 31, 30, 51, 54 and 55 yards without a miss, and has hit game-winners in each of the first three weeks for the 3-0 Titans.

Kirk Cousins passed for 251 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 181 yards and a touchdown and rookie Justin Jefferson had seven receptions for 175 yards and a score to keep Minnesota (0-3) close.

The Titans franchise has started 3-0 on three previous instances since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, qualifying for the postseason each time. In the same span, Minnesota has missed the playoffs in each of the three previous seasons it started 0-3.

Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of 37 passes for 321 yards and an interception for Tennessee. Kalif Raymond had three receptions for 118 yards.

After falling behind 6-0 with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter, Minnesota scored 24 of the next 30 points, capping the run on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jefferson with 8:04 to go in the third quarter to take a 24-12 lead.

Tennessee responded with a pair of 1-yard Henry scoring runs over a three-minute span to take a 25-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan left the game late in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and didn't return. Lewan appeared to make contact with two Vikings defenders in a pile on a running play. Titans medical personnel tended to his neck and shoulder. He was taken to the locker room by cart at the start of the second quarter and replaced by Ty Sambrailo.

Dan Bailey kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter as the Vikings took a 17-9 lead into the halftime. He missed wide right from 49 yards in the third quarter, snapping a streak of 25 consecutive makes.

--Field Level Media

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