Fourth-and-9 from the Minnesota 48 (12:55, 1st quarter): Chris Kluwe unleashed a 51-yard punt that stopped dead inside the Broncos 1-yard line, where it was downed by Eric Frampton. On the next play, defensive end Jared Allen tackled running back Willis McGahee in the end zone for a safety to put the Vikings ahead 2-0.
Third-and-8 from the Denver 8 (8:16, 1st quarter): Safety Brian Dawkins blitzed and strip-sacked quarterback Christian Ponder. Defensive end Jason Hunter pounced on the loose ball and returned it to midfield.
Second-and-2 from the Denver 28 (0:47, 2nd quarter): Allen made another big play for the Vikings, sacking Tim Tebow and forcing a fumble. The play was reviewed, but upheld and set Minnesota up in scoring position at the end of the half. The Vikings capitalized, tacking on a field goal as time expired to take a 15-7 lead at the half.
Vikings kickoff from the Minnesota 35 (3:12, 3rd quarter):
Wide receiver Quan Cosby returned Ryan Longwell’s kickoff 63 yards to set the Broncos up inside Vickings territory to start their possession. Cosby fielded the kick four yards deep in the end zone and brought it out to the Minnesota 41 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Broncos took advantage of the field position when Tebow connected with Thomas on a 41-yard scoring strike, the second touchdown connection of the day for the duo.
First-and-10 from the Denver 34 (9:35, 4th quarter):
On the first play of the Broncos’ drive, Tebow found Thomas open for a 42-yard completion. On the next play, McGahee took a carry 24 yards for a touchdown. Tebow ran in the ensuing two-point conversion to tie the game at 29 with 9:01 to play in the game.
First-and-10 from the Denver 32 (2:51, 4th quarter):
Tebow and Thomas connected on another key play late in the fourth quarter when Tebow found Thomas for a gain of 40 yards. The big gain took the Broncos to the Vikings 28 and into Matt Prater’s field goal range. Four plays later, Prater converted a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at 32 with 1:33 to play in the game.
First-and-10 from the Minnesota 20 (1:33, 4th quarter):
With the Vikings looking to drive down the field for the game-winning score, cornerback Andre’ Goodman made sure they didn’t get very far. On the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage following Prater’s game-tying field goal, Goodman intercepted the pass from Christian Ponder and returned it 20 yards to the Minnesota 15. Lance Ball picked up another 12 yards on the ground while running down the clock and then Tebow repositioned the ball to the left hash for Prater. For the third time this season, Prater delivered a walk-off game-winning kick — this time a 23-yarder as time expired.