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After Further Review: Vikings Defense Containing Todd Gurley

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Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph and safety Harrison Smith combined for a pair of critical tackles of Rams running back Todd Gurley in Minnesota's 21-18 overtime win over the Rams Sunday.

The first kept two points off the board in the first quarter, and the second went for a loss of 6 that backed up St. Louis on the first snap of overtime.

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1) Q1, 1:09 left; St. Louis opts for two-point conversion attempt at the Minnesota 2:

Gurley was picking up steam.

Smith stood on the tracks and didn't blink.

After making sure that Tavon Austin hadn't gotten the ball on a play action fake, Smith stood at the 2-yard line and turned his attention to Gurley. The forces collided with Smith stopping Gurley's progress instantly.

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Joseph opportunistically hustled down the line to finish the tackle, wrapping up the rookie and wrestling him backward to the turf.

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2) OT, 15:00 left; First-and-10 at the St. Louis 20:

The Vikings defense keyed on Gurley on this play and didn't allow him to get going and a run designed to go to the right.

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Joseph beat Andrew Donnal, Everson Griffen beat Greg Robinson and Anthony Barr beat Jared Cook in going to the defense's left to force Gurley back to stop at the 17-yard line and reverse course. Smith keeps containment as he comes down to the 20, where Gurley spots the safety, steps back and tries to bounce to the outside.

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An attempt to stiff-arm Smith at the 15 goes awry when Smith grabs hold of Gurley's right arm for approximately 10 steps that only progress a yard down the field before Smith and reinforcements turn Gurley backward. Gurley heads back toward the left hash mark, where Joseph is there to smother him.

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The Vikings followed with a quick tackle by Captain Munnerlyn on a receiver screen to Tavon Austin and forcing an incompletion on third-and-16.

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