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Dalvin Cook & Justin Jefferson Make Special Jersey Swaps After Big Days in Buffalo

Dalvin Cook shed his white No. 4 Vikings jersey and wrote, "Dreams do come true" before handing it to his younger brother James and receiving the No. 28 Bills jersey in return.

This moment was bigger than football and greater than the career-long 81-yard touchdown run Dalvin delivered in the third quarter to spark Minnesota's comeback from 17 down.

View postgame celebration photos following the Vikings 33-30 win in overtime vs. the Bills at Highmark Stadium.

The brothers had met in the NFL for the first time. Each made plays for his respective team, giving family members who bundled up in Buffalo plenty to cheer for in an eventual 33-30 Vikings victory in overtime.

"I got to see him last night, too. I got to see my family, everybody," Dalvin said. "This was a blessing for us. We swapped jerseys after the game, and I wrote on his, 'Dreams do come true.' This was something I couldn't imagine. We always talked about it, like, 'We want to go to the NFL,' when we were kids. 'We want to play against each other. I'm going to beat you. You're going to beat me,' and it actually happened today.

"I'm just thankful. God is good," Dalvin added. "My family is a great space right now."

Dreams do come true.

And fortunately for the Vikings (8-1), so did Dalvin's long touchdown, an Eric Kendricks fumble recovery in the end zone amidst a crazy sequence, a pair of Patrick Peterson interceptions and 10 catches for a career-high 193 yards and a touchdown by Justin Jefferson.

Dalvin said Jefferson also had an important role on his 81-yard scamper.

"O-line did a great job up front of getting me to the second level, and once I got to the second level, I seen J.J.," Dalvin explained. "He was decisive with what he did. He went and got the safety and left me alone on the corner. A big block by him. My job is to make one guy miss and do what I do.

"I know I could have run faster," he added. "It wasn't required right there."

The score made it a 27-17 game with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter, and the Vikings built on the momentum, with Peterson intercepting Josh Allen for the first time on a fourth-and-7 from the 7. Minnesota took possession at the 34 and drove 66 yards to end the play with a 3-yard touchdown run by fullback C.J. Ham — his first since 2017, but the extra point hit the upright, so Minnesota trailed 27-23.

Buffalo punted, but its defense had Minnesota facing a fourth-and-18 from the Vikings 27 on the first play after the 2-minute warning.

But instead of the Bills slamming the door, the Vikings converted with an amazing 32-yard reception by Jefferson that you should be prepared to see for ages to come.

Jefferson stretched out as he fell backward, got his hand up in the air and battled Cam Lewis for the football as both fell to the turf. He secured the ball while on the ground, sending Minnesota's sideline into jubilation.

"Just the way my body went up, him catching the ball in his hands and me taking it from him, the whole play was crazy," Jefferson said. "But it starts with the o-line, with the blocking giving Kirk [Cousins] enough time to get me that opportunity to go up and make a play, but it's not just me. This is a collective team win. So many people played so many parts in this win. I'm just glad to be 8-1."

Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said his "diaglogue" with Cousins, who can only hear the message from the sideline in his headset but can't reply, was "there's not a lot of scheme that you can go find in that moment."

"It was about a player and our quarterback, and the two of them behind good protection in a 'gotta have it' moment, just trying to give him a chance to make a play," O'Connell said. "It happened right in front of me — one of the more remarkable catches I've ever seen. He's such a special, special player.

"I'm just really proud of the way Justin has battled all season long against a lot of different looks, a lot of different coverages," O'Connell continued, "but to show up time and time again when we needed him today, we're really lucky to have Justin and the plays he made for us."

Jefferson's incredible day that started with a 46-yard catch on his first target and a 22-yard score three plays later.

He went toe-to-toe with former Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, the player traded to Buffalo just before the Vikings drafted Jefferson with a 2020 first-round pick it acquired in the deal.

Diggs also delivered, catching a game-high 12 catches for 128 yards and snaring the best catch of the game until Jefferson's.

"It was gross. It was tough," Jefferson said of Diggs' one-handed grab. "It stuck right on his hand, high ball, but he's a tremendous player. He's great. I love watching him and being a part of him. I definitely want to keep rooting for him. It was a great game between both of us.

"I love Stef'. I love his game," Jefferson added. "I switched jerseys after the game — I definitely need that one."

The desire to get it wasn't so strong for an on-field swap in chilly Buffalo.

"It was cold out there," Jefferson said. "We're going to send it to each other."

For as good as the 32-yard catch was, Cook also came away impressed with a 24-yard connection between Cousins and Jefferson that converted a third-and-10 by moving the ball to the Buffalo 2.

"I looked J.J. in his eyes and said, 'Man, this game is going to come down to me or you right now.' That's how the game was going, and Kirk was looking his way, and he was making plays," Cook said. "The ball was catching him at some point.

"That one down on the goal line … they can't cover it no better. J.J. is just one of those special players I'm blessed to be playing with in my career," Cook added. "We've got a bunch of them. [Adam] Thielen, I'm so thankful for him, just like being my big brother and making sure I'm always straight. K.J. [Osborn] stepping up, T.J. [Hockenson], … this team feels right."