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Greg Joseph's Career-High 5 Field Goals Highlight Strong Day for Vikings Special Teams

In several parts of the world, kicking is the most valued aspect of sports.

The crowd at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium certainly got its money's worth on Sunday during the Vikings game against the New Orleans Saints.

Minnesota kicker Greg Joseph booted a career-high five field goals, including a 47-yarder to put the Vikings in front at 28-25 with 29 seconds left.

On the other side, New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz provided a thrill for Saints fans with a 60-yarder on the previous possession. After Joseph's kick, New Orleans had a chance to tie and marched into Lutz's range with two seconds left.

This time, though, Lutz's attempt from 61 yards out hit the left upright before bouncing off the crossbar and away from the net, sealing the heart-pounding victory for the Vikings.

"In general, when it left [Lutz's] foot, I thought it was going in," Minnesota Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said. "Then on the first bounce I thought it was probably going in. Then luckily it did not."

View action photos from the Week 4 Vikings-Saints game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Oct. 2.

Joseph said: "He's a great kicker, and I have nothing but respect for Wil. As soon as I saw the outcome of it, I ran out there to wish him good game and best of luck and to stay healthy for the rest of the year. I know he'll bounce back."

Joseph himself bounced back strong a week after missing both of his attempts against the Detroit Lions. Joseph credited the Vikings offense for putting him in solid kicking situations the entire game.

"It was a team effort to get us down there. I know it ends with a kick, but I can't do it without obviously our guys getting us down there," Joseph said. "And then it starts with the big guys up front, snap, hold. Just a little bit of the full operation and totality."

It wasn't just Joseph who shined bright for Minnesota's special teams unit on Sunday. Vikings punter Ryan Wright only had three punts on the afternoon, but he pinned the Saints inside their 12-yard line twice.

Wright's other attempt was fielded at the New Orleans 42-yard line, but Minnesota cornerback Kris Boyd punched the ball loose from Saints wide receiver/return specialist Deonte Harty's hands before recovering the fumble.

"[It's about] effort. I'm doing that for my teammates, not for me," Boyd said. "Every play I'm just doing what they expect of me, that's why I'm out there. And then if you do good things and stay around the ball, good things will come to you."

Boyd — who also recovered a blocked field goal attempt in Week 2 in Philadelphia — added it's a "blessing" to be on a special teams unit that can make an impact and be relied on.

"You see when we're out there, we take pride in this and we all hold each other accountable," Boyd said. "I know I hold myself to a high standard because I know I have a lot of [teammates] that depend on me to get whatever job I need to get done, and that's just my mentality."

Wright not only got to show off his skills with his leg, but his arm, too.

The Vikings lined up to punt on fourth-and-2 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Wright, a former quarterback at California High School in San Ramon, dropped back before delivering a completion to wide receiver Jalen Nailor for 13 yards.

"We've been repping it the past couple of weeks of practice," Wright said. "It was a great game plan by our Special Teams Coordinator Matt Daniels. I just went out there and once they finally called it, I was ready to go."

Wright added he's had a couple of fake punt plays in college at Tulane University. Wright was also excited for Nailor because it was his first career catch in the NFL.

"It was really cool," Wright said. "It was also cool to throw to a guy in our rookie class. We have the same agent, so we've known each other for a bit longer now, so it was really cool to see."