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 Vikings Dominate Chargers 39-10 on Sunday

CARSON, Calif. — The Vikings forced seven Chargers turnovers, including a fumble that Ifeadi Odenigbo returned 56 yards for a pivotal touchdown just before halftime, in a 39-10 victory on Sunday.

The seven takeaways set a Vikings record under Head Coach Mike Zimmer, led to 20 points for Minnesota and helped the team improve to 10-4 on the season.

Odenigbo's provided a colossal momentum swing before the break, swaying the game toward the Vikings sideline, the same direction that the wind was pushing the tall palm trees for much of the game.

Bad became worse on the first play of the second half when Shamar Stephen forced a fumble that Danielle Hunter returned to the Chargers 26-yard line. That takeaway resulted in one of four field goals on the day by Dan Bailey.

View postgame celebration images that followed the Vikings win over the Chargers.

Minnesota also scored touchdowns on three possessions, with Kirk Cousins completing a 1-yard pass to Irv Smith, Jr., on the Vikings first drive.

Mike Boone filled in, first for Alexander Mattison, who was out, and then for Dalvin Cook, too. Boone rushed for career highs of 56 yards and two scores on 13 rushes. They were the first two touchdowns of Boone's career.

Cook had 27 yards on nine rushes and caught three passes for 16 yards but left the game early in the third quarter.

Stefon Diggs led Minnesota with 76 yards on four catches, Kyle Rudolph added 48 yards on three receptions, and Adam Thielen celebrated his first significant action since Week 7 by catching three passes for 27 yards.

Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 25 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown, an interception and a passer rating of 96.6.

His counterpart Philip Rivers completed 28 of 39 passes for 307 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for a passer rating of 71.2 a week after he posted a career-best 154.4 rating at Jacksonville.

The Vikings host the Packers (11-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 23, then close the 2019 regular season at home against the Bears (7-7) on Dec. 29. Chicago's loss at Green Bay on Sunday, combined with the Vikings win eliminated the Bears from postseason contention.

Scoring summary

Q1, 9:10 remaining

Vikings 6, Chargers 0

Irv Smith, Jr., catches a 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey PAT hits right upright, no good) [10 plays, 75 yards, 5:53 time of possession]

Spreading the wealth: Smith, Jr., was the seventh different receiving option or runner to touch the ball during the drive that included a 21-yard reception by Kyle Rudolph.

Q1, 4:35 remaining

Vikings 6, Chargers 3

Michael Badgley kicks a 41-yard field goal [10 plays, 62 yards, 4:35 time of possession]

Third-and-10+: The Chargers were able to convert third-and-10 and a third-and-12 with passes of 19 and 39 yards to Mike Williams, going from their own 15 to the Minnesota 29 in a four-play span.

Q2, 14:57 remaining

Vikings 9, Chargers 3

Bailey kicks a 26-yard field goal [4 plays, 4 yards, 1:29 time of possession]

Points off turnover: Danielle Hunter forced a fumble that Harrison Smith recovered at the Los Angeles 11-yard line, but the Chargers defense forced the kick.

Q2, 8:42 remaining

Chargers 10, Vikings 9

Mike Williams catches a 2-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Badgley kicks PAT) [10 plays, 75 yards, 6:15 time of possession]

Allowing big ones: The Vikings allowed pass plays of 11, 14 and 27 yards on three consecutive snaps as well as a 19-yarder.

Q2, 4:17 remaining

Vikings 12, Chargers 10

Bailey kicks a 44-yard field goal [10 plays, 49 yards, 4:25 time of possession]

'Mr. Third Down' returns: Adam Thielen converted a third-and-7 early on the drive with a 13-yard reception. He entered Week 15 tied for fourth in the NFL with 72 receptions on third downs since 2017, despite missing all but a few plays since Week 7.

Q2, 0:07 remaining

Vikings 19, Chargers 10

Ifeadi Odenigbo returns a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown (Bailey kicks PAT)

Relentless defense: Danielle Hunter was able to create pressure and force a fumble by Rivers during a sack. Odenigbo tried to collect it a first time and was unable to do so, but Eric Kendricks prevented Austin Ekeler from recovering the ball. Odenigbo was able to scoop on his second attempt and pick up blocks to make it to the finish line.

Q3, 12:37 remaining

Vikings 22, Chargers 10

Bailey kicks a 38-yard field goal [4 plays, 6 yards, 2:12 time of possession]

More points off turnovers: The Vikings added another three points off a turnover, making the Chargers pay for losing a fumble on the first play of the second half. The fumble by Gordon was the second consecutive offensive play on which Los Angles coughed up the football.

Q3, 7:06 remaining

Vikings 25, Chargers 10

Bailey kicks a 27-yard field goal [7 plays, 32 yards, 4:03 time of possession]

Look at the wheels: Cousins rolled out and found green grass on a 14-yard gain to convert a third-and-1 with the longest play of the drive that started at the Los Angeles 41 after a punt that was partially blocked by Eric Wilson.

Q4, 10:25 remaining

Vikings 32, Chargers 10

Mike Boone rushes for an 8-yard touchdown (Bailey kicks PAT) [7 plays, 85 yards, 4:30 time of possession]

Diggsy deep again: The score was set up by 46-yard pass from Cousins to Diggs on the previous play. It was the eighth connection of 40-plus yards between the QB and WR this season.

Q4, 8:45 remaining

Vikings 39, Chargers 10

Boone rushes for a 2-yard touchdown (Bailey kicks PAT) [3 plays, 10 yards, 1:32 time of possession]

Why not make it a double?: Boone scored his first and second career touchdowns in a span of less than 2:00 after Minnesota got the ball at the Los Angeles 10 thanks to a fumble forced by Eric Kendricks that Trae Waynes returned 20 yards. CARSON, Calif. — The Vikings forced seven Chargers turnovers, including a fumble that Ifeadi Odenigbo returned 56 yards for a pivotal touchdown just before halftime, in a 39-10 victory on Sunday.

The seven takeaways set a Vikings record under Head Coach Mike Zimmer, led to 20 points for Minnesota and helped the team improve to 10-4 on the season.

Odenigbo's provided a colossal momentum swing before the break, swaying the game toward the Vikings sideline, the same direction that the wind was pushing the tall palm trees for much of the game.

Bad became worse on the first play of the second half when Shamar Stephen forced a fumble that Danielle Hunter returned to the Chargers 26-yard line. That takeaway resulted in one of four field goals on the day by Dan Bailey.

Minnesota also scored touchdowns on three possessions, with Kirk Cousins completing a 1-yard pass to Irv Smith, Jr., on the Vikings first drive.

Mike Boone filled in, first for Alexander Mattison, who was out, and then for Dalvin Cook, too. Boone rushed for career highs of 56 yards and two scores on 13 rushes. They were the first two touchdowns of Boone's career.

Cook had 27 yards on nine rushes and caught three passes for 16 yards but left the game early in the third quarter.

Stefon Diggs led Minnesota with 76 yards on four catches, Kyle Rudolph added 48 yards on three receptions, and Adam Thielen celebrated his first significant action since Week 7 by catching three passes for 27 yards.

Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 25 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown, an interception and a passer rating of 96.6.

His counterpart Philip Rivers completed 28 of 39 passes for 307 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for a passer rating of 71.2 a week after he posted a career-best 154.4 rating at Jacksonville.

The Vikings host the Packers (11-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 23, then close the 2019 regular season at home against the Bears (7-7) on Dec. 29. Chicago's loss at Green Bay on Sunday, combined with the Vikings win eliminated the Bears from postseason contention.

Scoring summary

Q1, 9:10 remaining

Vikings 6, Chargers 0

Irv Smith, Jr., catches a 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey PAT hits right upright, no good) [10 plays, 75 yards, 5:53 time of possession]

Spreading the wealth: Smith, Jr., was the seventh different receiving option or runner to touch the ball during the drive that included a 21-yard reception by Kyle Rudolph.

Q1, 4:35 remaining

Vikings 6, Chargers 3

Michael Badgley kicks a 41-yard field goal [10 plays, 62 yards, 4:35 time of possession]

Third-and-10+: The Chargers were able to convert third-and-10 and a third-and-12 with passes of 19 and 39 yards to Mike Williams, going from their own 15 to the Minnesota 29 in a four-play span.

Q2, 14:57 remaining

Vikings 9, Chargers 3

Bailey kicks a 26-yard field goal [4 plays, 4 yards, 1:29 time of possession]

Points off turnover: Danielle Hunter forced a fumble that Harrison Smith recovered at the Los Angeles 11-yard line, but the Chargers defense forced the kick.

Q2, 8:42 remaining

Chargers 10, Vikings 9

Mike Williams catches a 2-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Badgley kicks PAT) [10 plays, 75 yards, 6:15 time of possession]

Allowing big ones: The Vikings allowed pass plays of 11, 14 and 27 yards on three consecutive snaps as well as a 19-yarder.

Q2, 4:17 remaining

Vikings 12, Chargers 10

Bailey kicks a 44-yard field goal [10 plays, 49 yards, 4:25 time of possession]

'Mr. Third Down' returns: Adam Thielen converted a third-and-7 early on the drive with a 13-yard reception. He entered Week 15 tied for fourth in the NFL with 72 receptions on third downs since 2017, despite missing all but a few plays since Week 7.

Q2, 0:07 remaining

Vikings 19, Chargers 10

Ifeadi Odenigbo returns a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown (Bailey kicks PAT)

Relentless defense: Danielle Hunter was able to create pressure and force a fumble by Rivers during a sack. Odenigbo tried to collect it a first time and was unable to do so, but Eric Kendricks prevented Austin Ekeler from recovering the ball. Odenigbo was able to scoop on his second attempt and pick up blocks to make it to the finish line.

Q3, 12:37 remaining

Vikings 22, Chargers 10

Bailey kicks a 38-yard field goal [4 plays, 6 yards, 2:12 time of possession]

More points off turnovers: The Vikings added another three points off a turnover, making the Chargers pay for losing a fumble on the first play of the second half. The fumble by Gordon was the second consecutive offensive play on which Los Angles coughed up the football.

Q3, 7:06 remaining

Vikings 25, Chargers 10

Bailey kicks a 27-yard field goal [7 plays, 32 yards, 4:03 time of possession]

Look at the wheels: Cousins rolled out and found green grass on a 14-yard gain to convert a third-and-1 with the longest play of the drive that started at the Los Angeles 41 after a punt that was partially blocked by Eric Wilson.

Q4, 10:25 remaining

Vikings 32, Chargers 10

Mike Boone rushes for an 8-yard touchdown (Bailey kicks PAT) [7 plays, 85 yards, 4:30 time of possession]

Diggsy deep again: The score was set up by 46-yard pass from Cousins to Diggs on the previous play. It was the eighth connection of 40-plus yards between the QB and WR this season.

Q4, 8:45 remaining

Vikings 39, Chargers 10

Boone rushes for a 2-yard touchdown (Bailey kicks PAT) [3 plays, 10 yards, 1:32 time of possession]

Why not make it a double?: Boone scored his first and second career touchdowns in a span of less than 2:00 after Minnesota got the ball at the Los Angeles 10 thanks to a fumble forced by Eric Kendricks that Trae Waynes returned 20 yards.

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