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Minnesota Vikings 34 at Buffalo Bills 13

Sunday, August 31, 1997
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Minnesota Vikings (9-7-0)01032134
Buffalo Bills (6-10-0)070613

Game Info
Stadium Rich Stadium
Start Time (ET) 1:00pm
Roof outdoors
Surface astroturf
Weather 65 degrees relative humidity 80%, wind 6 mph
Vegas Line Buffalo Bills -2.5
Over/Under 37.0 (over)

Expected Points Summary

Expected points are an estimate of points per play based on down, distance, and yard line. Points given for offense and defense are offensive/defensive plays + penalties on which there was no play (eg, a false start). Special teams are all kicking + punting plays. Points are zeroed out at the end of halves.

Scoring

Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense & Returns

Kicking & Punting

Full Play-By-Play

Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN BUF EPB EPA Win%
1st Quarter
1 15:00 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks off 70 yards, touchback 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 MIN 20 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 9 yards (tackle by Jeff Burris) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 1 MIN 29 Robert Smith right for 24 yards (tackle by Kurt Schulz) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 BUF 47 Robert Smith right for -5 yards (tackle by Bryce Paup) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 15 MIN 48 Penalty on Bruce Smith: Offside, 5 yards (no play) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 10 BUF 47 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Hunter Goodwin for 4 yards (tackle by Henry Jones and Chris Spielman) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 6 BUF 43 Brad Johnson pass complete middle to David Palmer for 5 yards (tackle by Marlo Perry) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 4 1 BUF 38 Randall Cunningham punts 33 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 11:17 1 10 BUF 5 Thurman Thomas left for 7 yards (tackle by John Randle) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 3 BUF 12 Thurman Thomas middle for 4 yards (tackle by Derrick Alexander) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 BUF 16 Thurman Thomas middle for 13 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 BUF 29 Thurman Thomas middle for -1 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 11 BUF 28 Todd Collins sacked by John Randle for -3 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 14 BUF 25 Todd Collins pass complete left to Thurman Thomas for 6 yards (tackle by Jason Fisk) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 4 8 BUF 31 Chris Mohr punts 44 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 7:36 1 10 MIN 25 Robert Smith right for 7 yards (tackle by Ted Washington and Kurt Schulz) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 3 MIN 32 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Robert Smith for 5 yards (tackle by Sam Rogers) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 MIN 37 Brad Johnson sacked by Ted Washington for -4 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 14 MIN 33 -- 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 9 MIN 38 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 20 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 BUF 42 Robert Smith right for 2 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 8 BUF 40 Brad Johnson pass incomplete left intended for David Palmer 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 8 BUF 40 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Jake Reed for 19 yards (tackle by Jeff Burris) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 BUF 21 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Cris Carter 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 10 BUF 21 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Cris Carter for 4 yards (tackle by Damien Covington) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 6 BUF 17 Brad Johnson pass complete left to David Palmer for 8 yards (tackle by Kurt Schulz) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 9 BUF 9 Leroy Hoard middle for no gain (tackle by Sam Rogers and Damien Covington) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 9 BUF 9 David Palmer right for -2 yards (tackle by Ted Washington) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 11 BUF 11 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Cris Carter for 7 yards (tackle by Marlon Kerner) 0 0 0 0 0.0
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN BUF EPB EPA Win%
2nd Quarter
2 7:36 4 4 BUF 4 Greg Davis 21 yard field goal good 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 14:57 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 60 yards, returned by Eric Moulds for 22 yards 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 32 Thurman Thomas right for -1 yards (tackle by Ed McDaniel) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 2 11 BUF 31 Thurman Thomas right for 12 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas and Leonard Wheeler) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 43 Thurman Thomas middle for 2 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 2 8 BUF 45 Todd Collins pass complete left to Antowain Smith for 8 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady and Ed McDaniel) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 MIN 47 Antowain Smith left for 27 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 MIN 20 Antowain Smith middle for 1 yard (tackle by Jason Fisk) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 2 9 MIN 19 Todd Collins pass complete left to Jay Riemersma for 19 yards, touchdown 3 6 0 0 0.0
2 Steve Christie kicks extra point good 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 10:55 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks off 63 yards, returned by Harold Morrow for 21 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 MIN 28 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Jake Reed 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 10 MIN 28 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 20 yards (tackle by Henry Jones) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 MIN 48 Penalty on Jeff Christy: Holding, 10 yards (no play) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 20 MIN 38 Brad Johnson pass incomplete middle intended for Hunter Goodwin 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 20 MIN 38 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Leroy Hoard for 30 yards (tackle by Chris Spielman) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 32 Robert Smith right for 4 yards (tackle by Ted Washington) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 6 BUF 28 Brad Johnson sacked by Bruce Smith for -7 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 13 BUF 35 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Cris Carter for 20 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 15 Robert Smith middle for 9 yards (tackle by Henry Jones) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 1 BUF 6 Brad Johnson pass complete right to Cris Carter for 6 yards, touchdown 9 7 0 0 0.0
2 Greg Davis kicks extra point good 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 6:19 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 65 yards, returned by Eric Moulds for 20 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 25 Todd Collins pass complete left to Andre Reed for 12 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 37 Thurman Thomas right for 2 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 8 BUF 39 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Quinn Early (defended by Robert Griffith) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 8 BUF 39 Todd Collins pass complete right to Jay Riemersma for 6 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady and Corey Fuller) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 4 2 BUF 45 Chris Mohr punts 30 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 3:57 1 10 MIN 25 Robert Smith left for 4 yards (tackle by Chris Spielman) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 6 MIN 29 Robert Smith middle for 9 yards (tackle by Chris Spielman) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 MIN 38 Robert Smith middle for 1 yard (tackle by Damien Covington) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 9 MIN 39 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Jake Reed (defended by Thomas Smith) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 9 MIN 39 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Hunter Goodwin 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 4 9 MIN 39 Randall Cunningham punts 48 yards, returned by Steve Tasker for 10 yards (tackle by Harold Morrow) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 1:46 1 10 BUF 23 Todd Collins pass complete right to Thurman Thomas for 13 yards (tackle by Fernando Smith) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 BUF 36 Todd Collins pass complete right to Thurman Thomas for 8 yards (tackle by Ed McDaniel and Corey Fuller) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 2 BUF 44 Timeout #1 by Buffalo Bills 10 7 0 0
2 2 2 BUF 44 Todd Collins pass complete left to Antowain Smith for 8 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington and Ed McDaniel) 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 MIN 48 Todd Collins pass incomplete middle intended for Andre Reed 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 10 MIN 48 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Lonnie Johnson 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 10 MIN 48 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 15 BUF 47 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Andre Reed 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 4 15 BUF 47 Chris Mohr punts 28 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
2 0:15 1 10 MIN 25 Brad Johnson middle for -1 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
End of Half10700
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN BUF EPB EPA Win%
3rd Quarter
3 15:00 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 67 yards, returned by Eric Moulds for 23 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 26 Thurman Thomas right for 2 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 8 BUF 28 Thurman Thomas left for 9 yards (tackle by Jason Fisk) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 37 Todd Collins pass complete right to Andre Reed for 43 yards (tackle by Corey Fuller) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 MIN 20 Thurman Thomas left for 3 yards (tackle by Jason Fisk). Thurman Thomas fumbles, recovered by Dixon Edwards 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 12:36 1 10 MIN 17 Robert Smith left for no gain (tackle by Henry Jones) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 10 MIN 17 Brad Johnson pass incomplete 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 3 10 MIN 17 Brad Johnson sacked by Bruce Smith for -7 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 4 17 MIN 10 Randall Cunningham punts 65 yards, returned by Steve Tasker for 5 yards. Penalty on Henry Jones: Illegal Block, 10 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 11:20 1 10 BUF 20 Todd Collins pass complete right to Andre Reed for 16 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 36 Todd Collins pass complete right to Jay Riemersma for 22 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 MIN 42 Antowain Smith left for no gain (tackle by Ed McDaniel) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 10 MIN 42 Todd Collins middle for 2 yards (tackle by Stalin Colinet) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 3 8 MIN 40 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Antowain Smith 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 4 8 MIN 40 Chris Mohr punts 38 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 8:31 1 10 MIN 2 Brad Johnson pass complete middle to Hunter Goodwin for 13 yards (tackle by Henry Jones) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 MIN 15 Robert Smith middle for 6 yards (tackle by Kurt Schulz and Henry Jones) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 4 MIN 21 Robert Smith middle for 3 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 3 1 MIN 24 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Greg DeLong for 11 yards (tackle by Henry Jones) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 MIN 35 Robert Smith middle for 24 yards 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 41 Leroy Hoard middle for 2 yards (tackle by Damien Covington) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 8 BUF 39 Penalty on Jeff Burris: Pass Interference, 14 yards (no play) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 25 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Jake Reed (defended by Jeff Burris) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 10 BUF 25 Robert Smith right for no gain (tackle by Bryce Paup and Damien Covington) 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 3 10 BUF 25 Brad Johnson pass incomplete left intended for Cris Carter 10 7 0 0 0.0
3 4 10 BUF 25 Greg Davis 43 yard field goal good 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 3:58 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 66 yards, returned by Eric Moulds for 15 yards 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 19 Todd Collins pass complete left to Andre Reed for 15 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 BUF 34 Todd Collins pass complete left to Thurman Thomas for 8 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 2 2 BUF 42 Thurman Thomas middle for no gain (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 3 2 BUF 42 Penalty on Ruben Brown: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 3 7 BUF 37 Todd Collins pass complete middle to Andre Reed for 22 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas) 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 MIN 41 Eric Moulds left for 27 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas) 13 7 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 MIN 14 Todd Collins pass complete left to Thurman Thomas for 4 yards (tackle by Derrick Alexander) 13 7 0 0 0.0
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail MIN BUF EPB EPA Win%
4th Quarter
4 3:58 2 6 MIN 10 Todd Collins pass incomplete 13 7 0 0 0.0
4 3 6 MIN 10 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Lonnie Johnson 13 7 0 0 0.0
4 4 6 MIN 10 Steve Christie 28 yard field goal good 13 10 0 0 0.0
4 14:46 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks off 70 yards, touchback 13 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 MIN 20 Brad Johnson pass complete left for 2 yards (tackle by Chris Spielman) 13 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 8 MIN 22 Robert Smith left for 78 yards, touchdown 19 10 0 0 0.0
4 Greg Davis kicks extra point good 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 13:47 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 67 yards. Penalty on Marlo Perry: Holding, 10 yards 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 11 Todd Collins pass complete left to Jay Riemersma for 7 yards (tackle by Ed McDaniel) 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 3 BUF 18 Thurman Thomas left for 8 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards) 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 26 Todd Collins pass complete left to Thurman Thomas for 1 yard (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 9 BUF 27 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Lonnie Johnson 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 3 9 BUF 27 Todd Collins pass complete left to Antowain Smith for 13 yards (tackle by Orlando Thomas) 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 40 Antowain Smith middle for 2 yards (tackle by Fernando Smith) 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 8 BUF 42 Todd Collins middle for no gain. Todd Collins fumbles, recovered by Jeff Brady, touchdown 20 10 0 0 0.0
4 Greg Davis kicks extra point good 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 11:03 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 68 yards, returned by Eric Moulds for 23 yards 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 25 Antowain Smith left for 9 yards (tackle by Jeff Brady) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 1 BUF 34 Todd Collins pass complete left to Antowain Smith for 6 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 40 Antowain Smith left for 5 yards (tackle by Stalin Colinet) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 5 BUF 45 Todd Collins pass complete right to Andre Reed for 24 yards (tackle by Robert Griffith) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 MIN 31 Todd Collins pass complete right to Lonnie Johnson for 8 yards (tackle by Leonard Wheeler) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 2 MIN 23 Thurman Thomas middle for 3 yards (tackle by Stalin Colinet and Derrick Alexander) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 MIN 20 Penalty on Ruben Brown: Holding, 10 yards (no play) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 1 20 MIN 30 Todd Collins pass complete left to Andre Reed for 10 yards (tackle by Dewayne Washington) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 10 MIN 20 Todd Collins pass incomplete intended for Eric Moulds is intercepted by Orlando Thomas 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 11:03 1 10 MIN 20 Robert Smith middle for 3 yards (tackle by Sam Rogers) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 7 MIN 23 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Cris Carter (defended by Thomas Smith) 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 3 7 MIN 23 Brad Johnson pass incomplete intended for Jake Reed is intercepted by Marlon Kerner and returned for 20 yards 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 11:03 1 10 MIN 20 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Antowain Smith 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 2 10 MIN 20 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Quinn Early 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 3 10 MIN 20 Todd Collins sacked by John Randle for -8 yards 21 10 0 0 0.0
4 4 18 MIN 28 Steve Christie 46 yard field goal good 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 7:15 BUF 30 Steve Christie kicks onside 13 yards, recovered by Dwayne Rudd 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 43 Leroy Hoard right for 4 yards (tackle by Phil Hansen and Ted Washington) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 6 BUF 39 Brad Johnson pass incomplete right intended for Jake Reed 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 3 6 BUF 39 Brad Johnson pass incomplete left intended for David Palmer (defended by Henry Jones) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 4 6 BUF 39 Penalty on Mike Morris: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 4 11 BUF 44 Randall Cunningham punts 24 yards 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 6:21 1 10 BUF 20 Todd Collins pass complete right to Antowain Smith for 9 yards (tackle by Dixon Edwards and Dwayne Rudd) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 1 BUF 29 Antowain Smith left for 11 yards (tackle by Dwayne Rudd) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 40 Todd Collins pass complete left to Eric Moulds for 4 yards (tackle by Leonard Wheeler) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 6 BUF 44 Todd Collins sacked by Jason Fisk for -9 yards 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 3 15 BUF 35 Todd Collins pass incomplete right intended for Steve Tasker (defended by Corey Fuller) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 4 15 BUF 35 Todd Collins pass incomplete left intended for Andre Reed 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 5:41 1 10 BUF 35 Leroy Hoard middle for 1 yard (tackle by Phil Hansen) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 9 BUF 34 Timeout #1 by Buffalo Bills 21 13 0 0
4 2 9 BUF 34 Leroy Hoard right for -1 yards (tackle by Chris Spielman) 21 13 0 0 0.0
4 3 10 BUF 35 Timeout #2 by Buffalo Bills 21 13 0 0
4 3 10 BUF 35 Brad Johnson pass complete left to Cris Carter for 35 yards, touchdown 27 13 0 0 0.0
4 Greg Davis kicks extra point good 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 4:39 MIN 30 Greg Davis kicks off 62 yards, returned by Eric Moulds for 24 yards 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 32 Todd Collins pass complete right to Darick Holmes for 7 yards (tackle by Dwayne Rudd) 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 3 BUF 39 Todd Collins pass incomplete intended for Andre Reed is intercepted by Dewayne Washington and returned for 5 yards 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 2:50 1 10 BUF 45 Leroy Hoard right for 8 yards (tackle by Kurt Schulz) 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 2 BUF 37 Leroy Hoard middle for 2 yards (tackle by Gabe Northern and Kurt Schulz) 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 BUF 35 Brad Johnson middle for -1 yards 28 13 0 0 0.0
4 2 11 BUF 36 Brad Johnson middle for -1 yards 28 13 0 0 0.0
End of Regulation281300
Scoring plays are highlighted in green and accepted penalties are highlighted in gray, while changes of possession are denoted by a bold line. Expected points before and after are relative to the team possessing the ball at the start of the play (though kickoffs are assumed to be in possession of the receiving team).