Even though one of his kicks yesterday resulted in a San Francisco TD and negative 10-point swing right before halftime, K Ryan Longwell’s performance was once again instrumental in the outcome of a Vikings game.
In 8 seasons as a member of the Packers, Longwell became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and tipped the scale in favor of the Packers against the Vikings several times. But then he came to Minnesota as a free agent in 2006 and his prolific career has continued to be, well, prolific.
Longwell ranks 3rd in Vikings history with 6 game-winning FGs and his 50-yarder yesterday puts him in a tie with Fuad Reveiz for most 50-yard FGs in team history (8). Although neither of his 2 FGs from yesterday are considered game-winners, they were still vital to the Vikings winning effort.
Longwell came on to salvage scoring drives twice in the 1st half. He was true from 40 yards early in the 2nd quarter to give the Vikings a 10-point lead. Then, later in the 2nd quarter after a solid punt return and a couple of fortuitous penalties, Longwell came on to split the uprights on a crucial 50-yard try to increase the lead to 13-7.
The Vikings eventually went on to win 27-24, so a couple of 1st half FGs clearly made a difference for the Vikings. And the Vikings are used to Longwell making a winning difference. Longwell is now 54 of 56 from inside 45 yards since joining the Vikings in ’06. Both of those misses are actually blocks. He’s also made 34 straight tries from inside 40 yards, which is a Vikings record.
Longwell ranks 19th all-time with 302 career FGs and 20th in all-time scoring with 1,398 points.
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