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Broncos (OT) 22, Vikings19

December 31, 2007|From the Associated Press

DENVER — Jason Elam kicked a 30-yard field goal less than a minute into overtime to give the Denver Broncos a 22-19 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings (8-8) needed a win and a Washington loss to top-seeded Dallas to sneak into the playoffs, but neither the Redskins nor the Broncos (7-9) obliged. Washington easily beat the Cowboys, who rested several of their starters.

Minnesota, which scored 16 points in the final 5:18 to erase a 19-3 deficit, won the overtime coin flip, but on the Vikings' second snap, Tavaris Jackson was sacked and fumbled.

Elvis Dumervil recovered at the Minnesota 12, and the Broncos' field goal unit rushed onto the field for their fourth game-winner of the season.

Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson did pick up the NFC rushing title. He gained 36 yards in 11 carries. Despite his fourth straight subpar performance, his 1,341 yards edged Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook by eight yards.

Quoteworthy: "It's been a rough year, on and off the field for us." -- Domonique Foxworth, Broncos cornerback

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