Twelve Bills Players Were on Field During OT Play vs. Vikings

Twelve Bills Players Were on Field During OT Play vs. Vikings

The Bills had 12 players on the field during a critical red zone play in overtime during their loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

On the play after Minnesota receiver Justin Jefferson hauled in a 24-yard pass on the sidelines, the Vikings lined up on first-and-goal on the Buffalo 2-yard line with 5: 17 remaining in the extra period. The Vikings moved further away from the end zone when Dalvin Cook, the tailback, was tackled for a loss of three yards.

Video of the play shows the Bills clearly have 12 defensive players on the field ahead of the snap. The play was flagged by Buffalo, which would have given Minnesota a first-and-goal at Minnesota’s 1-yard line.

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said after the game he thought there were 12 Bills players on the field for the play. He admitted that he need to check the tape because the action can be “moving pretty fast out there sometimes.”

Minnesota settled for a field goal on its sole overtime possession after quarterback Kirk Cousins took a sack and then threw an incompletion on the plays after the missed call. A touchdown would have ended the game but the field goal gave Buffalo and quarterback Josh Allen the chance to tie the game or win.

Though Allen marched the Bills down field quickly, he threw a pass to Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson making the missed call on that side of the field irrelevant. The year ended with Minnesota at 8-1, while Buffalo fell to 6-3.

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