Vikings announcer goes crazy during wild finish
Minnesota Vikings broadcaster Paul Allen added some more memorable highlights to his career Sunday.
The excitable play-by-play man is known for big moments, like his “This is not Detroit this is the Super Bowl” shout after Brett Favre threw an interception in the 2009 NFC title game, or his “No! No! The Cardinals have knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs” call from the early 2000s. And who could forget his Minneapolis Miracle call.
Sunday’s thriller that saw the Vikings rally from 17 points down to beat the Bills 33-30 in overtime gave Allen plenty of chances to bark out iconic calls, and he didn’t disappoint.
Allen’s call of Justin Jefferson’s incredible catch
“Kirk back to pass. He’s going heave one to J.J., to the right, and… Jefferson leaps up to catch it and… he got it! At the Bills 40. Wow! J.J., are you kidding me? First down Vikings to the 41 of the Bills,” Allen said. “That’s one the most cold-blooded receptions that you’ll ever see in your entire life. “
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Allen’s call on Josh Allen’s fumble in the end zone.
“He didn’t get out! He did not get out. That’s safety! Give it to us! Give us safety! Allen said. Allen said, “Oh, the ball came out!” Yes! The Vikings will win! Yes, Josh Allen, drop that ball! Holy cow. “
Allen’s call on Patrick Peterson’s game-ending interception
“Allen back to pass, in the pocket, to the end zone … yes! He slides down after being intercepted by Patrick Peterson The Minnesota Vikings are now 8-and-1! “
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