Butker's late field goals propel Chiefs to victory over Vikings

AP News Staff
November 04, 2019 - 9:35 am
Nov 3, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (7) kicks the winning field goal during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Harrison Butker matched a career long with a 54-yard field goal to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, then drilled a 44-yarder as time expired to give the Kansas City Chiefs a thrilling  26-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The first person to greet Butker in celebration? Patrick Mahomes, the reigning league MVP, who missed his second consecutive game as he recovers from a dislocated kneecap.

Mahomes looked just fine rushing onto the field to party.

Matt Moore started in his place and threw for 275 yards and a touchdown without a pick, and he made the crucial plays when they mattered. Moore hit favorite target Tyreek Hill to convert a crucial third down and set up the tying field goal, then hit him again to make the winner more manageable.

Nov 3, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Moore (8) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Hill finished with six catches for 140 yards for the Chiefs (6-3), including a spectacular TD grab, while Damien Williams ran for 125 yards - most of it on a 91-yard touchdown run.

Kirk Cousins threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings (6-3), though he struggled to deal with the Chiefs' blitzes late in the game. Dalvin Cook was held to 71 yards rushing while top wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a single catch for four yards.

The win also snapped the Chiefs' three-game skid at Arrowhead Stadium.

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