Thanks to a career night by Dalvin Cook, the Vikings came away with a 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night.
Minnesota was outscored 28-13 in the second half, but the Steelers’ rally came up short after a potential game-tying touchdown pass for tight end Pat Freiermuth was knocked out of his hands in the end zone as time expired.
Cook, who was questionable during the week with a shoulder injury, suited up with a brace and then ran roughshod over the Steelers. The running back totaled 205 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. The 205 yards were a season high by an NFL running back this season.
As good as Minnesota was on the ground, quarterback Kirk Cousins was pedestrian through the air. He went just 14 for 31 for 216 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions apiece.
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Pittsburgh, thanks to timely interceptions and adept quarterback play by Ben Roethlisberger, nearly completed the comeback after being held scoreless in the first half. The Steelers scored three consecutive touchdowns in a five-minute span over the third and fourth quarters.
Najee Harris totaled 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Steelers. Wide receivers Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson made several key catches down the stretch.
The Vikings (6-7) inched closer to a playoff spot in the NFC. They’ll take on the Cardinals next week. Pittsburgh (6-6-1) has a game against the Titans upcoming.
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Steelers vs. Vikings score
Steelers vs. Vikings live updates, highlights from Thursday Night Football
Final: Minnesota 36, Pittsburgh 28
11:42 p.m.: The ball goes right through Pat Freirmuth’s hands in the end zone and the defenders knock it away. Game over.
11:41 p.m.: Roethlisberger to Diontae Johnson for 12 yards and he gets out of bounds to stop the clock with 3 seconds left.
11:39 p.m.: Roethlisberger hits McCloud for 10 yards and he gets out of bounds to stop the clock.
11:38 p.m.: The Steelers spike the ball with 24 seconds left to stop the clock at the Minnesota 34.
11:36 p.m.: Steelers are backed up to their own 40 following an illegal block in the back call as the two-minute warning arrives.
11:34 p.m.: Roethlisberger hits Claypool for 38 yards. Pittsburgh quickly nearing midfield now.
11:31 p.m.: It’s fourth-and-8 now for the Vikings from their 45 after a flag on the field is picked up and wiped away. Minnesota punts it away with 2:25 left as Pittsburgh takes over at the 4.
11:28 p.m.: The last three plays for the Vikings: 8, 12 and 17 yards as they’re marching as time ticks away. First-and-10 for the Vikings from their 43. Steelers call a timeout with 2:34 left.
11:24 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. It’s officially a one-score game as Roethlisberger hits tight end Pat Freiermuth for a 15 yard touchdown. Minnesota 36, Pittsburgh 28 with 4:14 left in the game.
11:21 p.m.: INTERECEPTION STEELERS. Cousins is picked off the second time tonight and the Steelers return it 41 yards to the Vikings 21.
11:18 p.m.: On third-and-5 Cousins evades the sack and takes it 11 yards for an easy gain on first down. Vikings now across midfield to the Pittsburgh 45.
11:17 p.m.: Minnesota takes over at its own 39 following the punt.
11:15 p.m.: On third-and-1, Harris loses yardage and the Steelers go three-and-out and are finally held in check. The offense stays on the field and is hit with a delay of game on fourth-and-3. Drives them back 5 yards and they’ll punt it away.
11:11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. MInnesota quickly answers with a score of its own as Cousins has nice protection and steps into a 62-yard heave to KJ Osborn who was wide open downfield. Minnesota 36, Pittsburgh 20 with 10:51 left.
11:10 p.m.: Minnesota’s first play following the touchdown is an 8-yard gain on first down.
11:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. A comeback seems to be brewing. Roethlisberger hits James Washington 30 yards downfield in double coverage for the score. 2-point conversion attempt fails. MInnesota 29, Pittsburgh 20 with 12:11 left in the game.
11:04 p.m.: On second-and-7, Roethlisberger goes back shoulder and hits Diontae Johnson in stride for 37 yards to the Vikings’ 30. Pittsburgh declines the DPI.
11:01 p.m.: Minnesota goes three-and-out on its opening drive of the quarter. Pittsburgh takes over at its own 31 looking to cut into the defecit even more.
10:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PITTSBURGH. It’s suddenly a two-possession game as Najee Harris hits paydirt for his second score of the game. Minnesota 29, Pittsburgh 14 with 14:49 left in the game.
End quarter 3: Minnesota 29, Pittsburgh 7
10:49 p.m.: It’s now first-and-goal following an impressive catch by Chase Claypool as the third quarter comes to a close.
10:48 p.m.: On third-and-9, Minnesota gets hit for a neutral zone infraction, moving the Steelers up 5 yards but keeping it third down from the Minnesota 23.
10:45 p.m.: INTERCEPTION STEELERS. Pittsburgh gets the ball right back after the touchdown as Devin Bush tips a pass inteded for Justin Jefferson that gets picked off. Steelers take over at the Minnesota 28.
10:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN STEELERS. Pittsburgh finally gets on the board with 2:11 left in the third as Roethlisberger hits Harris for the 3-yard score. Minnesota 29, Pittsburgh 7.
10:39 p.m.: Pittsburgh is finally in decent field position following an a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Vikings. First-and-10 from the Minnesota 22 for the Steelers and Harris picks up 10.
10:35 p.m.: Najee Harris bounces off numerous defenders for 3 yards, looking like a pinball machine.
10:31 p.m.: FIELD GOAL VIKINGS. Minnesota has three straight incompletions on first-and-goal from the 9. Field goal unit comes out and Joseph nails a 25-yarder, Minnesota 29, Pittsburgh 0 with 6:15 left in the third.
10:29 p.m.: Dalvin Cook takes it 14 yards on second-and-3 for an easy first down. Vikings now inside the red zone at the Pittsburgh 9.
10:25 p.m: INTERCEPTION VIKINGS. Bashaud Breeland picks off Roethlisberger and takes it 18 yards to the Pittsburgh 30. That’s where Minnesota will take over.
10:24 p.m.: PIttsburgh finally gets a big run of its own as Najee Harris finds a hole and is able to take it for 23 yards to the Pittsburgh 42.
10:20 p.m.: FIELD GOAL VIKINGS. Minnesota extends its lead and gets points on its first drive of the second half as Greg Joseph nails a 42-yarder. Minnesota 26, Pittsburgh 0 with 9:36 left in the third.
10:17 p.m.: Minnesota is now inside the red zone following an 8-yard run by Dalvin Cook.
10:12 p.m.: Pittsburgh’s drive once again stalls, as Roethlisberger is sacked again on third down. Fourth three-and-out in seven possessions for Pittsburgh. Minnesota takes over at the Pittsburgh 34 following the punt.
10:07 p.m.: The Steelers will start the second half with the ball at their own 12 following a penalty on the return.
Halftime: Minnesota 23, Pittsburgh 0
9:50 p.m.: THe half draws to a close with MInnesota out to a resounding 23-0 lead a week after losing to the previously winless Lions.
9:45 p.m.: Pittsburgh’s offensive woes continue. Roethlisberger is sacked for the fourth time. Now fourth-and-20 and the Steelers punt it away with 1:42 left in the first half.
9:37 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Dalvin Cook takes it outside for 7 yards and a score, his second of the night. 2:20 left in the second quarter as Cook is averaging over 10 yards per carry. Minnesota 23, Pittsburgh 0.
9:34 p.m.: Pittsburgh takes a timeout, its second of the half. Third-and-10 for the Vikings from the Pittsburgh 28 and Cousins hits KJ Osborn in stride in the middle of the field for 13 yards. Prime red zone scoring opportunity for Minnesota.
9:30 p.m.: Kirk Cousins keeps it on fourth-and-1 on the QB sneak and Minnesota converts. Vikings now across midfield.
9:29 p.m.: Cook takes this one for 9 yards on second-and-10. Makes it third-and-1 for the Vikings from their own 49 but Cousins’ pass to Jefferson falls incomplete.
9:25 p.m.: Roethlisberger is sacked again, this time on third down. Steelers punt it away and Minnesota looks to continue its hot offensive night.
9:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. It’s the Dalvin Cook show as he rips off a 29-yard touchdown run. Minnesota 16, Pittsburgh 0 with 9:55 left in the first half.
9:15 p.m.: Another double digit run for Cook. This one goes for 15 and Minnesota’s across midfield to the Pittsburgh 41.
9:11 p.m.: The Steelers’ offense stalls again and goes three-and-out as MInnesota takes over at its own 22 following the punt.
9:05 p.m.: FIELD GOAL VIKINGS. The Vikings’ first drive of the second quarter results in points as Greg Joseph hits a 38-yarder. Minnesota 9, Pittsburgh 0 with 14:43 left in the first half.
End quarter 1: Vikings 6, Steelers 0
9:01 p.m.: Dalvin Cook with yet another big run. This one for 16 yards to end the first quarter. He’s up to 73 yards already on just five carries.
8:59 p.m.: DeDe Westbrook returns the punt 17 yards to the Minnesota 43. Good starting field position for the Vikings.
8:58 p.m.: The fumble is overturned. Ruled third-and-1 now for the Steelers but Najee Harris is met quickly in the backfield to force a punt.
8:54 p.m.: FUMBLE STEELERS. Harrison Smith comes and knocks the ball out Diontae Johnson’s hands as he tries to stretch for a first down. Currently under review.
8:49 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Kirk Cousins hits a wide open Justin Jefferson striding through the back of the end zone for 14 yards. First score of the game for either team. Minnesota 6, Pittsburgh 0 following the missed extra point.
8:48 p.m.: Alexander Mattison comes in to spell Cook and immediately takes it 14 yards for an easy first down and to put the Vikings inside the red zone for the first time.
8:46 p.m.: Cook peels off another massive run, this one for 30 yards. Minnesota now in great field position at the Pittsburgh 31.
8:42 p.m.: The pass on third-and-18, it goes for 7 and makes it fourth-and-11. Chris Boswell comes on the 49-yard attempt, which also sails wide left.
8:38 p.m.: Pittsburgh calls a timeout, its first of the half. Steelers have third-and-18 following a sack of Roethlisberger.
8:36 p.m.: On fourth-and-4, Roethlisberger takes it and keeps it himself for the first down. An extra 5 yards tacked on at the end on a defensive holding. Makes it first-and-10 at the Minnesota 34.
8:35 p.m.: Roethlisberger completes it for 15 yards and Pittsburgh goes for it on fourth-and-4 from the Minnesota 39.
8:33 p.m.: The Steelers get driven back 15 yards after an unnecessary roughness call. Now third-and-19 from their own 46.
8:32 p.m.: Najee Harris picks up 3 yards and a first down as the Steelers inch ever closer to midfield.
8:31 p.m.: Pittsburgh’s first play comes from their own 43 and goes for 7 yards and Ben Roethlisberger hits Ray-Ray McCloud.
8:27 p.m.: The field goal unit for Minnesota comes out on fourth-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 35 but they can’t cash in. Greg Joseph’s 53-yard attempt is wide left.
8:25 p.m.: On first-and-10, a hobbled Dalvin Cook takes advantage of a major hole and gains 20 yards on the play to the Pittsburgh 42.
8:22 p.m.: Pittsburgh kicks it away to start and it goes for a touchback. Minnesota’s opening drive begins at its 25.
Steelers vs. Vikings start time
The Steelers vs. Vikings game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. All “Thursday Night Football” games in 2021 are scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.
What channel is Steelers vs. Vikings on tonight?
- TV channel : Fox, NFL Network
- Live stream : Amazon Prime, fuboTV
Both Fox and NFL Network will broadcast the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Steelers and the Vikings. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will broadcast from the booth, while Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink will report from the sidelines.
Additionally, fans can stream the game on Amazon Prime with the same broadcast that’s shown on Fox and NFL Network.
Fans can also stream NFL games with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial .
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial .
Steelers schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|14||Dec. 9||@Vikings||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 19||Titans||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||@Chiefs||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Jan. 3||Browns||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|18||Jan. 9||@Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
Vikings schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|14||Dec. 9||Steelers||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 20||@Bears||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|16||Dec. 26||Rams||1:00 p.m.||Fox|
|17||Jan. 2||@Packers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|18||Jan. 9||Bears||1:00 p.m.||Fox|
‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|Week||Date||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|1||Sept. 9||Cowboys @ Buccaneers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sept. 16||Giants @ WFT||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|3||Sept. 23||Panthers @ Texans||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|4||Sept. 30||Jaguars @ Bengals||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|5||Oct. 7||Rams @ Seahawks||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|6||Oct. 14||Buccaneers @ Eagles||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|7||Oct. 21||Broncos @ Browns||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|8||Oct. 28||Packers @ Cardinals||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|9||Nov. 4||Jets @ Colts||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|10||Nov. 11||Ravens @ Dolphins||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|11||Nov. 18||Patriots @ Falcons||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|12||Nov. 25||Bills @ Saints||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|13||Dec. 2||Cowboys @ Saints||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|14||Dec. 9||Steelers @ Vikings||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 16||Chiefs @ Chargers||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 23||49ers @ Titans||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|