(AP) – Paul Edinger kicked a franchise-record 56-yard field goal as time ran out, lifting momentum-starved Minnesota past Green Bay.
After losing their last two games by a combined 58-13 score and allegations of sexual misconduct by several players on a boat party emerging, the Vikings (2-4) trailed 17-0 in the third quarter and appeared headed for another ugly defeat.
But Daunte Culpepper, who went 23-for-31 for 280 yards and two TDs with no interceptions, came to life and Edinger made his third field goal of the game. Green Bay’s Ryan Longwell tied it at 20 with 24 seconds remaining on a 39-yard kick.
Also on Sunday, Eli Manning threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 5 seconds left to lift New York past Denver.
Manning finished 23-of-42 for 214 yards and two touchdowns for the Giants (4-2), who trailed from midway through the second quarter until the final drive. Manning also connected with Plaxico Burress on a first-quarter scoring play.
Jake Plummer finished 18-of-29 for 194 yards and one touchdown, and Jason Elam kicked three field goals for the Broncos (5-2). But Elam missed a 49-yarder with 5:18 left after New York’s Tiki Barber scored on a 4-yard run to make it 23-17.
The loss snapped the Broncos’ five-game winning streak.