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Monday, March 30, 2020

Video: Referees missed blatant Vikings holding penalty in overtime

Riley Reiff holding

New Orleans Saints fans are already upset about a no-call on the Kyle Rudolph pushoff in overtime to win the game. Now they can add another missed call to the list.

The Minnesota Vikings had a first-and-10 at their 44 in overtime and Kirk Cousins, under pressure, threw incomplete to Dalvin Cook for a busted screen play. At the top of the screen, you can see left tackle Riley Reiff blatantly hold Trey Hendrickson.

On the next play, Dalvin Cook gained 11 yards on a pass from Kirk Cousins. The play after that was the big 43-yard gain to Adam Thielen to set up the Vikings’ eventual touchdown in overtime.

Had a holding penalty been called, the Vikings would have been pushed back 10 yards to the 34 and had a first-and-20. That might have changed some things in the extra period.

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