10 Vikings plays that shaped season: No. 4

January, 9, 2014
Jan 9
Welcome back to our chronological look at the 10 plays that most shaped the Vikings' 2013 season. Today: Play No. 4.

WHEN: Sept. 22, 2013

WHERE: A 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

THE PLAY: Spencer Lanning's 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron on a Browns fake field goal in the second quarter.

WHAT THEY SAID: Former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier: "We didn’t recognize it. We didn’t recognize that he was over there hiding out and they did a better job of executing there. We didn’t see it."

IMPACT OF THE PLAY: The Browns lined up in a field goal formation on fourth-and-4 in the second quarter, except for one variation: Cameron was standing along the Browns' sideline, split out wide by himself. When Lanning took the snap, he pulled up to throw immediately to Cameron, and all Josh Robinson could do was to leap and try to deflect the pass. Cameron scored the first of his two touchdowns easily, and even though the Vikings came back to take the lead, the Browns drove the length of the field at the end of the game to hand the Vikings their second straight last-minute defeat. On a day where the Browns' leading rusher was cornerback Josh Aubrey (who gained 34 yards on a fake punt), the field goal fake proved to be the play that turned the game, sent the Vikings to London at 0-3 and called into question whether they were going to be able to keep their season together.

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter



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