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Look: Bills Had 12 Men On Field During Key Overtime Play vs. Vikings

Bills vs. Vikings

Bills vs. Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Buffalo Bills 33-30 on Sunday in a thriller that is already being called the game of the year in the NFL.

The game featured just about everything: one-handed catches, goal line stands, a botched snap that led to a touchdown and a game-tying drive in the final minute of regulation.

Turns out, there was so much craziness going on that the officials missed what should have been a key penalty.

The Vikings advanced to the Bills' two-yard line on the first drive of overtime. Needing to keep the Minnesota offense out of the end zone in order to give itself another possession, Buffalo held it to a field goal, thanks in large part to stopping running back Dalvin Cook for a three-yard loss on first down.

Video of the play tweeted by Charlie Ryan reveals that the Bills used 12 men to get that stop.

Ryan pauses the video mid-play to reveal 11 Bills defenders in the box, plus one in the end zone covering wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Obviously, that should have resulted in a penalty, which would have given the Vikings first down and goal from the one-yard line.

The missed call didn't end up mattering. After the Vikings kicked a field goal, Patrick Peterson intercepted Bills quarterback Josh Allen to seal the win. 

And it's no guarantee that the Vikings would have scored from the one, as they failed to do just that late in the fourth quarter.

Still, that's a tough look for the officiating crew, especially given the magnitude of the moment, with two of the NFL's best teams playing in overtime.