Vikings blow another second-half lead, fall to the Ravens 34-31 in OT
November 8, 2021
BALTIMORE - Six days before they would travel east to face the Ravens, the Vikings found out defensive end Danielle Hunter would miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The news came Friday that nose tackle Michael Pierce would miss a fourth straight game with an elbow injury, and after a round of coronavirus retests on Sunday morning, they placed safety Harrison Smith on the COVID-19 reserve list 90 minutes before game time.
The three developments effectively left the Vikings two paths to leave M&T Bank Stadium with a win: Last 12 rounds with former league MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' run game, or land the haymaker that would take them out early.
The Vikings had an opportunity to deliver a decisive blow. They missed it, and the game became the type of matchup they simply weren't fit to win.