Loud Home Crowd Impedes Vikings' Final Offensive Playcall Decision.
A peculiar and hectic scenario unfolded during the final seconds of the Los Angeles Chargers' 28-24 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings."
The Vikings successfully converted a crucial fourth down, advancing to the Chargers' 6-yard line with just 35 seconds left.
Vikings, lacking timeouts, bypassed spiking the ball, opting for a quick snap strategy, aiming to score a game-winning touchdown before the defense adjusted.
The U.S. Bank Stadium crowd was so deafening that quarterback Kirk Cousins and coach Kevin O'Connell couldn't communicate the playcall.
The boisterous U.S. Bank Stadium crowd made it impossible for Kirk Cousins to hear Coach Kevin O'Connell's playcall. Consequently, 23 crucial seconds elapsed.
The game concluded with a tipped pass to T.J. Hockenson, intercepted by Chargers' Kenneth Murray Jr., sealing the victory in seven seconds.
Cousins stated, "Just couldn't hear him with the noise,"
NFL teams seek crowd noise when the defense plays and quietness during their offensive possessions for strategic advantage.
The 66,878-strong U.S. Bank Stadium crowd erupted with excitement following the successful fourth-down conversion.
Numerous fans voiced their support for the Vikings to spike the ball, aiming for more plays from the 6-yard line.