Added Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr: “They’re a good football team. They’re well-coached and have a lot of great players. They’re not going to go down without a fight. We weathered the storm there and we’re able to come out on top.”
Minnesota’s defense allowed a season-high 400 yards, but made crucial plays when it counted most, particularly on the fourth play of the fourth quarter, when Kendricks raced up the middle to sack Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz for the Vikings first sack of the game.
The Vikings had come close numerous times before, but the agile Wentz had eluded the pressure.
“He’s strong in the pocket, but he can get out of the pocket and make throws and stuff like that,” Kendricks said. “We did a good job.”
That forced an Eagles punt as the Vikings offense extended Minnesota’s lead to 38-20. Once the Eagles got the ball back, this time it was Danielle Hunter’s turn to get to Wentz.
Hunter recorded his sixth sack of the season and 46th of his career, which sets an NFL record by a player before his 25th birthday (sacks became an official statistic in 1982). Hunter turns 25 on Oct. 29.
“Man, that dude, Danielle … I could talk all day about him,” Kendricks said. “He deserves it, and deserves everything he gets, all the accolades. He works hard and is a humble guy. He’s great. That boy is a freak.”
Just three plays later, Kendricks helped put the game on ice as he stripped Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, causing a fumble that Barr recovered and returned near midfield.
“He’s been playing at a high level all year, just getting to the ball, whether it’s disrupting the ball with a PBU or tackling guys in the backfield,” Barr said. “He’s doing a great job playing football right now.”