Teddy Bridgewater gave the giddy fans in Minneapolis chanting his first name a pair of go-ahead touchdown throws to cheer for in the fourth quarter, giving the Minnesota Vikings a 30-28 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.
Bridgewater floated a back-shoulder fade pass from 2 yards out to Rodney Smith with 18 seconds remaining for the lead, after the Cardinals had gone ahead on a bizarre fourth-down score about a minute earlier.
On that final drive, Bridgewater completed 6 of 7 passes for 77 yards. The first-round draft pick from Louisville, who finished 16 for 20 for 179 yards, found Allen Reisner for a short touchdown and Jarius Wright for the 2-point conversion with 7:57 left.
Running back Adrian Peterson was the only Vikings regular who didn’t play.
Packers 21, Rams 7: Aaron Rodgers and Sam Bradford each threw a touchdown pass in their preseason debuts and played into the second quarter in Green Bay’s victory over host St. Louis.
Michael Sam played in the second half and got his first sack of the preseason, dropping Matt Flynn for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter to force a 49-yard field goal by Mason Crosby.
Ravens 37, Cowboys 30: Deonte Thompson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a score after Dallas’ Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass in his first game since back surgery last season, and Joe Flacco led three scoring drives in Baltimore’s preseason victory over the host Cowboys.
Steelers 19, Bills 16: Ben Roethlisberger threw two TD passes in less than a half of work and Pittsburgh beat visiting Buffalo.
Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 76-yard score on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and found Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard strike to help the Steelers win a preseason game for the first time in nearly two years.
Giants 27, Colts 26: Ryan Nassib led New York to two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, completing a huge fourth-quarter comeback.
New York trailed 26-0 early in the fourth, but host Indianapolis couldn’t hold on. Indy had a chance to win it with Pat McAfee’s 64-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, but the kick went wide left.
Andrew Luck was 12 of 18 for 89 yards. Eli Manning was 1 of 6 for 7 yards for New York.
Jets 25, Bengals 17: Andy Dalton completed all eight of his passes and led host Cincinnati to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during three impressive series before New York’s reserves rallied for a 25-17 preseason victory.
Dalton went 8 for 8 for 144 yards, one touchdown and a passer rating of 158.3. The Bengals rolled up 173 yards while he was in the game.
Dolphins 20, Buccaneers 14: Backup quarterback Matt Moore led Miami on two touchdown drives in a preseason victory over host Tampa Bay.