Chris Bahr kicked a 20-yard field goal at the final gun to lift the Los Angeles Raiders to a 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings today.
The game-winning kick was Bahr's third field goal of the game. He also made good from 22 and 24 yards, but had a 44-yard attempt blocked in the first period.
Marcus Allen had scored on a short run to open the fourth quarter, and in the closing minutes the Raiders (6-1) forced Minnesota (2-5) to punt from the back line of the end zone.
Los Angeles got the ball at the Vikings' 37 with 3:00 left and ran the ball six straight times -- five by Frank Hawkins for 30 yards -- before the winning kick.
"It just slipped by the post," Bahr said. "It went through about an inch inside the left upright.
"If we have the football at the end, people figure we can win, and we usually do. But it would be nice to win before the fourth quarter sometime. My mother can't take much more of this stuff."
Los Angeles trailed, 13-10, at halftime, but tied it midway through the third quarter on Bahr's 24-yard kick.
The Vikings went on top again, 20-13, with 1:46 left in the quarter on a two-yard pass from Tommy Kramer to Mike Mularkey. The touchdown was set up by Carl Lee's recovery of a fumble by Allen at the Los Angeles 31; Minnesota took six plays to score.
The Raiders tied the score again on the fifth play of the final quarter when Allen went over from the one to make it 20-20 with 12:52 remaining.
That score was set up when Jack Squirek recovered a fumble by Alfred Anderson at the Los Angeles 20.
Los Angeles' Marc Wilson, starting in place of the injured Jim Plunkett, completed 21 of 37 attempts for 268 yards and a touchdown; he was intercepted once.
Kramer completed 11 of 19 attempts for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Los Angeles took a 7-0 lead when Wilson hit Todd Christensen in the end zone with a 34-yard pass on a third-and-21 play on the first possession of the game. The Raiders needed 3:23 to drive 72 yards on eight plays.
Minnesota came back four plays later when Kramer passed 30 yards to Mike Jones, who ran 40 more yards for a touchdown.
The Vikings scored again in the first period on a three-yard reverse by Allen Rice, ending a drive kept alive by three personal fouls against the Raiders (16 penalties, 140 yards) in eight plays. The personal fouls were all against members of the Raiders' secondary -- Vann McElroy, Mike Davis and Lester Hayes. Jan Stenerud's extra point was blocked and Minnesota led, 13-7. Excluding the penalties, the Vikings went 47 yards in five plays after a 21-yard punt return by Darrin Nelson.
Bahr cut the deficit to 13-10 at halftime when he kicked a 22-yard field goal midway through the second period.
"Our guys weren't intimidated, they just came up short," Vikings Coach Les Steckel said. "They came here to win, but they won't look back. They won't spend their lives looking in a rear view mirror.