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Tyler Conklin’s is key in Minnesota victory: ‘It’s a good feeling’

Conklin caught just three passes total for 11 yards on Sunday, but his contributions played a big part in Minnesota getting into a long-awaited victory formation

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Minnesota tight end Tyler Conklin catches a touchdown pass in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin had never had a multi-touchdown game in his NFL career before Sunday.

He added that to his bucket list with two touchdown catches in the 27-20 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.

Conklin caught a 5-yard touchdown late in the first half to give Minnesota its first 10-point lead at 13-3.

The Vikings were trailing 17-13 late in the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line when coach Mike Zimmer decided to keep the offense on the field. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins found Conklin open in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

The Vikings were trailing 17-13 late in the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line when coach Mike Zimmer decided to keep the offense on the field. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins found Conklin open in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

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“It’s a good feeling,” Conklin said. “First multi-touchdown game, so that’s a good feeling. Any time you can help your team win, that’s always a good feeling of what you want to do.”

The Vikings faced another crucial fourth-and-2 from the Los Angeles 36-yard line on the final drive of the game. On that occasion, the Vikings handed the ball off to running back Dalvin Cook, who gained four yards around the right side to clinch the win.

“We had that sense of urgency that we needed to end it,” Conklin said. “I think that’s how we felt as an offense, that we were going to put this game in our hands and close it out.”

Two Los Angeles defenders ran into each other on Conklin’s second touchdown, which may have enabled him to get wide open.

“That kind of just happened,” Conklin said. “It’s sort of like a crossing play, so there’s a good possibility something like that happens.”

Conklin caught just three passes total for 11 yards on Sunday, but his contributions played a big part in Minnesota getting into a long-awaited victory formation.

“It’s the best formation in football,” Conklin said. “Every week, you have your Saturday walk-through and you get in victory formation, and that’s what you want to be in at the end of the day on Sunday.”

Eight of the nine Vikings games this season have been settled by seven points or fewer, including the past six.

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“You lose some and you win some, but as a team you want to get hot at the right time,” Conklin said. “You want to learn how to win these games, so the fact that we’re in them a lot and we’re learning how to win them and overcome adversity and winning the tough ones, I think is really going to be beneficial for us in the long run.’’

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