Bizarre play spells doom for injured Broncos

An unusual and heads up play by Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss gave Minnesota a lead in the first half over the Broncos. Starting QB Steve Beuerlein dislocated a finger in the second half, but reserve Danny Kanell almost led the Broncos back from a huge deficit before they fell to the Vikings 28-20.

Minnesota 28, Denver 20 - - dave Campbell, AP
October 19, 2003 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After opening the season with five wins against weak opponents, the Minnesota Vikings looked at Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos as a credibility test. Well, they sure passed. Daunte Culpepper threw for 277 yards in his return at quarterback, the defense knocked Steve Beuerlein out of the game, and the Vikings beat Denver 28-20 Sunday.

Beuerlein's Day Painful in Every Way - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, October 19, 2003 - MINNEAPOLIS -- There is not any single criticism that someone can make of Steve Beuerlein that compares to the ones he made of himself in the wake of the Broncos' 28-20 loss at Minnesota. Riddled by constant pressure from the Vikings' front seven, he was harried into three interceptions, compiled a 28.1 passer rating and led the Denver offense to only 10 points before a dislocated right pinkie finger forced him from the game with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter.

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