Blair Walsh kicked a 38-yard field goal on the Vikings’ opening possession of overtime, sealing a 26-23 victory over visiting Jacksonville.
Walsh, a rookie from the University of Georgia, booted four field goals in his first career game. He sent the game to overtime with a 55-yarder as time expired in regulation.
Adrian Peterson, who was a gametime decision, started and scored two touchdowns for Minnesota. He finished with 17 carries for 84 yards, including a pair of big runs in the extra period to set up the deciding score.
Peterson tore his ACL last December in Washington but promised fans, media and teammates alike that he would be ready for the opener.
The Jaguars also saw the return of their star running back, after Maurice Jones-Drew ended his holdout last Sunday. Despite missing the entire preseason, Jones-Drew looked fresh. He gained 77 yards on 19 carries.
Blaine Gabbert continued to progress following a solid preseason, throwing for 260 yards and two scores without an interception.
But Gabbert and the offense failed to move the football on the game’s final drive. A downfield strike intended for Laurent Robinson went begging on fourth down, ending the opener.
The Vikings travel to Indianapolis next Sunday to meet the Colts, who took a beating at the hands of the Chicago Bears.
Jacksonville will have its home opener next week against the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans, a Week 1 winner against Miami.