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           === Walsh's late field goal lifts Vikings over Titans ===
 
 Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Walsh's 25-yard field goal with under
 two  minutes  left lifted  the Minnesota  Vikings to a  24-23 victory over the
 Tennessee Titans in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday at Mall of
 America Field.
 
 Matt  Cassel started  under center  for the  Vikings and  went 3-for-3  for 48
 yards,  while backup  McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed 19-of-26 passes for 187
 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
 
 Joe  Banyard  caught seven passes for  54 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota,
 which  finished the preseason  1-3 and will open the regular season on Sept. 8
 at Detroit.
 
 Tennessee  starting quarterback  Jake Locker  finished 3-of-5  passing for  31
 yards,  while backup  Ryan Fitzpatrick completed all five of his passes for 61
 yards and a score.
 
 Third-stringer  Rusty Smith  threw  for  178 yards  with  a  touchdown and  an
 interception  while completing 13-of-21 passes for the Titans, who went 1-3 in
 the  preseason  and will  begin  their  regular-season  slate  on Sept.  8  at
 Pittsburgh.
 
 Rob  Bironas  buried a 28-yard field  goal on Tennessee's opening touch before
 Matt  Asiata capped  an 11-play, 80-yard drive  with a 1-yard TD surge to give
 the Vikings a 7-3 lead.
 
 Justin  Hunter  answered with  a 17-yard touchdown  grab from Fitzpatrick, but
 Banyard hauled in an 11-yard score from Bethel-Thompson on Minnesota's ensuing
 touch to make it 14-10.
 
 Smith  responded with a 2-yard scoring strike to Jack Doyle to send the Titans
 into the break with a 17-14 edge, but Marcus Sherels returned the opening kick
 of the second half 109 yards for a touchdown to give Minnesota a 21-17 lead.
 
 Bironas  drilled a 29-yard field goal midway through the third and added a 24-
 yarder  early in the fourth to put the Titans in front, but Walsh's late field
 goal lifted the Vikings to victory.
 
 08/29 23:27:10 ET