The Lions opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 41-yard field goal from Jason Hanson on a drive that saw them push deep into Minnesota territory. The Vikings answered with a field goal of their own, a 23-yarder by Blair Walsh to increase the Minnesota lead back to ten points.
With his 37 yards rushing in the first half, Adrian Peterson now has 994 yards on the season (he had 957 coming into this afternoon's action). Barring something surprising/awful happening, today will be the fifth time in Peterson's six NFL seasons that he's gone over the 1,000-yard mark.
Christian Ponder has actually played solid football this afternoon, completing 13-of-18 passes for 102 yards and a 3-yard scoring pass to rookie Jarius Wright for the lone touchdown of the afternoon thus far. The Vikings have had a couple of pretty bad drops that figure into Ponder's numbers as well.
The Vikings' defense has also managed to do something that they haven't done much of lately, and that's get off the field on third down. The Lions failed to convert a third down in the first thirty minutes of play, going 0-for-6 in that category, and the Vikings have an interception of Matthew Stafford as well, courtesy of Chad Greenway on a pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew.
We're at halftime at the Metrodome, folks, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-3. Minnesota will get the ball coming out of the locker room at halftime.