Minnesota Vikings At Seattle Seahawks: Third Quarter Open Thread

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The Minnesota Vikings began the second quarter of play with the football, and it didn't take them long to get more points on the board against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The Vikings put together a very nice drive, going 80 yards in six plays, capping the drive with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Christian Ponder to Jarius Wright for the score. The extra point from Blair Walsh made the score a tie once again, 10-10.

Seattle started the ensuing drive from their own 21-yard line, and once again Russell Wilson and company went to work. Wilson found former Viking Percy Harvin for his first catch of the year for 17 yards on a 3rd-and-10, and followed that up with a 34-yarder to tight end Zach Miller to set up 1st-and-goal. Three carries by Marshawn Lynch later, and "Beast Mode" found himself in the end zone again to help Seattle retake the lead at 17-10.

Minnesota started their next drive at their own 28-yard line after Cordarrelle Patterson's return. The Vikings faced a 3rd-and-5 from the Seattle 45-yard line at the two-minute warning. Ponder attempted to go long for Patterson, and the Seahawks were kind enough to help the Vikings out with another pass interference penalty to move the ball to the Seattle 22-yard line. A couple of ineffective plays for the Vikings brought them to 3rd-and-16 from the Seattle 28, and Minnesota couldn't convert from there. In came Blair Walsh once again, and he was true from 45 yards to make the score 17-13.

Harvin got his hands on the ensuing kickoff, and did what we saw him do so many times in Minnesota, as he got a huge 58-yard return to let the Seahawks start in Minnesota territory at the 46. The Vikings' normal "end of half/game" defense showed up, and the Seahawks pushed to the Minnesota 19-yard line. From there, Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 19-yard touchdown catch, and the Seahawks pushed their lead to 24-13.

That's where we stand at halftime at CenturyLink Field, folks. Thus far, Christian Ponder is 9-of-13 for 114 yards and a touchdown, while Russell Wilson is currently 9-of-12 for 173 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson has carried the ball 14 times, but has gained just 35 yards with nothing longer than 7, as the Seahawks are keying in on him. Marshawn Lynch has racked up just 29 yards on 10 carries, but has found the end zone twice.

From what I can tell from the comments thus far, our offensive line has basically been getting destroyed all afternoon, and from what I can tell on the scoreboard, the defense is doing. . .well, what the Vikings' defense does. Hopefully both of those things will change in the second half, but the Seahawks will get the ball coming out of the locker room at halftime.

Minnesota is down 11 after thirty minutes of football at CenturyLink Field, ladies and gentlemen. Let's watch and see what happens in the second half.

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