As they came out of the locker room to start the second half at CenturyLink Field, the Minnesota Vikings kicked off to the Seattle Seahawks. . .kicking short, as I guess they finally remembered that Percy Harvin is pretty decent at the whole "kick returning" thing. . .and the Seahawks started at their own 35-yard line. The Vikings forced a three-and-out, thanks in large part to a personal foul penalty on Seattle's Ricardo Lockette, and Minnesota started with decent field position at their 35-yard line.
Unfortunately, the Vikings went three-and-out on their drive, and Seattle returned Jeff Locke's punt to their own 26-yard line to start their next drive.and pushed into Minnesota territory before the Vikings managed to get a stop. Jon Ryan's punt was downed by the Seahawks' special teams at the Minnesota 7, giving the Vikings a long field to work with.
The Vikings proceeded to, slowly but surely, move the ball down the field, with most of the damage being done on the ground. Adrian Peterson ripped off his longest run of the day, a 13-yarder, to get the Vikings near midfield, but an illegal shift penalty on the Vikings pushed them back a bit. The Vikings couldn't convert on a 3rd-and-14, and Jeff Locke's punt put the Seahawks down at their 19-yard line to start their next drive.
Seattle started the next drive with a 26-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate, and Marshawn Lynch pushed the Seahawks into Minnesota territory after a couple of carries. It appeared that the Seahawks had converted the third down attempt, but a holding penalty pushed them back to a 3rd-and-11 on their own 44-yard line.
That's where we stand after three quarters of play. Following a scoreless third quarter, the score still stands at 24-13 in favor of the Seahawks. What does the fourth quarter have in store?