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Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

The Philadelphia Eagles started the second half with the football, but they didn't do much with it as the Minnesota Vikings held them to a three-and-out thanks to a huge sack of Nick Foles by Brian Robison. This marks the fifth consecutive game with a sack for Robison. Because of it, the Vikings got great field position near midfield after the punt for their first possession of the half.

Matt Cassel went back to work quickly, finding Jarius Wright for a 42-yard gain to give the Vikings a 1st-and-goal situation on the second play of their drive. On 2nd-and-goal, Cassel decided he'd "put the team on his back" and ran it in from 6 yards out on a draw play, with the Blair Walsh extra point making the score 24-9 with twelve minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles once again took over at their 20-yard line, and looked to be moving the ball down the field, but Nick Foles attempted to hit DeSean Jackson on a deep pass down the sideline and was intercepted by Shawn Prater, who was cut by the Eagles earlier in the year. Prater returned the pick to the Minnesota 35-yard line to squelch the drive. It was only the second interception that Foles has thrown this season.

Minnesota couldn't do much on the ensuing drive, as they went three-and-out and brought Jeff Locke out for the first time on the afternoon. After offsetting penalties on the first punt, Locke did a nice job on the second on, pinning the Eagles down at the 11-yard line. It looked like the Vikings had forced a three-and-out at around the Philadelphia 25-yard line, but Chip Kelly made a bold call to keep his offense on the field, and McCoy was stopped short, giving the Vikings the ball in prime field position.

The Vikings didn't do much with it, as they only ran three offensive plays, but it was enough to set up Blair Walsh for his second field goal of the day, this one from 38 yards out to make it a three-score game at 27-9.

The Eagles then made another push deep into Minnesota territory, and the Eagles finally managed to find the end zone, as Foles hit DeSean Jackson for a 30-yard touchdown pass, and the Alex Henery extra point made the score 27-16 in favor of the Vikings.

On the ensuing drive, the Vikings got a first down to start the drive, but then a pass from Matt Cassel was deflected and intercepted by Mychal Kendricks in Minnesota territory at the 45-yard line. The Eagles quickly moved into a 1st-and-goal situation on a pass to Zach Ertz and a tight end screen to Brent Celek moving them down to the 3-yard line. On 1st-and-goal, Foles lofted a pass into the end zone that Ertz made an outstanding one-handed catch on to make the score 27-22. The Eagles went for the two-point conversion, but Foles' pass intended for Riley Cooper was knocked down in the end zone to keep the Vikings' lead at five.

Another short kick gave the Vikings the ball at their own 46-yard line, and a pass from Cassel to Wright moved the ball to the Philadelphia 38-yard line.

The Vikings, once again, have a lead going into the fourth quarter of play. Let's see what they do with it this time around, shall we folks?