The Browns got the ball first out of the break, and moved into Minnesota territory at the 35-yard line. Then, the much-maligned. . .at least this season. . .Chad Greenway undercut a pass intended for tight end Jordan Cameron and intercepted it, returning it to midfield. But on the second play of the drive, Peterson was stripped of the ball by D'Qwell Jackson and the Browns recovered it at the Cleveland 37-yard line.
The teams exchanged punts, and on the Browns' next drive they found themselves with fourth-and-4 on the Minnesota 37-yard line. With their kicker, Billy Cundiff, out with a muscle pull, the Browns attempted to go for it, but the pass from Brian Hoyer was deflected by Kevin Williams for a turnover on downs. The subsequent Vikings' drive ended with back-to-back sacks, and the Vikings had to punt it away again.
The Vikings pinned the Browns deep after a nice play by Desmond Bishop, and Erin Henderson then collected his second interception of the season on a play where Sharrif Floyd hit Brian Hoyer's arm on a throw and caused the pass to float high into the air. Henderson returned the pick to the 9-yard line, setting the Vikings up with first-and-goal. A pass to Joe Webb went off his fingertips on first-and-goal, but Christian Ponder found a lot of green in front of him on third down and charged into the end zone for his second touchdown run of the afternoon, this one from eight yards out to tie the score at 24.
The Vikings forced the Browns to punt again, and that's where we sit with the Vikings looking at first-and-10 from their own 44-yard line as we start the fourth quarter.
It has been another crazy afternoon of Vikings' football, folks. Can our favorite team pull out their first win of 2013? We're fifteen minutes of play away from finding out.