The Minnesota Vikings took possession to start the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium against the Detroit Lions, and a touchback forced them to start on their own 20-yard line. They got a quick first down on a pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Chase Ford and a run from Jerick McKinnon, and another completion to Ford got the Vikings close to midfield. But just when it looked like the Vikings were going to start getting some momentum, Bridgewater threw his third interception of the afternoon, as the pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and wound up in the hands of Tahir Whitehead for his second pick of the afternoon.
On the subsequent drive, the Lions started to hammer away with Joique Bell, who carried the ball on three of the first four plays of the drive for 31 yards. Everson Griffen came up with a sack of Matthew Stafford, and Tom Johnson followed that up with a sack of his own to help the Lions' drive to stall in the red zone. And it was a good thing, because Matt Prater's field goal attempt bounced off of the left upright to keep the score at 10-0.
The subsequent drive started with another sack of Teddy Bridgewater, the fifth of the afternoon. That led to the Vikings going three-and-out once again, and Jeremy Ross returned Jeff Locke's punt to the Detroit 40-yard line.
The Lions crossed midfield on their next drive, and it looked like the Vikings had stopped them, but a holding penalty on Harrison Smith gave Detroit a fresh set of downs. That was the first third down conversion for the Lions on the afternoon. The Lions continued to push deeper into Minnesota territory, and as we move to the fourth quarter of play, they are looking at 1st-and-10 from the Minnesota 19-yard line.
The Vikings are down 10-0 going into the final fifteen minutes, but it feels like it could just as well be 40-0 with the way the offense has looked thus far. Can the Vikings pull off a significant comeback in the fourth quarter?