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Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

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To start the third quarter at Sun Life Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings received the second half kickoff from the Miami Dolphins. The kickoff from Caleb Sturgis went through the end zone for a touchback, and the Vikings got to start from their own 20-yard line. The Vikings appeared to have picked up a first down on a pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Greg Jennings, but a weak call for offensive pass interference on Charles Johnson negated it, and the Vikings came up just short on the 3rd-and-12 play, forcing them to punt the ball away. Jeff Locke got away another nice punt, and some very nice coverage from the Vikings put the Dolphins at their own 20-yard line to start their first drive of the second half.

The Dolphins picked up a first down to start their drive, and Ryan Tannehill hit a big 45-yard pass to Charles Clay over Captain Munnerlyn down to the Minnesota 22-yard line. A run by Lamar Miller and an offsides penalty on Everson Griffen put the Dolphins into the Minnesota red zone, and eventually the Dolphins found their way into the end zone, with Tannehill hitting Mike Wallace for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Sturgis came on for the extra point, and the Vikings found their lead cut to three at 17-14.

The Vikings started their next drive from the 20-yard line following a touchback. It looked like the Vikings might go three-and-out again after the drive started with a sack of Bridgewater by Dion Jordan, but on third down he found Greg Jennings for a big 24-yard gain to the Minnesota 41. The Vikings pushed deeper into Miami territory, and got down to the 34-yard line, but then attempted to hit Matt Asiata, and the ball went off of his hands into the hands of Derrick Shelby. . .who plays for the Dolphins, so that's bad. That gave the Dolphins the ball back at their own 36-yard line.

One play later, thanks to a Lamar Miller carry, the Dolphins found themselves at midfield. Tannehill then found Dion Sims for a gain down to the Minnesota 33. Gerald Hodges then got called for a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to push the Dolphins into the Minnesota red zone at the 14. A pass to Charles Clay gave the Dolphins 1st-and-goal at the 3, and Dolphins are now looking at 3rd-and-goal from the Minnesota 1-yard line.

After three quarters of play in Miami, the Vikings are clinging to a three-point lead at 17-14. Can the Vikings hold on in this one?