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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

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The Minnesota Vikings started the second half of their game with the New Orleans Saints with the football, and Cordarrelle Patterson gave the Vikings decent field position at their own 35-yard line to start the half. After a couple of plays, the Vikings were at midfield. It looked like the drive would stall there, but a defensive holding penalty on the Saints allowed the drive to continue. A couple of nice throws from Teddy Bridgewater got the Vikings a bit closer, but the drive eventually stalled. Blair Walsh came in for his third field goal attempt of the day, and was true from 40 yards out to make the score 13-9 in favor of New Orleans.

Another touchback from Walsh forced the Saints to start at their own 20 again, and it looked like they might force another three-and-out, but a pass from Drew Brees to Brandin Cooks for 18 yards moved the chains for the Saints. The Saints continued moving the ball, but a sack by Captain Munnerlyn on Brees following a botched snap forced another Saints punt. The Vikings took over at their own 10-yard line, as a penalty on Josh Robinson negated what would have been a huge punt return from Marcus Sherels.

Bridgewater got the Vikings out of that hole in a hurry, finding Greg Jennings for 30 yards to get the Vikings some breathing room. Unfortunately, a couple of plays later the drive stalled, and the Vikings were forced to punt. A very nice punt by Jeff Locke pinned the Saints down at their own 10-yard line, as the Vikings completely flipped the field position.

The Saints picked up a quick first down to start the ensuing drive, and a second sack by Munnerlyn appeared to stop the drive. However, Munnerlyn was called for unnecessary roughness on the play, and the flag gave the Saints a fresh set of downs.

That's where we stand as we start the fourth quarter of play at the Superdome. The Saints have first-and-10 from their own 47, looking at a 13-9 lead. Can the Vikings complete what would be a pretty improbable comeback and pull this one out?