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Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

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Coming out of the locker room for the second half, the Kansas City Chiefs got the ball first, as they deferred to the Minnesota Vikings to start the game. Blair Walsh blasted another kickoff through the end zone, and the Chiefs started out at their own 20-yard line. The Chiefs continued to utilize their short, controlled passing game to move the ball downfield, and after a couple of third down conversions found themselves in Minnesota territory. However, their drive stalled out just over midfield, and Dustin Colquitt shanked a 19-yard punt to give the Vikings the ball at their own 27-yard line for their first possession of the second half.

The Vikings got their first big run of the game from Adrian Peterson to start the drive, as he blasted over right tackle for a 23-yard run to midfield. Teddy Bridgewater then found Stefon Diggs for an 18-yard reception to push the ball into Kansas City territory. Minnesota couldn't pick up another first down, and had to settle for another field goal attempt for Blair Walsh. Walsh, looking more like the Walsh of old, put it through from 45 yards to extend the Minnesota lead to 13-0.

Kansas City started their next possession from their own 20-yard line, and within two plays were threatening midfield again. Alex Smith then found Jeremy Maclin for a big 39-yard pass play to the Minnesota 16-yard line, courtesy of Andrew Sendejo not looking for the football in the air. The Chiefs got down to the 6-yard line, and found themselves facing fourth-and-inches. On the fourth down play, Sharrif Floyd blasted into the backfield and brought down Charcandrick West behind the line of scrimmage, stopping the Chiefs on downs. It appeared that West's knee might not have been down on the play, but he was ruled down by contact by the officials. A big stand by Minnesota gave them the football at their own 8-yard line.

Minnesota got one first down on their next drive thanks to a roughing the passer penalty against Chiefs' defensive tackle Jaye Howard, but didn't do anything beyond that and were forced to punt again. The punt by Jeff Locke was marked down at the Kansas City 43-yard line after another penalty on the Chiefs.

As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Chiefs are driving once more, as they have the ball 1st-and-10 from the Minnesota 24-yard line. The Vikings are holding on to a 13-0 lead as we enter the final fifteen minutes of play. Can they hang onto this one and move to 3-2 on the season?