After deferring on the first half kickoff, the Denver Broncos started the second half with the football against the Minnesota Vikings, holding a 13-10 lead. It took the Broncos just four plays to get to midfield, and Peyton Manning started doing Peyton Manning things, hitting Emmanuel Sanders for a 47-yard pass down to the Minnesota 3-yard line. The Broncos got down to the 1-yard line, and the Vikings held to face a fourth down try. On that fourth down, Manning was able to find a wide open Owen Daniels in the end zone for a touchdown. Brandon McManus came in and hit the extra point, and the Broncos' lead was once again back to ten points at 20-10.
The Vikings got to start their first possession of the second half from their own 27-yard line, and all they could manage was a three-and-out. Jeff Locke's punt was very good, and pushed the Broncos all the way back to their own 16-yard line to start their next drive. The Broncos couldn't manage very much from there and were forced to punt the ball away again.
A decent return of the Britton Colquitt punt by Marcus Sherels gave Minnesota the football at their own 45-yard line to start the next drive. Unfortunately, the Vikings had to punt it back, with Locke pinning the Broncos down at their own 12-yard line. As we start the fourth quarter of play, the Broncos are looking at a 4th-and-1 near midfield.
If it doesn't sound like there was a lot of action in the third quarter. . .well, that's because there wasn't. The Vikings had the ball twice and went three-and-out both times, and the Broncos didn't do much after the touchdown drive.
With fifteen minutes of football remaining in Denver, the Minnesota Vikings trail the Denver Broncos by a score of 20-10. Can they put together a furious comeback in the final fifteen minutes of play?