Because they deferred after winning the opening coin toss, the New York Giants got to receive the second half kickoff from the Minnesota Vikings, with the home team leading 19-3. Shane Vereen brought the Blair Walsh kickoff out of the end zone and was stopped at the New York 17-yard line. Thanks to a first down holding penalty on rookie Ereck Flowers, the Giants wound up going three-and-out, and Brad Wing came out to punt the ball away again. Marcus Sherels was swarmed at the Minnesota 38-yard line, and that's where the Vikings started their first possession of the second half.
After a couple of runs by Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater made another huge third down conversion, finding Kyle Rudolph for a 25-yard gain down to the New York 30-yard line. A carry by Peterson and a 15-yard screen pass to #28 took the Vikings down to the Giants' 11-yard line. The Vikings then found themselves facing 4th-and-3 from the Giants' 4-yard line, and Mike Zimmer elected to. . .kick a field goal. Blair Walsh came out and connected from 21 yards out to extend Minnesota's lead to 22-3.
The Vikings' defense stood up again on the next drive, as the first play saw Eli Manning throw his third interception of the night. Captain Munnerlyn jumped a route and took the interception down to the New York 4-yard line. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson was in the end zone for his tenth touchdown of the season, and Blair Walsh's extra point extended the Minnesota lead to 29-3.
The Giants went three-and-out on their next drive, and Wing got away a huge punt, pushing the Vikings back to their own 18-yard line. Peterson broke a huge run to get the Vikings into Giants' territory, and went over the 100-yard mark for the game on the next play. The Vikings' offense stalled there, and Walsh came on for another long field goal attempt. He was good from 53 yards out, and the Minnesota lead swelled to 32-3.
New York finally got a touchdown near the end of the quarter, as Eli Manning ran around to escape pressure and lofted a long pass to Rueben Randle, who bounced. . .literally. . .off of Andrew Sendejo and sprinted to the end zone for a 72-yard touchdown. Josh Brown connected on the extra point, and the Vikings lead was cut to 32-10.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Giants attempted an onside kick, and Brown bounced one right into the arms of Robert Blanton, who took off and nearly got himself a touchdown, but was taken down at the New York 17-yard line. As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at first-and-goal from the New York 7-yard line after a Bridgewater scramble.
As we head into the final regular season quarter of Vikings football at TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings lead the Giants 32-10 and are on the doorstep looking for more. Come and spend the final quarter with us, ladies and gentlemen.