Trailing at the half by a score of 11-3. . .the first NFL game with that halftime score in league history. . .the Minnesota Vikings got to receive the second half kickoff from the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff from Caleb Sturgis went through the end zone for a touchback, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 25. Jerick McKinnon got the first two touches of the half, with a pair of carries that picked up 14 yards and a first down. However, the Vikings went backwards, as Sam Bradford was sacked on back-to-back plays. On came Jeff Locke to punt the ball away, and he got a fortunate bounce to put the Eagles down at their own 23-yard line.
A couple of runs by Ryan Mathews got the Eagles a quick first down to start their drive, and got another one thanks to a pass interference penalty on Trae Waynes. A pass from Carson Wentz to Mathews picked up 27 yards, and Wentz then found Darren Sproles to get down to the Minnesota 9-yard line. A holding penalty on Alan Barbre made it first-and-goal from the 19 for the Eagles, and they eventually got all the way to the end zone, courtesy of a touchdown pass from Wentz to Dorial Green-Beckham. It was a four-yard strike, and the extra point put the Eagles up by a score of 18-3. That makes this game the first time since their 23-20 loss to Arizona in 2015 that the Vikings have allowed more than 17 points in a game.
Minnesota started their next drive at their own 25 following another touchback. They picked up a first down on the drive, but it looked like things were going to stall until Matt Asiata took a handoff on what looked to be a give-up draw and casually rumbled 29 yards into Eagles territory. Asiata converted another big third down, and Sam Bradford then found Stefon Diggs down to the Philadelphia 15-yard line. As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at 2nd-and-4 from the Philadelphia 9-yard line.
With fifteen minutes of football remaining in Philadelphia, the NFL's lone undefeated team finds themselves trailing, as the Eagles lead the Vikings by a score of 18-3. Can the Vikings come all the way back in the fourth quarter?