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New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

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Coming out of the locker room at halftime, the Minnesota Vikings held a 14-3 lead over the New York Giants, and got the ball first after kicking it away to start the game. Josh Brown's kickoff went into the end zone for a touchback, and the Vikings started their first drive of the half at their own 25. Sam Bradford got things going right away, finding Charles Johnson down the left sideline for a 30-yard gain to the New York 45-yard line. Stefon Diggs converted a third down for the Vikings to the 34, and the drive continued. The drive stalled at the New York 28-yard line, and the Vikings called on Blair Walsh for his first field goal attempt of the evening. Walsh hooked the 46-yarder wide to the left, and the score remained 14-3.

Things turned around for the Vikings quickly, however, as on a third down play Eli Manning just tossed up a balloon that came down in the hands of Xavier Rhodes. It looked like Odell Beckham ran the wrong route on the play, and Rhodes was all alone when he caught it. Rhodes took his third career interception into New York territory at the 43-yard line.

Bradford found Rudolph for a first down to the 30-yard line, and Minnesota was moving the ball again. The drive stalled out at that point, and the Vikings once again got to ride the Blair Walsh rollercoaster as he came in for a 44-yard attempt. This one went through the uprights, and the Minnesota lead was once again 14 points at 17-3.

Dwayne Harris downed Walsh's kickoff in the end zone for a touchback, moving the ball to the 25-yard line for the Giants' next drive. However, the Giants went three-and-out, and Brad Wing came on for his sixth punt of the evening. Marcus Sherels called for the fair catch at the Vikings' 19-yard line for Minnesota's next possession.

Minnesota nearly went three-and-out, but Kyle Rudolph drew a pass interference flag on third down to keep Minnesota's drive moving. Patterson then made a nice catch on third down to move the chains once again. Kyle Rudolph then took the Vikings into Giants' territory at the 39-yard line on yet another third down conversion. The drive stalled out, however, and rather than bring Walsh out for a 55-yard attempt, they let Jeff Locke punt it away with Dwayne Harris calling for the fair catch at the 9-yard line.

As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Giants are looking at 2nd-and-8 from their own 29-yard line after a nice pass from Eli Manning to Will Tye to start the drive.

Fifteen minutes left to go from U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the New York Giants by a score of 17-3. Can the Vikings hold on to move to 4-0?