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Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings: Third Quarter Open Thread

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The Vikings are getting absolutely throttled in a must-win situation, as they trail 27-0 going into the locker room at halftime.

Indianapolis Colts v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Holding a 10-0 lead over the Minnesota Vikings, the Indianapolis Colts started the second quarter with. . .a false start penalty to make it 2nd-and-10. That was enough to get the Colts’ offense to stall out, as the Vikings’ defense forced a three-and-out to start the second quarter. Pat McAfee came on to punt the ball away, and Marcus Sherels got his first opportunity at a return since coming back from injury. Sherels didn’t get a chance to return this one, instead calling for a fair catch at the Minnesota 38-yard line.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, they followed that up with a three-and-out of their own after a short completion from Sam Bradford to Kyle Rudolph, a run by Adrian Peterson for no gain, and an incompletion intended for Stefon Diggs. Jeff Locke came on to punt again, and he did a very nice job of pinning the Colts deep as Chester Rogers called for a fair catch at his own 8-yard line.

The Colts got a first down via another third down conversion from Luck to Erik Swoope to move the chains, and then got another on a a pair of 9-yard passes to move the Colts quickly to the Indy 41-yard line. Indianapolis got another first down on a penalty on Terence Newman, and Frank Gore carried the ball twice to get into Minnesota territory at the 43. Luck found Swoope again for a 16-yard gain down to the Minnesota 27, and the Colts were on the march again. Swoope and Luck finished the drive in style, connecting on a 27-yard touchdown. Vinatieri connected on the extra point, and it was 17-0 in favor of the road team midway through the second quarter.

Cordarrelle Patterson got a nice return on the next opportunity to the Vikings’ 35-yard line, and a penalty on former Vikings running back Jordan Todman added 15 more to put the Vikings at midfield to start their next possession. Sam Bradford made a nice play to get things started, finding Kyle Rudolph for 28 yards to the Indianapolis 22-yard line. On the next play, Adrian Peterson picked up 12 yards on his best run of the year. . .and then proceeded to fumble the ball with Indianapolis recovering. Indianapolis took over at their own 9-yard line.

Frank Gore carried the Colts to another first down on a pair of carries, and Luck then found another tight end, Jack Doyle, for 13 yards to the 34-yard line. Indianapolis was flagged for a false start, but Luck found Dwayne Allen for another Colts’ first down. The Colts had a 3rd-and-5 coming out of the two-minute warning, and Everson Griffen decided to give them a free first down by jumping offsides.

Gore then picked up 13 more yards on two more carries to put the Colts at the Minnesota 32. Another penalty, this one on Danielle Hunter, gave the Colts another free first down to the 27. Luck then found Turbin for a 17-yard gain to the 10 with under a minute remaining in the half. Turbin capped the drive for the Colts with a 4-yard touchdown run, and the extra point by Vinatieri made it 24-0 in favor of the Colts.

As if things couldn’t get worse, Sam Bradford threw his fourth interception of the year, this one to Colts’ safety Mike Adams, and the Colts had the ball at the Minnesota 36-yard line with 19 seconds left. The Colts turned that into another Adam Vinatieri field goal, this one a 50-yarder, and the Colts took a 27-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

There’s no politically correct or polite way to say this, but the Minnesota Vikings flat out got their asses kicked in every facet of the game in the first half. Sam Bradford completed just 5-of-8 passes for 52 yards and an interception in the first half, where the Vikings ran only 13 offensive plays. Kyle Rudolph had three receptions for 34 yards in the half, while Adrian Peterson is the Vikings’ leading rusher with 16 yards on four carries. . .and a killer fumble.

The Colts, on the other hand, have been nothing short of dominant, holding the football for 23:32 of the first half. Andrew Luck completed 16-of-23 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. Erik Swoope. . .who had 10 catches for 180 yards coming into this week. . .is leading the Colts with three catches for 50 yards and a score. Frank Gore is getting it done on the ground with 73 yards on 17 carries, while Robert Turbin has two touchdown runs.

The competitive portion of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 season is officially over, as they trail the Indianapolis Colts at home. . .with their postseason lives on the line. . .by a score of 27-0. But, hey, you’re more than welcome to come out and join us for the second half anyway.