Coming out of the locker room at halftime, the Minnesota Vikings needed a spark as they found themselves trailing the Tennessee Titans by a score of 10-0. They got one in the form of Cordarrelle Patterson, who broke out a big 61-yard kick return to put the Vikings into Tennessee territory at the 34-yard line. Sadly, the Vikings couldn't do much with it, as they gained just two yards in three plays and set up Blair Walsh for yet another field goal attempt, this one from 50 yards out. In a shocking turn of events, Walsh drilled the kick from 50 yards out to get the Vikings on the board, though they still trailed 10-3.
Minnesota forced Tennessee to punt on their first possession of the half, and once again pushed into Tennessee territory. However, the drive stalled and Walsh had to come in for another attempt, this one from 33 yards. Walsh put this one through as well, and the Titans' lead was down to just 10-6.
Marc Mariani returned the kickoff to the Tennessee 34-yard line for the Titans' next possession. Linval Joseph collected the Vikings' first sack of the afternoon, a 9-yard drop of Marcus Mariota, to get the drive started off. The Titans converted, though, thanks to a pass to Tajae Sharpe and a pass to Andre Johnson. . .yes, that Andre Johnson. . .to put the Titans into Minnesota territory at the 42-yard line. A couple of plays later, and the game turned right around in Minnesota's favor. Everson Griffen got pressure on Mariota, who threw a fairly awful pass to his left and into the hands of Eric Kendricks. Kendricks had nothing but green in front of him, and took it 77 yards for the score! The Vikings took a 12-10 lead. . .
. . .so, naturally, Blair Walsh came in and missed the extra point to keep the score at 12-10. Because why not?
As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings have the football and are looking at 3rd-and-15 from their own 26-yard line, nursing a 12-10 lead. Can the Vikings hold on for the victory? Let's find out together!