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Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

The Vikings are back in the lead!

Minnesota Vikings v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images


Minnesota got the ball coming out of the locker room, and added points again on their first possession of the half. They pushed the ball down to the Dallas 9-yard line, but could not get the ball into the end zone, settling for a 27-yard field goal from Dan Bailey to make their lead 20-14.

The Cowboys took their first lead of the night on the ensuing possession, as Dak Prescott found Amari Cooper on the sideline for a ridiculous 12-yard touchdown catch. Brett Maher added the extra point, and with seven minutes remaining in the quarter the Cowboys led, 21-20.

The Vikings took the lead back on the next drive, marching down the field behind the running of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Mattison appeared to have the touchdown for the Vikings, as it was originally ruled that he had a 17-yard touchdown run, but a review then ruled him down at the 1-yard line. the Vikings gave us some drama, as they pushed it to a 4th-and-goal situation, but Dalvin Cook ultimately took the ball into the end zone for the touchdown. The Vikings elected to go for two, and Cousins found Kyle Rudolph to make the score 28-21.

That’s how we’re going into the fourth quarter, ladies and gentlemen, with the Minnesota Vikings holding a 28-21 lead over the Dallas Cowboys and the Cowboys looking at a 2nd-and-14 from their own 21-yard line. Can the purple hold on and get a big prime time win on the road over a contender and shut a lot of people up for. . .well, at least a couple of minutes? Let’s find out!