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Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

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The Vikings need a comeback, and a big one

Denver Broncos v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Just fifteen minutes remaining in this one from U.S. Bank Stadium, and

The Vikings took the opening kickoff of the second half and finally did something offensively, marching 75 yards in nine plays. The big play was a 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs to set up a first-and-goal, and Cousins then connected with Irv Smith Jr. from ten yards out for the rookie’s first NFL touchdown! Dan Bailey added the extra point, and the Vikings were finally on the board, though still trailing, 20-7.

The Vikings appeared to have a three-and-out on the Broncos next possession, but Eric Wilson was called for offsides on the punt to keep the Broncos’ offense on the field. The Broncos made the Vikings pay, getting close enough for Brandon McManus to connect on a 41-yard field goal to extend the Minnesota lead to 23-7.

As we move to the fourth quarter of play, the Vikings are into Minnesota territory, looking at a 3rd-and-5 from the Denver 27-yard line.

We have one quarter of play remaining in this one, and if the Vikings want to emerge victorious they’re going to have to put it together in a big way, as they trail the Broncos by a score of 23-7.