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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints: First quarter recap and second quarter discussion

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We are tied after fifteen minutes

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We’re done with the first quarter in New Orleans, and the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are tied, 3-3.

The Vikings won the coin toss and elected to receive rather than defer. After a couple of decent plays, Kirk Cousins completed a short pass to Adam Thielen. Thielen was then hit by Vonn Bell and fumbled the ball with the Saints recovering for an early turnover.

Fortunately, the Vikings’ defense stepped up in a big way, with Everson Griffen sacking Drew Brees on a third-and-goal play. The Saints settled for a 29-yard field goal from Will Lutz and took an early 3-0 lead.

Minnesota put together a pretty solid drive on their next possession. . .until they tried to run what appeared to be a reverse pass from Stefon Diggs that wound up getting stuffed for a six-yard loss. They managed to maneuver into position for a field goal, and Dan Bailey connected from 43 yards out to tie the score at 3-3.

The Vikings forced a three-and-out on the next Saints possession, but had their own possession ended on a sack of Kirk Cousins. As we move to the second quarter, the Vikings will be facing a 4th-and-14 and will punt it away.

We’re tied at the Superdome after fifteen minutes of play, as the Vikings and Saints are knotted at 3-3. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!