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Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

The Vikings trail after a mostly disastrous third quarter of play

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Everybody hold four fingers way up above your head, because we’re headed to the final quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings trailing the Carolina Panthers after what can charitably be deemed as an ugly third quarter.

The Vikings came out of the locker room with a 10-7 lead and got the football first after deferring on the opening coin toss. On third down of their first possession, Kirk Cousins was strip-sacked by Zach Kerr, with rookie Jeremy Chinn scooping up the loose ball and going 17 yards for a score for Carolina. Joey Slye made the extra point, and just like that the visiting team had the lead at 14-10 less than a minute into the second half.

On the Vikings’ very next offensive play, the Vikings handed the ball to Dalvin Cook, who fumbled it in a scrum of players. Chinn once again picked it up and rambled to the end zone for a score, this one a 21-yarder. Just like that, the Panthers were ahead 21-10 without running an offensive play in the second half.

Carolina got themselves into position for a 28-yard field goal attempt for Joey Slye on their next possession, but the chip shot attempt was blocked by rookie D.J. Wonnum to keep the Carolina lead at 11.

As we move to the final quarter, the Vikings are threatening, as they’ve got a 2nd-and-goal coming from the Carolina 6-yard line.

The third quarter went about as badly as it could have for the Vikings, but they have an opportunity to cut into the Carolina lead, which currently stands at 21-10. Can they pull off the comeback?