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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

It’s a three-score lead for the purple

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Everyone hold up four fingers, because we’ve made it to the final fifteen minutes at U.S. Bank Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings leading the Detroit Lions by a score of 27-10.

Minnesota got the football coming out of the locker room at halftime, but their first possession resulted in a punt. Detroit quickly went three-and-out in response, and the Vikings then put together another impressive drive. The Vikings capped the drive with Irv Smith Jr.’s second scoring catch of the day, this one a 1-yard toss from Kirk Cousins, and the home team extended their lead to 27-10 with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Vikings then registered the game’s first turnover, as with the Lions threatening near the red zone, Matthew Stafford dropped back to pass and threw one right into the hands of Eric Wilson for an interception to squelch the drive.

Unfortunately, the Vikings went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Britton Colquitt then got his punt blocked by Austin Bryant to set the Lions up deep in Minnesota territory. But, the Vikings’ linebacker corps struck again, as this time Eric Kendricks intercepted Stafford in the end zone.

As we move to the fourth quarter, the Vikings are looking at a 3rd-and-10 from their own 20-yard line.

The Vikings lead the Lions by 17 going into the final fifteen minutes at U.S. Bank Stadium. Can they hold on and get win #3?