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Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Third quarter recap and fourth quarter discussion

The Vikings still trail but are driving

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone hold four fingers up over your heads, because we’re headed to the final quarter at Raymond James Stadium with your Minnesota Vikings trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 23-14.

Tampa marched downfield with the first possession of the second half and get the ball into the end zone again, this one coming on a 1-yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. Ryan Succop did his best Dan Bailey impression and missed the extra point, making the score 23-6 with about ten minutes left in the third quarter.

The Vikings then cut into the lead, courtesy of a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to the returning Irv Smith Jr. The Vikings went for two because Dan Bailey can’t kick straight and converted on a pass from Cousins to Justin Jefferson to make the score 23-14 late in the third quarter.

The Vikings’ defense forced a three-and-out on the next Tampa possession, and as we move to the fourth quarter, the Vikings have a 1st-and-10 from their own 48-yard line.

We’re into the fourth quarter in Tampa, and the Vikings trail the Buccaneers by a score of 23-14. Can the Vikings complete a third straight double-digit comeback? Let’s find out!