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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings: Second quarter recap and third quarter discussion

The good guys have the lead

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It’s halftime of today’s NFC North battle in Minneapolis, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-6.

Minnesota began the quarter driving following the turnover near the end of the first quarter. The Vikings appeared to be down to the Detroit 5-yard line on a quick pass to Adam Thielen, but a lame holding penalty on Chris Herndon negated the big play. The Vikings once again settled for a field goal, another 38-yarder from Greg Joseph, to take their first lead of the day at 6-3.

After forcing a Detroit punt, the Vikings finally got into the end zone near the two-minute warning. Kirk Cousins hit Alexander Mattison on a short pass that Mattison did a lot of post-catch work on, breaking a tackle and powering into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. Joseph connected on the extra point and the Vikings extended their lead to 13-3.

Detroit added more points just before halftime on a 52-yard field goal from Austin Seibert to cut the Minnesota lead to 13-6 as they head into the locker room at halftime.

Justin Jefferson has been the big weapon on offense today for the Vikings, as he already has 104 yards receiving through the first half. He has 104 of Kirk Cousins’ 140 passing yards on the afternoon. With a catch negated by a penalty, Adam Thielen is without a reception in the first half.

We are at halftime at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 13-6. They’ll get the ball first coming out of the locker room as well. Come on in and join us for the third quarter of play!