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Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers: Second quarter recap and third quarter discussion

The good guys have taken the lead

Minnesota Vikings v Carolina Panthers Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

We’ve reached halftime in Charlotte, folks, and your Minnesota Vikings lead the Carolina Panthers by a score of 12-10.

The Vikings capped their best drive of the afternoon, an effort that started at their own 15-yard line, with their first touchdown of the day as Kirk Cousins hit Chris Herndon. . .yeah, Chris Herndon. . .on a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings the lead back. The Vikings went for the two-point conversion but Dalvin Cook was taken down short of the goal line, leaving the Minnesota lead at 12-7.

The two teams then exchanged punts, with Minnesota’s drive being particularly ugly after a screen to Dalvin Cook that lost yards and a false start penalty on Oli Udoh. The Panthers then cut into Minnesota’s lead on a 47-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez to make the score 12-10 with just over four minutes remaining in the half.

No more points were put up through the rest of the half, so the two teams went into the locker room with the score at 12-10 in favor of the Vikings.

The Vikings’ defense has played very well this afternoon, as the Panthers have just 108 net yards. Sam Darnold has only completed five passes in 18 attempts, but his receivers have done him no favors this afternoon, either.

We’re at halftime, and the Vikings lead the Panthers by a score of 12-10 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Come on in and join us for the third quarter of play!