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

We are tied in Minneapolis

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve reached halftime in Minneapolis with your Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions tied at 14-14.

The Lions started the quarter with a football and a 4th-and-1 from the Minnesota 31-yard line. For the third time this afternoon, Detroit went for it on fourth down and for the third time they converted on a pass from Jared Goff to Josh Reynolds to the Minnesota 14. A few plays later, the Lions scored again on a 5-yard pass from Goff to T.J. Hockenson to increase their lead to 14-0.

The Vikings finally got an answer midway through the second quarter, as Kirk Cousins found Adam Thielen in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown! The play before saw Justin Jefferson draw a pass interference penalty in the end zone to make it first-and-goal. Greg Joseph’s extra point was good, and the deficit was cut to 14-7 with eight and a half minutes left in the first half.

The Lions failed for the first time on an fourth-down situation from near midfield, and the Vikings got the ball back in great field position. They moved down the field as the Cousins-to-Thielen connection continued to get hot, and eventually found themselves with a first-and-goal from the Detroit 4-yard line. Dalvin Cook handled it from there, going into the end zone for his first touchdown of the year and tying the game at 14-14 with just over a minute to go before halftime.

That’s how they went into halftime, and the Vikings will get the ball to start the second half.

We’ve made it to halftime at U.S. Bank Stadium, and your Minnesota Vikings are tied with the Detroit Lions at 14-14. Come join us for the third quarter of play, folks!