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Third Quarter Recap

Boom!  Percy Harvin electrified the Metrodome and tied the game by taking the first kickoff of the second half back for 95 yards and the score.

After solid special teams coverage, solid contain from Jared Allen on a screen, a good run stop, and Antoine Winfield sniffing out the screen pass, the Vikings were able to set up for a punt return.

MacBriar was nearly blocked by Brian Robison on the punt, but holding pushed the Vikings backwards after a decent boot.

On first down, Favre hit a wide open Favre for a nice nine yard gain.  On the next play, Moss ran the same route and was again wide open for the first down and nice gain.  On the following first down, Peterson had a short gain on the ground.  Then, for the third time in four plays, Moss was wide open and had a nice gain.  On that play, Favre was in pain following a big hit.  Then a nice run from Peterson was taken back by a holding call on Visanthe Shiancoe.

Bernard Berrian then caught his sixth pass of the season, setting up a second and 15.  A Peterson screen play lost yardage and then Bernard Berrian was called for a late hit, negating anything good he has done at all this year.  On third and 33, Peterson ran a draw play for short yardage, bringing the punt tema onto the field.

The poor drive was redeemed by the fact that Chris Kluwe was able to boot a 53 yarder that was downed inside the five by Greg Lewis. 

Madieu Williams and E.J. Henderson dropped Felix Jones behind the line on first down.  Romo then rolled out and completed a short pass, but the play was negated by yet another Dallas penalty.  The fullback was stuffed on the run, and the Cowboys were forced into a third down pinned down on their own goalline.  A handoff to Barber for two yards caused MacBriar to punt from the endzone.

Camarillo had a short punt return, but the Vikings offense was given the ball in Dallas territory.

Vikings safety Husain Abdullah has been held out of the second half, after suffering a neck injury in the first half.

Mike Jenkins nearly picked a poor Favre throw and Jenkins could have easily taken it back for six.  On second down, Harvin ran laterally and took the ball following some nice blocks out of Loadholt, for ten yards and first down. 

On first down, Peterson again only had a short gain.  Peterson took it again for another short gain, setting up a third and three opportunity.  There was a bad snap that hit Favre in the shin, but he was able to pick it up and dish it off to Kleinsasser who rumbled up the field for 20 yards and the first down.

On first down, inside the red zone, Peterson gained another three yards on the game.  They decided to again hand it off to Harvin, who had some tough running to set up a short third down.  Following the play Anthony Herrera got a little chippy, shouting at defenders.  On third, Peterson leaped for a first down, setting up first and goal at the half yard line.  On the next play, Peterson burst through the line, with Steve Hutchinson and Jeff Dugan paving the way.  Prior to this drive, the Vikings had only scored points when the defense produced a turnover inside the 20 yard line and on a Percy Harvin kick return.

Dallas set themselves up with decent field position after a nice kick return.  On first down, Felix Jones was met by Henderson and Greenway for a short gain.  A screen to Jones gained some yardage, but third down and three will start off the fourth quarter.

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2 Responses to “Third Quarter Recap”

  1. Fragile Freds says:

    EJ is starting to play fast again. Ashley Allen is well, not.

  2. Zag says:

    How about EJ with the two interceptions!? I love that man!

    Lito Sheppard, on the other hand… is a cancer. Our secondary in general still sucks without Griffin and Cook. When Cook is back I think we’ll see some big improvements, but man… are entire secondary (with the exception of Winfield) absolutely SUCKS.

    Peterson can’t seem to get going, even though the O-line is playing better this half.

    Moss just dropped a perfect TD pass from Favre… and we had to settle for the FG. Now it’s up to the defense to stop the ‘Boys.

    I would also like to mention that I think Letroy Guion is going to make an excellent replacement for Pat Williams. He is a great young DT who has shown some serious development this year.

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