A blocked FG at the end of the half was a downer, but the good news is the Vikings survived a serious blitz by the Saints offense (and defense) in the 1st quarter to take a 9-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
New Orleans came out and scored in 5 plays on the 1st drive of the game to go up 7-0. The Vikings couldn’t respond and the 1st quarter finished with the Vikings garnering just 1 first down and the Saints claiming 6.
But Brett Favre put together 2 key drives to put a FG and TD on the board, the TD coming on a quick drive at the end of the quarter to take the lead. A blocked PAT prevented the Vikings from taking a 3-point lead, but a lead is a lead nonetheless when you’re in the Superdome.
Ryan Longwell nailed a 41-yard FG earlier in the quarter and became the Vikings 7th all-time leading scorer, surpassing RB Chuck Foreman.
All in all, the Vikings lead 9-7 at half after struggling in the 1st quarter. And they will receive to begin the 2nd half.
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