Following a Brett Favre INT, the Patriots needed only 4 plays to drive 37 yards for their 3rd TD of the game. Patriots RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis found the endzone on a 13-yard run to give his team a 21-10 lead.
The Vikings received the football at midfield following a New England punt but couldn’t take advantage of the good field position with a bobbled pass intended for Percy Harvin landing in the hands of Patriots CB Devon McCourty. McCourty returned the Favre INT 37 yards down to the Minnesota 37.
New England will start the 4th quarter with 2nd and 4 on their own 16.
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The Vikings took a 10-7 lead following a 24-yard FG by K Ryan Longwell but the Patriots quickly answered with a 65-yard TD pass from QB Tom Brady to WR Brandon Tate.
On the TD play, Brady was pressured and forced to roll out to the left side. After nearly getting sacked, the Patriots QB found Tate down the left sideline for the 65-yard score.
The Patriots lead the Vikings 14-10 half way through the 3rd quarter.
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The Vikings have continued to show their ability to methodically move the football down the field by recording an 11-play, 68-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 24-yard FG from K Ryan Longwell.
The Vikings hold a 10-7 lead with the Patriots driving in their own territory midway through the 3rd quarter.
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The Vikings and Patriots have entered the locker room for halftime tied at 7. Vikings QB Brett Favre has shown little, if any, adverse affects from his injured left ankle, completing 11 of 13 passes for 121 yards.
Adrian Peterson has taken a significant load of off Favre’s shoulders by recording 18 carries for 68 yards and a TD – the Vikings have tallied 33 total plays.
The Vikings took a timeout with 1:07 remaining in the half with a 4th and goal from the New England 1-yard line. Head Coach Brad Childress opted to go for the TD attempt and the play fell short with Peterson tackled in the backfield.
In his first return to New England after being traded away to the Vikings prior to Week 5, WR Randy Moss has 0 receptions and has been targeted only once. Percy Harvin leads all receivers with 4 receptions for 64 yards.
Minnesota will open the 2nd half receiving the kickoff.
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After a 12-play, 76-yard scoring drive that lasted 6:09 for the Vikings, the New England Patriots answered with an 8-play, 75-yard scoring drive of their own.
Patriots RB Danny Woodhead capped off the 4:32 drive with a 3-yard TD run on a direct snap from center.
Vikings WR Percy Harvin has returned to the field and his ankle seems to be fine after recording a 15-yard reception.
The score is knotted up at 7 approaching the midway point in the 2nd quarter.
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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has seemingly taken the pressure off of QB Brett Favre and his injured ankle by rushing the football 8 times for 39 yards on the Vikings 12-play, 76-yard scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead against the New England Patriots.
The Vikings are showing their ability to methodically move the ball down the field against the Patriots defense. Peterson has 60 yards on 14 carries while Favre has completed 4 of 4 passes for 40 yards after 2 offensive series.
Vikings WR Percy Harvin injured his left ankle on a 21-yard reception during the scoring drive and his return is listed as questionable.
The Patriots are currently driving the football into Vikings territory early in the 2nd quarter.
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Our buddy Mr. Hippe has checked in with his weather report. Here’s what he says…
Temperature is 49 degrees with winds out of the north to northwest gusting up to 22-25 mph.
All things considered, pretty good football weather for this time of year. There’s a pretty good chance the wind will have an impact in the game, specifically the kicking game.
Almost game time…
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QB Brett Favre will be active and will start in today’ s game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
The Vikings inactives for today’s game are: QB Joe Webb, WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, CB Lito Sheppard, RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare and DT Jimmy Kennedy.
Game time is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. CT.
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The first set of buses carrying Vikings personnel has arrived at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and both Ryan and I are setting into our perches high in the press box. We have bright sunshine and partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 50s and no precipitation in the forecast. Should be a great afternoon for football.
QB Brett Favre has arrived at the stadium but there is no official word yet on his status. We’ll have the official word when it becomes official (duh!) and we’ll also have the inactives for you right here on the vikings.com Blog and on Twitter; that will happen around 2:45 p.m. CT so stay tuned for that.
We’ll be chatting with fans during the game and we’ll also steam the Vikings press conferences after the game, so stick around vikings.com all afternoon for comprehensive coverage of your favorite team.
That’s it for now, but we’ll be back periodically with more updates.
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– Today’s game features the NFL’s highest scoring offense (New England – 29.5 ppg.) against the #2 ranked defense in off ensive points allowed (Vikings – 95 offensive points allowed through 6 games).
– Both the Vikings and the Patriots punters rank in the top 3 in the NFL for net average in 2010. Vikings P Chris Kluwe ranks 2nd with a 41.8 net average while Patriots P Zoltan Mesko ranks 3rd with a 40.3 net average.
– WR Randy Moss needs just 4 receptions (currently has 947 for his career) to move into 8th place in NFL history for the most career receptions. He currently trails Andre Reed’s 951.
– If the Vikings win, it will be Head Coach Brad Childress’ 40th team victory (including playoffs).
– The Vikings have now scored 20+ points in each of the last 4 games after scoring just 19 points over the first 2 contests combined.
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