Vikings All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson scored on a 12-yard TD pass from QB Brett Favre at the 12:17 mark in the 2nd quarter. The drive lasted 2:43 on 5 plays for 52 yards. Vikings WRs Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin hauled in 14 and 25-yard receptions, respectively, during the series.
On the ensuing play, though, Cardinals KR LaRod Stephens-Howling returned Ryan Longwell’s kickoff 96 yards to even the score at 7.
The Vikings responded by putting together an 11-play, 61-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 21-yard FG by Longwell.
With 1:30 remaining in the half, the Cardinals took over on their own 19. QB Derek Anderson & Co. worked their 2-minute offense well, needing only half that time (1:01 scoring drive) to reach the endzone. Anderson capped off the 7-play, 81-yard drive with a 30-yard TD pass to WR Andre Roberts.
Cardinals WR and native Minnesotan Larry Fitzgerald led the drive with 2 catches for 44 yards – the 1st coming on an important 3rd and 19 attempt that saw Fitzgerald leap for an acrobatic 30-yard reception, keeping the drive alive.
Minnesota will receive the 2nd half kickoff, trailing the Cardinals by a score of 14-10.
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