With Adrian Peterson sidelined with an apparent ankle injury, backup RB Toby Gerhart scored his first career TD on a 5-yard plunge up the middle of the Redskins defense to give the Vikings a 14-7 lead.
Just as the Vikings started the 1st half, they opened the 2nd half with another 5-yard TD run. The drive consisted of 9 plays for 71 yards and consumed 5:12 to open the 2nd half.
The Vikings faced only two 3rd down attempts during the series with Brett Favre converting the first 3rd down attempt on a play-action pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe for 29 yards. The 29-yard strike set up Gerhart’s TD run 3 plays later, which was the second 3rd down attempt of the drive.
The Vikings will start their 2nd offensive drive of the half at their own 34-yard line following Washington’s 4th punt of the game.
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