Vikings-Chargers: Vikings Lose 24-17

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Vikes Drop Opener 24-17

The Minnesota Vikings started out strong in San Diego, finished weak, and ended up losing in the last couple of minutes, 24-17.

The one area of the game where the Vikings were very strong was in special teams, and that showed on the very first play of the year, as Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff and went 103 yards for the touchdown, and the Vikes were up 7-0 15 seconds into the game.

San Diego answered with a big play of their own, as Shaun Phillips tipped and intercepted Donovan McNabb’s first pass of the season, setting up San Diego on Minnesota’s 6 yard line. Three plays later, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers hit running back Mike Tolbert, and the game was tied.

The Vikings offense scored the next 10 points, as they mounted two long drives that ended in a Ryan Longwell 33 yard field goal, and a 3 yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Michael Jenkins, and at halftime Minnesota had a very impressive 17-7 lead.

But in the second half, Minnesota’s offense failed to come out of the locker room for the second half, and the Chargers ran roughshod over what turned out to be an exhausted Vikings defense. Minnesota ran only 22 offensive plays in the second half, and had no answers for anything San Diego did defensively. They also had a couple of dropped passes, and an inexplicable switch to the Wildcat after they had managed to get a first down, and it was essentially over.

On the day, Donovan McNabb was a measly 7/15 for a platry 39 yards, with the one TD and pick. His counterpart, on the other hand, went 33/48 for 335 yards and two touchdowns.

About the only consistent offense the Vikings had all day was RB Adrian Peterson, who ended up with 98 yards on 16 carries.

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Vikings Maintain 17-14 Lead Entering The Fourth Quarter

Although the San Diego Chargers controlled the third quarter statistically, the Minnesota Vikings defense came up big late in the quarter to allow the Vikings to hold on to their 17-14 lead.

After the Chargers scoring drive, the Vikings managed a first down, but the drive stalled and the they had to punt. Once again, San Diego marched down the field, going over 50 yards in 12 plays, but on third down a Philip Rivers swing pass was intercepted by All Pro defensive end Jared Allen, ending the drive.

The Vikings took over deep in their territory and managed to get a first down but when they broke out their Wildcat package, Joe Webb was stuffed on first down, Percy Harvin was stuffed on second down, and McNabb threw an incomplete pass.

The Vikings punted and pinned the Chargers back in their own territory, but San Diego is on the move again, as they just crossed the 50.

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Vikings Lead 17-14 Early In The Third Quarter

After one half of play, the Vikings defense looked like world beaters. They were aggressive coming off the line, linebackers Chad Greenway and EJ Henderson were all over the field, and the secondary was playing very well, to include an interception by Antoine Winfield to kill a San Diego rally as the first half ended.

However, the Chargers made some nice adjustments, and using dump off passes to the running backs, the Chargers took the opening drive of the second half and went 69 yards in 7 plays, which was capped off by a 3 yard TD run by Mike Tolbert.

But the Vikings have got the ball back and have made a first down, to include a nice third down scramble by Donovan McNabb to get a first down. The VIkings are on their own 35, and with just over 8:00 remaining, Minnesota has a 17 to 14 lead over the Chargers.

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Vikings Take 17-7 Second Quarter Lead

After two quick touchdowns, the Vikings and Chargers have settled down into what is unfolding to be a great game. The Vikings defense has looked solid so far, keeping the Chargers high-powered offense in check, for the most part.

Chargers running back Ryan Matthews has had a 21 yard run, and Philip Rivers has a touchdown pass, but that was on a short field. Overall, the Vikes defense is playing some solid football.

On offense, Adrian Peterson has been quiet after an initial run of almost 15 yards, totaling 28 yards total on 12 carries. After his first pass was intercepted, Donovan McNabb has looked pretty good, going 4-6 for 32 yards, including a nice third down strike to WR Michael Jenkins, who has two catches for 23 yards.

The Vikings took the lead on a 14 play, 77 yard drive that was a nice mixture of running and passing, including a nifty third down draw play to get a first down.

Ryan Longwell hit a 33 yard FG for the lead.

After a Chargers three and out, the VIkings truck again for a touchdown after a three play drive. The big play was a 46 yard run by Adrian Peterson, and then on the next play, McNabb hit Michael Jenkins for a three yard TD pass.

Early in the second quarter, the VIkings have opened up a 17-7 lead.

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It's Already 7-7 Two Minutes In

The Vikings and Chargers game has gotten off to quite a start, right from the opening kickoff.

The Vikes won the toss and elected to receive, and Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. It was Harvin’s 4th career kickoff return as a Viking, and it set a team record. Yes, that’s right, in the first game of his third year, Percy Harvin set a career record for kickoff return TD’s.

The Vikings defense looked good on their first series, as they forced a three and out, to include good coverage by S Husain Abdullah on third down.

After the Chargers punted, the Vikings turned the ball over on their first offensive play, as a screen pass by Donovan McNabb was tipped and intercepted by Shaun Phillips. Three plays later, QB Philip Rivers hit RB Mike Scifres for a one yard TD pass.

With a little over 8:00 remaining, the score is tied 7-7.

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