The Vikings started the second half with Adrian Peterson's longest run of the season, a 34-yard blast that moved the Vikings into Tennessee territory. However, Christian Ponder threw his second interception of the game shortly thereafter, and the drive was stopped. After going 145 attempts without throwing an interception, Ponder threw picks on back-to-back attempts against a Tennessee pass defense that ranks towards the bottom of the National Football League in nearly every passing category.
The Minnesota defense once again stepped up and forced a three-and-out from the Titans, and drove down the field once again. The drive was highlighted by a 22-yard run from Toby Gerhart while spelling Peterson, as he went up and over a couple of Tennessee defenders at the end of it.
The drive ultimately stalled out, however, and the Vikings had to settle for their third Blair Walsh field goal of the day, this one from 26 yards out to make the score 16-0.
The Minnesota defense has put on an outstanding performance thus far today, allowing Tennessee just five first downs to this point in the game, and the Titans have just 87 total yards to this point in the game.
We have about five minutes remaining in the third quarter at the Metrodome, with the Minnesota Vikings holding a 16-0 lead over the Tennessee Titans.