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Minnesota Vikings 7, New England Patriots 7 - Vikings Miss Golden Opportunity

The Vikings could have gone into the locker room with a lead against the Patriots, but bad execution kept them from doing so, and we go into the locker room tied at 7.

The Vikings got down to the New England 1-yard line on a drive that took the clock inside of the two-minute warning. On fourth down and goal from the 1, Brad Childress eschewed the field goal and elected to go for a touchdown. In my opinion, it was the right decision, but right tackle Phil Loadholt got absolutely blown up on the play at the goal line, and the result was a two-yard loss and a turnover on downs.

Minnesota will get the ball coming out of the locker room at halftime, as they won the initial coin toss and chose to defer to the second half.

As we go into the locker room for the half, the Vikings and the Patriots are tied at seven.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.