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Vikings At Panthers: Carolina Ties Game At Seven

The Carolina Panthers took a little while to respond, but respond they did, and they have tied the Minnesota Vikings at seven early in the second quarter in Charlotte.

After a nice punt by Chris Kluwe pinned the Panthers down at their own 10-yard line, Carolina went to work, mixing in passes from Cam Newton to Steve Smith with some nicely designed run plays. On an end-around to Smith, he appeared to have a hold of Cedric Griffin's face mask as he went out of bounds, but it was Griffin that was called for the 15-yard penalty instead. A couple of plays later, Newton and Smith appeared to connect for a 27-yard touchdown pass, but Smith was ruled down at the 1-yard line.

Two plays later, Newton found Jeremy Shockey in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass, and the Panthers had tied the Minnesota Vikings with 13:22 remaining in the first half of play. Adrian Peterson really hasn't gotten going, having only carried three times for minus-three yards, and Christian Ponder is just 2-for-5 for 35 yards, 22 yards of which came on a shovel pass to Peterson. It really has been all Carolina since the Vikings got their touchdown early.

With 13:00 left in the first half of play in Charlotte, the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers are tied at seven.

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