We're at halftime at FedEx Field in this penultimate game of the 2011 NFL season, and the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins are tied at ten.
The Vikings scored the first ten points of the game, courtesy of a 38-yard Ryan Longwell field goal that had been set up by a strip/sack of Rex Grossman by Brian Robison in the first quarter and a 1-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run to start the second. The Redskins then responded with ten of their own thanks to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to Donte Stallworth (on a drive that started after Longwell put a kickoff out of bounds) and a 26-yard Graham Gano field goal late in the first half.
Jared Allen has registered a sack of Rex Grossman, giving him 18.5 for the season. That means he's 2.5 behind Chris Doleman for the Vikings' single-season record, and 4 behind Michael Strahan's all-time NFL record for a single season. Adrian Peterson has 35 carries on 11 yards, which means that he is now 71 yards away from setting the Vikings' all-time career rushing record. He trailed Robert Smith by 106 yards going into today's action.
After starting the game 1-for-5, Grossman has completed 9-of-16 for 118 yards and a score, and the Vikings have now played 38 straight quarters of football without an interception. Christian Ponder has completed 8-of-12 passes for 68 yards, including a great throw and catch to Greg Camarillo. That set up a 4th-and-1, and after imploring the coaches to go for it on the sidelines, Peterson false started on a play that looked like it would have gained a first down, and Longwell missed a field goal from 49 yards out.
We're at halftime, folks, with the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins tied at 10.