The Cardinals won the toss and deferred to the second half, meaning that Minnesota would get the ball first. Percy Harvin immediately electrified the Metrodome crowd with what appeared to be a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. However, there was a little yellow flag on the field when the play concluded, and the penalty was for an illegal block on linebacker Marvin Mitchell, negating the big return.
The two teams then exchanged three-and-outs, with the Vikings starting their second possession from their own 12-yard line. Adrian Peterson got the drive off to a nice start with a 27-yard run to give the Vikings some space. Christian Ponder then looked to go deep to the returning Jerome Simpson, who didn't make the catch, but a pass interference call against the Cardinals moved the ball down to the Arizona 13-yard line.
Peterson finished things off from there, taking the ball in from 13 yards out for his first rushing touchdown since the season's opening week. Blair Walsh added the extra point, and the Vikings took an early 7-0 lead.
The scoring drive for Minnesota tallied 88 yards in just five plays, taking 2:57 off the clock.
We're about halfway through the first quarter at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 7-0.