They failed. Miserably.
On the fourth play of the Buccaneers' drive, Josh Freeman completed a short pass to running back Doug Martin, and Martin did the rest, racing through the Minnesota defense for a 64-yard touchdown. Connor Barth added the extra point, and the score quickly went to 27-10 in favor of the visiting team.
It looks like the Vikings are going to continue another bad trend in this one. According to ESPN (via Twitter), the Vikings haven't won a game that they were trailing by 10 or more points at halftime since 2005, when they did so against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. It's going to take a pretty Herculean effort to erase that stat in this one.
We're less than a minute and a half into the third quarter of play at the Metrodome, and the Minnesota Vikings trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 27-10.