The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions exchanged punts to start the third quarter of play at the Metrodome, but the Vikings put together a nice second drive and extended their lead.
Minnesota started in Detroit territory after fielding their punt, and two carries by Adrian Peterson and a pass to Kyle Rudolph gave the Vikings a first down. On the ensuing second down, Christian Ponder found receiver Devin Aromashodu for a big play, hitting a 31-yard catch-and-run to get the Vikings down to the Detroit 3-yard line.
Things unraveled a bit after that, as Ponder got tripped up by Brandon Fusco on first down for a seven-yard loss, and the Vikings could only get back to the Detroit 5-yard line. In came rookie Blair Walsh once again, and he connected for his third field goal of the day. Just like his second one, this one came from 23 yards out.
We have a little more than five minutes to go in the third quarter of play, and the Minnesota Vikings now lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 16-3. The Lions have been a very good fourth-quarter team this year, so the Vikings shouldn't start getting comfortable yet.