1:00 PM ET, October 9, 2011
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN
Adrian Peterson's three first-half touchdowns help Vikings win first game
MINNEAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson rammed his way into the end zone to make Minnesota's early lead even larger, lowering his shoulder to finish the run as if to pour four weeks of frustration out on his unsuccessful tackler.The Minnesota Vikings finally ended their troubling habit of stumbling down the stretch.
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Fitzgerald was limited to four receptions and 66 yards. The Minneapolis native is 0-3 in his hometown against the Vikings. ... Jared Allen (poked eye) and Robison (abdominal strain) hobbled off the field with injuries on consecutive plays in the third quarter, but they both returned on the next series. They had two sacks apiece, giving them 8&189; and 4&189; respectively for the season. ... This was the first healthy scratch of Berrian's eight-year career. Frazier said the move was for disciplinary reasons. ... McNabb's rushing touchdown was the 33rd of his 13-year career, but his first in 22 games since Dec. 20, 2009. ... Longwell's streak of 16 straight field goals ended. ... The Vikings have actually outscored their opponents this year, 111-106. Just as remarkable is that they're plus-3 in turnover margin.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||5.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||3-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||9:23||Adrian Peterson 4 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 18 yds, 1:35
|TD||9:02||Adrian Peterson 24 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 24 yds, 0:00
|TD||6:31||Donovan Mcnabb 4 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 25 yds, 1:50
|TD||2:48||Adrian Peterson 14 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yds, 2:01
|FG||10:34||Jay Feely 51 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 20 yds, 3:25
|TD||8:26||Beanie Wells 2 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, 3:41
|FG||3:39||Ryan Longwell 26 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 82 yds, 4:48
|FG||2:14||Ryan Longwell 53 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 12 yds, 4:33
NEXT LEVEL: Adrian Peterson rushed for a season-high 122 yards against the Cardinals on Sunday including 70 yards after contact. Entering the day, Peterson led the NFL in total yards after contact over the first four weeks of the season (151).
Since 1940, the Cardinals franchise has never given up 28 points in the first quarter.
This is the 2nd time in Vikings history the team scored 28 points in the first quarter. In 1986 Week 4, the Vikings led the the Packers 28-0 after the 1st quarter.
The Vikings led 28-0 at the end of the 1st quarter today vs the Cardinals. It is just the 9th time since the NFL merger in 1970 that a team has had a 28-point lead after just one quarter of play. Two of those nine instances have now been done by the Vikings, with the other time coming in 1986 when they led the the Packers 28-0 after the 1st when Tommy Kramer had 4 TD passes. The last occurrence was just last season on November 15, 2010 when the Philadelphia Eagles led the Washington Redskins 28-0 on Monday Night Football. Donovan McNabb was on the losing side of that early blowout, as opposed to today.
Adrian Peterson has 3 Rush TD in the 1st quarter. He is the 1st player with 3 Rush TD in the 1st quarter since Tim Biakabatuka did so for the Panthers on October 3, 1999. It's the 4th time a player has 3 Rush TD in the 1st quarter in the last 20 years. The others besides Peterson and Biakabatuka are Stephen Davis (1999) and James Stewart (1997)
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