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6:08 PM –A Harrison Smith INT turned into a Blair Walsh FG.
And a tie game.
Teddy Bridgewater is playing his heart out and salvaged the drive with a huge connection to WR Stefon Diggs following a personal foul-face mask penalty against Mike Wallace as he tried to gain the edge on LB DeMarcus Ware on an end-around.
The Vikings couldn't convert a long 3rd down, with WR Adam Thielen coming up a yard short of the line to gain. But Walsh saved the drive and connected on a game-tying FG with 5:11 to play.
5:55 PM –And Adrian was loose!
On 4th and inches from the DEN 47, the Vikings handed it to Adrian and Adrian did the rest. He burst through the line and dashed the distance for a score.
Blair Walsh tacked on the PAT, and now the Vikings trail by 3 with 10:01 to play in the 4th quarter.
5:17 PM –Peyton Manning atone for his INT late in the 1st half.
He did so by driving Denver's offense down the field quickly and with precision to score a TD on 4th and goal from the 1. The PAT was good.
Denver's lead is back to 10 points – 20-10.
4:55 PM –What a finish!
Blair Walsh hit a FG to get the Vikings on the board. Anthony Barr picked off Peyton Manning. Teddy found Wallace twice, including for a TD. And now the Vikings have taken a 13-point deficit late in the 2nd quarter and turned it into a 3-point deficit at halftime.
Denver will receive the opening kickoff of the 2nd half.
4:45 PM –Another quality drive by the Vikings offense, and Blair Walsh pays it off with a FG to get the Vikings on the board.
Eventually, the Vikings will need TDs in those spots, but they are on the board for now.
The defense is on the field and will try to keep the Broncos from scoring again over the final 1:39 of the 1st half.
4:23 PM –The Vikings defense is hanging in there and giving the team a chance on the road against Peyton Manning, an intense pass rush and the Denver Broncos.
Denver was deep in Vikings territory poised to break the game open, but a penalty followed by a sack on 3rd down pushed the Broncos back and forced them to settle for another FG.
Brandon McManus converted and increased the Denver lead to 13-0 with 5:57 to play in the 2nd quarter.
4:08 PM –A bad turn of events for the Vikings.
After Teddy Bridgewater and Co. got into Broncos territory but stalled out, Blair Walsh came on to try to salvage the drive. But he missed from 38 yards out, giving the Broncos possession on their own 28.
On the first play of Denver's drive, RB Ronnie Hillman went around the left end and took it to the house. The PAT was good, and Denver now leads 10-0 with 11:24 to go in the 2nd quarter.
3:54 PM –The Vikings are trying to go punch-for-punch on the road with one of the NFL's best teams. So far, it's the Denver Broncos with the early advantage and they have the ball back.
Denver leads 3-0 and has forced a second consecutive punt from the Vikings. The Vikings most recent drive penetrated Denver territory, but a sack stymied the drive. Teddy Bridgewater has been under immense pressure so far today.
Denver ball, 1st and 10, on their own 10 leading 3-0 late in the 1st quarter.
3:39 PM –Denver sacked Teddy Bridgewater twice on the opening drive but then had their first offensive drive stall out in the red zone.
K Brandon McManus converted the short FG to give Denver an early 3-0.
The Vikings have the ball at their own 20 after another touchback on the kickoff.
3:04 PM - WR Jarius Wright (hand) is active and will start today after being questionable heading into the game. Here's the full list of inactives:
QB Taylor Heinicke
WR Charles Johnson
CB Jabari Price
S Andrew Sendejo
LB Edmond Robinson
TE Chase Ford
12:20 PM - The Vikings have arrived at Sports Authority Field for today's game against the unbeaten Broncos. Via the embeds below, watch all four segments of today's "Vikings GamePlan"...
11:52 AM - Denver's defensive line has been a dominant group through three games and the group features perhaps the best pass-rushing tandem in the NFL with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming from the edges. Yes, a resilient Vikings offensive line will be tested today.
The line is resilient because it has played well of late despite going through significant changes to begin the season. Matt Kalil is the only player in the group who played in his position last season. Brandon Fusco is a returning starter, but has switched positions from RG to LG. Mike Harris is a new starter and took Fusco's place at RG. Rookie TJ Clemmings is starting at RT for the injured Phil Loadholt and Joe Berger is starting at C for the injured John Sullivan.
Even with the changes, the group has come together nicely and has rebounded in good form from a tough Week 1 contest at San Francisco. The Vikings rank 2nd in the NFL with a 4.81 yard-per-carry average and are tied for the NFL lead with 5 rushing TDs. Also, Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing (291 yards) and the offensive line has allowed just 1 sack in the last 2 games.
The starting lineup is short on star power, but has grown into a solid unit and is on a nice two-game run. Matt Kalil (1st round – 2012) is the highest drafted player, joining a 4th-rounder (Clemmings), a pair of 6th-rounders (Berger and Fusco) and an undrafted player (Harris).
This group faces a stiff test today, going against a talented and deep defensive front that will benefit from playing at home and having the crowd on its side.
11:39 AM - It looks like all is clear in the Mile High City.
Some areas of the country are dealing with (historically) adverse and even dangerous weather conditions. As of now, it looks like Denver will be spared of the bad weather and will enjoy nearly ideal football conditions for today's Vikings-Broncos game.
The forecast at kickoff is currently calling for temperatures around 60 degrees with winds of less than 10 mph and no rain expected.