Browns lead Vikings 11-7 at halftime

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The Vikings carried a 7-0 lead for nearly all of the first half. But the Browns scored 11 points in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter to go up 11-7 at the break.

After the Vikings opened the game with a 14-play touchdown drive, the Browns had a 15-play drive but got nothing out of it. Quarterback Baker Mayfield misfired on a pass to running back Kareem Hunt, who was open in the end zone on third-and-4 from the 6-yard line. Then defensive end Everson Griffen sacked Mayfield on the next play for a turnover on downs.

Faced with a similar situation late in the second quarter, head coach Kevin Stefanski opted to go for it again on fourth-and-goal from the Minnesota 2. While Mayfield’s pass was incomplete, this time the Colts were called for defensive holding, giving Cleveland a new set of downs.

It took a couple more plays, but finally Hunt ran in a 1-yard touchdown. The Vikings were then called for a delay of game penalty on the extra point attempt for trying to call a timeout even though Minnesota didn’t have any left. The Vikings had too many men on the field.

Cleveland took the penalty half the distance to the goal, and Mayfield tossed a two-point conversion to fullback Andy Janovich to go up 8-7.

After Minnesota quickly went three-and-out, it looked like the Browns were content to go into halftime with a one-point advantage, running Kareem Hunt on a draw play on third-and-20 from the Cleveland 26. But Hunt went for 33 yards on the play, getting to Minnesota territory. Quarterback Baker Mayfield’s 11-yard pass to Rashard Higgins put the visitors in position to score a 48-yard field goal with just two seconds remaining in the half.

The Browns have converted 7-of-11 third downs and have 98 yards rushing. Hunt has 50 yards on eight carries and Nick Chubb has 39 yards on 10 carries.

5 responses to “Browns lead Vikings 11-7 at halftime

  1. Watching the Vikings doesn’t feel like football it’s more like watching the WWE. The refs completely gave the browns a phantom defensive holding call so they could score before halftime. It’s just unbelievable to be a Vikings fan this season.

  2. byaaah says:
    October 3, 2021 at 2:41 pm
    Watching the Vikings doesn’t feel like football it’s more like watching the WWE. The refs completely gave the browns a phantom defensive holding call so they could score before halftime. It’s just unbelievable to be a Vikings fan this season.
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    It was close, but when the jersey gets pulled, that gets called most of the time…..let’s call it even with the 15 yard face mask they missed on Hunt earlier in that drive…..and the tickt-tack PI to keep the Vikings last drive alive……

  3. The refs are the only thing that keeps our Vikings from multiple super bowl wins. We’d win every game, every season.

  4. Another game where pressure on Cousins meant a sure loss.
    Funny how the phantom PI and the stupid delay of game, along with a third and 20 draw, turned the game around.
    Wonder how Stefanski knew Cousins is terrible? We all knew 4 years ago.

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