Sunday, December 28, 2008
Halftime: Vikings lead, Bears trail
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- Some random halftime notes from the Metrodome, where the Vikings just got booed off the field despite holding a 10-9 lead:
- More than a few fans were upset with the way the Vikings handled the final minute of the second half. Coach Brad Childress elected to go for it on fourth down from the New York Giants' 39-yard line. When quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was stopped for a 4-yard loss, the Giants went into 2-minute mode and ended the half with a 42-yard field goal from John Carney.
- Every now and then, fans will jump out of their seats at odd moments and start cheering. Those are the people who are keeping track on their cell phones of Chicago's game at Houston, where the Texans lead 14-10 at halftime. A Bears loss will give the Vikings a playoff berth regardless of the outcome here.
- The Vikings' offense has been pretty stagnant with the exception of Adrian Peterson's 67-yard touchdown run. That play represents almost half of the Vikings' total output in the first half.
- Jackson has been favoring his right hand for much of the first half and at one point had athletic trainer Eric Sugarman working on it. Jackson has misfired on a number of passes and has completed seven of 14 overall.
- ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported before the game that David Carr likely will take over for Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the second half. We're guessing Manning won't be the only starter making his way to the bench in the second half.