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Sunday, September 14, 2008
Halftime: Colts should feel fortunate

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota headed into the Metrodome locker room on an emotional high after Ryan Longwell's 53-yard field goal gave it a 9-0 lead over Indianapolis. But for the most part, the Colts should feel pretty good about a deficit of less than 10 points at halftime.

The Vikings defense has totally shut down Peyton Manning and the Colts offense, harassing him into an 86-yard performance in the first half. Antoine Winfield's interception set up the Vikings' first score and Jared Allen's third-down sack stopped another drive.

But the Vikings' offense has squandered several scoring chances -- tight end Visanthe Shiancoe's dropped touchdown pass is the most glaring example. Tailback Adrian Peterson (118 rushing yards) has clobbered the Colts defense, but the Vikings' passing game couldn't hold up its end of the bargain. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, in fact, had 7 yards passing before two late completions set up Longwell's long field goal.

As the second half begins, the Colts are one play away from being in a game that they have largely been dominated in.