Minnesota made sure Carolina's 6-0 lead didn't last long -- the Vikings just scored on a 4-yard Adrian Peterson run to take a 7-6 lead with 5:01 to go in the second quarter.
Minnesota only had to go 41 yards on the drive after Carolina had a three-and-out deep in its own territory. But the sequence could have gone differently. On fourth-and-3, the Vikings appeared to jump offside on a Carolina punt. That would have given the Panthers a first down.
Instead, a false start was called on Dan Connor, Carolina punted and Brett Favre quickly got something going for the first time all night. Favre drove the Vikes smartly downfield and, on the TD, Peterson ran right through Carolina's Chris Harris and then shucked off Richard Marshall, too, to score standing up.
Ryan Longwell made the extra point -- Carolina had its XP blocked -- which is why it's not a tie game right now.
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