The Vikings knew they would have problems with the Eagles’ defensive line. But problems turned into a nightmares in the first half as the pressure on Case Keenum resulted in two turnovers for the Vikings and two scores for the Eagles, who took off with a 24-7 halftime lead.
First, Chris Long rips his way wide around right tackle Rashod Hill to hit Keenum on the arm as he released his pass. Patrick Robinson picked off the fluttering football and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to the tie game, 7-7.
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Keenum later was smacked by Derek Barnett after tight end David Morgan whiffed on a block that let Barnett run free. The stripped ball was recovered by Long and set up a seven-play, 76-yard drive capped by a 53-yard deep ball to Alshon Jeffery.
Derek Barnett with the strip-sack!
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Ironically, it was Barnett drafted in the first round with the pick the Eagles got from the Vikings in the Sam Bradford trade.
The Eagles finished the half with a 38-yard field goal to extend the lead, 24-7.