Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch (90) and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (96) stop Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) short of a first down in the first quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
After dominating the first 25 minutes of the first half, the Jaguars lead the Vikings by just two points at halftime in a game where Jacksonville has imposed their will for the majority of the game, but don't have the lead to show for it.
On offense, the Jaguars have had the ball just three times, yet have just under 20 minutes of possession thanks to drives of 17 and 14 plays on their first two possessions. Blaine Gabbert is clearly a brand new quarterback, completing 9-of-16 passes in the first half for 103 yards and touchdown.
Running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings have combined for a plodding attack that has methodically moved the ball downfield. Combined they have 16 carries for 66 yards. However, after settling for a field goal on the opening offensive possession and getting a Josh Scobee extra point blocked, the Jaguars were only able to put up nine first half points
Defensively, the Jaguars allowed a first down on the first play from scrimmage and shut down the Vikings on just about every play following, not allowing another first down until five minutes remaining in the half. After that point, though, the Vikings found a rhythm offensively and Adrian Peterson found the end zone with less than a minute before the end of the first half.