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Third-quarter barrage extended lead enough

Adrian Peterson (Bob Martin/USA TODAY)

The Vikings finally got a fourth-quarter turnover to end an opponents' last stand, but it was a combination of offense and defense in the third quarter that helped build up the Vikings' lead to 17 points that made the difference.

In a Vikings game that once again came down to a win hanging perilously in the balance in the game's final minute, it was an electrifying six-minute span that gave the Vikings control of the momentum before Pittsburgh's final drive. The late rush by the Steelers had Vikings fans feeling a sense of déjà vu (or "here we go again"), but the deficit was seven points, not the six- and three... Recommended Stories