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Awful stretch turns 3-0 lead to 20-3 deficit

Jamie Blatnick (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY)

The Vikings ended the first quarter with a 3-0 lead and an advantage in yards. The next 20 minutes were crushing for the Vikings, who lost the lead and resoundingly lost the yardage battle.

One quarter into the Vikings' 20-16 loss to Buffalo, they were leading 3-0 and had Buffalo pinned on its own 5-yard line as the game moved to the second quarter. What happened over the next 20 minutes was as brutal as any 20 minutes most teams face in the course of a season and created a clearly obvious turning point of the game. Through one sloppy quarter that included eight possessions...

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