Once the Viking defense was able to make a stop, the offense then came to life. Quarterback Christian Ponder found Kyle Rudolph deep for a 67-yard pass that got them well in the red zone.
After being out Week 15, Adrian Peterson was back and certainly made his presence felt in this game as he took the ball the rest of the way for six points.
The Bengals again were forced to punt the ball away, this time from the shadow of their own end zone which gave the Vikings decent field position midway through the second quarter.
Minnesota would take advantage, getting three points from kicker Blair Walsh just as the first half came to a close.
This would make the score 10-7 in favor of the men in purple as both teams headed to their locker rooms.