Starting off the second half, Ponder went deep again with a pass. This time he found former Bengal Jerome Simpson who made a spectacular diving catch to get the Vikings down to the Cincinnati 20-yard line.
Knowing that the Bengals were expecting Peterson to get a touch here, Ponder sneaked it in himself for the score, extending the Viking lead to 17-7.
On the ensuing Bengal drive, the offensive struggles continued as Andy Dalton and company had trouble getting in sync. They would be forced to punt it away, giving Minnesota a chance to make it a three-possession game midway through the third.
And that’s exactly what they did as Adrian Peterson weaved in and out of the Bengal defense, leading many to start calling him “Baby Bo.” He would find pay dirt and give his team a commanding 24-7 lead late in the third quarter.
At this point, the Bengals were definitely looking for some type of spark if they wanted to make any kind of a comeback. So Dalton aired it out and found none other than Mohamed Sanu deep for a 53-yard gain, leaving Cincinnati just a few yards away from the end zone.
Dalton carried it in from there, closing the gap to 24-14 early in the final quarter of play.
Unfortunately, the Bengal defense still had no answer for Peterson who once again put on his Bo Jackson shoes and broke every ankle of the Cincinnati secondary, torching them for six more points.