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Halftime Notes: Rams, Vikings Tied at 7
November 19, 2017 07:28 PM | Myles Simmons


MINNEAPOLIS - Through two quarters, the Rams and Vikings look like two evenly matched teams, as the game is tied at seven. Here are a few notes from the first half.

BIG FIRST DRIVE

The Vikings' crowd is famously loud at U.S. Bank Stadium, making it tough on visiting teams. But that was no matter for the Rams on their first drive, as they went 75 yards in nine plays for a touchdown.

Goff completed 4-of-5 passes for 50 yards, including a 23-yard strike off play action over the middle to rookie wideout Cooper Kupp.

Running back Todd Gurley finished the drive with a six-yard touchdown run, giving him a new career high with 11 total touchdowns this season.

KEENUM THE ESCAPE ARTIST

The Vikings scored early in the second quarter, in part because of Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum's ability to escape a sack.

On 2nd-and-5 from the L.A. 30, outside linebackers Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin both had a shot to sack Keenum, but the quarterback somehow found his way out and launched a 12-yard completion to wide receiver Adam Thielen.

A few plays later, running back Latavius Murray ran eight yards up the middle for a game-tying touchdown.

SIGNIFICANT TURNOVER

The Rams played giveaway free for the last two games, but that streak ended in the second quarter on a key play.

It looked like Los Angeles would have at least three points with the ball deep in Minnesota territory. On 3rd-and-4 from the Vikings' 11, Goff hit Kupp over the middle for first-down yardage. But the wide receiver fumbled at the Vikings' two-yard line, and Minnesota recovered for a big turnover.

INJURY REPORT

Defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman suffered a thigh injury in the first half and he is doubtful to return.

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