In a game that was expected to be a bruising low-scoring game, the Vikings and Bengals appeared to be going very one-sided, with Cincinnati's first four possessions picking up 17 yards and four punts. Cincinnati finally found its rhythm with a good combination of passes and rushes, converting a ten-play drive 82 yards, ending with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Ochocinco.
Thanks to good field position by poor punts from Kevin Huber, decent returns by the Vikings and a few penalties, Minnesota's offense did get 10 points on two drives that picked up 39 yards or more on at least seven plays. With four minutes left in the first half, the Vikings went 71 yards on 14 plays to convert their second field goal, leaving half a minute left in the half. The Bengals, brilliant as always on offensive play-calling, were quickly taken off the field after a Brian Leonard fumble which lead to another field goal and a 16-7 Minnesota Vikings lead.
|Penalties||8 (65)||5 (40)|
|Time of Possession||15:06||14:50|