View from the end zone:
We're back with our in-game blog/narrative/rantings/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. It's Week 11, with the Oakland Raiders (5-4) invading Mall of America Field against the cellar-dwelling Minnesota Vikings (2-7).
Here, we'll let you know what's happening just as if you were sitting in Section 123, in the corner of the south end zone. Here's the latest:
3:18: FINAL: RAIDERS 27, VIKINGS 21 -- Minnesota falls to 2-8, Oakland improves to 6-4.
3:11: Vikes' final drive stalls. Raiders take over on downs.
3:04: Raiders face at third and four with 3:20 left. Robison sacks Palmer to force punt. Vikings will get a chance to win the game.
2:56: RAIDERS 27, VIKINGS 21 -- Minnesota makes it one-possession game with 5:08 left as Ponder hits Kyle Rudolph on 1-yard TD toss.It's Rudolph's first career TD recepion. Remaining crowd comes alive.
2:54: Robison recovers fumble. Vikings recover at Raider 38-yard-line.
2:50: With Vikings knocking on door at the Oakland 5-yard-line, Raiders intercept Ponder in end zone with 8:10 left. Purple fans stream towards the exits.
2:43: Stupid penalties by the Raiders now about as surprising as seeing an MPR bumper sticker on a Subaru.
2:42: Vikes go for it on fourth and two at midfield. Penalty Raiders. First down.
2:38: Raiders FG try blocked! Is this 1976?
2:37: Crowd, for some idiotic reason, thinks this is a good time to start the wave. Scarier.
2:36: Oakland WR Darius Heyward-Bey leaves on a backboard after getting the back of his head hit by E.J. Henderson's knee. Scary.
2:23: 62,748 announced attendance (141st sellout at dome). Even after Percy's TD, quietest 62,748 ever assembled.
2:22: RAIDERS 27, VIKINGS 14 -- The Vikes strike back after Ponder hits Percy Harvin on a 26-yard touchdown pass.
2:15: RAIDERS 27, VIKINGS 7 -- Janikowski hits another FG, a 26-yarder, to stretch Raider lead to 20 with :51 left in third quarter.
2:10: From Twitter-verse: "L.A. just called Zygi. They said 'no thanks.'"
2:09: DT Tommy Kelly intercepts Ponder. Raiders take over on Vikings' 24. Another short field for Oakland.
1:57: Biggest pop of the day (and best Minnesota highlight so far) comes when Sgt. Matt Helget surprises wife and kids on field after returning home from overseas deployment .
1:56: Scoreboard advises crowd to cheer loudly on third and short for the Raiders. Quieter than it's been in dome ... since ... last year. Reminds us of a Twins, Gophers, Timberwolves game ... from last year.
1:54: From KFAN/BMTN's Tiny Joe Nelson: "Adrian does not have his helmet on sideline. Likely done for the day." KFAN also reports the ankle is NOT broken -- just bruised.
1:45: Just handed first half stats. Most telling number: Ponder leads all rushers with 84 yards.
1:40: Jim Souhan strikes Twitter with this one: "Small crowd, so quiet in here Ponder can hear Sid saying, Huh?"
1:38: Good news: Raiders haven't scored during halftime. Bad news: They get the ball first to open second half.
1:27: Funny tweet from Pioneer Press' Jeremy Fowler: "Well-deserved raining of boos on the Vikings, who will likely fumble or commit a penalty on the way to the locker room for halftime."
1:26: RAIDERS 24, VIKINGS 7 -- Carson Palmer runs it in from the 1-yard-line. Half ends. Boo's aplenty from the Purple crowd.
1:22: Vikes' Lorenzo Booker fumbles kickoff. Raiders recover on 16. Things are unraveling quickly.
1:20: RAIDERS 17, VIKINGS 7 -- Michael Bush runs it in from the 2-yard-line to give Raiders 10-point lead.
1:18: The latest on Adrian Peterson, from AP.
1:16: Best tweet so far this afternoon, from WCCO's Mark Rosen: "What a fundamental mess this Vikings team has become."
1:12: Longwell can't get kick off on 49-yard FG try after Kluwe can't handle snap. Ouch.
1:09: Just handed first quarter stats. Best number: 3 personal fouls against Oakland for 42 yards.
1:04: Crowd gets extra morose when it realizes Vikings gave up TD toss to a guy named Chaz.
1:03: RAIDERS 10, VIKINGS 7 -- Palmer hits Chaz Schilens for a 12-yard TD strike.
12:49: Ponder picked off by safety Matt Giordano at the 5-yard-line, intended for Percy Harvin -- returned to the Oakland 47.
12:48:From KFAN/BMTN's Tiny Joe Nelson: Peterson carted off field with sprained left ankle. Return? Questionable.
12:45: Christian Ponder scrambles for a big gain down the sideline to midfield as the quarter comes to an end.
12:44: Adrian Peterson hobbles off field. Season-ticket holders hope it's nothing.
12:39: VIKINGS 7, RAIDERS 3 -- Sebastian Janikowski boots a 29-yard FG to get the Raiders on the board with :57 left in the first quarter.
12:28: VIKINGS 7, RAIDERS 0 -- Adrian Peterson runs one in from the 12-yard-line to give the Vikings a 7-zip lead with 5:17 to go in first quarter. AP sets Vikings record for most career games with a rushing TD (43).
12:14: IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: At the souvenir stand: Vikings' Santa hat: $25. Vikings' Heidi braids: $12. Two ideas, as Black Friday approaches.
12:09: Chad Greenway sacks Carson Palmer, stopping Raider drive. In Week 11, it's his first sack.
12:06: Text from KFAN/BMTN's Tiny Joe Nelson, in the booth with play-by-play man Paul Allen: "My left sock has a hole in it." Insight from the booth. Can't beat it.
12:05: Three-and-out to start the game. Crowd gets quieter.
12:01: Vikes get ball to start the game. Harvin gets it out to the 32.
11:53: Zeppelin intro. Music is loud, but crowd not into it. Noise is noticeably not ear-splitting. Must be that 2-7 record.
11:38: A fair amount of fans in the stands (5 percent?) are dressed in silver and black, the Raiders colors. By and large, they seem more sophisticated, polite, less-drunk and less foul-smelling than, say, your average ... Packers fan? But it's early.
11:36: We are reminded to hold the Vikings accountable for not bringing the girl in this video to tears ... again. The clip was all over the Web last week, and for good reason...