Special teams lift Vikings past Panthers

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – The Minnesota Vikings waited 18 years
and 453 games to post a blocked punt return touchdown.

They had two of them Sunday.

Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen scooped up blocked punts and returned them
for scores as the Vikings defeated the Carolina Panthers 31-13 on Sunday
afternoon.

It was Minnesota’s first blocked punt return touchdown since Issiac Holt
recorded one against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 12, 1986.

Thielen’s 30-yard return in the first quarter was the longest blocked punt
return touchdown in Vikings history, but that mark was short-lived.

Griffen’s 43-yard return in the second established the new record.