The game could have started in diaster for Arizona, as Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff over 100 yards for a touchdown, however the play was called back because of an illegal block in the back penalty.
After the Vikings were called for a holding penalty on their first offensive snap, the Cardinals defense forced a three-and-out on Minnesota's first possession.
Arizona stated on the Minnesota side of the 50 after a poor Vikings punt, however Arizona went three-and-out and punted on their first possession.
The Vikings preceded to drive 89 yards on their next drive and find the endzone on an Adrian Peterson 13-yard touchdown run. The drive was aided by a pass interference call on William Gay that set up Minnesota in the Cardinal redzone.
Arizona had a nice drive going and were inside the Minnesota 20 when John Skelton was sacked by Brian Robinson and fumbled on the play, ending the Arizona drive.