Facing a Minnesota Vikings team at home, the Carolina Panthers surely figured this was a game they should win. Well, it didn't get off to such a hot start. Cam Newton fumbled on the Panthers' first play from scrimmage when he was hit from behind by EJ Henderson. Jared Allen then pounced on it, to give the Minnesota Vikings possession deep in Panthers territory.
The Vikings wasted little time making the Panthers pay. On their second play, Percy Harvin took a carry 10 yards to give the Vikings the early 7-0 advantage.