The near mix-up happened in the first quarter of Sunday's game. After a holding penalty negated a Percy Harvin touchdown on first down, the refs mistakenly called it second down. A couple incompletions later, the down marker read fourth down and the Vikings prepared to punt.
But a Vikings coach noticed the mistake and alertly made sure a timeout got called. During the ensuing stoppage of play, the refs realized their mistake and correctly made it third down and didn't charge the Vikings with a timeout.
On the third-and-8 play, quarterback Chris Ponder completed a short pass to Harvin that the wide receiver turned into a first down that got 15 yards tacked onto it by a defensive face-mask penalty. On the next play, Adrian Peterson rushed 12 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.