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NFL: Vikings top Steelers in HOF game

CANTON, Ohio - The Minnesota Vikings allowed only a field goal in the second quarter and opened the NFL preseason with a 14-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night.

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Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph, center, makes a catch while being tackled by Pittsburgh’s Shayon Green, left, and Ryan Shazier during the first quarter Sunday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. USA TODAY SPORTS

CANTON, Ohio - The Minnesota Vikings allowed only a field goal in the second quarter and opened the NFL preseason with a 14-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night.
Backup quarterback Mike Kafka threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end MyCole Pruitt and running back Joe Banyard added a 1-yard score in the third quarter for Minnesota.
Rookie Stefon Diggs set up Banyard’s run with a 62-yard punt return.
Second-year Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 5 of 6 passes for 44 yards in a brief showing the day after the 2015 Hall of Fame class was inducted at Canton. Bridgewater checked down for the majority of his completions. Bridgewater’s lone drive ended with a failed 4th-and-1 rushing attempt.
Running back Matt Asiata had six carries for 30 yards for the Vikings.
The Steelers went wire to wire with Landry Jones at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger among the stars who sat out the game for Pittsburgh. Running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown were also idle.
Kafka led the Vikings to the game’s first touchdown, guiding an eight-play, 81-yard drive in the middle of the second quarter. Kafka completed five of six passes in the sequence, including a 34-yarder to tight end MyCole Pruitt for the score.
Jones was 16 of 32 passing for 135 yards.
Pruitt caught four passes for 51 yards in his first professional game. Dri Archer led the Steelers in rushing (four carries, 24 yards) and receiving (six catches, 33 yards).
Shaun Suisham’s opened the scoring with a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter was the lone score for the Steelers.
NOTES: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was in uniform but did not play. ... The Vikings were undefeated in the 2014 preseason. ... The Steelers play in the first game of the regular season at New England on Sept. 10. The Steelers next preseason game is Friday against the Jaguars. The Vikings play the Buccaneers on Saturday. ... Longtime Steelers RB Jerome Bettis was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday and was greeted on the field before the game.

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