Lightning forces evacuation of Vikings-Raiders preseason game

- Lightning forced fans to evacuate TCF Bank Stadium during the second quarter of Saturday night's preseason game between the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders. The severe weather plan directed fans to Mariucci Arena, Williams Arena and Ridder Arena across the street.

Lightning also disrupted pregame warm-ups, but the game kicked off at its 7 p.m. scheduled start time. Earlier in the week, more than 50 Minnesota high schools pushed up the start time of their opening weekend football games to avoid severe weather.

The Vikings beat the Raiders 20-12 behind second quarter touchdown receptions by Charles Johnson and Chase Ford. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh continued his preseason struggles, missing two field goals and an extra point attempt. Play-by-play announcer Paul Allen said the kicker's misses have "gone from a talker to a problem."

Saturday's game brought former Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to Minneapolis. The Minnesota fans showered the new Raiders backup with boos, as expected.

"I was prepared for it so it didn't really affect me," said Ponder. "I made it kind of fun coming back. It was good to see a lot of the guys and reconnect with them."


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