Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota's defense came up with a goal-
line stand in the final minute to secure the Vikings' 34-27 victory over the
Robert Griffin III and the Redskins took over from their own 20 with 3:36 to
play. Despite having no timeouts, Washington was able to move the ball down
the field. Jordan Reed's 17-yard catch moved the ball to the 8-yard line.
Following a run by Roy Helu and two incomplete passes, Griffin lofted a
fourth-down pass to Santana Moss. The wide receiver caught the ball but was
out of bounds.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder completed 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards,
two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter
with a left shoulder injury. Matt Cassel connected on 4-of-6 passes for 47
yards in relief.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 20 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns for
the Vikings (2-7), who snapped a four-game skid.
John Carlson caught seven passes for 98 yards and a score for Minnesota, which
announced earlier this week that tight end Kyle Rudolph could miss as much as
a month with a fractured foot.
Griffin completed 24-of-37 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns for the
Redskins (3-6), who beat San Diego in overtime last week.
Alfred Morris carried the ball 26 times for 139 yards for Washington, which
held a 27-14 lead early in the third quarter. Pierre Garcon caught seven
passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings scored the final 20 points of the game to claim victory. Minnesota
converted a pair of third downs on its first possession of the second half.
Carlson capped the nine-play series with a 28-yard score.
After the Redskins went three-and-out, Marcus Sherels returned a Sav Rocca
punt 20 yards. Washington was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness
penalty on the play.
Jarius Wright caught a 28-yard pass to move the ball to the 15-yard line.
Flushed from the pocket and scrambling, Ponder got hit hard by Redskins
cornerback DeAngelo Hall while trying to stretch the ball over the left pylon.
Officials initially ruled it a touchdown, but replays showed the ball was out
of bounds at the 1-yard line. Cassel took over under center and handed off the
ball to Peterson for the go-ahead score with 57 seconds left in the third
Blair Walsh made field goals of 39 and 40 yards in the fourth period to make
it a 34-27 contest.
The game started with Washington's defense intercepting a pass for a seventh
consecutive game. Ponder was picked off by Brandon Meriweather, who returned
the ball 30 yards to the 49-yard line of the Redskins.
Washington moved the ball down the field and was set up at the 1-yard line
following a defensive pass interference penalty on Xavier Rhodes. But the
drive stalled and Kai Forbath made a 20-yard field goal.
The Vikings responded with a touchdown to take the lead. Carlson's 21-yard
catch combined with a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to
the Washington 15. Peterson capped the six-play series with an 18-yard TD
The Redskins came right back with a score of their own. Leonard Hankerson's
29-yard catch and Morris' 26-yard run put the ball at the Minnesota 8-yard
line. Garcon then scored on a wide receiver screen, making it 10-7 Washington
with 1:17 left in the first quarter.
The back-and-forth battle continued as the Vikings bridged the first and
second quarters with a 73-yard scoring drive. Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg
Jennings caught passes of 20 and 10 yards, respectively, to move the ball to
the Washington 11-yard line. On 1st-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Ponder
rolled to his right before finding Patterson in the end zone.
But the Redskins scored two more touchdowns before the half. Reed's 11-yard TD
catch with five minutes remaining made it 17-14 Washington. The big play of
the series was Garcon's 32-yard catch-and-run.
Following a three-and-out from the Vikings, the Redskins started from their
own 23-yard line. Garcon caught passes of 17 and 12 yards to move the ball to
the Minnesota 33. Reed and Moss followed with catches of 12 and 13 yards,
respectively. On 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Griffin found Logan
Paulsen in the end zone. The score made it 24-14 with 10 seconds left.
Washington got a 40-yard field goal from Forbath in the early stages of the
third quarter. Garcon helped set up the field goal with a 30-yard catch-and-
Despite the loss, the Redskins lead the all-time series between the two teams
by a slim 12-11 margin, which includes four playoff matchups. This marked the
fourth consecutive year that the teams have met ... Redskins safety Reed
Doughty played in his 100th career game ... Vikings cornerback Chris Cook,
safety Jamarca Sanford, right tackle Phil Loadholt, left guard Charlie Johnson
and Rudolph missed the game ... Washington linebacker London Fletcher made his
208th consecutive start, tying Derrick Brooks for the most consecutive starts
by a linebacker in NFL history.
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