It was a tale of two halves, as the Washington Redskins offense dominated in the first half with 24 points and 288 yards. But the second half belonged to the Minnesota Vikings as they scored 20 unanswered points and held off a late drive to edge out the Redskins for the victory.
It seemed as though the Redskins were going to blow out the Vikings, as they were up 27-14 halfway through the third quarter. But the Viking’s much-maligned quarterback Christian Ponder kept them in the game. Along with some tough running from star running back Arian Peterson, the Vikings mounted a comeback.
Ponder who was knocked out of the game on a scramble, finished with 174 yards and 2 TD’s. He was relieved by Matt Cassel who also played well in relief. The Redskins were led on the ground by Alfred Morris, who pounded the Vikings for 139 yards on 26 carries. QB Robert Griffin III had 281 yards passing and 3 TD passes.
The Redskins led in time of possession 36 minutes to 24 minutes, but it didn’t matter. The Redskins defense couldn’t stop the Vikings offense in the second half when it mattered the most. And after going down 34-27, had to rely on RGIII to mount a game tying drive to try to send it into overtime.
Griffin drove the Redskins down to the Vikings two yard line, where the Vikings held them to fourth down. But the drive stalled as Griffin’s pass to Santana Moss in the corner of the end zone fell incomplete. The loss takes the Redskins to 3-6 on the season, and puts their hopes of winning the NFC East into serious jeopardy.