Webb, Winfield and Peterson Lead Vikings To Victory

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 29, 2010 – 5:18 am

To cap an unusual road trip, the Vikings pulled off an improbable 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Tuesday night. The Vikings were led by the tandem of rookie QB Joe Webb and superstar RB Adrian Peterson on offense, while CB Antoine Winfield anchored a defensive effort that stymied the Eagles explosive offensive attack.

The Vikings were originally slated to play the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, but the worst snow storm of the year in the Northeast prompted the Eagles and the NFL to postpone the game and move it to Tuesday night. The Vikings had arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday and the decision to postpone the contest came on Sunday morning, so the Vikings were stranded in the City of Brotherly Love from Saturday evening through the game on Tuesday night.

All of the distractions and time away from home didn’t have an adverse affect on the Vikings, though. They put forth perhaps their best overall effort of the season, especially considering the quality of opponent, and this game will be the talk of the NFL for the next few days and maybe longer. The Eagles were installed as 14.5-point favorites, were playing at home, are battling for playoff positioning and were hosting a team in the midst of a tumultuous season.

The trio of Webb, Winfield and Peterson was enough to pull off the upset, though. The Eagles took an early 7-0 lead but the Vikings weren’t discouraged. Trailing 7-0 just before halftime, Winfield blitzed and sacked Michael Vick and also caused him to fumble. Winfield then found the ball, scooped it up and sprinted 45 yards for a TD.

To begin the 3rd quarter, Webb connected with Percy Harvin for 46 yards and that ultimately resulted in a Ryan Longwell FG and a 10-7 Vikings lead. From there, Webb would remain composed and make critical plays, Winfield and the defense continued to stifle Vick and Co., and Peterson grinded away on the Eagles defense to seal the victory.

Peterson finished with 118 yards on 22 carries, including a 1-yard TD run in the 4th quarter that was the dagger to the heart for Philadelphia. Defensively, Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier and his staff put together a creative game plan to counter the explosiveness of Philadelphia’s offense. The lynch pin to the effort was constant pressure on Vick via blitzes and pressures from the secondary and LBs, specifically Winfield. Also, the Vikings front 4 defensive linemen got in on the mix and forced Vick to move frequently.

Webb finished 17 of 26 for 195 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs, with his favorite target being Harvin (7 receptions for 100 yards). He also registered a dazzling 9-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter to give the Vikings a 17-7 lead. On defense, Winfield registered 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery, a fumble return TD and 9 tackles. He should earn NFL Defensive Player of the Week honors for that effort. LB Chad Greenway tied Winfield for a team-high 9 tackles, S Husain Abdullah grabbed an INT, Kevin Williams forced a fumble and the following players also tallied sacks: Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, Letroy Guion and Jamarca Sanford.

The win moves the Vikings to 6-9 with 1 game remaining on the schedule – a road game against the Detroit Lions next Sunday.

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26 Responses to “Webb, Winfield and Peterson Lead Vikings To Victory”

  1. By Dave on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    All I can say to last nights performance was.. WOW!! Great job Joe Webb , I have high hopes for you in the future.. One game at a time :)

    skol vikes!!

  2. By Carl K on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Big Win. That is the kind of effort that makes me proud to be a Vikings fan.
    Good job Vikings…players and coaches… nice win. That was fun to watch.

  3. By Dave on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    @Carl, indeed, it was fun!

  4. By Carl K on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn – I think you called it the “upset of the century” yesterday. Can you dial up one more win next week. Winning feels so good.

  5. By Carl K on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Dave – WOW is right. I am happy for Webb. And I am happy for Frazier and the entire team.

  6. By Malte on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    I just hope we can get the offense going earlier against the detroit, so our defense can do what it does best – pressuring the QB. it should be an interesting game on sunday ! :) go vikes – nice way to end this season

  7. By GWViking on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    It is always amazing to me when a guy accustomed to riding the pines has a game like this. Coaches at all levels can sometimes can be blind. Not all players excell in practice. Sometimes you have to put them in a game situation to see what they can do. Webb proved that. He has alot of potential. He just needs the environment that will nuture him into believing in himself and that he can do this week in and week out. Great game guys!

  8. By Sports2day on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Peterson and Winfield were great, but the play of Joe Webb is what stood out the most. Hard to believe a rookie who was drafted to play WR played with such poise in the angry confines of Lincoln Financial Field. Looks like the Vikings might have found their QB of the future, and head coach as well.

  9. By Bigfan1 on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Fantastic team win, both offense and defense were stellar.

  10. By NYViking on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply


  11. By vikeforever on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    wow, I am truly stunned, not taking anything away from the players but kudos the defensive gem throwned at the Eagles by Pagac/Frazier. I give them full credit for the win. Webb is showing he much more than a receiver being drafted, WOW NIce win VIkes way to make us proud

  12. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply


  13. By Robins on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Frazier, Webb, the whole Vikings team came together and shocked the Eagles and everyone! I loved it! What fun! Please keep up the great work Vikings! Next year should be fun like last year!

  14. By CajunViking on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Great team win last night. Not sure if Webb’s the future based on one game but he did look good and made some good decisions.( He’s already better than T Jack ) Hopefully the Vikes will still draft a QB early so we can have more options at the position and good healthy competition.

  15. By mac on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    I think Leslie Frazier’s our man based on the way we played and the comments of players after the game. They seem to want to win for him. I don’t know what greater attribue a head coach can bring to an organization.

  16. By drkirkdc on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hire Frazier today.

  17. By xvike on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not completely sold on Webb yet. It wasn’t too long ago when people started calling tjack the qb of the future because of a few good games his rookie season. I am against getting a qb in the draft, unless one of the top qb prospects (luck,locker,mallet) are still available. I am hoping philly keeps vick so we can bring in kolb. At least kolb has some professional experience. We definitely need to improve the oline but i think what is most important is the secondary. Mainly the safety positions.

  18. By xvike on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    And vick should’ve been credited with 5 turnovers yesterday. But you guys already know some players on the vikings d don’t know how to catch……….

  19. By vikes blogger on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply, read about Webb’s big night

  20. By CA Norwegian on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    xvike, are you a former player or fan by name? I am sold on Webb’s athleticism and instincts. The TD shows he knows instinctively how to set up the blocks. I was calling for Webb at the start of the floundering this year. Only to be called an Idiot. We do need to draft QB and more. This was the worst highlight reel summary in terms of content. Those guys must be working on their day off. It was devoid of much content.

  21. By Shawn on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    @carl k … i didnt call for an upset , i stayed quiet on the subject … i thought for sure we were getting beat lol


  22. By Shawn on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply


  23. By Stoney on Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    Webb exceeded the highest expectations last night, and what he said after the game was great. It’s still just playing football, I’ve been doing that my whole life. Hope we give him a shot at the QB job.

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