It was Christian Ponder’s first career NFL start, but it didn’t take him long to get right into this Vikings-Packers rivalry. Playing for the 101st time in series history, the Vikings jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead behind a pair of Ponder completions right out of the gate.
On the game’s first offensive play, Ponder used a play-action fake and rollout to find a wide open Michael Jenkins down the left sideline for what was originally a 73-yard TD that caused the Mall of America Field crowd to burst into a frenzy. Officials took the TD away via replay, but just two plays later Ponder found TE Visanthe Shiancoe for a 2-yard TD and an early 7-0 lead.
Green Bay retaliated immediately, driving 91 yards in 9 plays to tie the game at 7.
Ponder guided another TD drive in the 2nd quarter that culminated in an Adrian Peterson TD, and a 14-7 lead. The Vikings and Packers exchanged FGs after that, which led to a 17-10 Vikings lead at halftime.
Credit goes to DE Jared Allen, who already has 2.0 sacks of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers. Allen’s first sack of the game set a new franchise record for consecutive games with at least a .5 sack, as Allen is now at 9. The previous record of 8 was set by Jim Marshall and Carl Eller.
Speaking of sacks by a DE, the man who ranks 4th all-time on the NFL sacks list is Chris Doleman, a former Vikings great. He was honored at halftime and was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor, becoming just the 19th individual to join this elite class of Vikings.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Chris Doleman, Christian Ponder, Jared Allen, Michael Jenkins, Visanthe Shiancoe
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