Parts of the Vikings loss to the Broncos on Sunday were hard to watch. What isn’t hard to watch, though, is Vikings playmaker Percy Harvin, who was once again the star of the show on Sunday. Harvin continues to be the best player on the field on a weekly basis, and Sunday was no different as he registered a record day and continued his impressive season.
Harvin established a new career-high in receiving yards with 156 on 8 catches, and he added a pair of TDs as well. Both of Harvin’s TDs were short passes that he turned into long gains thanks to good downfield blocking and a burst that not many NFL athletes possess.
In a game that contained 9 plays of 20+ yards, Harvin had the game’s two longest TDs. He scored on TD receptions of 52 and 48 yards.
“They did a great job of being open,” Ponder said of his entire WR corps after the game. “They (Denver) play a lot of man coverage, especially on the third down. They were doing a great job of getting open and making plays. Percy turned two small catches into big touchdowns and it makes my job a lot easier.”
Ponder also had a career day, throwing for 381 yards on 29 of 47 passing. He couldn’t say enough positive things about Harvin after the game.
“He’s a great guy you can trust and have confidence in,” Ponder explained. “He can make plays. There’s some catches that he shouldn’t have caught that he made. There’s a lot of confidence in that guy that he’s going to go out and play well and give it all he has. That’s a guy who puts the team first and loves the game.”
Ponder’s confidence in Harvin is notable because Harvin’s touches and production have increased each week since Ponder took over as the team’s starter on October 23. Sunday’s outing against the Broncos was no exception. Harvin had 19 rushing yards on 5 carries to go along with his 8 receptions for 156 yards and 2 TDs. That adds up to 175 yards on 13 touches, which raises his season totals to 1,362 combined yards on 108 touches (averages out to 12.6 yards per touch).
Taking kickoffs out of the equation, here are Harvin’s touches-yards-TD totals over the past 6 games: 4-23-0; 8-77-1; 9-70-0; 11-94-1; 13-106-1; 13-175-2.
Harvin’s head coach also commented after the game about how impressive Harvin’s performance was on Sunday.
“He’s an amazing athlete,” Frazier said. “He was ill on Friday; he wasn’t able to get in to work. He wasn’t feeling too good on Saturday. He went out and played a good game. He’s a great player, great competitor, and has no quit in him at all.
“I can’t say enough about his effort and his heart.”
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