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Walsh Comes Up Clutch, Vikings Edge Jaguars 26-23 In Overtime

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 9, 2012 – 3:58 pm

The Vikings hadn’t opened a regular season at home since 2007. They sure made up for lost time on Sunday, opening the season at Mall of America Field in front of a spirited crowd with a dramatic victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars that included the return of Adrian Peterson, a pair of clutch FGs from rookie K Blair Walsh, a new team record established and a try at the new overtime rules.

Where to begin? How about with the score? After trailing 9-0 after the 1st quarter and 23-20 with just 20 seconds to go in the 4th quarter, the Vikings displayed some resiliency and clutch kicking on the way to upending the visiting Jaguars by a count of 26-23 in overtime.

Both the Vikings and Jaguars were inches from closing out victories in regulation. Blair Walsh, the rookie kicker from Georgia drafted by the Vikings, converted a 42-yard FG with 5:33 to play in the game that gave the Vikings a 20-15 lead. On the ensuing Jaguars possession, the Vikings forced a punt and took possession with 1:51 to play. But the home team could not tally a 1st down to run out the clock, instead punting away to Jacksonville. Facing a 4th and 3 from midfield, Jaguars second-year QB Blaine Gabbert hit rookie WR Justin Blackmon for the conversion to extend the drive. On the next play, Gabbert lofted a pass downfield and WR Cecil Shorts got underneath it to haul in a 39-yard TD, giving Jacksonville a 23-20 lead following a 2-point conversion pass to Blackmon.

It was, at the time, a devastating blow to the Vikings because it appeared the game was over and the Vikings had lost yet another late lead, something that plagued the team last season. But the Vikings had a little magic left up their sleeve. QB Christian Ponder completed consecutive passes to WR Devin Aromashodu for 26 yards and TE Kyle Rudolph for 6 more, putting the Vikings on the Jacksonville 37 with just :04 to play.

Enter: Walsh. The somewhat controversial move the Vikings made to go with a rookie kicker this year paid off big-time. Walsh split the uprights on a 55-yard game-tying FG as time expired in regulation, sending the game into overtime and Mall of America Field into jubilation.

The Vikings won the toss, elected to receive, and began their overtime possession on the 25 after Percy Harvin returned the kickoff 30 yards; Harvin gave the Vikings a sensational performance on the day with 14 total touches (receiving, rushing, returning) for 192 yards. Peterson, who returned to action and started the game after coming back from tearing two knee ligaments last Christmas Eve, grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns in overtime and helped put the Vikings in position to win. He rushed for 10 yards on the first play of the series, hauled in a 3-yard reception on the second play, and then ripped off a 20-yard gain on the third play to put the Vikings inside Jaguars territory. Ponder found Aromashodu for 19 yards and a few plays later hit Toby Gerhart for 8 more, setting up Walsh to hit a 38-yarder that wound up being the game-winner.

Because of the NFL’s new overtime rules, though, that requires a team to score a TD to win the game on the first possession of overtime, Jacksonville had one last chance to pry a victory from the jaws of defeat. The Vikings defense jumped up, however, and sealed the win. Gabbert threw incomplete on 1st down, RB Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 8 yards on 2nd down, Harrison Smith deflected a pass on 3rd down and then Gabbert overthrew WR Laurent Robinson on 4th down, giving the Vikings their victory and throwing the Mall of America Field crowd into a frenzy.

Sunday’s season-opener was a roller-coaster affair for the Vikings, but it finished on a high thanks to some late-game clutch kicking from Walsh, a solid 2nd-half performance from Ponder, an incredible will-to-win resiliency by Peterson and opportunistic playmaking by the Vikings defense. The Vikings are off to a 1-0 start for the first time since 2009, and they’ll celebrate this victory on Sunday night before returning to Winter Park on Monday to review the victory and begin preparations for next week’s challenge on the road in Indianapolis.

Post-Game Notes
– Adrian Peterson finished the day with 84 yards and 2 rushing TDs on 17 carries. His 2-TD performance in a return from a serious knee injury last season was remarkable enough. Making it even more special, however, is the fact that Peterson broke the Vikings all-time rushing record, previously held by Robert Smith (6,818). Peterson is now at 6,836 career rushing yards.

– It may get lost in the shuffle of post-game reaction because he didn’t get in the end zone, but Percy Harvin was magnificent  for the Vikings. He produced 192 combined yards on 14 total touches, impacting the game as a receiver, rusher and returner. Harvin had 5 carries for 20 yards to go along with his 6 receptions for 84 yards, and then he added 88 yards on 3 kickoff returns.

– Christian Ponder was unspectacular in the 1st half, going into the locker room at intermission with a stat line of 7 of 11 for 78 yards with no TDs or INTs. Not terrible, but not up to standard, either. Ponder finished very well, though, ending the day completing 20 of 27 passes for 270 yards with no TDs or INTs.

– We’ve got to give some love to the defense. There were breakdowns, particularly in the 1st half and then at the end of regulation when Gabbert hit Shorts for the go-ahead TD with just 20 seconds to play. But there were also times when the Vikings defense stepped up to the challenge. Jacksonville had it 1st and goal from the 5 on their first possession of the game, but the Vikings stood their ground and forced a FG. Down 9-0 late in the 1st half, the Vikings punted away to Jacksonville, giving the Jaguars a chance to blow the game open. The Vikings defense responded, forcing a 3-and-out and setting up the Vikings offense for a drive that ended in a TD right before halftime. Kevin Williams recovered a fumble on Jacksonville’s first drive of the 2nd half, setting up the Vikings for another TD drive on the ensuing possession. Jacksonville began a possession on the Minnesota 16 following a Ponder fumble, but they were forced into a FG try after going 3-and-out. After the Vikings hit a FG on their first possession in overtime, the Vikings defense came on the field and forced a 4-and-out, ending the game.

– Vikings outside LBs Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson cleaned up, combining for 23 total tackler, 1.0 sack and 2 passes defensed. Greenway led all defenders in the game with 13 tackles.

– Both Henderson and CB Chris Cook registered sacks on the afternoon.

There’s much, much more to cover in terms of post-game reaction, including quotes from Vikings players and Head Coach Leslie Frazier. We’ll also review the performance of some other Vikings rookies in the season opener, most notably 1st-rounders Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith. All of that and more will come later tonight and tomorrow, so stay tuned to vikings.com for more.


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74 Responses to “Walsh Comes Up Clutch, Vikings Edge Jaguars 26-23 In Overtime”

  1. By H.M.G. on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

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  2. By GleefulContumely on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to vote Percy Harvin as player of the game – where’s that option?

  3. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    When the season is over, we have to pay Percy.

  4. By robb on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What a game.The Vikings defeated a pretty good team in a fantastic game!Defence complimented the offence and Ponder,Harvin,Peterson and virtually every player was magnificint.They answered a lot of question marks right there.Ponder looked just like Romo from last Wednesdays opener,throwing against his body,on the run,keeping drives going.Yeah I think he improved.Skol Vikings!

  5. By Matthias on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Jep, we have to pay Percy after this season.

  6. By RichardA1 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I hate the kind of game where all the players lay back and let the star player, like AP or Percy do all the work, what a bunch of leaners!

  7. By Vikings1 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What a difference a year makes, my hat off to the team for making adjustments at half-time and to have the intestional fortitude to comeback and win the game, great game team. I have to somewhat disagree with GleefulContumely and recommend Walsh and Harvin for game ball, WHAT A GREAT WIN.

  8. By chris_b on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    the packers lose. barrrrooooo

  9. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    CHOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By vikingbob136 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nice win. Still not impressed with secondary but the more they play, the better they will get.
    Bring on the Colts. I smell 2-0 after next week’s game.
    Get in that ice tub A.P. and rest up.

  11. By Troutdaddy on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Just a couple of things- First, Ponder 20 of 27 for 270 yards and a 105.5 rating! Yeah baby. Well done. Secondly- Harvin and Peterson did an amazing job. 2 work-horses. Aroma and Jenkins and Rudolf all made HUGE plays when they needed to. Thirdly- Our secondary did ok, but Cook gave up that TD. Not impressed with his focus- especially on Shorts who only caught 2 all of last year. Dial it in Cook! You did some good stuff but you gotta stop those game-making plays. Finally- Glad to see the Defense get the stops when they needed to. Still some work to do, but I was happy they got it done. Walsh is the MAN! He should get the game ball… We have now won 1/3 of the amount of games we won last year!!!! Woo Hoo! I Bleed Purple…. Nuf said….

  12. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers rating 93.3

    Cedric Benson 9 carries 18 yards, WHOA!!!!! Look out for this guy!!!!

  13. By oDIm on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike: Quick Start eh? Some irony is just delicious.

  14. By oDIm on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is better with hurry up! When there is less time to ponder things much.

  15. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    WAY TO GO!!

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Move over Green Bay– there is a new sheriff in town!

  16. By Parody on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Fun game to go to. I definitely got my money’s worth.

    AP did a lot more work than I expected the coaches would allow him to. Harvin showed us how much of an all-purpose offensive lineman he can ben. Ponder stayed cool and collected in leading the offense. Rudolph was very productive, and Walsh came up big all game long.

    There were some disappontments though. Offensively, the only thing I noticed was that Gerhart didn’t seem to have anything going for him today.

    Defensively, we were horrid on 3rd downs. I don’t know what the stats were, but it seemed just like last year a lot of times when it didn’t matter the distance on 3rd down, they’d get it almost every time. Passing defense had a lot to do with that, giving up a lot of receptions, especially in the first half. DLine needs to take its share of the blame though too, as it seemed that Gabbert was getting more and more time in the pocket as the game wore on. I was expecting a lot out of Jared today and didn’t see him do anything after getting his sack called back on the first play.

    Overall though, a great start. It’s a young team that still has a lot of room to learn and improve. If they get their act together quick with the easy games early in the season, the Vikings should have a big comeback from last year’s performance.

  17. By dryes on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    oDIm, GOOD EYE, i noticed that when he’s not thinking so much he is naturally talented and it shows. Awesome game, good foundation at the very least.

  18. By Parody on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    *all purpose offensive player

    I need to slow down a bit when I’m typing these…

  19. By dee jay born on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Offensively the O-line actually did better than I expected..Much credit to the O-line.Let’s keep it up.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Unfortunately JonesDogg missed most of the game. But Fred says that the quote of the day came by ESPN’s Deon Sanders:
    “Aaron Rodgers was pressured all day.”

    Here’s a Rodgers typical drop back:

    “Rodgers takes 5 steps back, oh he’s accepting an phone call from his girlfriend, he put the phone back, he’s looking, looking, oooh he’s see’s the knockout blonde in the stands, he gives her a wink, he then pumps once, twice, and rifles the ball to the back shoulder of the receiver, that’ll be 10 yards and a first down!”

  21. By PurplHaze on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    WE NEED TO FIX OUR RUN DEFENSE NOW!!!

    Next draft we need to get our Pat Williams replacement! Think about it, Rick!

  22. By Frederick Jones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully FreddyTheDoggMeister was wrong about A.D. Bye the bye you can’t criticise the Dogger, if you call him AP, he is A.D., which stands for ALL DAY!

    That my fine feathered friend is his nickname!!!

  23. By Frederick Jones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings must still protect their franchise runner.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I noticed that the left side of the O Line blew open a hole the size of a Cadillac for Peterson to run through on one of his TDs. Perhaps the man playing left guard will be okay this year. Does anyone know who THAT masked man was?

    How was the pass protection in the second half? I missed that completely.

    Regardless, Jacksonville could be the worst team in the league.

    We must not get too high or too low.

    Frederick claims the Vikings will finish 8-8, but he hopes they do better than that!

  25. By Frederick Jones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Jacksonville could be the worst team in the league.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson’s nickname is All Day. So we should be calling him A.D. not AP!!!

  27. By Woodboat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Purplehaze… you do realize that our defense was facing last years rushing leader, don’t you? MJD is a bad man… how many TDs did he score today? Right.

    I think we still have a long way to go with our CBs, but they show promise. I liked our S play today, and I thought the O Line looked serviceable against the Jags.

    I realize we are in rebuilding mode, but I was HOPING for a little bit more of a margin of victory against one of the worst teams in the league from last season. I know our record was horrid, but never really thought the team was that bad.

    BTW, I’d like to invite you to watch Ponders post game presser and then come back to this blog and tell us all just how arrogant and c o c k y you still think he is (you know who you are…) Talk about a guy taking ownership of his errors and giving praise to those that deserve it….

  28. By 1972VIkingsFan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why am I the only one to see the offense pushoff on the long TD pass by Jascksonville. Watch the replay it’s right in front of the referee, call the play back and make the call.

  29. By sandiamond on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Haze…. or let if flyyyy and switch to 3-4 D

  30. By TylerC on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Devin Aromashadu Came Up Big For Us On Some Clutch Plays #LetsNotForgetThat

  31. By Woodboat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Frederick….

    How, precisely, does one protect a RB? You block for him and open holes, but he’s on his own after that.

  32. By RichardA1 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Walsh kicked Ass!

  33. By Woodboat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond

    We lack a quality NT is what is wrong with our D Line. A 3-4 defense requires a quality NT to eat up the double team to free up the LBs. We also lack LB depth. So…. lets take Kevin Williams off the field and put in a 2nd string LB? Yeah… I don’t like that plan.

  34. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Jags offense looks much improved from last year. I guess we’ll find out next week if they’re for real or not, they play the Texans at home.

    Our offense just needs more time to play together. Eventually they’ll start to gel and eliminate all the little mistakes.

    Between Kyle, Percy, Gerhart, AP and Jumpin Jerome we should, and will(eventually), be scoring 28+ points a game.

  35. By Frank on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier needs to go! He runs the ball on 3rd and 6 when we need a first down to end the game.

  36. By Parkway on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Frank: Couldn’t agree more. Terrible coaching staff. It would be nice if for once they weren’t always such P*ssies

  37. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    CHI at GB this thursday. What are the odds GB drops two games in a row at home?

  38. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Just remember I said Green Bay will be average this year.

  39. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Look at Peyton Manning. He is doing good– did he ask for advice from Eli?

  40. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wait a minute… DET plays at SF next sunday. If CHI loses to GB, they could all be 1-1 at the end of the week, with us sitting at the top at 2-0.

    But then in week 3 we have SF at home. We might fight harder with the division lead. This could get interesting.

    If DET and GB lose to SF, and then we wind up beating them. How cool would that be? I think I’m dreaming.

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It is a bit early to get too excited, but this is the first time since 2009 we won our first game. I would prefer to see CHI win — CHI will self-destruct by mid-season–I would much rather see Green Bay lose their second game– slam the door shut on them sooner than later.

  42. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    When did the sky turn purple?

  43. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    A win is a win no matter how pretty or ugly. But wins like this one build character for a team.

  44. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Look at what it did in 09. Killed the 9ers and sparked the Vikes.

  45. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    SKOL VIKINGS!

  46. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    There is something to be said for being at the top of the division. I just don’t know if we can defend it yet. We’re to rough around the edges, we have no finesse.

    Of course with players like Percy Harvin, who needs finesse? That kid is absolutely fearless!

  47. By vikingsfan1955 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What game were you watching that makes u say the coaching staff needs to go, get it in your heads this team love the coaches and today they fought for them and won. how many times have we had games like this and lost. they have give a team that has a lot of promise and I saw mistakes but they recovered and got the w they don’t do that for a coach they don’t like or believe in but trust me we are the team commentators will be saying watch out for.I have said before that first game that we have to give the team a chance and they proved me right. yes there was rust and it was shaken off but that said we usually find a was to lose and no matter what we found a way to win and to me thats big. Ap, harvin, harvin,te’s rookies ponder good game and that said good game all players. This was not just the kicker winning it took ponder gathering himself, ap pounding, harvin making plays, good d like the rookie from nd knocking down the pass and stopping them in overtime.I see we have all the knives we need to cut up teams in the nfl we just have to sharpen then some more we are contenders not matter what viking fan disagreess

  48. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, that pass to Aromashadu with what…. 15 seconds left, was beyond clutch. That was crazy. They really did come together when it mattered. I can’t remember the last time that happened.

  49. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aromadishu is our top WR. A few bloggers called me an idiot when I said that a few weeks ago. Bring it on.

  50. By lance on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    wobs no mention of a blocked pat? which ended up being huge! since we would not have been going to OT!

  51. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    He went up against the backup CB…

  52. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    And they were in a prevent defense?

  53. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aromashadu is still a scrub.

  54. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you are a scrub.

  55. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I saw Sydney Rice drop the game winning TD for his team today.

    Devon made a clutch reception to put us in FG range, to help us get to OT, and we’re paying him about 1/10 of what the Seahawks are paying Rice.

    I’ll take the scrub. He’ll be on the field making catches while guys like Jenkins, Jarius and Rice are on the bench nursing their injuries.

  56. By sandiamond on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    gurley was the sub for jordy nelson deep fly routes. i hope they get him some work soon

  57. By måns on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Where can I see all the great highlights with Paul Allen announcing?

  58. By ozzinator on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    How come nobody’s talking about Mistral Raymond?…………………………………………..how he sucked

  59. By V. Lombardi on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Was at the game and the tackle stats are misleading. Our linebackers are look really good if someone runs right at them. If they have to tackle someone in the open field one on one, they get usually end up grabbing air and falling on their faces. Our safeties our playing so far back that they become a non factor in the run defense.

    On the last scoring play for the Jags…where is the free safety. I read Leslie said he was where he was suppose to be….I would have though protecting the end zone was where he should have been but guess I am wrong. That’s why he’s the head coach…..

  60. By JE on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    WOW. Some of you so called fans are unbelievable!! We have one of the youngest teams in the league and its the first game of the season and you are ripping on some of our players. We won the game!!! These early games with young players your just trying to get the Win.As the season goes so will our YOUNG team.WAY TO FIND A WAY TO GET THE W!!!!

  61. By dieseldog on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Very bad clock management in the red zone with 5 minutes to go.
    In the presser Ponder said he “changed his attitude”….to have to do that is troubling. He should come to the game with the right attitude in the first place.

  62. By rory from n.w.ark on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings became a TEAM right before our eyes, They fought together,they would not except losing ,trusting in each others ability to get the Job done,At the end of regulation when Blackman pushed Cook off to get open,and score ,what did we do WE BELIEVED AS A TEAM WE COULD STILL GET THIS WIN… What a big win,we became a TEAM , I see alot more wins ,Our team took a big step…..

  63. By PurplHaze on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    By Woodboat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Purplehaze… you do realize that our defense was facing last years rushing leader, don’t you? MJD is a bad man… how many TDs did he score today? Right.
    *******
    We gave up WAY TOO MANY first downs. Most of those were runs. 8 and 10 yards a wack are not acceptable. We used to be #1 Against The Run, and that’s not all that long ago. We need to be there again!
    *******
    By Woodboat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond

    We lack a quality NT is what is wrong with our D Line. A 3-4 defense requires a quality NT to eat up the double team to free up the LBs. We also lack LB depth. So…. lets take Kevin Williams off the field and put in a 2nd string LB? Yeah… I don’t like that plan.
    *******
    Sounds like you’re saying the EXACT same thing I said earlier, which is that WE NEED A BETTER RUN DEFENSE!!!
    *******
    By Woodboat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply
    BTW, I’d like to invite you to watch Ponders post game presser and then come back to this blog and tell us all just how arrogant and c o c k y you still think he is (you know who you are…) Talk about a guy taking ownership of his errors and giving praise to those that deserve it….
    *******
    I know this isn’t directed at me. I’ve been defending CP all along! :-/

  64. By dieseldog on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond, i agree, Ponder manned up in his presser. I do hope however that he starts each game with the right attitude and doesn’t realize he needs to change it after a quarter and a half of mediocrity.

  65. By sandiamond on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat i realize they dont have the adequate personnel now to make any kind of D switch. With Williams 30+ aging next year’s draft might start a new trend. switch or continue to chase williams wall replacements

  66. By QB on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Was that Kalil that blocked the extra point? Ended up being the difference.

  67. By Woodboat on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Purplehaze… I agree, our run defense could’ve been better, but my point was that not every team they face this year is going to have a RB of MJDs caliber on it. Let’s see how Indy does running on us. If we are going to make moves to improve our defense, I’d MUCH rather see them do something with our p a s s coverage.

    Ponders admission that he lacked a sense of urgency in the beginning doesn’t concern me at all. The fact that he admitted it and knew it was a mistake after the fact is all we need to hear to realize it isn’t going to be a trend.

    Titus…. I don’t know if that’s really you posting or some scrub, but you are getting more delusional by the day. We squeek by one of the worst teams in the league, and GB gets beat by one of, if not THE best team in the NFC, and you go with “Move over GB, there’s a new sherriff in town”…. Aromashodu is our top receiver? We’d better hope not, or this is going to be a long season. How about we go ahead and give Harvin his due, and maybe J Simpson will have something to say about your claim in week 4.

  68. By Norge on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    A mildly nice improvememnt from last year, BUT….. A truely good team wouldn’t have had to play into overtime, OR had to stop a last minute score, or had to score with :04 sec. left on the clock. If this team was truely ready for prime time the game would have been a yawner midway through the third period, with the bench-warmers and back-ups getting their reps in the 4th quarter. A sweet win, but we’re still a long way from being legitimate contenders, all it would have taken to get to that level was Peyton Manning, and the Vikes snubbed him with their noses in the air, and just threw away at least two SB appearences over the next 4years out the window. Poor, poor decision making in the front office. ALL our good players would be so much easier to re-sign at a reasonable price with a Manning under contract….you really think Harvin is going to stay with a .500 club led by Ponder??? Get Real.

  69. By V. Lombardi on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey JD,

    I am big fan and am happy they won! This team didn’t give up, which would have been really easy to do. Was very impressed with the poise of the offense on the last two drives the tied and then won the game.

    Having said that….our defense looked really bad in the first half. We were extremely fortunate to get away with giving them field goals, after they really marched the ball down down the field again and again.

    We played a little better in the second half, but we had a habit last year of giving up 3rd down conversions, and it was a problem yesterday as well. I hope and pray we improve or there are going to be some big blow outs this year when we play teams with good passing games.

  70. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat, get off your high horse.

  71. By dieseldog on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Percy Harvin is one tough player, backs down to nobody and plays his #ss off every game. Comes to the game with the right attutude!

  72. By Troutdaddy on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    @Frank and Parkway…. I may not have agreed with the play calling the first half, but keep in mind that these coaches are getting their feet wet too. I thought Frazier did great and Musgrave made some gutzy play calls all second half. This team needs time to gel and we saw the first real opportunity to do that yesterday. I thought it was awesome. I thought many of the questions I have had all year got some pretty good answers. As far as attitudes go and Ponder, I am glad he found a way to get more focussed and intense. Whatever the spark was that he found, lets hope he keeps it and shares it going forward…

  73. By Pablo on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Feliciades a los vikings, lo unico malo fue , que los primeros dos cuartos no podimos avanzar , tambien era logico cuando enfrentas a una de las mejores defensas del año pasado para ser mas claro la numeor 7 total … pero de todas maneras nos vimos mal.

    ahora si no fuera por walsh hubieramos perdido el juego , pero pudimos haber evitado eso si la selecion de jugadas ofensiva hubieran sido mejores en la penultima ofensiva… tres carreras por el centro !!! fue un asco hay que ser mas agresivos solo era un primer y diez y terminamos el juego !!!! … tuvimos que sufrir de mas para ganar el juego ..

    mejor seleccion de jugadas ,hay que se mas agresivo !!!

  74. By peever on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    so with the new overtime rule after the vikings field goal, they kick off and jags start thier drive, the vikings intercept and take it to the house…would they get another 6 points? so theoretically you could win by 9 points in overtime……

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