As thrilling as last week’s season-opening overtime win was against the Jacksonville Jaguars, this week’s squeaker on the road against the Indianapolis Colts was similarly heart-breaking. Adam Vinatieri, the most clutch kicker in NFL history, split the uprights on a 53-yard FG try with just 8 seconds to play, ending the Vikings late-game rally and sending them home with their first loss of the season.
The Vikings offense started slowly for a second consecutive week, heading to the locker room at halftime with just 49 yards passing and 6 points. The Colts offense wasn’t slow to start, as rookie QB Andrew Luck went 11 of 17 for 142 yards with 2 TDs and no TDs in the first half to stake his club to a 17-6 lead at intermission.
The teams combined to go just 1 of 7 on 3rd downs in the 3rd quarter, and the only score was as 45-yard FG by Vinatieri to stretch the Colts lead to 20-6.
As they did in last week’s win over the Jaguars, the Vikings offense rallied late in the game. Christian Ponder led the Vikings on a pair of 4th-quarter scoring drives, capping the first with a 7-yard TD toss to WR Stephen Burton and the second with 6-yard strike TE Kyle Rudolph. The Rudolph TD and subsequent Blair Walsh PAT tied the score at 20 with just 31 seconds to play.
Unfortunately, those 31 seconds were enough for Luck to drive through the Vikings defense and set the stage for Vinatieri’s 24th game-winning FG, which he striped down the middle effortlessly.
The loss moves the Vikings to 1-1 on the season as they prepare to welcome the San Francisco 49ers next week at Mall of America Field. We’ll have more summary and reaction to Sunday’s game tomorrow, so stay tuned to vikings.com for coverage.
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It wouldn’t be a Vikings (outdoor) road game without Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report. We have good news: Mr. Hippe is returning for another season of weather observations.
Mr. Hippe (aka Luther Hippe, the Vikings Director of Operations-Team Travel) has provided us with his first weather report of the season. He’s calling for sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 78 degrees here at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the retractable roof and the huge sliding wall are open.
Perfect football weather and another perfect weather report from Mr. Hippe.
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The Vikings secondary will receive a boost today as a pair of players who weren’t ready to go a week ago will be up and active for today’s game. CB A.J. Jefferson, who was acquired from the Cardinals before the regular season began, was inactive a week ago but according to Head Coach Leslie Frazier is up to speed with the team’s system and will play today. Also, S Andrew Sendejo, who suffered an ankle injury in the preseason, will make his 2012 debut as well.
Vikings inactives: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Jarius Wright, CB Brandon Burton, S Robert Blanton, LB Marvin Mitchell, LB Audie Cole, and OL Mark Asper.
Colts inactives: QB C. Harnish, RB D. Carter, WR A. Collie, OT W. Justice, OG J. Reitz, OLB D. Freeney, and ILB P. Angerer.
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It’s game day and kickoff is fast approaching at Lucas Oil Field. The Vikings have arrived at the stadium and members of both the Vikings and Colts have begun trickling on the field to stretch and begin their warm-up routine.
Today is the Colts home opener, so the energy in this building should yield an exciting atmosphere as the Colts look to rebound from a tough start last week in a 20-point loss at Soldier Field to the Chicago Bears. The Vikings, meanwhile, are riding the wave of a Week 1 win – in their home opener – against the Jacksonville Jaguars, another AFC South opponent. In a quirky scheduling situation, the Vikings opened the season against a pair of AFC opponents for the first time since 1988, when they started at Buffalo and at New England en route to an 11-5 season.
For more fun Vikings-Colts notes to keep you entertained before kickoff, click here.
Kickoff for today’s game is at 12:00 p.m. CT, so we’ll have the Vikings inactives for you at 10:30 and we’ll keep you apprised of all other developments right here on the vikings.com Blog and also on Twitter – follow the Vikings (@VikingsFootball) and me (@wobby) for the latest developments.
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