Late Griffin III TD Run Ends Vikings Comeback Bid

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2012 – 9:39 pm

The Redskins had lost eight consecutive home games heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Vikings, and Robert Griffin III decided that was enough. The Redskins rookie quarterback – taken second overall in last April’s draft – passed and ran all over FedEx Field in leading Washington to a 38-26 victory over the Vikings, ending Minnesota’s three-game winning streak.

Griffin III, who was listed as questionable on the injury report after being limited in practice most of the week, showed no ill-effects from the concussion he suffered in last week’s home loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He accounted for 320 yards of offense and three touchdowns, proving to be most lethal on the ground with 13 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard scoring dash down the Redskins sideline that daggered the Vikings with 2:43 to play in the game.

The long touchdown jaunt came on the heels of 14 unanswered points by the Vikings and all but eliminated the road team’s chance to complete an improbable comeback. After opening up a 9-0 lead in the 1st quarter, the Vikings surrendered 24 consecutive points and didn’t score again until late in the 3rd quarter on yet another Blair Walsh field goal. The offensive drought and the defense’s inability to keep Griffin III off the field led to a 12-point deficit as the 4th quarter begin.

But in an instant, that 12-piont hole became a 19-point mountain because former Vikings safety Madieu Williams intercepted a Christian Ponder pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown, giving the Redskins a 31-12 lead.

That’s when Ponder began a Vikings comeback, taking his offense down the field for a pair of back-to-back scores. One touchdown was a 9-yard completion to WR Michael Jenkins followed by a 2-point conversion to TE Kyle Rudolph, and the other was a 1-yard toss to Rudolph that cut into Washington’s lead and made the score 31-26.

But three plays after the Rudolph touchdown, with the Vikings defense smelling a punt and looking to give Ponder and Co. the ball back again with a shot at the game-winning drive, Griffin III threw the FedEx Field crowd into a frenzy with his game-clinching sprint to paydirt.

Griffin III’s counterpart – Ponder – had an up-and-down day, finishing the game going 35 of 52 for 352 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Percy Harvin was Ponder’s most frequent target, collecting 11 receptions for 133 yards. Adrian Peterson looked explosive but wasn’t able to break loose, finishing the day with 17 carries for 79 yards; he was also a factor in the passing game with 7 receptions for 50 yards.

The offense will come away from the game wondering what could’ve been, though, as they were unable to score a touchdown on three trips inside the red zone in the 1st quarter, and finished the game scoring two touchdowns in seven total trips to the red area. The Vikings were good on 3rd downs (8 of 17), collected 27 first downs, racked up 421 yards of total offense and showed some spark late in the game, but that Ponder-led comeback, which featured plenty of Harvin as well, came up just short.

The Vikings return to Minnesota with just their second loss of the season, moving to 4-2. They will return to Mall of America Field next weekend for two home games over the course of four days, hosting the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the following Thursday.

There’s much more to go over from Sunday’s Vikings-Redskins game, so be sure to stay tuned to for more summary and reaction to the game.

– Antoine Winfield led the Vikings defense with 10 tackles (unofficially), and he also grabbed his 2nd INT of the season.
— Ponder completed passes to eight different receivers during the game.
— Blair Walsh continued his impressive season, converting all 4 of his FG tries and also collecting 7 touchbacks to bring his total to 24 on the season.
— The Vikings held Alfred Morris, the NFL’s 4th-leading rusher heading into the game, to just 47 yards on 16 carries.
— The Vikings rotated Geoff Schwartz in at RG during the game. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier explaining after the game that the team wanted to get some tape on Schwartz during game action.

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55 Responses to “Late Griffin III TD Run Ends Vikings Comeback Bid”

  1. By Spencer on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ya know in all honesty im not worried about the D, it was a fluke performance. We arent facing that kind of system for the rest of the year.

    But the offense is very concerning.

  2. By RichardA1 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes kicked there butts! then sat back and let the skins win the game! what jhappened!!!

  3. By VikingFan95 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone, lets not overreact we are 4-2 not 2-4 so lets put this game behind us and focus on the Cards game, we NEED to win these next 2 games so let’s stay positive and cheer our team, they are doing better than anyone expected, also i noticed this team has a lot of fight and we never give up in any game, thats a good sign.

  4. By Packwhack on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly, you guys are just a good QB and a new Offensive Coordinator away from being dangerous. Not sure what to say about your Defense though. When you need them to step up, they can’t deliver.

    Watch the game tape of tonight’s GB vs Houston game and note the play calling. You’ll see that GB is a team that intends to score TDs and not settle for a lousy FG. With a different OC, the game just might of had a different outcome.

    Looking forward to December 2, 2012. We got 6 TDs against Houston — imagine what will happen when we face your secondary! Sorry, they haven’t improved at all. They can’t make plays when it counts.

  5. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply


    Down by 15.
    Late 3rd quarter.
    2nd and LONG (6+yards)

    Should you …

    A- Run up the gut
    B- Throw a safe short to medium pass


    Because Bill Musgrave is obviously incompetant, Ive decided to ask you.


  6. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply


    Why is Charlie Johnson in the NFL????????????????????


  7. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    O yea 2nd and 10 … Defense plays 11 in the box

    MUSGRAVE RUNS UP THE GUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Next off season we need

    1-WR (Percy needs help … has anyone ever mentioned this?)
    2- MLB ( Brinkley is invisible most games)
    3- DT (KWilliams is getting old and the pass rush needs help)
    4- LG ( Charlie Johnnson shouldnt need to say anything else … but I feel the need to anyway … HE SUCKS )

  9. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    O yea

    2nd and 10
    Down by 15
    Late 3rd quarter

    THROW THE BALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply


  11. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply



  12. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    So who is who on here now? Im guessing same people hiding behind different names.

    WordPress is making me use shawn 6464 , dont know why

  13. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply


    I read some of the game blog here and I knew exactly the point in the game by your comments. You were right on the money.

  14. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    10 posts in a row … is it really safe to blog here without limitations?

  15. By shawn6464 on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    On the bright side … With 10 games left we already have more wins than last season. 6-4 = Playoffs

  16. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Down by 15.
    Late 3rd quarter.
    2nd and LONG (6+yards)

    Should you …

    A- Run up the gut
    B- Throw a safe short to medium pass

    Will I know what I would do, but what would Musgrave do? The wrong thing of course.

  17. By dee jay born on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    1st 3 drives concerned me when we put up FG’s instead of TD’s.Their shotgun formations had our defense off balanced and guessing all game,but I’m not concerend about the defense.Just an off day in my opinion.If there is a good footnote to me it’s at least we didn’t mail it in as we’ve done in the past,we kept fighting.Time to refocus on the Cardinals in the Dome this Sunday..SKOL VIKINGS..

  18. By eddietorres on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    …Look….to many of you Viking fans (and I am one since as long as I can remember) keep saying that the Vikings are “all that” and they will be “playoff bound” are simply jumping the gun…and our team proved that to you today….rebuilding? maybe or maybe not but they are that this time… in my opinion…not playoff bound…I want it as much as anyone…but your getting ahead of yourselves…Ponder had 2 touchdowns plays and “also” two picks…the defense let a rookie quarterback do something that should only happen if Peter Pan is playing…138 yards rushing? are you kidding me! Like I said…I love my Vikings but our defense is not doing their jobs when something like this happens…can they rebound? Of course…but the most of you write on these blogs like the Vikings all walk on water…unfortunately they were at least knee deep….

  19. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    $hut up shawn man who cares and stop spamming every second. we are a good team we just didnt execute well. the games behind us so stop complaining and be a real fan and cheer for the vikes. next week should be a good 1. cards dont look that good on offence. i really want a blowout we havnt had one in a while. but a win will be fine to. i think this is a must win game.

  20. By VA Vike Fan on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Worst defensive game planning of the yr. I was up at FedEx for this one, literally YELLED, “CONTAIN RGIII” right before that last play, and watched him run 70+ yards down the sideline. smh RGIII was running circles around us the ENTIRE game and we just looked like we didn’t know he could do that. smh

  21. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    @eddietorres what are you talking about. half the fans here arnt legit and give up after a loss. im a legit fan and no hate to others like me but we arnt saying we r playoff bound. 1 game at a time.

  22. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    I probably should of not said that. ok sorry everybody

  23. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply


  24. By eddietorres on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    ……Hey Packwhack………..all is good except what happened to your precious Pack last week…what words of wisdom spewed forth from your cheese lips on that loss?…Hmmmm? Oh, and if you want to go there what happened to them against the 49ers? Anything to add to us low life Viking fans cheese.d**k….

  25. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    but i think we are a contender.

  26. By VikesShield on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    for people to start believing in us we need to win the first bears game. i cant wait for the vikes packs game man . if we win im gonna rub it in their face so much..

  27. By eddietorres on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    …just wrote two entries and none showed up….

  28. By xavierbrown27 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else feel like we got out coached. I mean I don’t know how many times I said here comes the playaction slant pass to Moss and it happened almost everytime. Also 10 in the box against A.P. and we still run. I know we took a LT 4th overall, but he can’t block everyone on the line. Ponder 3 turnovers didn’t help, but how do we score 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter, but can’t score one in the 1st. I think our coaches got predictable.

  29. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Yes xavier, we got out coached! 4th & 1 could have made it with Toby.
    3rd and 1, pass? Stupid! Predictable? Huge YES!

    Why didn’t Frazier or Musgrave use back and fourth between Ponder and Webb when Ponder started passing touchdowns to the other team?

    \I still like the Vikings, but there has to be some changes made in play calling!

  30. By thenaj17 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    For all those criticizing our D because we gave up 30+ points, 14 of those points came off interceptions in our own half and 1 TD was from an exceptional Griffin run. Other than that, we did pretty well. Morris was contained to less than 50 yards and it’s not like RGIII threw all over us all day. The Skins have put up a lot of points this season so it’s not a concern in my eyes.

    I’m extremely disappointed with all of Ponder’s Int’s although i know no receivers were open. He’s got to make better decisions there.

  31. By Skins Fan on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Thought your team was a joke last year, but without RGIII we wouldn’t have pulled this one out. Ponder was good, I thought the whole Vikings team looked decent. Let’s not kid ourselves though, if either of us get in as a wild card it’s great! Not so impressed with your O Line though….

  32. By Bigfan1 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    RGIII is a freak, what QB has ever run for 74 yards for a TD, nobody in the league can do this except him, he has olympic sprinter speed.

  33. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    OK, Clearly yesterday was a defensive collapse. We totally blew coverage after coverage. Their receivers were so rediculously open over the middle of the field it was stupid. We gave up way to many big plays.

    Guess what VIKES fans, we DID NOT play press coverage and look what happened.

    I am sick of only having urgency to win once we are already down by 3 scores. I’ve been saying that Musgrave has no testies since he got here. My point still stands. They loaded the box daring us to throw and what do we do???? Oh, yeah.. RUN! Idiots

    Frazier needs to light a fire under this team again. I mean we still have a better record the the fudge packers, but if we intend to at least finish over .500 they are going to need to make some adjustments… LIKE NOW

    Also Simpson clearly isin’t playing. I am sick of our Pass O having no one to back Harvin. The team is not using the brains here. At this point, if he can’t play and play big by next week, then I think it is time to cut ties and get someone else. Otherwise we are spending money for no reason. He played One half of one game this year and that was it. Honestly, I’m sick of hearing about him, need to get someone else… Because he clearly is no help AT ALL

  34. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply


    I totally agree with you. But our coaches have always been predictable. They do the same stuff every time… run, run, pass, run run, pass, punt. Like I said there is no good play calling until we have already lost. I swear Musgrave falls asleep during the game or spends too much time on Twitter or some thing, because as soon as we are losing, the play calls that come out are great…. But only once we are already losing. Frazier needs to get some emotion in his tone or something to make all of us believe that he was as upset as we all are. Because Win or Lose he always looks the same, no smile, no frown, no emotion. How is our team supposed to play with emotion if our coach can’t even convey that…

    I also believe that no one is going to trust us at all until we beat some “good” teams. Need to beat Lions again, And the Bears at least once. I will also like to beat the Packers and I think we can in the dome… I still stand by my previous record. 9 and 7 maybe…. MAYBE 10 and 6. But we need to change a lot of stuff around

  35. By sandiamond on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    mmm filled with wobs defending the wide receiver core! should have known lol

    other stats: aromashodu 1-13
    carlson 1-7
    ellison 1-16
    gerhart 2-10
    burton 0-0

    who cares if 9 diff people caught a pass ?

    xxxx 3-32 Td
    xxxx 2-26
    xxxx 4-71 Td

    this is what the fans want to see. Good news is that Simpson should be back in action this sunday

  36. By South Carolina Troy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Tough loss. I grew up in dc area and hate the skins.I tip my hat to RG3 and his running. But he wont last in this league.Hes another Vick and will get injured often if he keeps running.Vikes must do a better job in red zone offence.We need J. Simpson to open things up. Percy is flat out great. Go vikes!!!!

  37. By Randy Hill on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Didn’t Michael Vick do the same thing to the Vikes years ago?

  38. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ok- so I had to wait a bit to post anything as I do not wan’t to come across negative, but I have to agree with some of the fans about Musgraves choice of play calling. Again, when we need to be aggressive, we get luke warm. Sorry- but I am not going to mince words here. The play calling needs to be better and Musgrave better figure that out fast. That said, I am done complaining. I thought that yesterday showed where our weaknesses are and that is a good thing. We know what to work on. I do not see it as a “Sky is falling” scenario at all. I still think the Vikes are going to do well and that Ponder is still the man. He is growing right a long with the rest of the team. It was a hard game to lose and hard to see the D collapse the way it did, but I still saw good efforts by our players. So, pick ups yoru heads and gear up for the Cards next week. We got some noise to make at home next week!

  39. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Oh- and PackWhack go eat a box of cheese-wiz and get out of our blog. Sorry that your own blog kicked you out, but you have no class to come in here and say anything.

  40. By Rudso on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are giving RG3 and the Redskins too much credit in this win. His stat line would be of been mediocre if it wasn’t for that last 70+ TD run, that it.

    The Vikings hardly got “beat down”. I saw the same game vs. the Colts, the Vikings shot themselves in the foot and lost the game. Not scoring a TD the first 3 opportunities and 15 penalties is what did it.

    The Vikings need to stay AGGRESSIVE right out of the gate. You score a TD 2 out of the 3 opportunities they had and it’s a completely different game. You take the fans out of the game and you take out their rushing game. But it is what it is, tough away loss but we have a home game vs. Cardinals coming up and a Thursday night home game vs. Bucs. Learn from the mistakes, get back on track and take care of these next 2 games before we go to Seattle.

    We’re still 4-2 and know the caliber team we have, we KNOW the Vikings can beat any team and it’s even more important the players know that. SKOL Vikings!

  41. By Troy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    We can’t keep getting inside the 20 and settling for field goals. You cant beat good teams later in the year.

    I mean why are we running Gerhardt inside the 10 yard line and then he runs a out pattern on 3rd down that isnt going to get a touchdown.

    We get to conservative or Ponder gets to nervous not to make a mistake, either way its bad!

  42. By tomcat on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Did somebody think we would go 15-1? We got beat.No reason to get all panicky! R.G.3 is gonna do the same to other teams, too. We match up well against the Cards, and Bucs both, and may be 6-2, if we play well. If I was told we would be 4-2 after 6 games I would be jazzed. Skol Vikings!!

  43. By meswant on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    with RGIII one just has to watch not only the few games thus far into the season but look back into his college days. It is known that the Redskins were catering to what he does best & from the undisiplined play by our defense no one really payed much attention when watching tape. The Skins played alot of 3 way option & the defence did not follow their player they were assigned to time & time again. They did pretty good till the Skins went into the 3 way option then it all went downhill from there.
    The Vikings have to find a way to get the ball into the end zone, 3 points is not cutting it!!!! The offense seemed to go back to repeating plays time & time again. They need to fit other plays in there to keep the other defenses guessing. This is a talented team, the coordinates just need to use their talent to win.

  44. By Vikings1 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I had a real concern about the Washington game, ie. RG 3 because he is a very fast mobile QB that can break down a good defense. I really think that the team put to much emphasis on stopping the RB instead of RG 3. In the old days, the defenses would use a spy assigned to a mobile QB and to my knowledge we didn’t do that and paid the price along with the TO’s. Very glad we don’t have to face another QB like RG 3 this season but I think the team will rebound against the Cardinals, go Vikings!

  45. By vikingfanforlife on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Should have went for at least one of those red zone 4th. downs.

  46. By sandiamond on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    point on V1! Jared hinted about alfredo morris during the week and wobs had a bizarre interview with Allen about the topic at the hotel. This one is one Alan Williams!! DC

  47. By 4eversteve on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Bill Musgrave should have been a librarian, rather than a NFL Offensive coordinator . He just seems to go about his job with no desire or fire in the way he conducts himself during interviews he puts me to sleep. He to me just lacks the motivational skills to inspire a players on this team. The self starters like Adrian and Percy don’t need a foot put up their butts but the rest of the team sure does . 4 times in the red zone in their first 4 drives and they only manage 12 points off of field goals are you flipping kidding me? It was at that point I knew that the Skins beat them yesterday. I was so angry that I wanted to pull Musgrave’s tonsils out with my bare hands. Frazier needs to grow a pair on one of the 4th downs it was only a yard to gain for the first down. What message is he sending to his team and AP that he believes that they will fail and has no confidence in them. He should have taken a time out an called the entire offensive unit over and challenge their manhood to just pile drive and road grate people that get in Adrian Peterson’s way. If this team would give even half the effort that Peterson and Harvin do they would be unstoppable!

  48. By Im a "real" Doctor on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    The offense is fine, its the play calling in the red zone that is highly suspect, this teams offensive scheme is WAY to hot and cold. BUT, that being said, I like how the offense looked overall, despite the lack of red zone scoring.

  49. By Im a "real" Doctor on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Dont forget guys…..this team only put up 9 points against detroit, not counting ST scoring, very hot and cold offense.

  50. By PackWhack on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Greetings my followers. Did you enjoy last night’s game? No, not the afternoon game where you guys pi-sed away your game to Washington and their skinny QB and their awful pass defense, but the night game where we lit up the Texans secondary? (we will face your greatly improved secondary on 12/2; are they better than Houston’s?)

    Your fellow fan Shawn makes some smart observations here. Instead of getting upset with him, take a deep breath and re-read and consider his words of wisdom in context of yesterday’s viking beat down.

    What’s up with your LG? I watched some replays after seeing some negative comments on him and all I can say is wtf?

    I want you guys to improve. Seriously. It makes the rivalry more fun. Like how it is with da-bears. At least they will give us a game and a fight.

    12/2/2012 12pm. Let the beat down countdown begin!

  51. By PackWhack on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Added some more answer choices to the “Question of the Day” to make more realistic to the vikings. Please see below

    Down by 15.
    Late 3rd quarter.
    2nd and LONG (6+yards)

    Should you …

    A- Run up the gut
    B- Throw a safe short to medium pass
    C- CP7 throw an interception over the head of a wide open AP
    D- CP7 fumble the ball away
    E- Give up and go home

  52. By PackWhack on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, one more question:

    Someone commented yesterday seeing a couple main Defensive players (JA and BR) on the sideline laughing and joking around having a good ole time while the offense was on the field trying to salvage some respect.

    What does that say about the character of your team?

    When down late in the game, wouldn’t you want to see your defensive leaders mad, angry, wanting to rip someone’s head off?

    I think I’m going to start a petition to the NFL to kick Minn out of the NFC North

  53. By tomcat on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    packhack- Chew the peanuts outta my —-.

  54. By viking181164 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    i think packwhacks coming off his meds for last years 15-1 lost season

  55. By stopdk12 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    skins fan here…got a question.

    did anyone else notice the vikings only had ten men on the field when RG3 broke off that run…?

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