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By Izzy Presley – Columnist AM660
September 17, 2012
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The Minnesota Vikings stumbled over themselves and lots of yellow flags this Sunday in Indianapolis during their loss to the Colts. The 11 penalties to the tune of 105 yards crippled the teams attempt to win their 2nd game of the season, nullifying big plays and keeping them out of the game for nearly 3 quarters.
The Vikings stormed back in the 4th quarter to tie the game with 2 touchdown passes from Christian Ponder to Stephen Burton and Kyle Rudolph, but lost on a drive conducted by the Colt’s rookie QB Andrew Luck that resulted in a 53 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri with 8 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Vikings offense racked up only 49 yards passing and 6 points on 2 field goals in the first half, but rallied in the 4th quarter to make a game of it.
Adrian Peterson came back to earth with only 60 yards and no touchdowns on 16 carries while Percy Harvin shined again, showing that he is the playmaker of this offense with 104 yards receiving on 12 receptions and 13 yards on 2 carries as a runner.
While the offense looked shaky in the first 3 quarters of the game, mostly due to untimely penalties, Ponder was good when he had to be. He finished the game with 245 yards passing and the two 4th quarter touchdown passes. The big stat again for Ponder is no picks.
He showed poise in bringing the team back to tie the game when they needed a rally with and without Percy Harvin who was in and out of the game in the 4th due to lower leg problems.
Next Sunday, the Vikings will face their toughest opponent so far this season as they welcome the San Francisco 49ers to The Metrodome for what will be a big test for the team coming off of a 3-13 season. The Niners are 2-0 and tied for 1st in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals.
For many Vikings fans, they will not only be tuning in to watch the Vikes try and compete against one of the best, if not the best defense in the NFL, but also to see any antics by Randy Moss, who is playing his first game at The Dome after being cut by the Vikings 2 seasons ago.