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Ponder, Peterson not enough to get past Packers as Vikings lose 33-27

“I made some mistakes personally that were crucial, Put this loss on me, but the players around me played exceptionally well and kept me in it,” Ponder said after quarterbacking the Vikings in their 33-27 loss to Aaron Rodgers and the defending Super Bowl champion Packers.

But while Ponder did throw two key interceptions in the third quarter, he began the game with big pass on his first snap and shook off the interceptions to battle to the finish and give the Vikings (1-6) a shot to beat the champs (7-0).

“He never got down on himself. He continued to make plays that needed to be made … which really gives us hope for the future,” said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who put the first-round draft pick (12th overall) in the lineup to replace struggling vet Donovan McNabb.

Ponder’s first play initially was ruled a 73-yard touchdown pass to Michael Jenkins. Upon review, Jenkins was ruled down as he dove for the end zone. Ponder followed with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

“One-for-one for a TD was exciting, but 2-2 for a TD was good enough,” said Ponder.

The two interceptions in the third quarter both were made by Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. One was at the Minnesota 45; the other at the Vikings’ 35. Both set up field goals, six points that proved pivotal.

Ponder’s stats weren’t impressive (13 completions in 32 attempts for 219 yards, two TDs and two interceptions). His passer rating of 58.2 didn’t compare to Rodgers 146.5.

But Ponder competed. He led a 93-yard touchdown drive that pulled Minnesota within 33-27 midway of the final quarter. The drive end with his 24-yard pass to Jenkins.

“He (Ponder) definitely made some plays. I was impressed,” said Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji.

Tough Woodson intercepted Ponder twice, he said the Vikings helped him by using a lot of rollouts.

“They let him keep plays alive with his feet, and he did a lot of good things for them,” said Woodson.

With 2:30 left and three timeouts, the Vikings punted to the Packers’ 20. The idea was to stop the Packers and get the ball back. But the Packers were able to run out the clock.

“I really believed that we could go out and stop them from running the football,” said Frazier.

Ponders’ starting debut came on a day when Adrian Peterson ran for 175 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, yet, in the end, it still wasn’t enough for the Vikings to hand their division rival its first loss of the ’11 campaign.

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13 Responses to “Ponder, Peterson not enough to get past Packers as Vikings lose 33-27”

  1. krugjr says:

    with all our faults, injuries, etc, we are a better team than Miami, St Louis or the Colts without Manning……and probably a few others..

    believe we have our future QB (several HOF QBs didn’t have elite arm strength) and will go OL with our top 5 pick…..who knows, if team lets Ponder throw it on 4th down!

    some don’t give a damn about wonderlic scores, but I, for one, am glad we finally have a “thinking” QB….(hopefully that was politically correct enough)

    • Skol12 says:

      IF we get the first overall(not saying we will, just saying IF) we DO BY ALL MEANS take Andrew Luck, just making that clear for you and Johnny boy.

      Now, there are only 2 first round tackles that stand out to me, Kalil and Reiff. Kalil had a rough game against Notre Dame but he is in the mold of Matt Light and Da-Brickwall Ferguson, an aggressive powerful athletic tackle who will be amazing for a long time. Reiff reminds me of Joe Thomas and Jake Long, midwestern big, strong, smart, and a effing brick wall. I think Reiff will be the most pro ready and best for 3 years but Kalil will be the best overall.

      Last(playing devils advocate here just for the sake of discussion), Ponders noodle arm, I see it being a problem. The kid could be good, could possibly be a top level qb but look at the top ones out there right now. Stafford, Brady, Rodgers, Rivers, Manning, Brees, Vick, Big Ben, Flacco, even Luck… They all have CANNONS. Matt Ryan is in that group of elite passers but has the weakest arm of them all and I see him as the best Ponder could be which is enough to win a superbowl but not enough to win 3 superbowls. On the plus side the kid is smart, hes athletic, he can move, hes not 40, he has potential, and he looks good in purple.

      • Gary says:

        I dont think we will get a chance at Luck Skol. Ponder is going to play to win the 2nd half of the season. We almost beat the Packers, and are going to win more games than everyone thinks…..The whole team had a spark yesterday, and I was very happy with the way they all played……..On the other hand, the last few weeks, the coaches were on Sherels for fair catching the ball on the 5, he wanted to grab that last bouncing punt real bad, but let it go and we had to start from the 3 or 4, somewhere in there…..Marcus would have got some good yards out of that 1, but only did what the coaches asked of him….Great job by everyone yesterday, in my opinion…..

  2. Jon Lovitz says:

    now those “Suck for Luck” fans can finally STFU

  3. Dan says:

    It was an encouraging first outing for Ponder and great individual efforts again from Peterson and Jared Allen. It continues to anger me that the second tier guys on this team can’t make any plays, or in a lot of cases, just do their assignment correctly. One thing I don’t want to read is a bunch of negative comments about the decision by Frasier to punt on 4th and 10. That was 100% the correct call under the circumstances. I’ve been critical on a lot of Frasier’s decisions, but you don’t go for it from that spot in the field when you have all three timeouts and the 2 minute warning on your side. I do think they should have given Peterson a couple of cracks at a long run on that drive, but I have no problem with them punting the ball and asking the defense to do their jobs.

  4. Vikadan11 says:

    I’m very happy with what I saw from Ponder in his first game ~ AP looked great ~ Allen looked better this week but Robison has been the missing man the past two weeks in the pass rush ~ I really like the way they are using Griffen at DT and as a standup LBer ~ I haven’t see much from the other guys playing DT ~ Maybe they should mover away from a NT and go with a standard 4~2~5 because EJ seems to be going slower ~ Let him rest till after the bye ~

    Also another change could be coming ~

    Frazier says Vikings will discuss Berrian’s future this week
    10/23/2011 7:50:01 PM
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    Bernard Berrian’s days with the Minnesota Vikings may be numbered according to Tom Pelissero of

    Coach Leslie Frazier said after Sunday’s 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers that Berrian’s second deactivation in three weeks wasn’t a disciplinary measure. But Frazier was vague on the reasoning for the decision and wouldn’t commit when asked if the veteran receiver has a future with the team going forward.

    “It’s something that we’ll talk about this week and we’ll talk about it more this week,” Frazier said.

    Berrian’s deactivation came as a surprise, given that he caught a season-high five passes in last week’s loss to Chicago. That performance — the best of Berrian’s disappointing season — came one week after he was deactivated for disciplinary reasons, reportedly after missing two team meetings the night before the game.

    Sunday’s deactivation was “just a decision that I made that we’ll probably get into later on in the week,” Frazier said.

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    • Skol12 says:

      A 4 2 5 would mean the vikings playing more defensive backs, do we really want to do that with Tyrell Johnson, Asher Allen, Sherels, Frampton, and Raymond?? I would almost wanna switch to the 4-4 and run more blitz schemes.


      • Vikadan11 says:

        I’m not real sure the Vikings have the players for that ~ They did play a 4~5~2 in 2007 or 2008 when EJ missed most of the season ~ Thats back when they had Greenway~Napoleon Harris and Lerber ~ Harris came off the field a lot because he wasn’t that good in coverage leaving Greenway and Leber on the field as the two LBers in the 4~2~5 ~

        It wasn’t because they wanted to use it but because they didn’t have any chose ~ I could be off on the year they used it a lot ~ ?

        • Skol12 says:

          4-4-3 having JA, KW, Ayodele, BR at dl. E Griffin-Greenway-EJ-Erin at LB with Winfield-Abdulla-Cook (rotate ced in there wherever u want) would work I’d think.

      • Jim says:

        Blitz all Day because are secondary sucks.
        Then we can sign a new receiver in place of berrian

  5. SouthernVikesFan says:

    Very impressive! Just a bit too late though. Could we end up 10-6? Nothings impossible!

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