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Vikings Can’t Stop Tebow and Broncos is 35-32 Loss

Another week, another way to lose.

Christian Ponder set a Vikings rookie record by throwing for 381 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions — one of which was returned for a score, as the Broncos rallied to top the Vikings 35-32.

Two of Ponder’s TD throws were long completions to Percy Harvin, who finished with eight receptions for 156 yards. With running back Adrian Peterson still out with an ankle sprain, Toby Gerhart rushed for 91 yards.

However, the Vikings couldn’t hold off the Broncos and lost a fourth consecutive game, dropping to 2-10 on the season.

They carried a 15-7 lead into halftime, but Tebow completed two touchdown passes to Thomas in the third quarter to keep the Broncos close.

On the opening possession of the half, he found Thomas wide-open in the left side of the end zone for a 21-yard score.

With just more than three minutes left in the third, Ponder connected with Harvin along the left sideline and the receiver sprinted into the end zone for a 52-yard score, giving the Vikings a 22-14 lead.

But Quan Cosby returned the ensuing kickoff 63 yards, setting up Tebow’s 41- yard pass to Thomas. Tebow scrambled to his left and initially tucked the ball, but pulled it back out and found his receiver on the run.

That sequence repeated early in the fourth quarter, when Harvin ran into the end zone on a 48-yard TD catch and the Broncos followed with a short scoring drive. Tebow’s 42-yard toss to Thomas set up Willis McGahee’s 24-yard TD run.

Tebow plowed into the end zone for the two-point conversion, making it 29-29 with 8:52 to play.

The Vikings used nearly six minutes during their next drive but had to settle for a 39-yard kick by Ryan Longwell. The Broncos also stalled on the subsequent drive, when they moved to the Minnesota 28 before two McGahee runs resulted in zero yards, and Tebow’s 3rd-and-10 pass was incomplete.

But as he’s done all season, Prater picked up the Broncos with a big kick, hitting the 46-yard try with 1:33 remaining.

Prater got the chance to kick the game-winner thanks to Andre Goodman, who picked off Ponder on the next play from scrimmage and returned it 20 yards to the Vikings’ 15.

The Broncos opted to put the ball in the hands of Lance Ball, who ran four consecutive times for 12 yards. Tebow lost two yards on 3rd-and-goal, but Denver used a timeout with two seconds left, which ticked off the clock as Prater’s winning kick sailed through the uprights.

The Vikings are at Detroit next Sunday to play the Lions.

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25 Responses to “Vikings Can’t Stop Tebow and Broncos is 35-32 Loss”

  1. Skol12 says:

    Go colts, please get 2 wins! I’m beginning to question ponders decision making. He has way too many bad, bad interceptions. If frazier is fired new coach might want his guy…

  2. Dan says:

    I can pretty much guarantee you that any team that has the same record as the Vikings at the end of the year will end up picking before the Vikes in the first round. Unless the Packers, Bears and Lions all tank here at the end, our strength of schedule will be much stronger than every other team picking in the top five and that is going to screw us on draft position in the first round. We would need both the Colts and Rams to go on a nice win streak to get the first pick and I don’t see that happening. I’m a little concerned with the decision making of Ponder, but it’s hard to know how much of that is inexperience.

    • hookem says:

      actually right now the vikings have 2nd pick because we have the easiest schedule of all two win teams

      • krugjr says:

        I keep reading that St Louis picks ahead of us if we tie…..

        • Lost Viking says:

          Krug, my unofficial calculation is Ram would have second pick based on SOS if season ended today. However, the Strength Of Schedule standings between Ram and Vike are very close. Only three wins separates and Charger win tomorrow could reduce margin to only two games.

          However, keep in mind Ram, with AJ Feeley, weren’t able to move ball past the 35 yard line today. They play Seattle next followed by Bengal, Steeler and 49’er.

          Panther have had easiest schedule SOS with fourteen game difference behind Vike.

  3. Jughead says:

    yeah I’m sure a lot of people questioned Peyton Manning’s decision making during his rookie year too….just relax, drink some warm milk and go to bed

  4. TexVike55 says:

    Tebow didn’t do jack. The only reason the Broncos won was our so-called wunderkind quarterback throwing two interceptions and the game as well. Pisses me off that Tebow is the media darling when he’s only lucky as hell we had Ponder as our QB.

  5. moses says:


  6. Harvest says:

    Stop picking on Ponder for Christ sake. He did threw two INT, but he also threw for nearly 400 yrds and 3 TDs, without those two Rookie mistakes thats a passer rating of 108.6. Plus he broke the Vikings record in passing in a game for a QB in his Rookie season Harvin had a great game too (8 for 156 yrds + 2 TDs) – both of them are Top 2 Fantasy League leaders this Sunday atm. Aromashampoo and Gerhart played decent as well.

    What really did hurt us this game was our defensive unit, especially our secondary, which gave up crucial big plays that helped Tebow perform his “magic” (God, I’m sick of Tebow mania). We really need to target DB impact players (OL as well) through the Draft (and FA) to get our beloved vikings back on track.

    Dont get caught up in your emotions when it comes to Ponder. Like jug already pointed out, look at P. Mannings Rookie season. And that one played out pretty well. Christian will learn from this mistakes, he’ll get better protection hopefully next year. I’m really looking forward seeing what this guy can do when he’s a fully developed QB (because he needs learning time – everyone of us said that he will need time to learn after we drafted him, that’s what he’s doing right now). We will also have the best RB in the league, Harvin and J. Allen. Taking the right steps the next 1-2 years and we will be a serious contender again.

    • Skol12 says:

      Honestly, I’m not being harsh to ponder. If he wasn’t a rookie or 2nd year qb id be calling for his head instead of questioning his decision making. I still see him with potential but I could see him pulling a david carr too. I would prefer luck and barkley yes, but I like ponder better than any other qb last year(even cam). We will see if he has the tools, I’m not saying to bench him, I’m just saying hes playing like a rookie which recent rookie qbs have not.

      As to the Tebow haters, your all idiots. There is not a better person in the nfl. Would you like your kids liking up to him or desean jackson/randy moss/t.o./suh… maybe the announcers hype him up too much but its not his fault, he is a good person with great morals(even if your not a christian). Tim keep it up, go win that superbowl and remember, haters gonna hate.

  7. vk4life says:

    Short and to the point. Ponder is doing dang good, yes a couple bad throws that hurt us. He will be the first one to take the blame on his shoulders. BUT our defense did nothing to help him out in the 2nd half. He kept fighting and doing what he could. Revamping the secondary has to be a must this off season.

  8. wtfvikesfan says:

    Well if the Vikes end up with the 3rd pick, I say draft Justin Blackmon!!! He is going to be the best nfl wide receiver ever.

  9. vk4life says:

    I like Blackmon! Great overall reciever crossing routes, out routes and deep routes. Seems to be a guy with high character, I remember seeing a special on him and he has built a great relationship with a little girl whom has battled cancer! This is the type of guy we need on our team. Blackmon, Harvin, Rudolph, AP would look nice. I also like what Aroshmodu has shown full off season will be good for him, and Burton looked ok at times couple bad routes but what do you expect from a guy frsh off the practice squad. Give Ponder more weapons and I believe he will be just fine. At times he has played like a rookie but alot of times he has shown veteran play as well.

    • Skol12 says:

      I think blackmon would be a bad choice for the vikings. I’m not sure hes an elite wr(worthy of 2nd overall pick), and ol/db is a much much much more pressing need, just watch the denver game for proof. Kalil would be best if we can get him, if we beat washington and/or chicago and detroit, we would pick 5-10, and take the second best lt (riley reiff) or the best corner claiborne. Marvin mcnutt would be awesome in the second or third tho!

  10. vk4life says:

    I do agree with you Skol as much as we do need a big reciever to take pressure off Harvin whom actually is playing incredible football right now. OT has to be the pick in the 1st round. If not Kalil then either Jonathan Martin, or Reiff. If we win 2 or 3 more games maybe Claiborne will drop to us as well. I believe we will get value for our pick. In rounds 1-4 we have to get atleast 2 O-linemen!!! Going to put a wish list of 3 players per round I hope we target and put in one of the blogs.

  11. vk4life says:

    Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
    Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
    Matt Kalil, OT, USC
    Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

    Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
    Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
    Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

    Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
    Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington
    Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State

    • Skol12 says:

      I like your first round.
      im not sold on osemele, id rather take konz if he falls or the badgers guard in the third (forgot his name). Barron I like but would prefer T.J. McDonals (i see them as equal but like usc better).
      Third I like as well.

  12. vk4life says:

    Yeah gotta do more research, of course alot depends on who declares for the draft.

  13. meswant says:

    Ponder is a rookie – he has done ok so far. I mean, sure his intercepts & fumble did not help but take a look at the damage he took during the first half & he still made some great throws. Our secondary…..boy oh boy our secondary. When Tebow can pick appear a team’s secondary that is basicly saying you suck!!!! Glad to see Harvin being used – had a great day. Gerhart is a great back up to AP – loved the abuse he gave to the defence!!!!

  14. moses says:

    pick Reiff aniother south dakota boy.

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