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Webb Wobbles As Ponder Sits In Vikings 24-10 Loss In Green Bay To End Season

No Ponder, no chance.

Bet you never thought you would read that, but that seemed to be the case Saturday night when the Vikings season ended with a 24-10 loss in Green Bay.

Joe Webb filled in for Ponder, and was pretty much as one would expect for a player that didn’t throw a pass all season – awful.

Webb ran five times for 60 yards, but he completed only seven of his first 20 attempts for a measly 61 yards. Adrian Peterson gained 99 yards, and was pretty much bottled up all night by the Packers D.

As for the Vikings D, they didn’t do enough against Aaron Rodgers to make up for the lack of a passing game. Rodgers went 19 for 26 for 260 yards and no turnovers, leading touchdown drives of 82, 62 and 80 yards.

John Kuhn scored two touchdowns, DuJuan Harris added another and Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards in his first playoff victory at home.

Defensively, the Packers managed to put the clamps on AP, and were all over Webb, pressed into service because of Ponder’s elbow injury.

Peterson was held to 99 yards — an improvement after gaining 199 and 210 in the first two games. Webb, who hadn’t thrown a pass all season, was sacked three times and off target all night. His only highlight was a 50-yard scoring pass to Michael Jenkins late in the fourth quarter, but it was far too late for the Vikings.

“Close,” Ponder said of the decision not to play. “We went out pregame and threw a little bit, and just made the decision that it would probably be better off playing Joe with how limited I’d be.”

The team clearly wasn’t better off, and while Ponder watched in a Vikings sweatshirt from the sidelines, the offense was helpless all night.

It was another tough way to end what had become a magical season for the 10-win Vikings, but one that will be remembered for the bum elbow of Ponder, standing on the sidelines in Green Bay inactive.

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10 Responses to “Webb Wobbles As Ponder Sits In Vikings 24-10 Loss In Green Bay To End Season”

  1. bcat says:

    Do you think if Farves elbow was sore he wouldn’t have played a playoff game? Ponder wasn’t in that game because the coaches don’t have confidence in Ponder.
    Ponder was a bust for the last 7 weeks? He completed a few passes last week only because of there being 8 defenders in the box, and now he’s good? I don’t think so.
    Vikes were trying to save face by using that injury .
    In Joe Webbs defense, he has thrown 1 pass all year…..not one and you crucify him?
    Not Joe Webbs fault….He is a 7th round player that hasn’t played at all.
    Its the front office fault for picking Ponder with a first round pick and not trusting in him, with good reason.
    Like I said a sore elbow never stopped a team from playing their starter in a playoff..

    • Lorenz says:

      How can fans EVER criticize Ponder after this season? The Vikes won 3 games last year; were projeted by the mighty and highly negative sports radio experts to win 4 this year; won 10; beat Hoston, Detroit, Chicago, Green Bay, and San Francisco; and when Ponder couldn’t play (Not his decision, haters) Webb came in and threw passes into the ground at 10 yards out. Sure, he can throw hard and long, but he’s wildly inaccurate. Get a wide receiver to help out our only potential receiver, Wright, and see if Ponder can make passes with normal separation. Which he has shown he can. Obviously the difference was Ponder, not Woodson as Dungy claimed, as W had fourt tackles. And Dungy thought the Vikes would do better with Webb!!! Ever hear of one of these experts admitting he was wrong? Critics who feel entitled, that’s the malaise gripping fandom these days.

  2. bcat says:

    Wow….Dilfer has been roasting Ponder all year….now Ponder is good because of last week?
    He said Joe Webb sucked the life out of the offense?
    This teams only offense was AP you fool, even with Ponder.
    Wow Joe Webb just got blamed for the vikes woes….what a joke

  3. Fisher says:

    bcat, go away.

    Ponder has progressed considerably well. He’s past his sophomore slump and needs receivers. That will be addressed in the off-season, you can bet on it. The Vikes are a young and hungry team that finally have a good work ethic and mentality. What was Rodgers doing his second season? Riding the pine? It’s through the fire that iron is forged, and Ponder will be a much better player next year for it. The Vikes will be a better team as well. They won 10 games in this, a rebuilding year.

    • bcat says:

      I gave you the stats and rankings from just one columnist, but the other articles from other sites were the same.
      Hey, i love the vikings, but we can’t forget everything that has happened up till this point, and blame Joe for ending this ride.
      Yes, Joe had a terrible game but Ponder has had alot of them.
      The only difference is AP couldn’t bail Joe out with a 200 yrd effort.
      Let’t not argue man…. we are on the same side.

  4. Lou says:

    Ya Joe was partly responsible cuz he wasn’t prepared. When Bledsoe went down Brady filled in nicely, when RB3 when down Cousins did a great job. Ponder goes down & this is what u get? Webb makes Tebow look like an all-star.

    & for the OC, u knew Webb had nothing but u continued to play action? What about some screens, flats, slants?

    But in the end it makes no difference cuz Minny was never going to win the SB, Minny was just a fill-in team for this bullshit WC round.

  5. bcat says:

    Sorry if you can’t handle the truth.
    Ponder didn’t contribute until the last game of the season.
    He had the worst stats other than Blane Gabbert.
    You have a short memory fisher. This team has been all AP.
    So,don’t get pissed at the messenger

  6. bcat says:

    This is how the qbs in the wild card round were ranked.

    2012-13 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round Fantasy Quarterback Rankings
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    Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round.

    1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns. He’s fresh off a 365-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers has 10 touchdown passes in the past three games and hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 13. He’s also the most seasoned quarterback playing in the Wild Card Round.

    2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

    RGIII may not be seasoned, but he is amazing. He threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He ran for 815 yards and seven more scores. The Seattle Seahawks present a difficult challenge, but I can’t bet against RGIII.

    3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

    Luck set the NFL rookie record with 4,374 passing yards. He threw 23 touchdown passes and added five scores on the ground. He faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that doesn’t have its usual bite.

    4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

    Wilson was the third impressive rookie who really picked up steam as the season went along. He finished with 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. He added 489 yards and four scores on the ground. The Redskins rank 30th against the pass and were one of four teams to allow at least 31 passing scores.

    5. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

    Schaub is capable of a big game, but often the running game does the damage. At home he has 13 touchdowns and four interceptions (nine TDs, eight INTs on the road).

    6. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

    Dalton’s 26 touchdown passes are second to Rodgers’ 39 among Wild Card quarterbacks. Only 12 of them, along with 10 interceptions, came on the road (15 TDs, six INTs at home). That’s why I give Schaub the slight edge.

    7. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

    Flacco is the least consistent of the Wild Card quarterbacks. He finished strong, throwing seven touchdowns in Weeks 14-16. That paid dividends for fantasy owners that had to rely on him. I’d look elsewhere in NFL Playoffs fantasy leagues.

    8. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

    Ponder had an impressive game last week against the Packers, but this time he goes on the road. He had 119 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions the last time he faced the Pack in Lambeau.

  7. Could've been worse says:

    The passing game has been at an all time low. What I didn’t like was everyone just handing Ponder the job for the next 10 years. Hey Lou, when Ponder went down, Webb came into a terrible passing game. Simpson stopping 2 yards before the 1st down. It’s not like it was rolling and came to a complete halt. Ponder didn’t complete a pass to WR in that game a while back. Jimmy Johnson was calling him a bust as well as Denny Green and Billick on NFL network. Truth is, the Packers were coming hard, they were all over him. Ponder would have gotten creamed. Ponders had ALL the chances. Yeah, Joe looked like he couldn’t throw, but he’s also had great moments. He’s a team player and a good kid. I wish he could’ve done better, but with everyone, he’s instantly fired. The whole passing game needs an overhaul and a new QB. I like Alex Smith. They need to make Webb a red zone receiver/RB and a regular part of offense.

  8. SouthernVikesFan says:

    Do your research of Ponder @ FSU…….Same thing…….Same outcome…..Always hurt…….Trade him while he may still be worth a little bit to someone who didnt do their research either!

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