All-Star Game at Minnesota

Monday, October 15, 2012

Free Fallin' & The Vikes Almost Steal One

Well, Baumgartner had a better day than Bumgarner on Sunday:



And Felix had a better day than the Minnesota Vikings did on Sunday, too.

I knew there was trouble when the Vikings had to settle for field goals in their first three drives. They all stalled out in the red zone, and the Vikes had to settle for Blair Walsh chip shots. 

The Washington Redskins came back with 17 points in the second quarter to lead 17-9 at halftime. Robert Griffin ran for a 7-yard TD to open the second half and it looked like the Skins would roll on to an easy win.

It was 31-12 as the fourth quarter began, and I put this one to bed. But the Vikings have shown me a never-say-die attitude, and didn't go into that good night quietly. Christian Ponder threw two TDs, to Michael Jenkins and Kyle Rudolph, and it was a game again at 31-26.

Washington had the ball again deep in Vikings territory, and the momentum had clearly shifted. But Griffin ran for a first down and a lot more on a third down play, and it turned out to be a 76-yard TD run that put the game on ice.

The Vikings drove down to the goal line with seconds to play before Ponder was picked off in the end zone to wrap it. He threw for 352 yards and 2 TDs, and 2 interceptions as well.

The Vikes are now 4-2. It was a tough loss, but they showed me a spirit that had been missing for a few years. A team that doesn't quit. They take on Arizona at the Metrodome next Sunday.

And how about my boys from Notre Dame on Saturday? A goal line stand in OT nips a tough Stanford team, 20-13. The Fighting Irish are now 6-0 and are now the 5th ranked team in the latest BCS poll. Bring on BYU next Saturday!

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