After falling behind 17-0 in the first half at Atlanta, it looked like the Vikings were going to be in for a long day especially with their star running back Adrian Peterson not playing. Minnesota was able to fight back in the second half starting with a touchdown by backup running back Toby Gerhart.
At 17-7 the Vikings were able to stop the Falcons a second time which led to a touchdown pass to Percy Harvin. Since Ponder has become quarterback, Harvin has had more chances to produce within the Minnesota offense, and Ponder has established himself as a pretty good quarterback for a rookie. He has over 1100 yards passing with 6 touchdowns and interceptions apiece, for a 72.6 QB Rating.
Atlanta was able to put one more drive together for a touchdown, putting them up for good at 24-14, but not without a scare. On the ensuing kickoff Percy Harvin returned the kick 104 yards, but was stopped at the 3 yard line, making it the longest play in the history of the NFL without scoring a touchdown.
Next week the Vikings get a firsthand look at Tebowmania as the Denver Broncos come into town. Tim Tebow has done nothing but win since he has become a starter, and the Broncos will look to continue their winning ways as they look to win the AFC West. Expect the two teams to play a close and competitive game, with the edge going to the Vikings if Peterson plays.