Vikings Lose a Wild One to the Broncos 35-32

The first quarter of this game was as weird a start to a game as you will see. Minnesota was able to get a safety when they tackled Willis McGahee in the end zone. Two possessions later, Christian Ponder threw a pick six to Denver defender Mario Haggan. To round out the first quarter, the Vikings were able to get a field goal out of Ryan Longwell. The two teams scored points three different ways, and not one time was the offense a part of it, but that would quickly change over the next three quarters.

Minnesota was able to take control of the game before the end of the half, with Christian Ponder throwing a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, and adding another field goal by Longwell. With the Vikings leading 15-7 the teams headed to the locker room. The second half of this game, could not have been any different than the first.

The two teams began the second half, trading touchdowns. On Denver’s first possession Tim Tebow found receiver Demaryius Thomas for a 21 yard touchdown pass. Minnesota was able to strike back, later in the third quarter when Ponder hit Percy Harvin for a 52 yard touchdown pass. Harvin had a huge day statistically, catching 8 balls for 156 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. However Tebow was not to be outdone when he found fellow receiver Thomas a second time on a 41 yard touchdown pass cutting the lead to 21-22.

the Vikings started their scoring in the fourth quarter with another long play to Percy Harvin. A 48 yard touchdown pass to be exact. Down eight midway through the fourth quarter, McGahee was able to get redemption on his safety earlier in the game with a 24 yard touchdown run. The Broncos were able to convert the on the two point conversion and knotted the game up at 29.

Minnesota was able to retake the lead on another field goal from Longwell, but the lead was short lived. Two minutes later the Broncos had tied it again with a field goal from Matt Prater. The Vikings had a minute and a half left and were looking to drive the field and win, but Ponder threw a costly interception that set up the Broncos for their winning field goal by Prater as time expired.

After falling to the Broncos 35-32, the Vikings are now (2-10) and will be able to play spoilers against their division rivals during the final four games. They have the Lions next week who have been faltering, and will have a shot at Chicago the last week of the season.

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