Coming off of the high of their week 1 victory Minnesota looked to carry that momentum over into Indianapolis and start of the new year 2-0. Andrew Luck and the upstart Colts had different plans in their minds. In another game that would come down right to the last play the Vikings did not have the magic they had in week 1. This time around it was Andrew Luck, Adam Vinitieri and the Colts who pulled the magic.
With the Vikings trailing by 14 late in the fourth quarter it was up to Ponder to attempt to get the team into position to make a comeback. Again in the final minutes Ponder impressed and looked like a poised veteran. He was able to drive the Vikings down the field to make the score 20-13 with 5 minutes left in the game. After the defense was able to get the ball back to him Ponder answered the call again. This time with 35 seconds left he hit tight end Kyle Rudolph on a crossing pattern to tie the game at 20. The Colts fans were shocked and Ponder was once again having himself a banner moment in his young career. Unfortunately 30 seconds was too much for the star in the making Andrew Luck. I say star in the making because all you need to do is go back and watch the throws he made to get the Colts into field goal position and you cannot argue.
The Vikings who played poorly for most of this game still have positives to take out of it. Mainly the success of Ponder especially late in the game. It takes a special player to bring your team down the field with the game on the line and he was able to do it twice Sunday on the road. Another positive was of course the play of Adrian Peterson. While his numbers were not as great as week 1 he was still able to touch the ball 19 times. If Peterson is touching the ball 20-25 times per game the Vikings offense can be explosive at any moment.
The Vikings look to bounce back from their tough loss at home against San Francisco. In this young season San Francisco has looked like the best team in the league. It will be an interesting test for Ponder who looks to continue to impress as a second year quarterback.