Skip to content

Mare miss gives Minny second win

Olindo Mare AP

The Vikings have gotten their first ever victory in Charlotte.  And they can thank Olindo Mare for it.

Mare shanked a 31-yard field goal attempt late in regulation, sending the kick from the right hashmark just to the outside of the left upright.

After falling behind 21-14 in the second half, the Vikings forced another tie via a nine-yard touchdown run from Adrian Peterson, a spinning, determined steamroll to the end zone for Peterson’s second score of the day.

The Vikings then took the lead, 24-21, on a 31-yard field goal that capped a 13 play drive.

The Panthers got it back after the three-pointer with 2:17 to play, and Cam Newton led that Panthers down the field, an effort highlighted by an impressive 44-yard catch and run to Brandon LaFell on fourth down and 15.

A run on third and three from the Minnesota 14 by Newton took the ball to the Vikings’ eight.  But a holding penalty on Steve Smith brought the thing back — and Newton failed to convert on third and seven, setting up the 31-yard kick that should have forced overtime, but didn’t.

The Vikings and Panthers are each 2-6.

Permalink 39 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
39 Responses to “Mare miss gives Minny second win”
  1. vexey says: Oct 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    I’m not usually one to blame refs for losses, but that holding call on Smith at the end there was atrocious

    Vikings played hard and earned it though so credit to them

  2. lnfinite says: Oct 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    So much for the Suck for Luck campaign

  3. cusoman says: Oct 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Worst secondary in the league. That 4th and 14 coverage was atrocious. Time to hit the waiver wire/scour the practice squads/look at signing Bodden.

    Also, Ponder didn’t look as sharp but that’s very much on the O-line.

  4. apooster says: Oct 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Christian Ponder is the real deal.

    Think what he could do with a real offensive line and a legit receiver.

  5. hamcamnewton says: Oct 30, 2011 4:27 PM

    not saying the cats woulda won in overtime, but they keep giving games away.. holding penalty + mare miss = beating themselves. why couldn’t mcnabb have started? lol .. ponder looked good props to him

  6. christinamer says: Oct 30, 2011 4:28 PM

    Credit to Christian Ponder and the vast improvement on third down conversions. Game wouldn’t even have been close had McNabb been in the game.

  7. PurpleRaid18 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:31 PM

    Well, Longwell missed one too. So, moot point.
    Great Win for Ponder and the Vikings. Peterson looked terrific as usual (how ya doin CJ?) – on another note, if the Vikings don’t sign Leigh Bodden this week, I will be left scratching my head. Minnesota’s secondary is atrocious.

  8. stavreafavre says: Oct 30, 2011 4:39 PM

    Ponder reminds me somewhat of Matt Ryan. Not a great arm, but a pretty good QB. Should have a nice career, especially as long as defenses have to worry about Peterson. But no rings.

  9. mikric1977 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:39 PM

    I am tired of Mare missing field goals he should make. He has been inconsistent all year long. I am missing John Kasay more than ever. We need to sure up this position in the off season.

    I know that isn’t the only reason we lost but that should be a very easy kick for a NFL pro kicker.

  10. otis52gsh says: Oct 30, 2011 4:41 PM

    I have zero interest in either of these teams, but I must say this. Cam newton has everything you look for, and although he lost today will be a much QB than ponder possibly could dream of. Ponder has no arm strength. Them cupcakes he floats out their will get him in trouble soon. Great game to watch though.

  11. dionoil says: Oct 30, 2011 4:41 PM

    Saying what all panthers fans are thinking: “I miss Kasay”

  12. jeffcor7 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:43 PM

    God, how many times are the Panthers going to get screwed by the officials. The holding call against Steve Smith was absolutely ridiculous. Sure, the Panthers put themselves in bad situations too and should never miss a 31 yard field goal. But it should have been first and goal from the 3. It’s really unbelievable how many scoring drives have been derailed by questionable calls. When you are a young, underskilled at some positions team, you just can’t overcome your own mistakes plus the officials. Oh well, looks like we are heading for a another high draft pick. If it works out half as good as the Newton pick, it won’t be long before we can beat the other team and the referees.

  13. zpfeifer7mn says: Oct 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    They both missed FG’s and though its not the best way to win the Vikings still deserved it. Im impressed with Ponder’s efficiency in right spots but Cam will be True difference maker in this league. He’s bigger,faster and stronger version of Michael Vick. Seems to be much more mature than we first thought. Vikings and Panthers will be dominant in 2 years.

  14. joj0420 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    even though every1 in carolina disagrees with that holding it was clearly holding. even my one eyed gram seen it

  15. axespray says: Oct 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    it’s official, Cam Newton has 08′ Aaron Rodger’s luck.
    Leads a late TD drive, only to have his Defense give up a Game winning TD a minute later.
    Leads a Game Tying/Winning Field Goal Drive, Kicker misses…
    At least he won’t have to hear from skip bayless about how the panthers were wrong for getting rid of jake delhomme.

    From a Packer fan, Christian Ponder has to learn to slide, Slide when you scramble!
    (especially against the lions)

  16. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    That defensive effort was terrible. The only guys who made a true difference and impact were of course Jared Allen and Erin Henderson making a surprise performance. Christian Ponder played well, had scoring drives when they needed them and didn’t turn the ball over. If we had an Oline who could block both in the run and pass game and a receiver to compliment Harvin the offense could be dangerous. It is a breath of fresh air having Ponder as our QB.

  17. zpfeifer7mn says: Oct 30, 2011 4:47 PM

    True but They both missed FG’s and though its not the best way to win the Vikings still deserved it. Im impressed with Ponder’s efficiency in right spots but Cam will be True difference maker in this league. He’s bigger,faster and stronger version of Michael Vick. Seems to be much more mature than we first thought. Vikings and Panthers will be dominant in 2 years. Look forward to match ups of Ponder and Newton

  18. axespray says: Oct 30, 2011 4:48 PM

    apooster says:Oct 30, 2011 4:20 PM
    “Christian Ponder is the real deal.
    Think what he could do with a real offensive line and a legit receiver.”

    I fear the day Adrian Peterson gets an actual offensive line… dude broke about a dozen tackles behind the line before he ran for that 54 yarder against us last week…

  19. whatswiththehate says: Oct 30, 2011 4:50 PM

    apooster says:Oct 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Think what he could do with a real offensive line and a legit receiver.
    ———————-

    It’s amazing how no one seems to say that when it comes to Cam. He has to suffer with the team he’s playing with.How the heck do u miss a 31 foot field goal.

    And I hate folks saying that they put themselves in the situation. Every team have bad days, that is when really see what the rest of the team is made of. Sadly, it’s clear with the Panthers that their offense is the only part that works well. If they’re having a bad day, the game is over before it even gets started.

    I’ve never seen a team more jinx than the Panthers. I guess it must be all that negative energy coming from the fickled fans.

  20. screamingsheep69 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:58 PM

    Still a DT, CB, and some healthy linebackers away from winning every week. Hopefully that CB can return kicks too.
    But its still better than watching/losing with Foxball every week.

  21. mwm367 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:00 PM

    Unbelievable! Are there any kickers out there?? You don’t miss a 31 yard chip shot at home in beautiful weather to send it in to OT. That sorry bastard!!I can’t believe we cut Kasey for this sorry ass. And besides, who calls a holding penalty 10 yards away from the play with the game on the line? Has vegas got you in their back pocket Ed Hockley? Don’t think it can’t happen. It happened in the NBA and it damn sure happens in the NFL. That was a plain and simple bogus call and Ed should be fined for it.

  22. kampfire90 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:25 PM

    Don’t forget how much $ Mare is getting as well. What a joke. In Cam’s press conference he said it wasn’t Mare’s fault (stand up guy Cam is), but seriously, a 31 yard attempt? Even crappy college kickers can make those most of the time.

  23. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 30, 2011 5:35 PM

    Without Winfield and Cook, the defense is going to get torched. I’m impressed with the win on the road. Ponder is the real deal and will just get better as he gains more experience. His third down efficiency is a real difference maker. I’m worried about Longwell. This is the third field goal he’s missed in the last four games and some of his kickoffs didn’t get more than 10 feet off the ground.

  24. packfaninchitown says: Oct 30, 2011 5:49 PM

    Vikes are now only 2.5 games back from the Bears; with Ponder on the team I wouldn’t be surprised if they pass Cutler’s Casualties by the end of the season…

  25. gb4mn0 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:55 PM

    That call on Smith was atrocious. That’s 2 weeks in a row the queens benefited from deplorable refereeing. Congrats a 2-6 record is a lot to be proud of.

  26. whatswiththehate says: Oct 30, 2011 6:06 PM

    It seems as if both Andy and Ponder have recievers they can depend on. CAM doesn’t. U folks can say whatever u want, but it’s clear. It seems as if Cam is on the team to help the team, Instead of the team helping Cam help themselves to win.

    Something tells me if Andrew Luck was on this team and they were playing they way they were many of u would be calling out the team to help him but it’s just CAM…

  27. vikesfan4life says: Oct 30, 2011 7:10 PM

    If the people calling the holding call on Smith at the end “atrocious”. Then I hope your meaning of “atrocious” is “accurate, good call”. He held Greenway. No if, ands or buts about it. He held, got caught and your team was penalized. Don’t blame the officials for your loss. The game never should have been that close.

  28. theytukrjobs says: Oct 30, 2011 7:33 PM

    Ponder looks like a rich man’s mark sanchez. Terrific ball handler. Understands the game. Decisive.

    He’s not real tall and doens’t have a cannon but he’s agile, has pocket presence, and throws a quick release pass with good accuracy and a tight spiral. He also has good touch on the ball. The 30 yarder than Shiancoe dropped was a sick thrown ball.

    Excited about the new QB. Just too bad that it’s too late to matter for this season.

  29. screamingsheep69 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:58 PM

    Minnesota fans don’t get too happy. Remember, the Panther defense has yet to stop anyone this year. The only 2 games they have given up fewer points they won. With the turnovers and the big return to start the game, you should have won by 21.
    We know we are a work in progress, know your role. And I like our upside more.

  30. doorcountyvikes says: Oct 30, 2011 8:00 PM

    skol!!!!

  31. mightyleemoon says: Oct 30, 2011 9:00 PM

    whatswiththehate says:
    Oct 30, 2011 4:50 PM
    apooster says:Oct 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Think what he could do with a real offensive line and a legit receiver.
    ———————-

    It’s amazing how no one seems to say that when it comes to Cam. He has to suffer with the team he’s playing with.How the heck do u miss a 31 foot field goal.

    —————————–

    Yea, if only Cam had a legit receiver…

    He has, arguably, one of the best WRs in the league…two of the best running backs…and two borderline elite TEs. Cam has a lot of weapons to work with.

  32. banlarson says: Oct 30, 2011 10:03 PM

    My first time watching Newton for a whole game, he is impressive and will be scary with more experience. Carolina has the pieces on offense, but that defense is a patchwork.

    Ponder is nowhere as scary, but he has the potential to be extremely good. He can work on his arm strength, but his pocket presence, awareness, and ability to read defenses this quickly are truly amazing after 2 games. Those are qualities harder to teach.

    This game might not have gotten much attention, but in a couple years these teams will be playing for much more, no doubt.

  33. cusoman says: Oct 30, 2011 10:55 PM

    gb4mn0 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:55 PM

    That call on Smith was atrocious. That’s 2 weeks in a row the queens benefited from deplorable refereeing. Congrats a 2-6 record is a lot to be proud of.
    ——————
    Isn’t it always the Pack fans that say that Vikings fans complain too much about refereeing?

    Pot, kettle, black, and so forth…

    It was a fair call. Unlike the “face mask” call that was obviously not a face mask since he grabbed the pads, not the helmet.

  34. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 30, 2011 11:04 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Oct 30, 2011 5:55 PM
    That call on Smith was atrocious. That’s 2 weeks in a row the queens benefited from deplorable refereeing. Congrats a 2-6 record is a lot to be proud of.
    ___________

    It does my heart good to hear the loser’s lament coming from a Packer fan. Getting worried?

  35. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 30, 2011 11:14 PM

    @theytukurjobs. ponder isn’t a rich man’s mark sanchez. ponder is a lot better than sanchez, right now today. and i’m not a fan of either team. he’s okay right now, but he’s gonna get better. vikings fans, you have a keeper, dude is the boss. cam is the boss too. he just wasn’t today vs the vikes, olindo mare, and the officials

  36. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 30, 2011 11:19 PM

    ponder terrorized me when he played for fsu on 3rd down and he is still doing it. jesus.

  37. truthserum4u says: Oct 31, 2011 6:42 AM

    – When an offensive player has his arms around a defender, and that defender is trying to pull away to cut off the ball carrier, but can’t because he’s being grabbed; you’re going to get a holding call if seen by the ref. It wasn’t 10 yrds behind the play either, it was in front of the play.

    – While arm strength is great, it’s down the list of important qualities for QBs. Reading a defense, accuracy, anticipation, poise, pocket awareness, decision making all are higher on the list.

    – We may be on the verge of one of the greatest eras of QB play. From the elite to the very good, to those on the brink, to those with a lot of potential, to those young guns needing experience (although the rookies are impressing already) to a draft that could be stocked with exciting prospects; football fans across the league may be in for a treat.

  38. theytukrjobs says: Oct 31, 2011 8:21 AM

    @someidiotfromouthereintheprojects,

    Dude we are on the same page. When I say a rich man’s mark sanchez I mean that he’s better. Sanchez isn’t very good. I’m just saying that they have some slight similarities in how they play and their physical build and boyish good looks.

    Also it is hilarious to hear people blame this loss on the “call”. First off, it wasn’t an incorrect call. Kind of ticky tacky but it was a hold against a player that otherwise might have made a tackle. Second, the officials had called just about everything up until that point the Panthers way.

  39. notoriusbug says: Oct 31, 2011 4:30 PM

    Hahaha…those Panther fans saying that was a bad call. Clearly a hold!! No question about it.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!