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Vikings making push after Ponder exits

AP

It would be fitting, we suppose, if a team that spent much of the early part of the season blowing big leads would erase a big deficit and emerge with a win.

In Detroit, the Vikings have pulled to within 10 points of the Lions after a 65-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joe Webb, who has replaced Christian Ponder.

Ponder exited after being blown up by Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch following an interception.  It’s unclear if Ponder is injured or whether he has been benched.

For the day, Ponder has three interceptions and a lost fumble.  Webb has completed zero of two passes.

The Lions led, 28-7.  In September, the Lions erased a 20-point lead by the Vikings to win in overtime at Minnesota.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. ET:  The Vikings have announced that Ponder was removed as the result of a coach’s decision.

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14 Responses to “Vikings making push after Ponder exits”
  1. pack13queens0 says: Dec 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    The Lions are not the Queens. They will not blow this game. 2-11 in Minnesota.

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 11, 2011 3:39 PM

    I love Ponder, if he can clean up telegraphed passes and really stupid mistakes which are reminicent of Brett Favre he could be great. Also would help to have a OLine and some better receivers outside of Harvin.

    Anyway, the Lions are still a disgustingly dirty team as that hit on Ponder showed. I thought Schwartz was going to pull those idiotic players?

    Real class, playing dirty against a horrid 2-10 team which tries to give the game away.

  3. oggreengold says: Dec 11, 2011 3:46 PM

    D’OH vikings!!!

  4. mrcosio says: Dec 11, 2011 3:49 PM

    I hope Matt Barkley likes Minnesota

  5. billymc75 says: Dec 11, 2011 3:55 PM

    Never understood why the idiots there gave up on Webb anyway

  6. baldingerspinky says: Dec 11, 2011 3:58 PM

    Mcnabb is laughing somewhere.

  7. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 11, 2011 4:04 PM

    Obviously you aren’t watching. Webb has been terrible as a passer, he is an amazing athlete but no QB. I like Joe Webb as well, but facts are facts he is not a passing QB.

  8. randomjim says: Dec 11, 2011 4:22 PM

    facemask @ the end of the game not called

  9. ppc50 says: Dec 11, 2011 4:24 PM

    The Kittens were extremely lucky to win at the end. An obvious missed facemask call that caused the fumble gave the Kittens the win. Stafford had an error free game and they still barely won. The Kittens also should have lost other games this year, including the game in Dallas.

  10. n0hopeleft says: Dec 11, 2011 4:27 PM

    That missed facemask at the end of the game is complete BS. Everyone in the stadium saw it, pathetic referees week after week.

    Merry XMas Detroit. You shouldve lost today.

  11. cusoman says: Dec 11, 2011 4:29 PM

    Unbelievable that that face mask was not called. Say all you want about good teams winning despite botched calls, but the history of the Vikes is RIDDLED with terrible calls and non-calls that are almost always ones that cost the Vikings the game.

  12. paulieorkid says: Dec 11, 2011 4:41 PM

    An *obvious* facemask that would have given Minnesota the ball for one last play at the 18 inch line ……. missed completely by the ref. Seems damn near impossible to miss that call, but the refs found a way.

  13. ahs2 says: Dec 11, 2011 4:51 PM

    facemask on 3d down against the Lions, highlighted by the announcers, also not called. Sounds like a draw…we can do this all day!

  14. ahs2 says: Dec 11, 2011 4:52 PM

    Ponder became a defender before Tulloch ensured he would not be able to tackle Wright (the intercepting CB).

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