The Vikings proved they were mortal, Robert Griffin III proved he had no complications from last week’s concussion, and the Redskins proved they could win at home.
An early interception was nearly the only mistake Griffin made, leading the Redskins to a 38-26 win over the Vikings, snapping an eight-game home losing streak that dated back to September 2011 and pushing them to 3-3.
Griffin finished the game in style, turning a four-minute offense scramble into a 76-yard touchdown, capping a brilliant final three quarters.
He finished the game with 13 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns, with another 182 passing yards and a score.
For the Vikings (4-2), the problem was clear. Their first four trips to the red zone yielded four Blair Walsh field goals, and their defense had no answers for Griffin once the first quarter ended.
There was a moment when Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder looked nothing like the efficient guy who didn’t throw a single pick in the first four games. He now has four in the last two games, including one Sunday returned for a touchdown by Madieu Williams, and one in the last minute which didn’t matter all that much.
But after the pick-six, he responded with a pair of touchdown drives, giving the Vikings a shot after they trailed by 19.
Percy Harvin was brilliant (11 catches for 133 yards) and Adrian Peterson was good (17 carries for 79 yards).
But in the end, Griffin was back, and he was the difference.