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After a Ryan Longwell field goal from 39 yards out, the Vikings had a 32-29 lead over the Broncos at the Metrodome. On the ensuing Broncos drive, the Vikings' defense again got humiliated by Tim Tebow and company, as Tebow found Demaryius Thomas for a huge 40-yard gain to put the Broncos into Minnesota territory.
The Vikings' defense stiffened up after that, however, and held the Broncos to a 46-yard Matt Prater field goal to tie the game at 32 with 1:33 left on the clock. Prater then blasted the kickoff nine yards deep into the end zone, and the Vikings started out at the 20-yard line.
And to put an unfortunate capper on what had largely been an outstanding day, Christian Ponder threw a bad pass in the direction of Percy Harvin that was intercepted by Andre Goodman. Goodman ran the pick back to the Minnesota 20-yard line, and it was academic from there as the Broncos ran the clock down and had Prater kick a 23-yard field goal for a 35-32 Denver victory.
We'll have a lengthier recap of this one later on, ladies and gentlemen. We're exhausted just watching this one, so we're going to take a bit to unwind. Thank you to everybody that got their information from our stream here, and we hope you'll continue coming back.
Once again, the Vikings were unable to figure out how to cover the Demaryius Thomas, as he was wide open again for a 42-yard completion that moved the Broncos down to the Minnesota 24-yard line. On the very next play, Willis McGahee took a handoff from Tim Tebow and sprinted into the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown run to make the score 29-27.
The Broncos decided that this was the time to go for two, and Tebow took a shotgun snap, faked a handoff, and rumbled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and a tie game.
This has been a crazy, crazy game, folks, and the thought of Tim Tebow having another big fourth quarter opportunity is a scary prospect. However, the Vikings are in Bronco territory as the clock has moved under six minutes to play at the Metrodome.
Christian Ponder has found Harvin again for another long touchdown, this one a 48-yard reception that put the Vikings ahead by a score of 29-21. It was another short pass that Harvin turned into a huge score, and one that we are hoping to have the video up for here soon.
The catch gives Harvin seven catches on the afternoon for a career-high 145 yards and two touchdowns. Ponder is also well over 300 yards, sitting at 342 at the present time, as well as the first three touchdown game of his NFL career.
Of course, the Vikings have allowed the Broncos another score, because that's just the way this one has gone so far. In a moment, we will have the update on that one for you as well.
We have the video of Percy Harvin's long touchdown catch from Christian Ponder that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 22-14 lead over the Denver Broncos (before that lead was once again slashed to one point).
If you missed it, or if you just want to see it again, here it is for your viewing pleasure.
This play shows what a great open field runner Percy Harvin is, as he takes the football and basically does all the work on his way to a 53-yard touchdown.
This is part of what is pushing Christian Ponder to a career day throwing the football. As it stands now, he has 294 yards passing, so barring something completely falling apart, he will have the Vikings' first 300-yard passing performance since Brett Favre had 446 against the Arizona Cardinals in Week Nine of the 2010 season.
We still have a full quarter of play left to go, and the Vikings lead the Denver Broncos by a point, 22-21.
Following a huge kickoff return for the Broncos that allowed them to start out in Minnesota territory, Tim Tebow dropped back to pass, and the Vikings actually had pretty good coverage to start out with. Tebow had to run around quite a bit to avoid the Vikings' pass rush, but he stayed alive long enough to get the ball to Demaryius Thomas.
What happened from there was as poor a display of tackling as you'll ever see, as Thomas managed to weave his way through the Vikings' defense for a 41-yard touchdown, and the Vikings once again had their lead cut to one point at 22-21.
That's where we stand as we move to the fourth quarter of play. It's a barnburner in Minneapolis, ladies and gentlemen, and we'll keep you updated right here.
After forcing a Denver three-and-out, the Vikings increased their lead back to eight, thanks to a 53-yard touchdown pass from Ponder to Percy Harvin.
Broncos' defensive back Chris Harris attempted to bump Harvin at the line of scrimmage, but Harvin wasn't having any of that, as Harris wound up on his backside. Harvin took the short pass from Ponder and did the rest from there, going 53 yards to the end zone and giving the Vikings a 22-14 lead.
Ponder is having the best game of his NFL career thus far. He has completed 22 of 35 passes for 279 yards and the two touchdowns (along with one interception). Devin Aromashodu is also making his presence felt, having amassed six catches for 90 yards on the afternoon.
We have another scoring update to bring you, but after this play, the Vikings have a 22-14 lead over the Denver Broncos in Minneapolis.
After the Denver Broncos' offense spent most of the first half asleep, they came out with a vengeance in the second half of play.
After a 17-yard completion from Tim Tebow to Eric Decker, the Broncos ran it right through the heart of the Vikings' defense, with Willis McGahee powering up the middle for 34 yards on four carries, and Lance Ball converted a 3rd-and-1 for Denver to keep a drive alive.
The scoring play came on a 21-yard pass from Tebow to Demariyus Thomas on a play in which the Vikings completely blew coverage. Cedric Griffin apparently thought he was going to have help over the top from a safety, and the help never arrived as Thomas was wide open for the score. The extra point cut the Minnesota lead to one point, 15-14.
Here's a look at the play.
Yes, to quote noted sage Charles Barkley, that was trbl. T-R-B-L, trbl.
The Vikings have just punted the ball away, and Denver will take over from their own 21-yard line
After the Vikings' touchdown, the teams exchanged punts, with the Broncos getting the ball back at their own 20-yard line with 54 seconds left. Denver had all three of their time outs at their disposal, so they attempted to move the ball down the field. After a short gain on first down, Tim Tebow was sacked by Jared Allen, and the ball came loose with Allen recovering it. Even though it looked like the ground might have caused the fumble, the call on the field was that the Vikings got to keep the football, and they were in business at the Denver 21.
A couple of passes got the Vikings down to the Denver 6-yard line, but they couldn't get it into the end zone, and Ryan Longwell hit a field goal from 25 yards out to increase Minnesota's lead to 15-7 as we went into the locker room.
The Vikings' defense has been dominant thus far this afternoon, as the Broncos have generated just one first down on the offensive side of the ball. They may have had more if not for the astute challenges of Leslie Frazier, who has had two successful challenges on the afternoon, which means he still has one in his pocket for the rest of the game.
In terms of total yardage, the Vikings have more than quadrupled Denver's offensive output, with 214 yards to Denver's 48.
The second half has just started at the Metrodome, with the Vikings holding a 15-7 lead over the Denver Broncos. Keep it tuned right here for all the updates on this one!
After starting deep in their own territory, Christian Ponder engineered what might be his most impressive drive as a starting quarterback in the National Football League, moving the Vikings 95 yards for a touchdown and giving them a 12-7 lead with time winding down in the first half of play.
One of the big stars of the drive for the Vikings was recever Devin Aromashodu, who had three catches on the drive for 52 yards, none bigger than a big grab on 3rd-and-16 that went for 18 yards and a big first down to the Broncos' 35-yard line.
Three plays later from the 19-yard line, Ponder dropped back to pass and found fellow rookie Kyle Rudolph in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. It was a ridiculous catch by Rudolph for the second touchdown of his NFL career, and one that we should have the video of here shortly.
The Broncos are getting ready to punt it away again just before the two-minute warning at the Metrodome, with the Vikings leading by a score of 12-7.
On the Broncos' first offensive play of the day, McGahee was trapped in the end zone for a Jared Allen safety. On Denver's most recent drive, McGahee ran for what appeared to be about an 8-yard gain, but the ball got loose at the end of the play. McGahee was initially ruled down, but Leslie Frazier busted out the challenge flag and had the play reviewed. After going under the hood, the referees came out and determined that Cedric Griffin did, indeed, knock the ball loose from McGahee before he was down, and the JaMarca Sanford recovery gave Minnesota the ball at the Denver 34-yard line.
Minnesota couldn't do much with it from there, unfortunately, but they did manage to tack on a Ryan Longwell field goal to cut the deficit to 7-5.
The Broncos will be punting it away as we start the second quarter of play. Denver has not yet gotten a first down, but they have a 7-5 lead over the Minnesota Vikings after the first quarter of play.
Here's what it looked like.
Again, a young quarterback is going to do this sort of thing every once in a while. Ponder seems like he's a smart enough quarterback to not let this sort of thing happen too many more times. But yes, this was a pretty awful throw by Ponder. To be honest, I'm not really sure who it is he was going for.
It has been an interesting start for the Vikings and the Broncos this afternoon at the Metrodome. We've had another score, and we'll let you know exactly what happened here in just a moment. Thank you for making SB Nation Minnesota your home for updates on this Sunday afternoon.
Well, that Vikings' lead certainly didn't last long.
The Vikings had a nice drive going after the Jared Allen safety, driving all the way down for a 1st-and-goal at the Broncos' 10-yard line. After a couple of ineffective plays, the Vikings faced 3rd-and-goal from the 7, and the Broncos sent an all-out blitz after Christian Ponder. Brian Dawkins got to Ponder in the backfield, and the old warhorse swatted the ball away from the rookie. The ball bounced around, and Denver's Jason Hunter eventually recovered it and took it to midfield.
The Vikings forced a punt, however, and got the ball back at their own 7-yard line. Unfortunately, Ponder threw a terrible pass that hit Mario Haggan, who is replacing rookie phenom Von Miller in the lineup for Denver today, right in the chest. Haggan took it into the end zone from there for a 17-yard pick-six, and what could have been at least a 5-0 Minnesota lead turned into a 7-2 Minnesota deficit in the blink of an eye.
Bad mistake by Ponder on that throw, but that will happen occasionally with a rookie quarterback. Hopefully those things will be kept to a minimum from here on out.
As I mentioned in the earlier update, Jared Allen has tied the all-time NFL record for safeties in a career with four, thanks to his stop of Willis McGahee on Denver’s first offensive play this afternoon.
Well, if you somehow missed it, this is what it looked like.
The unsung hero in this one appears to be defensive tackle Remi Ayodele, who has been pretty invisible this season, but managed to help trap McGahee in the end zone.
Also, we can’t forget the contributions of Chris Kluwe, whose beautiful put put the Broncos in that position in the first place, nor the contributions of Eric Frampton, whose hustle was responsible for putting the punt down at the 1-yard line in the first place.
The play gave the Vikings an early 2-0 lead, but unfortunately, that wouldn’t last long. Stay tuned for our next update to find out more, and keep it here for updates throughout the afternoon.
The Minnesota Vikings' offense stalled early, but the defense and the special teams made the effort to pick them up.
After the Vikings' first drive, Chris Kluwe's first punt of the afternoon was a beauty, and it was downed by safety Eric Frampton at the 1-yard line. On the Broncos' first offensive play, Tim Tebow handed the ball to running back Willis McGahee, and McGahee was engulfed by Jared Allen in the end zone for a safety. It was the first safety registered by the Vikings since Allen ran down Aaron Rodgers in the end zone in Green Bay's visit to the Metrodome in 2008, and it gave the Vikings an early 2-0 lead.
According to the Vikings' official Twitter account, Allen is now tied for the all-time NFL lead for safeties in a career with four, so congratulations to Allen on that.
With the ensuing possession, the Vikings are into Broncos territory and have moved nicely on this drive thus far. In the early going at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings have a rare 2-0 lead over the Denver Broncos.
The Minnesota Vikings will be looking for a win on the field against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but they've already won the pre-game battle of inactive lists.
The Vikings will have Percy Harvin and his big-time playmaking ability on the field against the Broncos while Denver will be missing linebacker Von Miller. Harvin has been questionable all week with an illness of some sort but much like last week, the wide receiver will be ready to go at game time.
Last week Harvin was plenty active on the field, carrying the ball five times for 11 yards while catching eight passes for 95 yards and one touchdown against Atlanta. With running back Adrian Peterson out for the game, the Vikings desperately need the type of offensive threat Harvin can deliver.
Here is the full inactive list as announced by the Vikings.
Inactives: CB Asher Allen, RB Adrian Peterson, CB Chris Cook, S Andrew Sendejo, OL Brandon Fusco, OL DeMarcus Love, and DE D'Aundre Reed.
The Minnesota Vikings won't have to worry about Denver linebacker Von Miller disrupting their offense on Sunday. The Broncos defense has been bolstered lately by the stellar play of the rookie linebacker, but a thumb injury that had Miller questionable all week will now keep him out of the game on Sunday against the Vikings.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Miller's thumb injury required surgery
Von Miller is inactive vs. Vikings; was listed as questionable with thumb injury that required surgery to repair torn ligaments, did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, was limited Friday
Miller's absence should be good news for Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder who won't have to account for the rookie while missing a dynamic weapon on his side of the ball in Adrian Peterson.
Here is the week 13 inactive list as announced by the Broncos.
#Broncos inactives: S Rahim Moore, FB Quinn Johnson, LB Mike Mohamed, LB Von Miller, C Manny Ramirez, OT Tony Hills & TE Julius Thomas.
Fantasy football owners should be cautious about playing Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder as he takes on a Denver Broncos defense that has made life miserable for quarterbacks the past few weeks.
Ponder, from Florida State will be in a familiar quarterback matchup with college rival Tim Tebow, but he should be far more concerned with Denver's rookie defensive terror, Von Miller. Miller has been listed as questionable for the game but expects to give it a go.
Ponder will also be without running back Adrian Peterson, giving the Vikings offense a different dynamic with bruising running back Toby Gerhart starting in AP's place. Last week, Ponder leaned on receiver Percy Harvin but was never able to get much going against the Atlanta defense.
According the Numberfire.com's projection for Ponder, fantasy owners should expect similar production against the Broncos. Numberfire projects Ponder to complete 16.9 of 28.19 passes for 200.52 yards and 1.08 TDs with 0.92 interceptions.
In other words, unless Ponder is your only option, you may want to look elsewhere for a starting fantasy QB this week.
The Minnesota Vikings will once again be without star running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday, when they host the Denver Broncos. Winning will, once again, be up to rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, though he may even be without his best receiver, Percy Harvin. Minnesota is sitting at 2-9, firmly out of the picture in the NFC North division and not at all looking at a potential wildcard berth. It's all become about Ponder and his development heading into next season as, hopefully, the starter.
That doesn't mean they aren't looking to win every time they're out there. No, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos need to bring their A-game to beat the Vikings, who at times have played much better than a team with nine losses just twelve weeks into the season. Tebow and the Broncos present an odd test, however, and it will be interesting to see how defensive end Jared Allen handles the option offense with Tebow at the helm.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 4, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN
TV Schedule: FOX (TV Distribution Map)
TV Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
Radio: KFAN FM 100.3
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will sit out his second game in a row due to a high ankle sprain when the Vikings take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Peterson's status hasn't spooked fantasy owners as the high scoring RB remains on teams in 100% of ESPN's fantasy leagues.
But while Peterson sits and waits to return to the field, many fantasy owners are looking for RB help from Toby Gerhart. According to ESPN's latest Most Added/Dropped Player lists, Gerhart ranks fourth on the Most Added Players list. After Gerhart found the end zone while filling in for Peterson last week, the Vikings bruising runner can now be found on a team in 30.2% of ESPN's fantasy league, a positive change of 12.3%.
Wide receiver Michael Jenkins is the only other Minnesota player on the top 25 added/dropped lists, checking in at number 20 on the Most Dropped List. Jenkins wasn't an option on many teams to begin with, but a knee injury put Jenkins on the IR this week, ending his season. With that news, Jenkins is now found on a team in just 12.6% of fantasy leagues, down 4% from the week before.
The Denver Broncos are already on their way to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. Tim Tebow and the rest of his team will enter their game relatively healthy, though the same can't be said about their opponents in the Week 13 match-up.
The Broncos only major injury issue is linebacker Von Miller, but even if he seems like he will probably play this weekend. The starting linebacker was dealing with a thumb injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he was able to return to limited duties on Friday.
The Minnesota Vikings released their final injury report of the week and, well, it doesn't look all that promising for the team facing Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos this weekend. The Vikings will definitely be without Adrian Peterson, due to a high ankle sprain, and could also be missing wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Harvin practiced all week, but an illness caused him to miss Friday's practice while earning him a "questionable" designation on the injury report for Sunday's game. If he's unable to play, head coach Leslie Frazier won't be happy.
"Oh, man," Frazier said, shaking his head, while talking to 1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero. "Please, please, please. Let's not go down that now. We need number 12 out there."
Considering the Vikings lost fellow starting wide receiver Michael Jenkins to the injured reserve earlier in the week, Frazier's probably right on with that quote.
Aside from Peterson, the only other player ruled out for the Vikings is cornerback Chris Cook as he deals with the legal system. Cornerback Asher Allen, linebacker E.J. Henderson and tight end Kyle Rudolph join Harvin as players with the questionable heading into Sunday's game.
After two days of slight optimism regarding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his ankle injury, said optimism has been dissipated. According to the Pioneer Press, Peterson has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos by head coach Leslie Frazier.
Peterson was nowhere to be seen at practice on Friday, which is a change from previous days. He didn't test his ankle sprain on Wednesday, but had expressed confidence in the fact that he thought he'd be playing on Sunday. When Thursday rolled around, Peterson was saying that his ankle felt good running on it, and again expressed confidence that he'd play.
Peterson said he was expecting a decision on Saturday, so there was either a setback late Thursday or early Friday, or perhaps the team just decided that it was too close for comfort, regardless. With the team not competing for the playoffs at this point, there's no reason to risk your feature running back.
Although the Vikings have had to make a number of roster moves in the past week due to a string of injuries, the Broncos are looking fairly healthy for an NFL team heading into the final weeks of the regular season, with only linebacker Von Miller being out of practice entirely by Thursday, due to a thumb injury.
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On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will host the Denver Broncos, who have come out of nowhere and run up a string of wins. The Vikings will be attempting to stop the Broncos from picking up their fifth straight victory.
Good news on the Visanthe Shiancoe front, but Peterson looks unlikely to play yet again as he's still feeling the effects of the high ankle sprain he suffered on Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. Still, he hasn't been ruled out officially, so it will be worth keeping an eye out for the Friday practice report.
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The Minnesota Vikings placed four players on the injured reserve Tuesday, replacing them with four new players. Safeties Tyrell Johnson and Hussain Abdullah, along with wide receiver Michael Jenkins and long snapper Cullen Loeffler, all had their season's ended with their placement on the IR.
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