The Minnesota Vikings had not intercepted a pass since Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals, when Jamarca Sanford picked off Arizona Cardinals' backup Richard Bartell on the Cardinals' final offense play of Minnesota's Week Five victory.
That is, they hadn't intercepted a pass since then. . .until just a few minutes ago.
The Vikings ended a streak of 298 consecutive pass attempts faced without an interception. . .a streak that encompassed an NFL record nine games (not to mention three-fourths of a tenth game). . .when Rex Grossman dropped back to pass, missed Santana Moss, and found rookie safety Mistral Raymond in the fourth quarter of this afternoon's game. Raymond took the ball into Washington territory, and the Vikings converted another Ryan Longwell field goal from there to make the score 33-23 in favor of the Vikings.
The Redskins are driving, and we are at the two-minute warning at FedEx Field on what can be described as a truly up-and-down day for the Vikings' faithful.
Congratulations to rookie safety Mistral Raymond on his first National Football League interception, and for ending one of the most ridiculous streaks in Minnesota Vikings' history.
UPDATE: The Redskins have just kicked a field goal to cut the lead to 33-26, with an onside kick almost certainly coming next.