This may be a bit premature. . .but, ladies and gentlemen, we might have ourselves a quarterback.
The Vikings came out firing in the second half, with young Joe Webb rolling to his left on the first play and firing a bullet to Percy Harvin to cover 46 yards into Eagles’ territory. He followed that up with a 23-yard pass to Visanthe Shiancoe to put the Vikings at first and goal. After a personal foul penalty on the Eagles and a carry for no gain by Adrian Peterson, Webb dropped back and lofted a perfect fade pass to Sidney Rice along the sideline for a 2-yard touchdown, the first touchdown pass of Webb’s career.
Or, at least, it should have been.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid challenged the play, and the call of a touchdown was overturned, because a touchdown would have been a positive for the Vikings, and we simply can’t have that. Webb was sacked on the next play, and the Vikings had to settle for a 30-yard Ryan Longwell field goal.
The Vikings’ scoring drive went 62 yards in 7 plays, taking only 2:36 off of the clock in order to do so.
With 12:24 left in the third quarter, the Vikings. . .improbably. . .have taken the lead over the Eagles in Philadelphia, 10-7.