The Minnesota Vikings got a 55-yard field goal from Blair Walsh in Week 1 against Jacksonville to force overtime and ultimately escape with a 26-23 victory. In Week 2, they got a taste of their own medicine.
After a furious comeback that saw the Vikings tie the game after being down by 14 points with ten minutes remaining, Andrew Luck maneuvered the Indianapolis Colts into position to give veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri a chance at a 53-yard field goal. Vinatieri did what he's done for most of his career, drilling the kick down the middle, and the Vikings didn't have another miracle in them, as they took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Statistically, Christian Ponder played another solid game for the Minnesota Vikings, completing 27-of-35 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Vikings' offense took quite a while to really "wake up," much the same as they did against Jacksonville.
It also didn't help that the Vikings were flagged for ten penalties in the game, resulting in 100 yards worth of penalties. Many of them came in big situations, particularly after third down stops. It's tough for any team to overcome that many miscues.
We'll have a more thorough analysis of this one shortly. For now, the Vikings fall to 1-1 on the season, and will host the San Francisco 49ers at the Metrodome next week. The Colts' record also goes to 1-1, and they will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at home next weekend.