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Vikings QB Joe Webb says it was the 'coaches decision' to move away from read option

The back-up signal caller completed just 36.6 percent of his passes in the Vikings playoff loss.

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Just hours before game time, the Minnesota Vikings announced they'd be without starting quarterback Christian Ponder meaning back-up Joe Webb would see his first game action of the year in the NFC Wild Card playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings relied primarily on Webb's legs the first drive, moving 53 yards in 10 plays for a field goal to open the scoring.

After that though, Webb starting throwing the ball more and by half time, the Packers led 17-3 and would go on to win 24-10 to advance in the NFC playoffs. Webb said after the game he isn't sure why the offense started putting the ball in the air more.

That's the coaches' decision. My job is just to call the play and go execute it.

Webb threw for 180 yards on the day but completed just 11 of his 30 pass attempts. He also threw one touchdown and one pick. Webb had a decent day on the ground as well with 68 yards on seven carries.

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