The Minnesota Vikings scored 20 second-half points to rally past the Washington Redskins 34-27 and avoid their fifth straight defeat as Week 10 play got under way in the National Football League.
The Vikings improved to 2-7, the second-worst record in the National Football Conference after the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Washington dropped to 3-6.
It’s the first victory on U.S. soil this season for the Vikings, their only other win coming against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in London on Sept. 29.
Washington led 24-14 at halftime at the Metrodome in Minneapolis last night as Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tossed touchdown passes of eight, 11 and one yard to Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed and Logan Paulsen. Minnesota got two first-half touchdowns, on an 18-yard run by Adrian Peterson and on a two-yard pass from Christian Ponder to Cordarrelle Patterson.
Ponder connected with John Carlson for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to six points. Ponder injured his left shoulder on the home team’s next drive as he scrambled 14 yards to within one foot of the Washington end zone. Matt Cassel took over at quarterback and on his first play handed the ball off to Peterson, who scored to give Minnesota a one-point lead with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.
Blair Walsh kicked field goals of 39 and 40 yards to make it 34-27 to Minnesota with three minutes, 36 seconds remaining and the Vikings sealed the win when Washington’s Santana Moss failed to get both feet down in play on a catch in the end zone on a 4th-and-goal play with 24 seconds remaining.