This time, it wasn’t a tight end that sealed a Vikings loss, but instead it was a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dwayne Harris with 42 seconds remaining. To no surprise, Christian Ponder was unable to lead the Vikings on a game-winning drive, but the 27-23 loss is a bitter one given the position the Vikings were in.
Adrian Peterson scored on an impressive 11-yard run to give the Vikings a three-point lead late in the game, but a Blair Walsh missed extra point drastically changed how the Vikings should have played out the game. The defense came up big with an A.J. Jefferson interception on the Cowboys’ second-to-last possession, but the offense was unable to capitalize and score any points, giving the Cowboys the ball on the 10-yard line after a solid Jeff Locke punt.
The Vikings were unable to come up big on a second straight defensive possession as the Cowboys moved the ball relatively easily down the field and capped it off with just their second offensive touchdown of the day. The Cowboys were able to move the ball through the air, but the Vikings held them to just 36 yards on the ground despite DeMarco Murray making his return to the field.
On the other hand, the Vikings’ offense looked the best it has all year, as Ponder had plenty of zip on most of his throws and showed great accuracy at times to finish the day with 236 passing yards and two total touchdowns. Peterson had another big game, tying a season-high with 140 rushing yards and finishing the day with one touchdown and another 37 yards receiving.
It would be crazy if Ponder wasn’t the Vikings’ starter next week against the Washington Redskins given the performance he put up against the Cowboys this Sunday, but with the way the QB situation has been handled so far this season, nothing would be surprising. Vikings fans can take away the fact that Peterson had a 5.6 yards per carry average and will be facing a terrible run defense next week in the Redskins.