EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Coach Leslie Frazier wanted to get an idea of the resiliency of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on Sunday and approached his third-year starter on the sideline after Ponder had thrown an interception returned for a touchdown.
Frazier talked to Ponder. He looked in his eyes. Frazier believed Ponder was ready to overcome the momentum-killing interception.
"I was really encouraged when I talked with him, he was really focused," Frazier said Wednesday. "He told me, 'Coach I put that behind me. I'll be ready to go next series.' The way he said it, the way he looked me in the eye when he said it, the conviction that he had, I was assured that he's alright. He's going to be OK. He went on and played well."
Ponder was 4 of 12 for 52 yards passing before the interception. The rest of the game he went 12 of 18 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown and avoided any more turnovers in Minnesota's 31-30 loss.
"Now we've got to build on that," Frazier sai...