EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The pass from quarterback Christian Ponder appeared too long and bound to overshoot receiver Jerome Simpson late in the third quarter of the Minnesota Vikings' loss Sunday at Detroit.
Simpson was left to turn his back completely to the ball, almost tilting his head straight back to keep his eye on the ball and doing what he could to try and run underneath the pass. Simpson leaped at the last moment and hauled in the pass with his fingertips for a 47-yard reception, his biggest play since joining Minnesota last season.
"I just kept running," Simpson said Monday. "That's one thing that you have to do. Just keep running and always just believe in yourself. I just kept my eye on the ball and made a play and rolled with it."
The play, his longest since hauling in a 47-yarder in Week 10 in his final season with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, was just what the Vikings were hoping for when they took a chance on signing the maligned rece...