Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/26/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Christian Ponder came through Sunday with perhaps his biggest game in the NFL against maybe the toughest defense he's faced in his 14 games.Not surprisingly, the Minnesota Vikings came up with their biggest, and most surprising win, during that time in the 24-13 win against the San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota's win and Ponder's performance (21 of 35 passing for 198 yards and two touchdowns to go with a rushing score) caught attention around the league, especially in Detroit, where the Vikings travel for their first NFC North game of the season."What you're seeing is a young player that's improved significantly from Year 1 to Year 2, for a lot of reasons," Lions' coach Jim Schwartz said. "Number one, like I said, healthy and No. 2 he's had an offseason. He's had the same coaches, second year in the system and all those different things. He has good playmakers around him, Adrian Peterson, (Toby) Gerhart, Percy Harvin. (Kyle) Rudolph, the tight end, is playing very ...
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