MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, basking in Sunday's playoff-clinching win against the Green Bay Packers, made sure he delivered a very important message to his embattled quarterback following Sunday's 37-34 win.
He approached second-year starter Christian Ponder. "Do you realize you just led your team to the playoffs in your second year in the National Football League," Frazier said in relaying his message to his young quarterback, who's received a lot of criticism over the second half of the season.
And Ponder, who had done more caddying than leading since being a big part of Minnesota's surprising 4-1 start this year, did just that. Ponder, even with running back Adrian Peterson going for 199 yards rushing, came up with the key plays in Sunday's win. Ponder was efficient in helping the Vikings reel off three wins to put them in Sunday's must-win situation at home against Green Bay. He was more than efficient in his biggest game as a pro Sunday.