It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the Houston Texans.
The team with the best record in the AFC got their hats handed to them in New England, and now they have to deal with the humiliation of getting upset by the Vikings, who not many gave a chance to win this game.
The Vikings keep their playoff hopes, while the Texans were kept from clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
It wasn’t a huge running day for Adrian Peterson that they could blame on the outcome either.
Peterson ran for a pedestrian 86 yards. He’s now faced with having to run for 208 yards next week if he wants to surpass Eric Dickerson’s NFL single-season rushing record. Doable for Adrian, but his low output today certainly makes it a lot harder.
Minnesota QB Christian Ponder was efficient, going 16/30, 174 YDS and 1 TD, but it was quite enough, as help from the defense resulted in holding the Texans to without a touchdown since their 2006 season.