EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Harrison Smith, the Minnesota Vikings' rookie safety, has come through with key plays this season rarely seen from Minnesota's secondary in years.
Smith's latest act Sunday needs to be traced back to Nov. 25, 2007. The 41-17 win on the road against the New York Giants that day was the last time a Minnesota defensive back had returned an interception for a touchdown. In the win, safeties Dwight Smith and Darren Sharper both returned interceptions for touchdowns.
Smith is proving to be the biggest playmaking safety the Vikings have had since Sharper.
It had been 79 games until Harrison Smith ended the drought with his touchdown on the first drive of the second half, which ended up being the winning score in Minnesota's 21-14 victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
"It's a breath of fresh air some of the things that he's doing, and has been doing throughout the season," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "The tackles, the presence that we have with him...