The Minnesota Vikings strengthened their once slim playoff chances with Sunday's 23-6 win on the road against the Houston Texans, one of the top teams in the AFC.
The win, after Minnesota's earlier struggles on the road this season, was unlikely, but dominating. The Vikings proved worthy of their playoff status with their most impressive win since 2009. Here's how they did it:Pass offense: B
Minnesota has had to rely on the running of Adrian Peterson the entire second half of the season, rushing for more yards than passing in the past eight games. Quarterback Christian Ponder, even in wins against Chicago and St. Louis the past two weeks, was almost an afterthought. Ponder had an efficient game against St. Louis, but it was Peterson's second 200-yard rushing day of the season. Ponder needed to be more of the Vikings' success onSunday with Houston having success against Peterson, and he was up to the task.
Ponder didn't have a big yardage day passing-wise, finishing 16 of 30 for 174 ...