Found October 21, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota had just defeated Arizona 21-14 at the Metrodome Sunday when Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder took to the podium and, essentially, apologized. "It's a good thing to be disappointed when you're 5-2," he began. "Obviously the offense, especially me, didn't perform as we should have." Winning will ease the pain, but consider the following: The Vikings were outgained 356 yards to 209. Besides two long first-half scoring drives, the Vikings netted 49 yards. And then there was Ponder. He completed eight of 17 passes for just 58 yards. He threw two interceptions for the third straight week. He led a Minnesota offense that gained a total of 58 yards and managed two first downs in the second half. But it was enough. That's because Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his 29th career 100-yard gain, gaining 153 yards on 23 carries with his first touchdown since opening day. Percy Harvin caught four more passes, in...
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