Minnesota 26, Jacksonville 23

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 9, 2012
Location - Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Robert Dalton
Attendance - 56607

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jacksonville 3 6 3 11 0 23
Minnesota 0 7 7 9 3 26

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Jacksonville 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
Minnesota 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1

Recap


Minnesota 26, Jacksonville 23 (OT): Adrian Peterson ran for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns just eight months removed from major knee surgery, and rookie Blair Walsh's fourth field goal  - a 38-yarder in overtime - helped the Minnesota Vikings to a wild win over the Jaguars.

Percy Harvin totaled 192 all-purpose yards for Minnesota (1-0), which sent the game into overtime thanks Walsh's 55-yard field goal at the end of regulation.

Peterson suffered a torn ACL and MCL last Dec. 24, and was questionable heading into this game. But he looked as explosive as ever while surpassing Robert Smith as the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 6,841 yards.

Maurice Jones-Drew, the 2011 rushing champion who ended his messy 38-day holdout last week without a new contract, ran for 77 yards on 19 carries for Jacksonville (0-1). He played more than expected after starter Rashad Jennings left with a knee injury.

Minnesota received the ball first in overtime and drove to the Jacksonville 21, where Walsh connected on the go-ahead kick. Per the NFL's new overtime rules. Walsh's field goal didn't automatically end the game. Jacksonville was afforded a chance to respond, but the Vikings' defense didn't budge.

Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder (20-of-27, 270 yards) rallied Minnesota after Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert, maligned as a rookie, connected with Cecil Shorts for a go-ahead, 39-yard touchdown with 27 seconds left. Shorts, a fourth-round pick in 2011 who had just two catches last season, made a diving catch on a post-corner pattern and fell just inside the goal line.

Rookie Justin Blackmon hauled in the two-point conversion for a 23-20 lead, but the Vikings quickly responded. On the ensuing drive, Ponder connected with Devin Aromashodu for 26 yards and then hit tight end Kyle Rudolph to set up Walsh's game-tying field goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jennings started in place of Jones-Drew and ran for 31 yards on eight carries before leaving. … Gabbert was 23-of-39 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. … Jones-Drew ran for 36 yards on eight carries in the opening half. … The Vikings allowed a sack for the 33rd straight game – the longest streak in the NFL. … Blackmon had three catches for 24 yards in his debut.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Jacksonville   Minnesota
Maurice Jones-Drew Player Adrian Peterson
19 Attempts 17
77 Yards 84
4.0 Avg Yards 4.9
0 Touchdowns 2
11 Long 20
Receiving
Jacksonville   Minnesota
Cecil Shorts Player Percy Harvin
4 Receptions 6
74 Yards 84
18.5 Avg Yards 14.0
1 Touchdowns 0
39 Long 20

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Jacksonville 362 113 249 2 3 0 2.0 1
Minnesota 389 123 266 2 4 0 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Indianapolis. The Vikings have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Jacksonville will play their next game at home against Houston. The Jaguars have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.