Minnesota 21, Arizona 14

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 21, 2012
Location - Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Terry McAulay
Attendance - 61068

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona 0 7 0 7 14
Minnesota 7 7 7 0 21

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 4-3 3-1 1-2 L3
Minnesota 5-2 4-0 1-2 W1

Recap


Vikings 21, Cardinals 14: Adrian Peterson rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score as host Minnesota handed Arizona its third straight loss.

Percy Harvin added a 3-yard touchdown catch for the Vikings (5-2), who defeated the Cardinals for the fourth time in the last five meetings. Brian Robison (three) and Jared Allen (two) combined for five of the Vikings' seven sacks to help offset a poor performance by quarterback Christian Ponder, who was 8-of-17 for 58 yards with two interceptions.

Larod Stephens-Howling rushed for a career-high 104 yards and a touchdown and quarterback John Skelton, replacing the injured Kevin Kolb, was 25-of-36 for 262 yards and a score for Arizona (4-3). The Cardinals trailed 14-7 at halftime before Smith's 31-yard return on the third play of the second half made it 21-7.

Peterson sliced through the Cardinals' defense and scored on a 13-yard run up the middle to open the scoring in the first quarter. Stephens-Howling bulled his way in from the 3-yard line - four plays after Paris Lenon intercepted Ponder at the Vikings' 16 - to tie it 7-7 early in the second.

Ponder's second pick came with five seconds left before halftime when he inexplicably threw a pass while under heavy pressure, which was intercepted by Sam Acho. Arizona could not take advantage, though, as Jay Feely missed a 47-yard field goal wide right.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ponder didn't throw an interception in his first four games this season but has thrown six in his last three contests. ... Cardinals WR Andre Roberts had seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. ... Arizona has yielded an NFL-high 35 sacks this season, including 29 in the last four games.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Arizona   Minnesota
LaRod Stephens-Howling Player Adrian Peterson
20 Attempts 23
104 Yards 153
5.2 Avg Yards 6.6
1 Touchdowns 1
27 Long 27
Receiving
Arizona   Minnesota
Andre Roberts Player Percy Harvin
7 Receptions 4
103 Yards 37
14.7 Avg Yards 9.2
1 Touchdowns 1
21 Long 14

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Arizona 356 126 230 2 0 2 3.0 0
Minnesota 209 166 43 3 0 1 7.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay . The Vikings have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .714 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against San Francisco. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .571 after a loss.