Minnesota 23, Houston 6

Sunday, December 23, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 23, 2012
WHERE: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: John Parry
ATTENDANCE: 71688

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 6 3 7 23
Houston 3 0 3 0 6

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 9-6 6-1 3-5 W3
Houston 12-3 6-2 6-1 L1

Recap


Vikings 23, Texans 6: Christian Ponder connected with Kyle Rudolph on a 3-yard scoring strike and the Minnesota defense silenced host Houston to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Ponder had his strongest game in several weeks, completing 16 of 30 passes for 174 yards as the Vikings (9-6) retained one of the two NFC wild-card spots. Minnesota will still need to win next week's season finale in Green Bay and get some help in order to qualify for the postseason.

Toby Gerhart added a 3-yard fourth-quarter TD run and the Vikings held the Texans (12-3) to 187 yards of total offense and 11 first downs en route to their third straight win. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson added 86 yards on the ground, leaving him 102 yards shy of 2,000 for the season and 208 away from breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record

With Houston leading 3-0 on a Shayne Graham 51-yard field goal, Ponder found Rudolph on a short TD pass to put Minnesota ahead for good with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter. Blair Walsh hit three straight field goals bridging the second and third quarters, and Gerhart extended the lead to 17 with a short TD plunge with 4:44 remaining.

Matt Schaub went 18-for-32 for 178 yards but was held without a touchdown pass for the second time in three weeks.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: The Texans still hold the top seed in the AFC but could fall to third if they lose next week in Indianapolis and both New England and Denver win out. ... AFC rushing leader Arian Foster had just 10 carries for 15 yards and lost a fumble before spending the majority of the second half on the bench. The Texans said Foster had an irregular heartbeat but was fine and removed from the game as a precaution. ... Walsh is a perfect 9-for-9 from 50 yards out, an NFL record from that range.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Minnesota   Houston
Adrian Peterson Player Ben Tate
25 Attempts 4
86 Yards 17
3.4 Avg Yards 4.2
0 Touchdowns 0
21 Long 13
Receiving
Minnesota   Houston
Jarius Wright Player Andre Johnson
5 Receptions 7
53 Yards 97
10.6 Avg Yards 13.9
0 Touchdowns 0
21 Long 19

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Minnesota 345 174 171 2 3 0 4.0 2
Houston 187 34 153 0 2 0 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Indianapolis. The Texans have a W/L % of .800 after a win and .800 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Green Bay. The Vikings have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .600 after a loss.