Minnesota 34, Washington 27

Date - 8:25 PM EST, Thursday, November 7, 2013
Location - Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Ed Hochuli
Attendance - 64011

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 10 14 3 0 27
Minnesota 7 7 14 6 34

Team Records

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


Vikings 34, Redskins 27: Christian Ponder threw a pair of touchdown passes before he was injured and host Minnesota erased a 13-point second-half deficit to snap a four-game losing streak.

Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings (2-7) earned their first win in the United States; their only other victory came over Pittsburgh in London. Tight end John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a TD for Minnesota, which scored the final 20 points.

Robert Griffin III threw three first-half touchdown passes but couldn't get Washington (3-6) into the end zone in the second half, with the final drive stalling at the Vikings' 4-yard line with 28 seconds to play. Griffin finished 24-of-37 for 281 yards and Alfred Morris ran for 139 yards on 26 carries. 

Ponder's 2-yard pass to rookie Cordarrelle Patterson gave the Vikings a 14-10 lead with 12:59 left in the first half, but the Redskins responded with consecutive long scoring drives to take a 24-14 lead into halftime. Griffin capped an 80-yard march with an 11-yard pass to tight end Jordan Reed before hitting tight end Logan Paulsen with a 1-yard pass with 10 seconds left in the half.

Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal on the opening possession of the second half extended Washington's lead to 27-14, but Minnesota answered with 20 unanswered points. Ponder tossed a 28-yard scoring strike to Carlson and set up Peterson's 1-yard run on the play that knocked him out of the game. Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals - the second a 40-yarder for a 34-27 lead with 3:36 to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ponder suffered a left shoulder injury diving for the end zone with just over a minute left in the third quarter. He finished 17-of-21 for 174 yards with an interception and backup Matt Cassel was 4-for-6 for 47 yards. ... Griffin's three first-half TD passes tied a career high and surpassed his total in the opening 30 minutes from the previous eight games combined. ... Morris became the third running back in the league with back-to-back 100-yard games this season, joining San Diego's Ryan Mathews and St. Louis rookie Zac Stacy.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Minnesota
Alfred Morris Player Adrian Peterson
26 Attempts 20
139 Yards 75
5.4 Avg Yards 3.8
0 Touchdowns 2
26 Long 18
Washington   Minnesota
Pierre Garcon Player John Carlson
7 Receptions 7
119 Yards 98
17.0 Avg Yards 14.0
1 Touchdowns 1
32 Long 28

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Washington 433 191 242 3 2 1 1.0 1
Minnesota 307 91 216 4 2 0 4.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Vikings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Redskins have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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