Pulse Report: Redskins at Vikings

Pulse Report: Redskins at Vikings
November 8, 2013, 10:30 am
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Here are some of the social highlights from the Redskins' 34-27 loss to the Vikings:

Here's what the men in Burgundy & Gold had to say before the game:

For Redskins Kickoff, we wanted to know which rookie you thought has stepped up the most this season. Redskins Nation pretty much agrees, Reed has been on a roll:

A early 10-yard gain gave Ponder some confidence, but that didn't last long. Orakpo got to him for a sack and 4-yard loss, and on the very next play Brandon Merriweather picked him off and returned 30 yards to near midfield:

When the Redskins failed to find the end zone from a yard out, Kai Forbath knocked through a chip shot to give Washington a 3-0 lead with 8:16 left to play in the 1st quarter:

Containing Adrian Peterson was a definite key to this game, but on a 2nd & 13, AP broke free for an 18-yard touchdown run to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead:

The Redskins bounced right back. Leonard Hankerson and Alfred Morris picked up some chunk yardage and Pierre Garçon finished off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception:

Early in the 2nd quarter, after Adrian Peterson led a Minnesota charge down the field, Christian Ponder rolled out to the right to find Cordarrelle Patterson for a 2-yard touchdown pass (Patterson's first NFL TD reception) to put the Vikings up 14-10:

The shootout continued with a Redskins drive midway through the 2nd. Morris was dependable on the ground and a tough-as-nails catch and run from Garçon helped bring the Redskins to the doorstep. RGIII capped it off with a pump fake that gave Jordan Reed plenty of room to find the end zone after the catch and put the Redskins up 17-14:

After RGIII broke free for a 12-yard run and was stopped just short of the end zone, Logan Paulsen finished the job with a 1-yard touchdown reception to give the Redskins a 24-14 lead going into the locker room at the half:

The Redskins' opening drive of the 2nd half couldn't quite find the end zone, but a 40-yard Kai Forbath field goal extended the Washington lead to 27-14:

With under five minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, Viking TE John Carlson was left wide open. Ponder found him for a 28-yard catch-and-run touchdown to narrow the gap, but the Redskins still held a 27-21 lead:

Late in the 3rd quarter, Ponder took off running for 15 yards and dove for the pylon. DeAngelo Hall met him there with a crushing hit that knocked the ball loose and out of bounds just short of the goal line. On the next play, AP had an easy stroll into the end zone to give the Vikings the 28-27 lead:

With Christian Ponder out of the game with a shoulder injury, Matt Cassel took over the Vikings offense. He was able to drive down the field into field goal range and Blair Walsh kicked a 39-yarder to extend the Minnesota lead to 31-27:

With 3:36 to play, Blair Walsh drilled a 40-yard field goal to open up a 34-27 lead:

The Redskins drove down the field as time ticked away, eventually working their way to a 1st & Goal at the Vikings' 8. Helu picked up 4 yards, but Reed and Garçon couldn't hang on to passes on 2nd and 3rd. On the Redskins' final shot, a corner fade to Santana Moss was caught but he could only get one foot down in bounds:

After a great-looking first half, the Redskins fell apart in the second and lost to the Vikings 34-27. These were your rapid reactions: