• Sid Hartman: Ponder learned from earlier loss to Packers

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Dec 31, 2012
    "What a great experience," Ponder said. "What a great game." Ponder said this week that seeing the mistakes he made against the Packers and learning from the experience helped to create a sense of urgency that he has to play better. Peterson was the big star of the game, rushing 34 times for 199 yards, just 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's record. But Ponder's hot day his 120.2 quarterback rating was the best of his NFL career had a lot to do with setting up the great runs by his superstar back. The situation was this: The score was 34-34 at the two-minute warning, the Vikings had third-and-11 on their own 27, and the threat of having to punt and give Green Bay the ball back and a chance to win was looming over their heads.
    • Souhan: In one of Dome's top games, Ponder stood front and center

      Whatever else happens in his career, the Vikings second-year quarterback will always know what it means to beat the Packers in a big game in December when the noise in the Dome becomes, for the squeamish, more like a hallucinogen than a sound.
    • Hartman: Ponder on the mark as crunch time hits

      The quarterback found his wide receivers when he had to, and they came up big for him at the end.

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