Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, one of the Vikingsâ prized additions in the offseason, intercepted his first pass in purple in the first quarter of tonightâs preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the Chiefs in the red zone and threatening to tie the game, Munnerlyn jumped in front of Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., who was running a deep post through the end zone.
âI was playing Cover Three man and I had outside leverage,â he said. âI knew I was close to the end zone so I knew he couldnât run by me. He had to stop soon. So I undercut him and made a play.â
But then Munnerlyn, who has returned five of his seven regular-season interceptions for scores, admittedly made the mistake of trying to run the ball out of the end zone instead of taking a knee and taking the touchback. The poor field position preceded a Matt Cassel sack, fumble and safety.
“I should have stayed in the end zone to give the offense better field position,â he said. âBut itâs the preseason. In a game situation, I know Iâve got to make a better judgment and get on a knee.â
The interception was the first of three for the Vikings, who picked off starter Alex Smith twice.
âUsually when you get around the quarterback, good things happen,â head coach Mike Zimmer said.