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Halftime update: Joe Webb in again, impressive again

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell Updated: January 1, 2012 - 1:29 PM

Even after sparking a 33-26 road win in Washington last week, Joe Webb didn’t do enough to leapfrog Christian Ponder on the Vikings’ depth chart at quarterback. But Webb has been ready and impressive once again today in relief of Ponder, whose rookie season may have ended with 13:28 left in the second quarter when he suffered a hip injury when taking a hit from Bears defensive end Israel Idonije.

Enter Webb, who continues to showcase his playmaking ability and led an impressive 71-yard drive late in the half that allowed the Vikings to pull within 14-13 on a 26-yard Ryan Longwell field goal.
 
Webb is currently 7-for-10 for 93 yards. His most impressive throw of the afternoon was a 19-yard completion to Devin Aromashodu that came after he spun out of the grasp of Julius Peppers.
 
Ponder was 4-for-10 for 28 yards before leaving. He also threw an interception that Charles Tillman returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
 
Webb has shown much more steadiness and will once again leave the Vikings coaching staff with a whole lot to think about heading into the offseason.
 
Also notable for the Vikings in the first half: defensive end Jared Allen recorded 1.5 sacks in the first half, now up to 20 for the season and within striking distance of breaking Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5.

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