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Final gun report: Vikings 34, Redskins 27

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings offense, Vikings quarterbacks Updated: November 7, 2013 - 10:37 PM

Well, there goes the No. 1 draft pick.

The Vikings beat the Redskins 34-27 at the Metrodome tonight, outscoring Washington 20-3 in the second half.

Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams sacked Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III three times in the second half, and the Vikings overcame an injury to Christian Ponder (left shoulder) to hold on.

Washington drove to the Vikings' 4 in the final seconds, but lost the ball on downs.

Ponder was 17-for-21 for 174 yards, and was injured diving at the goal line late in the third quarter. Adrian Peterson scored on the next play to give the Vikings a 28-27 lead.

Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Cassel completed 4 of 6 for 47 yards, and set up two Blair Walsh field goals in the fourth quarter.

Washington won the statistical battle, as Griffin passed for 281 yards and ran for 44 more. Alfred Morris rushed for 139 yards.

Records: Vikings 2-7, Washington 4-5

Hidden star: Vikings tight end John Carlson had 7 catches for 98 yards.

Next up: Seattle, Nov. 17, at Century Link Field, 3:25 p.m.


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