Adrian Peterson ran for two touchdowns and 75 yards as the Minnesota Vikings held onto a 34-27 lead Nov. 7 at the Metrodome in Minnesota.

The Vikings took a 28-27 lead near the end of the third quarter on a short touchdown run by Peterson. It was Peterson’s second touchdown of the game as he ran for an 18-yard score earlier in the first quarter. Minnesota pushed the lead to 34-27 with a couple of field goals in the fourth quarter.

Washington had a chance to tie the game after receiving the ball with 3:36 left in the game. They marched the field and came within a few yards of the goal line, but quarterback Robert Griffin III threw an incomplete pass on fourth and goal, turning the ball over to the Vikings on downs with 30 seconds left in the game. Minnesota then killed the clock for the win.

Griffin performed well in the loss. He threw three touchdowns on 16-of-21 passing in the first half alone. He finished 24-of-37 for 281 yards with three touchdowns.

Griffin’s leading receiver Pierre Garcon caught seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.

Washington running back Alfred Morris was the most effective player of the game, running for 139 yards on 26 carries. Morris carried the ball 17 times for 88 yards in the first half helping Washington jump out to a 24-14 lead at the break. But Washington didn’t run the ball as much in the second half, a factor, perhaps, in their loss.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had success against Washington’s secondary, completing 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. But he injured his left shoulder attempting to lunge into end zone and had to leave the game in the second half. Backup quarterback Matt Cassell took over for Ponder and completed 4 of 6 passes for 47 yards.

Washington falls to a 3-6 overall record. They’ll next face the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 17 in Philly.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor