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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Joe Webb again replaces Christian Ponder

By Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hello there. It's been an interesting afternoon already. I'm keeping an eye on the events at Lambeau Field, where selected Green Bay Packers starters and reserves are leading the Detroit Lions 10-9 early in the second quarter. I'm also, of course, watching parts of the game playing out in front of me.

Most notably, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has left the game after taking a rough hit from Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije. Ponder immediately grabbed his right hip, which he hurt earlier this season, and limped off the field.

Joe Webb has replaced Ponder, who officially is listed as questionable to return. Ponder completed 4 of 10 passes for 28 yards before departing. Included in that group was a poor swing pass to tailback Toby Gerhart. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman intercepted it off Gerhart's tip and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

We'll keep you updated, but for now this is Webb's game. Week 17 games aren't always meaningless. I wonder if Webb could impact his 2012 standing with another strong performance.