Sunday, December 9, 2012
Two costly INTs for Jay Cutler
By Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most of the discussion entering Sunday's game at the Metrodome centered on the mistakes of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. But as the third quarter draws to a close, the difference at this point is two interceptions from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith just caught a Cutler overthrow in his chest and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown, giving the Vikings a two-touchdown lead at 21-7. In the first quarter, you might remember, Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson returned an interception 44 yards to the Bears' 5-yard line to set up their second touchdown.
Robinson's interception was more the fault of receiver Alshon Jeffery, who fell as he cut on the play. But Smith's interception was just a flat-out overthrew of receiver Brandon Marshall.
Ponder has thrown for 75 yards in this game, but at this point that low total isn't keeping the Vikings from holding a lead.