8:15 PM ET, December 23, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Be it insult, injury or even the death of one of their own, the Washington Redskins have faced just about every hardship imaginable this season.Yet after an inspired 32-21 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, here they stand -- on the cusp of the playoffs. And Clinton Portis knows why.
The Vikings built a win streak by running the ball and hanging onto it. That formula failed on Sunday, and so did the Vikes.
A scary moment happened in the second half when Sellers went down while covering a kick. He was trying to break the wedge and crumpled to the turf after the collision and was motionless. Players on both sides were kneeling in prayer and a cart immediately went on to the field. But Sellers surprisingly got up and jogged off the field. ... The Vikings loss means the Saints have not been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. ... The Redskins rushed for 106 yards against the league's No. 1 ranked rush defense. ... Jackson led the Vikings with 44 yards rushing.
Turnovers and a stout run defense were the difference for the Redskins against the Vikings. They intercepted Minnesota QB Tarvaris Jackson twice in Washington territory and gave the Redskins' offense a short field to work with, and Vikings rookie RB Adrian Peterson was held in check thanks in large part to three players. Washington ILB London Fletcher filled gaps quickly to get to Peterson before the running back could build up a head of steam, and DEs Phillip Daniels and Andre Carter did a solid job of setting the edge and not allowing the Vikings' backs to turn the corner.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||3-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|SF||10:51||Tony Richardson tackled in end zone by Kedric Golston.|
Drive info: 1 plays, -1 yds, 0:00
|TD||7:32||Chris Cooley, 33 yd pass from Todd Collins (Shaun Suisham kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yds, 3:19
|TD||7:50||Santana Moss, 32 yd pass from Todd Collins (Shaun Suisham kick is good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 32 yds, 0:11
|TD||0:49||Antwaan Randle El, 15 yd pass from Clinton Portis(Todd Collins pass to Chris Cooley for 2pt conversion failed)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 3:30
|FG||6:55||Shaun Suisham 26 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 48 yds, 4:53
|TD||2:59||Jimmy Kleinsasser, 2 yd pass from Tarvaris Jackson (Ryan Longwell kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 3:58
|TD||10:24||Tarvaris Jackson, 6 yd run (Ryan Longwell kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 4:31
|TD||5:12||Clinton Portis, 13 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 5:12
|TD||2:04||Tarvaris Jackson, 1 yd run (Ryan Longwell kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, 3:08