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
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|SF||10:43||Tony Richardson Tackled By Kedric Golston In End Zone||2||0|
|TD||07:24||Chris Cooley 33 Yd Pass From Todd Collins (Shaun Suisham Kick)||9||0|
|TD||07:43||Santana Moss 32 Yd Pass From Todd Collins (Shaun Suisham Kick)||16||0|
|TD||00:44||Antwaan Randle El 15 Yd Pass From Clinton Portis (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||22||0|
|FG||06:52||Shaun Suisham 26 Yd||25||0|
|TD||02:54||Jim Kleinsasser 2 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Ryan Longwell Kick)||25||7|
|TD||10:18||Tarvaris Jackson 6 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||25||14|
|TD||05:06||Clinton Portis 13 Yd Run (Shaun Suisham Kick)||32||14|
|TD||01:58||Tarvaris Jackson 1 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||32||21|