Minnesota vikings qb 2012

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Minnesota Vikings: Breaking Down the First 'Official' 2012 Depth Chart

Right Cornerback:

1st: Chris Cook

2nd: Chris Carr

3rd: Josh Robinson

4th: Zack Bowman

5th: Bobby Felder

6th: Chris Stroud

Highlights:

Cook is the starter on the outside and will likely be asked to shadow teams' top receivers.  
Carr has had a very nice offseason and is the likely starter on the outside when the Vikings are in a nickel package.

Robinson has been slowed by injuries but still ranks ahead of Bowman and Felder.  Robinson is in the mix to return kicks as well.

Bowman is a very good special teams player but hasn't climbed the depth chart.  He could be in danger of losing his spot to Felder.

Felder is an undrafted free agent out of Nichols State who has caused a lot of buzz in training camp. He could be quickly climbing the depth chart if he can reproduce that level of play in preseason games.

Stroud will not make the final roster.

Left Cornerback:

1st: Antoine Winfield

2nd: Brandon Burton

3rd: Marcus Sherels

4th: Reggie Jones

5th: Corey Gatewood

Highlights:

Winfield is healthy and is looking to have a bounce-back season.  He is likely to play a lot in the slot in nickel packages but the coaches have said that they will move him around.

Burton has been very solid this offseason and has a good chance to make the final roster.  
The last man in could come down to Felder, Jones and/or Sherels.  Sherels has the edge on punt returning but after struggling at cornerback last year, he is no lock to make the team.  

Jones, like Felder, has caused coaches to take notice and could be moving up the depth chart quickly with more good performances.

Gatewood is not expected to make the roster.

Nickel Cornerback:

1st: Antoine Winfield

2nd: Marcus Sherels

3rd: Chris Carr

4th: Robert Blanton

Highlights:

No real surprises here with Winfield on top of the depth chart.

The only surprise may be that Sherels is ranked second.  The second-year undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota will need to have a strong training camp to keep this spot.

Robert Blanton is also a mild surprise to see on the list.  It will be interesting to see how the Vikings utilize the college cornerback turned safety in the preseason. 

Free Safety:

1st: Jamarca Sanford

2nd: Harrison Smith

3rd: Andrew Sendejo

Highlights:

This is my biggest surprise so far on the entire depth chart.  Sanford "earned" his starting job in 2011 by beating out Tyrell Johnson in camp, but was ultimately ineffective. Sanford thrives on special teams where he can best utilize his high motor on returns. 

Sanford may have the nod right now based on trying to keep Smith motivated in proving himself. Smith is the 2012 first-round draft pick that was getting some first team reps early in camp but has given way to Sanford recently.  

Smith is a very smart, steady player that may shine in game situations.

Sendejo has spent time with the Jets and Cowboys.  He saw action in a career-high three game in 2011 with Minnesota but will not likely make the final roster. 

Strong Safety:

1st: Mistral Raymond

2nd: Eric Frampton

3rd: Robert Blanton

Highlights:

No real surprises at strong safety.  

Raymond has seemed to be the starter since minicamp and hasn't relinquished the role yet. He was not a great coverage safety in 2011, which he will need to improve upon to keep the role.

Frampton is the leading returning tackler on special teams and could earn a spot based solely on that role alone.  

He is certainly on the bubble for a roster spot and will be pushed by rookie Robert Blanton.  

Blanton was the 2012 fifth-round draft pick and will be given time to learn his new safety position after playing cornerback at Notre Dame.  Blanton is also in the mix to earn snaps as a nickel cornerback.

Sours: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1287493-minnesota-vikings-breaking-down-the-first-official-2012-vikings-depth-chart
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The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). A franchise was granted to Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter in 1959 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). The ownership forfeited their AFL membership in January 1960 and received the National Football League's 14th franchise on January 28, 1960 that started play in 1961.[1]

The Vikings have had 30 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of their franchise; they have never had more than three starting quarterbacks in one season.[a] The Vikings' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Fran Tarkenton and Warren Moon.[2] The team's first starting quarterback was George Shaw; he was replaced by Tarkenton in the franchise's first game, and the future Hall of Famer retained the starting role for most of the remainder of the season. The Vikings' starting quarterback from 2009 to 2010 was Brett Favre—formerly of the Vikings' rivals, the Green Bay Packers—who was playing in his 19th season in the NFL.

The 2011 season started with quarterback Donovan McNabb, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins, under center. He was benched late in the sixth game of the season and replaced with rookie Christian Ponder. Ponder became the 31st starting quarterback in Vikings history the following week, when he made his first NFL start in a 33–27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

History

The Vikings' starting quarterback for the first game of their inaugural season against the Chicago Bears was George Shaw.[3] However, he was replaced by Fran Tarkenton early on, who passed for four touchdowns in the game and rushed for one more. Tarkenton went on to start in 10 of the Vikings' 14 regular season matches that year.[4] He played for the Vikings until 1967, when he was traded to the New York Giants,[5] and Joe Kapp took his place as the Vikings' starting QB.[6] Kapp led the Vikings to their first playoff appearance in 1968,[7] but he was traded to the Boston Patriots in 1970 and Gary Cuozzo stepped up to replace him.[6][8] Cuozzo remained in the position for two seasons, moving to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.[8]

Tarkenton returned for another seven-year spell as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 1972, continuing until his retirement in 1978,[5] at which point Tommy Kramer was promoted from the second string in his second season with the franchise.[9] Kramer was injured for most of the 1983 season, so Steve Dils served as the starting quarterback for most of the season,[10] before Kramer reclaimed the position in 1984.[9] For the 1987 season, Kramer shared QB duties with Wade Wilson, before Wilson took over on a permanent basis from 1988.[11] Wilson was replaced by the emerging Rich Gannon in 1990,[12] but Gannon was released after the 1992 season and veteran Jim McMahon took over for the 1993 season until the arrival of Warren Moon in 1994.[13]

Moon retained the starting QB spot for two seasons,[14] but suffered a broken collarbone halfway through his third season with the Vikings and was replaced by Brad Johnson for the remainder of the season.[15] The Vikings had three starting quarterbacks in the following three seasons – Johnson (1997),[15]Randall Cunningham (1998)[16] and Jeff George (1999)[17] – before Daunte Culpepper began a six-year spell in his second year in the NFL in 2000.[18] He suffered a serious knee injury during the 2005 season, and Johnson took over in the position again, having re-signed the previous summer after seven years away from the franchise.[15] Culpepper then joined the Miami Dolphins in 2006,[18] giving Johnson another full year as starting QB,[15] only to be replaced by sophomore Tarvaris Jackson in 2007.[19] The 2008 season commenced with Jackson starting at quarterback,[19] but he was replaced after two games by Gus Frerotte, who was returning to the Vikings from the St. Louis Rams after having been traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2005.[20] Jackson regained the job for the final three games and led the Vikings to their first divisional title since 2000, and their first NFC North title.[19] In 2009, the Vikings recruited veteran QB Brett Favre out of retirement to be their new starting quarterback.[21] In Week 13 of the 2010 season, Favre suffered a chest injury that ended his NFL-record streak of consecutive starts at 297 (321 including postseason games), and Tarvaris Jackson reclaimed the starting spot for Week 14. However, Jackson was injured himself in Week 15, giving rookie Joe Webb a chance to stake a claim for the position.

Starting quarterbacks by season

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YearColumn links to corresponding team season
(#)Number of games started in the regular season or post-season win–loss record
Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame[2]

Regular season

SeasonQuarterback(s)Ref(s)
1961Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(10) / George Shaw(4)[4][5][3]
1962Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(14)[22]
1963Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(13) / Ron Vander Kelen(1)[23][24]
1964Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(14)[25]
1965Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(14)[26]
1966Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(12) / Bob Berry(1) / Ron Vander Kelen(1)[27][28]
1967Kapp, Joe !Joe Kapp(11) / Ron Vander Kelen(3)[29][6]
1968Kapp, Joe !Joe Kapp(14)[7]
1969Kapp, Joe !Joe Kapp(13) / Gary Cuozzo(1)[30][8]
1970Cuozzo, Gary !Gary Cuozzo(12) / Bob Lee(2)[31][32]
1971Cuozzo, Gary !Gary Cuozzo(8) / Bob Lee(4) / Norm Snead(2)[33][34]
1972Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(14)[35]
1973Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(14)[36]
1974Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(13) / Bob Berry(1)[37]
1975Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(14)[38]
1976Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(13) / Bob Lee(1)[39]
1977Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(9) / Bob Lee(4) / Tommy Kramer(1)[40][9]
1978[b]Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(16)[41]
1979Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(16)[42]
1980Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(15) / Steve Dils(1)[43][10]
1981Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(14) / Steve Dils(2)[44]
1982[c]Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(9)[45]
1983Dils, Steve !Steve Dils(12) / Tommy Kramer(3) / Wade Wilson(1)[46][11]
1984Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(9) / Wade Wilson(5) / Archie Manning(2)[47][48]
1985Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(15) / Wade Wilson(1)[49]
1986Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(13) / Wade Wilson(3)[50]
1987[c]Wilson, Wade !Wade Wilson(7) / Tommy Kramer(5) / Tony Adams(3)[51][52]
1988Wilson, Wade !Wade Wilson(10) / Tommy Kramer(6)[53]
1989Wilson, Wade !Wade Wilson(12) / Tommy Kramer(4)[54]
1990Gannon, Rich !Rich Gannon(12) / Wade Wilson(4)[55][12]
1991Gannon, Rich !Rich Gannon(11) / Wade Wilson(5)[56]
1992Gannon, Rich !Rich Gannon(12) / Sean Salisbury(4)[57][58]
1993Macmahon, Jim !Jim McMahon(12) / Sean Salisbury(4)[59][13]
1994Moon, Warren !Warren Moon(15) / Sean Salisbury(1)[60][14]
1995Moon, Warren !Warren Moon(16)[61]
1996Moon, Warren !Warren Moon(8) / Brad Johnson(8)[62][15]
1997Johnson, Brad !Brad Johnson(13) / Randall Cunningham(3)[63][16]
1998Cunningham, Randall !Randall Cunningham(14) / Brad Johnson(2)[64]
1999George, Jeff !Jeff George(10) / Randall Cunningham(6)[65][17]
2000Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(16)[66][18]
2001Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(11) / Todd Bouman(3) / Spergon Wynn(2)[67][68][69]
2002Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(16)[70]
2003Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(14) / Gus Frerotte(2)[71][20]
2004Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(16)[72]
2005Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(7) / Brad Johnson(9)[73]
2006Johnson, Brad !Brad Johnson(14) / Tarvaris Jackson(2)[74][19]
2007Jackson, Tarvaris !Tarvaris Jackson(12) / Kelly Holcomb(3) / Brooks Bollinger(1)[75][76][77]
2008Frerotte, Gus !Gus Frerotte(11) / Tarvaris Jackson(5)[78]
2009Favre, Brett !Brett Favre(16)[79][21]
2010Favre, Brett !Brett Favre(13) / Tarvaris Jackson(1) / Joe Webb(2)[80][81]
2011McNabb, Donovan !Donovan McNabb(6) / Christian Ponder(10)[82][83][84]
2012Ponder, Christian !Christian Ponder(16)[85]

Post-season

SeasonQuarterback(s)Ref(s)
1968Kapp, Joe !Joe Kapp(0–1)[6]
1969Kapp, Joe !Joe Kapp(2–1)[6]
1970Cuozzo, Gary !Gary Cuozzo(0–1)[8]
1971Lee, Bob !Bob Lee(0–1)[32]
1973Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(2–1)[5]
1974Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(2–1)[5]
1975Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(0–1)[5]
1976Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(2–1)[5]
1977Lee, Bob !Bob Lee(1–1)[32]
1978Tarkenton, Fran !Fran Tarkenton(0–1)[5]
1980Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(0–1)[9]
1982Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(1–1)[9]
1987Kramer, Tommy !Tommy Kramer(1–0) / Wade Wilson(1–1)[9][11]
1988Wilson, Wade !Wade Wilson(1–1)[11]
1989Wilson, Wade !Wade Wilson(0–1)[11]
1992Salisbury, Sean !Sean Salisbury(0–1)[58]
1993Macmahon, Jim !Jim McMahon(0–1)[13]
1994Moon, Warren !Warren Moon(0–1)[14]
1996Johnson, Brad !Brad Johnson(0–1)[15]
1997Cunningham, Randall !Randall Cunningham(1–1)[16]
1998Cunningham, Randall !Randall Cunningham(1–1)[16]
1999George, Jeff !Jeff George(1–1)[17]
2000Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(1–1)[18]
2004Culpepper, Daunte !Daunte Culpepper(1–1)[18]
2008Jackson, Tarvaris !Tarvaris Jackson(0–1)[19]
2009Favre, Brett !Brett Favre(1–1)[21]
2012Webb, Joe !Joe Webb(0–1)[81]

Statistics

Having been the franchise's starting quarterback for 13 seasons (longer than any other Vikings player), Fran Tarkenton holds the record for the most starts in a Vikings jersey, and those for the most wins and ties.[86] He is also the franchise's leading passer in terms of numbers of attempts, completions, total yards gained and passing touchdowns, although Brett Favre has the best pass completion percentage.[86] However, Tarkenton has also thrown the most interceptions.[86] The record for the longest completed pass by a Vikings starting quarterback is held by Gus Frerotte, who threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bernard Berrian in a home game against the Chicago Bears in the 2008 season.[86][87]

Tarkenton is also the franchise leader for rushing attempts and rushing yards as a quarterback, but it is Daunte Culpepper – with 72 fewer rushing yards on 10 fewer attempts than Tarkenton – who has the most rushing touchdowns.[88] Tarkenton holds the record for the longest rush with a 52-yard run in his rookie season on the road against the Los Angeles Rams.[88][89]

Years Years that the quarterback was on the Vikings' roster Yds Yards gained by passing
GP Games played (regular season) TD Passing touchdowns
GS Games started (regular season) Int Interceptions thrown
W Number of wins as starting quarterback Lng Longest completed pass thrown (yards)
L Number of losses as starting quarterback Rate Quarterback rating
T Number of ties as starting quarterback Att Rushes attempted
Cmp Passes completed Yds Yards gained by rushing
Att Passes attempted TD Rushing touchdowns
Cmp% Percentage of passes completed Lng Longest rushing attempt
Name YearsGPGSWLTCmpAttCmp%YdsTDIntLngRateAttYdsTDLngRef
Shaw, GeorgeGeorge Shaw196184130 469150.5530444264.8 1039019 [3]
Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton1961–1966
1972–1978
17717091736 2635456957.7330982391948980.1 46425482252 [5]
Vander Kelen, RonRon Vander Kelen1963–1967295140 10725242.513756115350.0 26116120 [24]
Berry, BobBob Berry1965–1967
1973–1975
242110 6312450.8708785260.1 72508 [28]
Kapp, JoeJoe Kapp1967–1969403823123 35169950.2480737478562.2 99540527 [6]
Cuozzo, GaryGary Cuozzo1968–197133211650 27655649.6355218237263.6 3685015 [8]
Lee, BobBob Lee1969–1972
1975–1978
5211920 15930652.0215315176367.9 3937210 [32]
Snead, NormNorm Snead197172200 377549.3470165540.4 6615 [34]
Kramer, TommyTommy Kramer1977–198912811054560 2011364855.1247751591577672.9 214531820 [9]
Dils, SteveSteve Dils1979–19844715690 33662353.9386715186868.9 2473019 [10]
Wilson, WadeWade Wilson1981–1991764827210 929166555.81213566757573.4 159679938 [11]
Manning, ArchieArchie Manning1983–198482020 529455.3545235666.1 1241016 [48]
Adams, TonyTony Adams198733030 498955.1607356364.2 1131012 [52]
Gannon, RichRich Gannon1987–1992483519160 561100355.9645740367873.9 144720342 [12]
Salisbury, SeanSean Salisbury1992–1994229540 22840456.427721495580.0 24106 [58]
Macmahon, JimJim McMahon19931212840 20033160.41968985876.2 3396016 [13]
Moon, WarrenWarren Moon1994–1996393921180 882145460.71010258428582.8 69143016 [14]
Johnson, BradBrad Johnson1994–1998
2005–2006
684628180 1036167062.01109865488282.5 139368228 [15]
Cunningham, RandallRandall Cunningham1997–199927231670 42771359.9568048236794.2 61317128 [16]
George, JeffJeff George19991210820 19132958.1281623128094.2 1641017 [17]
Culpepper, DaunteDaunte Culpepper1999–2005818038420 1678260764.420162135868291.5 45424762942 [18]
Bouman, ToddTodd Bouman2001–200263120 549556.8880848098.6 1070021 [68]
Wynn, SpergonSpergon Wynn200132020 489849.0418164738.6 861014 [69]
Frerotte, GusGus Frerotte2003–2004
2008
43131030 21636758.9284719179981.4 31515 [20]
Jackson, TarvarisTarvaris Jackson2006–2010362010100 35460358.7398424227176.6 119535433 [19]
Holcomb, KellyKelly Holcomb200733030 428350.6515214073.1 0000 [76]
Bollinger, BrooksBrooks Bollinger2006–200771010 466867.6537125084.0 518010 [77]
Favre, BrettBrett Favre2009–2010292917120 58088965.2671144266392.2 2615010 [21]
Webb, JoeJoe Webb* 2010–172110 8815257.9853354666.6 41273465 [81]
McNabb, DonovanDonovan McNabb201166150 9415660.31026426082.9 1459123 [83]
Ponder, ChristianChristian Ponder* 2011–272612140 45877459.2478831257277.1 88472229 [84]
* Statistics accurate as of Week 17 of the 2012 season.

See also

Notes

References

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NFL 2012: Minnesota Vikings Season Outlook

Will Christian Ponder improve as an NFL quarterback in 2012?
Will Christian Ponder improve as an NFL quarterback in 2012?Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Quick Review of 2011

Offense—No. 4 rushing, No. 28 passing, No. 18 total.

Defense—No. 11 rushing, No. 26 passing, No. 21 total.

After the Brett Favre experiment, the Vikings expected 2011 to be a transition year. They drafted quarterback Christian Ponder and brought in Donovan McNabb to mentor him. McNabb had a terrible year and gave way to Ponder before being cut.

Ponder was probably thrown into the fire before he was ready. He had a 54 completion percentage, he threw as many interceptions (13) as touchdowns and he won only twice. He also had injury issues.

The Viking were swept by the NFC North while going 3-13, and to make a bad season end worse, they lost star running back Adrian Peterson to a torn ACL late in the year.

New Additions

CB Zack Bowman, TE John Carlson, FB Jerome Felton, RB Lex Hilliard, OT Levi Horn, LB Marvin Mitchell, DE Nick Reed, G Geoff Schwartz, WR Jerome Simpson.

Draft Choices

OT Matt Kalil, S Harrison Smith, CB Josh Robinson, WR Jarius Wright, FB Rhett Ellison, WR Greg Childs, S Robert Blanton, K Blair Walsh, LB Audie Cole, DE Trevor Guyton.

Undrafted Free Agents

DT Chase Baker, RB Derrick Coleman, CB Bobby Felder, G Tyler Holmes, WR Kamar Jorden, DE Eric Latimore, LB Tyler Nielson, DE Ernest Owusu, LB Corey Paredes, G Austin Pasztor, DT Tydreke Powell, DT Terrell Resonno, C Quentin Saulsberry, DE Derrick Shelby, OT Darrion Weems.

Subtractions

S Husain Abdullah, LB Xavier Adibi, RB Lorenzo Booker, WR Greg Camarillo, CB Cedric Griffin, LB E.J. Henderson, G Anthony Herrera, G Steve Hutchinson, S Tyrell Johnson, LS Matt Katula, TE Jimmy Kleinsasser, K Ryan Longwell, LB Kenny Onatolu, S Jarrad Page, CB Benny Sapp, TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Outlook For 2012

The Vikings had two big problems last year—passing offense and passing defense. They used the draft to address those problems. They spent five of their first seven draft choices on defensive backs and wide receivers.

Will Adrian Peterson be healthy by Week 1?
Will Adrian Peterson be healthy by Week 1?Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Vikings traded back into the first round to pick S Harrison Smith. They also took a pair of receivers from Arkansas, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs. Then they drafted CB Josh Robinson and S Robert Blanton.

The defensive backfield must improve to compete against the quarterbacks they will face in the NFC North.

Percy Harvin is a multi-purpose weapon that must be utilized more to take the heat off of the maturing Christian Ponder. He should also create opportunities for the rookie wide receivers.

With a new stadium on the horizon, head coach Leslie Frazier could begin to feel heat if the team doesn't begin to show signs of progress in 2012.

There will be two key factors that will determine how far the Vikings can go in 2012—Christian Ponder's development and a healthy return of Adrian Peterson.

Schedule

Sep.  9    Jacksonville

Sep. 16 at Indianapolis

Sep. 23    San Francisco

Leslie Frazier will face an uphill battle in 2012.
Leslie Frazier will face an uphill battle in 2012.Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Sep. 30 at Detroit

Oct.  7    Tennessee

Oct. 14 at Washington

Oct. 21    Arizona

Oct. 25    Tampa Bay

Nov.  4 at Seattle

Nov. 11    Detroit

Nov. 25 at Chicago

Dec.  2 at Green Bay

Dec.  9    Chicago

Dec. 16 at St. Louis

Dec. 23 at Houston

Dec. 30    Green Bay

There will be opportunities for success early in the year with games against teams that struggled in 2011—the Jaguars, Colts, Redskins and Buccaneers.

The defense will be challenged in the NFC North.
The defense will be challenged in the NFC North.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

They will close with four consecutive dome games. Their only prime-time appearance will be on Thursday, October 25, against Tampa Bay.

Prediction

Every other NFC North team is a playoff contender. Last year the Vikings went 0-6 against Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay for the first time since 1962.

Wins will be just as hard this year. Outside the division they will play Super Bowl contenders San Francisco and Houston.

The final seven weeks will be brutal with six games against playoff contenders.

Expect another last-place finish with less than four wins. 

Sours: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1188712-nfl-2012-minnesota-vikings-season-outlook
Minnesota Vikings Highlights 2012

2012Minnesota VikingsStarters, Roster, & Players

Record: 10-6-0, 2nd in NFC North Division  (Schedule and Results)

Coach:Leslie Frazier (10-6-0)

Points For: 379 (23.7/g) 14th of 32

Points Against: 348 (21.8/g) 14th of 32

Expected W-L: 8.8-7.2

SRS: 3.35 (11th of 32),  SOS: 1.42

Playoffs:
Lost Wild Card 10-24 vs. Green Bay Packers

Offensive Coordinator:Bill Musgrave

Defensive Coordinator:Alan Williams

Other Notable Asst.:Jeff Davidson (Offensive Line), Fred Pagac (Linebackers), Mike Singletary (Asst. Head Coach/Linebackers), Kevin Stefanski (Asst. QB Coach) and Joe Woods (Defensive Backs)

Stadium:Mall of America Field

Principal Owner/Chairman:Zygi Wilf(Mark Wilf & Leonard Wilf also listed as owners)

General Manager:Rick Spielman

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Alignment: 4-3

Preseason Odds:Super Bowl +10000; O/U: 6.0

Training Camp:Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Sours: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/min/2012_roster.htm

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List of Minnesota Vikings starting quarterbacks

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Kirk Cousinshas been the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback since 2018.

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). A franchise was granted to Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter in 1959 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). The ownership forfeited their AFL membership in January 1960 and received the National Football League's 14th franchise on January 28, 1960 that started play in 1961.[1]

The Vikings have had 39 starting quarterbacks in the history of their franchise; they have never had more than three starting quarterbacks in one season.[a] The Vikings' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Fran Tarkenton, Brett Favre and Warren Moon.[2] The team's first starting quarterback was George Shaw; he was replaced by Tarkenton in the franchise's first game, and the future Hall of Famer retained the starting role for most of the remainder of the season. As of the 2020 season, Minnesota's starting quarterback is Kirk Cousins.

History[edit]

The Vikings' starting quarterback for the first game of their inaugural season against the Chicago Bears was George Shaw.[3] However, he was replaced by Fran Tarkenton early on, who passed for four touchdowns in the game and rushed for one more. Tarkenton went on to start in 10 of the Vikings' 14 regular season matches that year.[4] He played for the Vikings until 1967, when he was traded to the New York Giants,[5] and Joe Kapp took his place as the Vikings' starting quarterback .[6] Kapp led the Vikings to their first playoff appearance in 1968,[7] but he was traded to the Boston Patriots in 1970 and Gary Cuozzo stepped up to replace him.[6][8] Cuozzo remained in the position for two seasons, moving to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.[8]

Tarkenton returned for another seven-year spell as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 1972, continuing until his retirement in 1978,[5] at which point Tommy Kramer was promoted from the second string in his second season with the franchise.[9] Kramer was injured for most of the 1983 season, so Steve Dils served as the starting quarterback for most of the season,[10] before Kramer reclaimed the position in 1984.[9] For the 1987 season, Kramer shared quarterback duties with Wade Wilson, before Wilson took over on a permanent basis from 1988.[11] Wilson was replaced by the emerging Rich Gannon in 1990,[12] but Gannon was released after the 1992 season and veteran Jim McMahon took over for the 1993 season until the arrival of Warren Moon in 1994.[13]

Moon retained the starting quarterback spot for two seasons,[14] but suffered a broken collarbone halfway through his third season with the Vikings and was replaced by Brad Johnson for the remainder of the season.[15] The Vikings had three starting quarterbacks in the following three seasons – Johnson (1997),[15]Randall Cunningham (1998)[16] and Jeff George (1999)[17] – before Daunte Culpepper began a six-year spell in his second year in the NFL in 2000.[18] He suffered a serious knee injury during the 2005 season, and Johnson took over in the position again, having re-signed the previous summer after seven years away from the franchise.[15] Culpepper then joined the Miami Dolphins in 2006,[18] giving Johnson another full year as starting quarterback,[15] only to be replaced by sophomore Tarvaris Jackson in 2007.[19] The 2008 season commenced with Jackson starting at quarterback,[19] but he was replaced after two games by Gus Frerotte, who was returning to the Vikings from the St. Louis Rams after having been traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2005.[20] Jackson regained the job for the final three games and led the Vikings to their first divisional title since 2000, and their first NFC North title.[19]

In 2009, the Vikings recruited veteran quarterback Brett Favre out of retirement to be their new starting quarterback.[21] In Week 13 of the 2010 season, Favre suffered a chest injury that ended his NFL-record streak of consecutive starts at 297 (321 including postseason games), and Tarvaris Jackson reclaimed the starting spot for Week 14. However, Jackson was injured himself in Week 15, giving rookie Joe Webb a chance to stake a claim for the position. He was unable to hold onto the position as Donovan McNabb was signed as a free agent to replace Favre, who retired at the end of the 2010 season. After going 1–5 through the first six games of 2011, though, McNabb was replaced by first-round draft pick Christian Ponder, who retained the starting position for the remainder of the season and for the whole of 2012. However, he was plagued by indifferent form and the Vikings signed Matt Cassel – recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs. When Ponder suffered an injury early in the 2013 season, Cassel was given his first start for the Vikings in week 4 in the NFL International Series game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium, London. He started the following game, but was replaced in week 7 by Josh Freeman, recently signed after his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, he was injured during the game and did not make another start for the Vikings, allowing Ponder to reclaim the starting role. Cassel then returned as the starter in week 14, and retained the role for the rest of the season and into 2014. After three games, he was placed on injured reserve and first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater took over for the week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Bridgewater himself was injured late in the game, allowing Ponder the chance to come back in for the following week, but the rookie soon returned and has held the starting berth until suffering a knee injury in practice during the 2016 preseason. Shaun Hill started the season opener and Sam Bradford took over in week 2. Ahead of the 2018 season, the Vikings signed free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins on a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract. He started 31 consecutive regular season games to start his Vikings career before sitting out the final game of 2019 with the team's playoff berth already secured; Sean Mannion started in his place.

Seven Vikings quarterbacks have made at least one start in their rookie season: Tarkenton in 1961, Vander Kelen in 1963, Kramer in 1977, Jackson in 2006, Webb in 2010, Ponder in 2011 and Bridgewater in 2014.

Starting quarterbacks by season[edit]

Teddy Bridgewaterwas the Vikings' starting quarterback from Week 4 of the 2014 season until the end of the 2015 season. He tore his ACL on August 30, 2016, and was declared out for the rest of the 2016 season.
Sam Bradfordwas the Vikings' starting quarterback during the 2016 season until Week 2 of the 2017 season.
Case Keenumstarted all but two of the Vikings' games in 2017.
YearColumn links to corresponding team season
(#)Number of games started in the regular season or post-season win–loss record
Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame[2]

Regular season[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Having been the franchise's starting quarterback for 13 seasons (longer than any other Vikings player), Fran Tarkenton holds the record for the most starts in a Vikings jersey, and those for the most wins and ties.[95] He is also the franchise's leading passer in terms of numbers of attempts, completions, total yards gained and passing touchdowns, although Brett Favre has the best pass completion percentage.[95] However, Tarkenton has also thrown the most interceptions.[95] The record for the longest completed pass by a Vikings starting quarterback is held by Gus Frerotte, who threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bernard Berrian in a home game against the Chicago Bears in the 2008 season.[95][96]

Tarkenton is also the franchise leader for rushing attempts and rushing yards as a quarterback, but it is Daunte Culpepper – with 72 fewer rushing yards on 10 fewer attempts than Tarkenton – who has the most rushing touchdowns.[97]Joe Webb holds the record for the longest rush with a 65-yard run in Minnesota's 34–28 road loss to the Detroit Lions in 2011.[97][98]

Years Years that the quarterback was on the Vikings' roster Yds Yards gained by passing
GP Games played (regular season) TD Passing touchdowns
GS Games started (regular season) Int Interceptions thrown
W Number of wins as starting quarterback Lng Longest completed pass thrown (yards)
L Number of losses as starting quarterback Rate Quarterback rating
T Number of ties as starting quarterback Att Rushes attempted
Cmp Passes completed Yds Yards gained by rushing
Att Passes attempted TD Rushing touchdowns
Cmp% Percentage of passes completed Lng Longest rushing attempt
NamePassing statisticsRushing statisticsRef.
George Shaw196184130 469150.5530444264.8 1039019 [3]
Fran Tarkenton1961–1966
1972–1978
17717091736 2,6354,56957.733,0982391948980.1 4642,5482252 [5]
Ron Vander Kelen1963–1967295140 10725242.51,3756115350.0 26116120 [24]
Bob Berry1965–1967
1973–1975
242110 6312450.8708785260.1 72508 [28]
Joe Kapp1967–1969403823123 35169950.24,80737478562.2 99540527 [6]
Gary Cuozzo1968–197133211650 27655649.63,55218237263.6 3685015 [8]
Bob Lee1969–1972
1975–1978
5211920 15930652.02,15315176367.9 3937210 [32]
Norm Snead197172200 377549.3470165540.4 6615 [34]
Tommy Kramer1977–198912811054560 2,0113,64855.124,7751591577672.9 214531820 [9]
Steve Dils1979–19844715690 33662353.93,86715186868.9 2473019 [10]
Wade Wilson1981–1991764827210 9291,66555.812,13566757573.4 159679938 [11]
Archie Manning1983–198482020 529455.3545235666.1 1241016 [48]
Tony Adams198733030 498955.1607356364.2 1131012 [52]
Rich Gannon1987–1992483519160 5611,00355.96,45740367873.9 144720342 [12]
Sean Salisbury1992–1994229540 22840456.42,7721495580.0 24106 [58]
Jim McMahon19931212840 20033160.41,968985876.2 3396016 [13]
Warren Moon1994–1996393921180 8821,45460.710,10258428582.8 69143016 [14]
Brad Johnson1994–1998
2005–2006
684628180 1,0361,67062.011,09865488282.5 139368228 [15]
Randall Cunningham1997–199927231670 42771359.95,68048236794.2 61317128 [16]
Jeff George19991210820 19132958.12,81623128094.2 1641017 [17]
Daunte Culpepper1999–2005818038420 1,6782,60764.420,162135868291.5 4542,4762942 [18]
Todd Bouman2001–200263120 549556.8880848098.6 1070021 [68]
Spergon Wynn200132020 489849.0418164738.6 861014 [69]
Gus Frerotte2003–2004
2008
43131030 21636758.92,84719179981.4 31515 [20]
Tarvaris Jackson2006–2010362010100 35460358.73,98424227176.6 119535433 [19]
Kelly Holcomb200733030 428350.6515214073.1 0000 [76]
Brooks Bollinger2006–200771010 466867.6537125084.0 518010 [77]
Brett Favre2009–2010292917120 58088965.26,71144266392.2 2615010 [21]
Joe Webb2010–2013172110 8815257.9853354666.6 41273465 [81]
Donovan McNabb201166150 9415660.31,026426082.9 1459123 [83]
Christian Ponder2011–2014383614211 6321,05759.86,65838367275.9 126639729 [84]
Matt Cassel2013–2014129450 19432559.72,23214137978.1 2775113 [87]
Josh Freeman201311010 205337.7190012240.6 0000 [88]
Teddy Bridgewater2014–2017302817110 55185164.76,15028228786.3 94398419 [89]
Shaun Hill201671100 214250.0257003369.2 11–209 [91]
Sam Bradford2016–20171717980 42759571.84,25923571101.1 2250024 [90]
Case Keenum201715141130 32548167.63,5472276598.3 40160122 [92]
Kirk Cousins2018–present525227241 1,2141,75769.113,5621013175104.1 113383329 [93]
Sean Mannion201931010 122157.1126023535.1 6−500 [94]
* Statistics accurate as of the end of Week 5 of the 2021 season.
Bold text indicates the player is currently on the Vikings roster

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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2012 Minnesota Vikings season

52nd season in franchise history

The 2012 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 52nd in the National Football League, as well as their second full season under head coach Leslie Frazier. They looked to improve upon their 3–13 season the year before, and did so after defeating the Tennessee Titans in Week 5; their win over the Houston Texans in Week 16 made this their first winning season since 2009. The Vikings also made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 with a Week 17 win over the Green Bay Packers to give them a 10–6 regular season record, but were defeated by the same opponents in the Wild Card playoff round the following week. Adrian Peterson was named the league's Most Valuable Player after rushing for 2,097 yards, just nine yards short of breaking the single-season record held by Eric Dickerson since 1984.

On May 10, 2012, the Minnesota State Legislature approved a bill for a new stadium for the team that would see a new facility (later named U.S. Bank Stadium) constructed by 2016 and ensure the Vikings' presence in Minneapolis through the year 2046.[1] The bill was signed by Governor Mark Dayton on May 14,[2] and approved by the Minneapolis City Council by a vote of 7–6 on May 25.[3][4]

Offseason[edit]

Adrian Peterson rushed to a new career franchise record against Jacksonville in week 1, overtaking Robert Smith's 6,818 rushing yards

Pre-draft transactions[edit]

The first major transactions of the 2012 offseason were the releases of veteran guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera, and CB Cedric Griffin on March 10, as the Vikings began rebuilding their offensive line and secondary. Three days later, the team re-signed perennial backup QB Sage Rosenfels and DT Letroy Guion off their unrestricted free agents list. This was followed up with the signing of the Seattle Seahawks' unrestricted free agent TE John Carlson on a five-year contract.

The next week, the team brought in FB Jerome Felton, also an unrestricted free agent, from the Indianapolis Colts. They then released DT Remi Ayodele on March 21, but re-signed DT Fred Evans. March 26 was a big day for signings by the Vikings, with the re-signings of WR Devin Aromashodu and LB Erin Henderson, as well as the free agent acquisitions of CB Zack Bowman from the Chicago Bears and T Geoff Schwartz from the Carolina Panthers.

April saw very few transactions go through in anticipation of the 2012 NFL Draft at the end of the month. Nevertheless, the Vikings signed LB Marvin Mitchell and WR Jerome Simpson, despite the fact that Simpson would miss the first three games of the season for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL draft

Notes:

^[a]Cleveland traded their first-round selection (4th overall), fourth-round selection (118th overall), fifth-round selection (139th overall), and seventh-round selection (211th overall) to move up one spot to the third overall selection and draft RB Trent Richardson.
^[b] Minnesota traded their second-round selection (35th overall) and fourth-round selection (98th overall) to Baltimore to move up six spots to 29th overall selection and make this pick.
^[c] Minnesota was awarded two compensatory picks for the loss of free agents Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Tarvaris Jackson, and Sidney Rice.
^[d]Detroit traded their seventh-round selection (219th overall) and 2013 fourth-round selection (102nd overall) to Minnesota for their fifth-round selection (138th overall) and the seventh-round selection (223rd overall) that they received from New England in the trade for Randy Moss in 2010.
^[e] Minnesota traded their sixth-round selection (173rd overall) to Washington for QB Donovan McNabb.
^[f]Cleveland traded their sixth-round selection (175th overall) to Minnesota in exchange for DE Jayme Mitchell.[8]
^[g]Tennessee traded their 2013 sixth-round selection (176th overall) to Minnesota for the seventh-round selection (211th overall) that they received in the first-round trade with Cleveland.[a] Minnesota later traded the pick they received from Tennessee to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a seventh-round pick and CB A. J. Jefferson.

Post-draft transactions[edit]

With the 2012 Draft over, the Vikings resumed their transactions in May, signing a number of undrafted free agents to their roster, and releasing RB Caleb King, following a short jail term. With the drafting of Blair Walsh, veteran kicker Ryan Longwell found himself surplus to requirements for the Vikings and he was released on May 7. By the start of June, all of the Vikings draft selections (with the exception of T Matt Kalil) had been signed to long-term contracts.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

This was the first year the Vikings used a TV/radio simulcast for their preseason games.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 26-yard field goal, 14:06. 49ers 7–6. Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 6:07.
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick 78-yard run (Giorgio Tavecchio kick), 13:38. 49ers 14–6. Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:28.
  • SF – Giorgio Tavecchio 29-yard field goal, 1:56. 49ers 17–6. Drive: 12 plays, 47 yards, 6:29.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Week 2: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Jerome Felton 1-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 11:04. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:56.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 22-yard field goal, 1:39. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 13 plays, 50 yards, 6:20.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Donald Jones 31-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), 8:51. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards, 3:13.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 47-yard field goal, 5:40. Vikings 13–7. Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 3:11.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 45-yard field goal, 0:27. Vikings 16–7. Drive: 5 plays, 23 yards, 0:30.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tashard Choice 1-yard run (Rian Lindell kick), 13:25. Vikings 16–14. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:35.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal, 4:49. Vikings 19–14. Drive: 12 plays, 64 yards, 6:07.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 30-yard field goal, 3:37. Vikings 22–14. Drive: 7 plays, 62 yards, 2:55.
  • MIN – Audie Cole 20-yard interception return (Blair Walsh kick), 3:18. Vikings 29–14.
  • MIN – Audie Cole 30-yard interception return (Blair Walsh kick), 3:05. Vikings 36–14.

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Week 3: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Preseason Week 3: San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Chargers330612
Vikings030710

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • SD – Nate Kaeding 50-yard field goal, 4:55. Chargers 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 37 yards, 6:49.

Second quarter

  • SD – Nick Novak 34-yard field goal, 10:23. Chargers 6–0. Drive: 7 plays, 15 yards, 2:10.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 29-yard field goal, 0:08. Chargers 6–3. Drive: 5 plays, 17 yards, 1:17.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • SD – Nate Kaeding 54-yard field goal, 8:40. Chargers 9–3. Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards, 3:26.
  • MIN – Matt Asiata 1-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels (Blair Walsh kick), 1:50. Vikings 10–9. Drive: 10 plays, 62 yards, 4:14.
  • SD – Nick Novak 45-yard field goal, 0:00. Chargers 12–10. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 1:50.

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Week 4: at Houston Texans[edit]

Preseason Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings01014024
Texans7714028

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal, 14:11. Texans 7–3. Drive: 14 plays, 64 yards, 7:24.
  • HOU – DeVier Posey 80-yard pass from John Beck (Shayne Graham kick), 4:21. Texans 14–3. Drive: 1 play, 80 yards, 0:20.
  • MIN – Devin Aromashodu 58-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels (Blair Walsh kick), 0:33. Texans 14–10. Drive: 4 plays, 89 yards, 0:47.

Third quarter

  • HOU – Trindon Holliday 76-yard punt return (Shayne Graham kick), 13:26. Texans 21–10.
  • MIN – Jarius Wright 59-yard pass from McLeod Bethel-Thompson (Blair Walsh kick), 11:22. Texans 21–17. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 2:04.
  • HOU – Justin Forsett 5-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), 7:27. Texans 28–17. Drive: 5 plays, 32 yards, 2:25.
  • MIN – Jordan Todman 76-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 6:55. Texans 28–24. Drive: 2 plays, 76 yards, 0:32.

Fourth quarter

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Team names in bold indicate Vikings' home games.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Game information

First quarter

  • JAC – Josh Scobee 19-yard field goal, 2:52. Jaguars 3–0. Drive: 17 plays, 77 yards, 9:22.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 2-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 9:42. Vikings 14–9. Drive: 4 plays, 44 yards, 1:54.
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 26-yard field goal, 4:40. Vikings 14–12. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:25.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 20-yard field goal, 14:09. Vikings 17–12. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:31.
  • JAC – Josh Scobee 47-yard field goal, 9:35. Vikings 17–15. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 4:34.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 42-yard field goal, 5:33. Vikings 20–15. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:02.
  • JAC – Cecil Shorts 39-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert (Blaine Gabbert pass to Justin Blackmon), 0:20. Jaguars 23–20. Drive: 6 plays, 76 yards, 0:58.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 55-yard field goal, 0:00. Tied 23–23. Drive: 3 plays, 32 yards, 0:20.

Overtime

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 38-yard field goal, 11:06. Vikings 26–23. Drive: 8 plays, 55 yards, 3:54.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 2: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 29-yard field goal, 11:38. Colts 7–6. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:11.
  • IND – Adam Vinatieri 26-yard field goal, 1:49. Colts 10–6. Drive: 9 plays, 40 yards, 4:13.
  • IND – Reggie Wayne 30-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick), 0:07. Colts 17–6. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 1:04.

Third quarter

  • IND – Adam Vinatieri 45-yard field goal, 7:06. Colts 20–6. Drive: 14 plays, 53 yards, 7:54.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Stephen Burton 7-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 5:07. Colts 20–13. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 5:03.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 6-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 0:31. Tied 20–20. Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards, 2:19.
  • IND – Adam Vinatieri 53-yard field goal, 0:08. Colts 23–20. Drive: 4 plays, 45 yards, 0:23.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Three: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
49ers0310013
Vikings7100724

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF – David Akers 29-yard field goal, 12:13. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 13 plays, 54 yards, 5:40.
  • MIN – Christian Ponder 23-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 5:29. Vikings 14–3. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:44.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 52-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 17–3. Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 0:52.

Third quarter

  • SF – David Akers 29-yard field goal, 12:46. Vikings 17–6. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 2:14.
  • SF – Vernon Davis 1-yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick), 6:17. Vikings 17–13. Drive: 9 plays, 86 yards, 5:00.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 2-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 14:17. Vikings 24–13. Drive: 12 plays, 86 yards, 7:00.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 4: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Four: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings1037020
Lions330713

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Percy Harvin 105-yard kickoff return (Blair Walsh kick), 14:48. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:12.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 40-yard field goal, 13:06. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 4 plays, 58 yards, 1:42.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 49-yard field goal, 1:16. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 3:53.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 27-yard field goal, 8:14. Vikings 13–3. Drive: 11 plays, 82 yards, 4:56.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 31-yard field goal, 1:46. Vikings 13–6. Drive: 14 plays, 67 yards, 6:28.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Marcus Sherels 77-yard punt return (Blair Walsh kick), 13:09. Vikings 20–6.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Matthew Stafford 1-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), 2:56. Vikings 20–13. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 3:12.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 5: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Five: Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Titans00077
Vikings7610730

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 42-yard field goal, 10:27. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 19 yards, 0:57.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal, 1:52. Vikings 13–0. Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 5:42.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 26-yard field goal, 5:07. Vikings 16–0. Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 6:24.
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 10-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 0:05. Vikings 23–0. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 3:31.

Fourth quarter

  • TEN – Jared Cook 10-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Rob Bironas kick), 10:35. Vikings 23–7. Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 4:30.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 15-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 6:38. Vikings 30–7. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards, 3:57.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 6: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Six: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings9031426
Redskins01771438

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 20-yard field goal, 11:31. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 3:29.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 27-yard field goal, 6:18. Vikings 6–0. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 3:16.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 27-yard field goal, 1:47. Vikings 9–0. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:46.

Second quarter

  • WAS – Kai Forbath 50-yard field goal, 10:51. Vikings 9–3. Drive: 13 plays, 48 yards, 5:56.
  • WAS – Alfred Morris 1-yard run (Kai Forbath kick), 2:27. Redskins 10–9. Drive: 11 plays, 90 yards, 6:36.
  • WAS – Darrel Young 6-yard pass from Robert Griffin III (Kai Forbath kick), 2:14. Redskins 17–9. Drive: 1 play, 6 yards, 0:06.

Third quarter

  • WAS – Robert Griffin III 7-yard run (Kai Forbath kick), 9:37. Redskins 24–9. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:23.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 37-yard field goal, 4:18. Redskins 24–12. Drive: 11 plays, 42 yards, 5:19.

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – Madieu Williams 24-yard interception return (Kai Forbath kick), 12:40. Redskins 31–12.
  • MIN – Michael Jenkins 9-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Christian Ponder–Kyle Rudolph pass), 8:02. Redskins 31–20. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:38.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 1-yard pass from Christian Ponder (pass failed), 3:36. Redskins 31–26. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 2:42.
  • WAS – Robert Griffin III 76-yard run (Kai Forbath kick), 2:43. Redskins 38–26. Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 0:53.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson – 17 rushes, 79 yards
  • WAS – Robert Griffin III – 13 rushes, 138 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Seven: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Cardinals070714
Vikings777021

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIN – Harrison Smith 31-yard interception return (Blair Walsh kick), 14:03. Vikings 21–7.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 8: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Eight: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Buccaneers101010636
Vikings0107017

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • TB – Connor Barth 28-yard field goal, 9:48. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards, 1:48.
  • TB – Erik Lorig 1-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), 3:34. Buccaneers 10–0. Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 4:33.

Second quarter

  • TB – Connor Barth 40-yard field goal, 12:20. Buccaneers 13–0. Drive: 10 plays, 32 yards, 4:20.
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 18-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 9:39. Buccaneers 13–7. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:41.
  • TB – Mike Williams 3-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), 4:30. Buccaneers 20–7. Drive: 6 plays, 37 yards, 2:38.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 51-yard field goal, 1:40. Buccaneers 20–10. Drive: 10 plays, 47 yards, 2:50.

Third quarter

  • TB – Doug Martin 64-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), 13:39. Buccaneers 27–10. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:21.
  • TB – Connor Barth 38-yard field goal, 7:50. Buccaneers 30–10. Drive: 8 plays, 38 yards, 4:22.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 64-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 7:28. Buccaneers 30–17. Drive: 2 plays, 64 yards, 0:22.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Doug Martin 1-yard run (pass failed), 7:03. Buccaneers 36–17. Drive: 16 plays, 87 yards, 9:09.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • TB – Doug Martin – 3 rec, 79 yards, TD
  • MIN – Percy Harvin – 7 rec, 90 yards, TD

Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Nine: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings7103020
Seahawks1467330

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 60 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 67,584
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 13:15. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:45.
  • SEA – Golden Tate 6-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 8:52. Tied 7–7. Drive: 3 plays, 17 yards, 1:23.
  • SEA – Sidney Rice 11-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 3:15. Seahawks 14–7. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 4:05.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 4-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 11:46. Tied 14–14. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:29.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 36-yard field goal, 5:25. Vikings 17–14. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:49.
  • SEA – Golden Tate 11-yard pass from Russell Wilson (kick blocked), 0:44. Seahawks 20–17. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 4:41.

Third quarter

  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 3-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 4:09. Seahawks 27–17. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 6:15.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 55-yard field goal, 1:47. Seahawks 27–20. Drive: 6 plays, 44 yards, 2:22.

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 40-yard field goal, 6:23. Seahawks 30–20. Drive: 9 plays, 38 yards, 5:26.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Ten: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Lions0371424
Vikings10331834

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,059
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Jarius Wright 3-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 7:52. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:31.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 48-yard field goal, 5:41. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 4 plays, −5 yards, 1:57.

Second quarter

  • DET – Jason Hanson 41-yard field goal, 11:07. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 6:47.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 23-yard field goal, 4:41. Vikings 13–3. Drive: 13 plays, 81 yards, 6:26.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 23-yard field goal, 5:11. Vikings 16–3. Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards, 4:53.
  • DET – Brandon Pettigrew 16-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), 2:55. Vikings 16–10. Drive: 4 plays, 81 yards, 2:16.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 20-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Adrian Peterson run), 14:15. Vikings 24–10. Drive: 8 plays, 62 yards, 3:40.
  • DET – Titus Young 1-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), 11:32. Vikings 24–17. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:43.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 61-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 8:06. Vikings 31–17. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 1:07.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 33-yard field goal, 4:36. Vikings 34–17. Drive: 5 plays, 30 yards, 3:16.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 11-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), 1:53. Vikings 34–24. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 2:43.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 12: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings307010
Bears10153028

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 41 °F (5 °C)
  • Game attendance: 62,306
  • Referee: Scott Green (19)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal, 12:17. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:50.
  • CHI – Michael Bush 1-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), 7:17. Bears 7–3. Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards, 2:50.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 47-yard field goal, 0:32. Bears 10–3. Drive: 10 plays, 25 yards, 5:13.

Second quarter

  • CHI – Michael Bush 1-yard run (Adam Podlesh run), 4:01. Bears 18–3. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:59.
  • CHI – Matt Spaeth 13-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), 1:48. Bears 25–3. Drive: 1 play, 13 yards, 0:07.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 2-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 10:44. Bears 25–10. Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 2:01.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 46-yard field goal, 3:57. Bears 28–10. Drive: 12 plays, 51 yards, 6:47.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 13: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Game information

First quarter

  • GB – James Jones 32-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 11:26. Packers 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:34.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 30-yard field goal, 4:07. Packers 10–0. Drive: 12 plays, 52 yards, 5:56.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 47-yard field goal, 7:47. Vikings 14–13. Drive: 12 plays, 51 yards, 6:04.
  • GB – James Starks 22-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 2:12. Packers 20–14. Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 1:53.

Fourth quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal, 4:00. Packers 23–14. Drive: 18 plays, 73 yards, 11:00.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 14: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fourteen: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Bears070714
Vikings1407021

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,134
  • Referee: Walt Coleman (65)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 11:53. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:07.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 8:42. Vikings 14–0. Drive: 3 plays, 5 yards, 1:07.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIN – Harrison Smith 56-yard interception return (Blair Walsh kick), 3:27. Vikings 21–7.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 15: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • STL – Brian Quick 4-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein kick), 12:39. Tied 7–7. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 3:36.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 82-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 12:21. Vikings 14–7. Drive: 1 play, 82 yards, 0:18.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 50-yard field goal, 9:11. Vikings 17–7. Drive: 4 plays, −4 yards, 1:41.
  • MIN – Everson Griffen 29-yard interception return (Blair Walsh kick), 8:25. Vikings 24–7.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 38-yard field goal, 3:11. Vikings 27–7. Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 3:18.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 42-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 30–7. Drive: 5 plays, 29 yards, 1:00.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 53-yard field goal, 5:56. Vikings 33–7. Drive: 10 plays, 25 yards, 5:16.

Fourth quarter

  • STL – Danny Amendola 6-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein kick), 13:39. Vikings 33–14. Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 7:17.
  • STL – Lance Kendricks 6-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Sam Bradford–Danny Amendola pass), 7:48. Vikings 33–22. Drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 2:05.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 51-yard field goal, 5:31. Vikings 36–22. Drive: 5 plays, 47 yards, 2:17.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 16: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Sixteen: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings763723
Texans30306

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,688
  • Referee: John Parry (132)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 56-yard field goal, 8:15. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 12 plays, 41 yards, 5:21.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 41-yard field goal, 0:37. Vikings 13–3. Drive: 5 plays, 21 yards, 1:02.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 39-yard field goal, 11:31. Vikings 16–3. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 3:29.
  • HOU – Shayne Graham 33-yard field goal, 0:26. Vikings 16–6. Drive: 11 plays, 46 yards, 5:17.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Toby Gerhart 3-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 4:44. Vikings 23–6. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 6:01.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 17: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary

1234Total
Packers010141034
Vikings101071037

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 64,134
  • Referee: Mike Carey (94)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 54-yard field goal, 10:47. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 41 yards, 4:13.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 7-yard run (Blair Walsh kick), 5:44. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 3:30.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 37-yard field goal, 14:51. Vikings 13–0. Drive: 11 plays, 34 yards, 4:42.
  • GB – Greg Jennings 3-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 4:01. Vikings 13–7. Drive: 12 plays, 42 yards, 5:06.
  • MIN – Jarius Wright 8-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 1:07. Vikings 20–7. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:54.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 51-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 20–10. Drive: 7 plays, 47 yards, 1:07.

Third quarter

  • GB – Greg Jennings 5-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 11:56. Vikings 20–17. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:04.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 2-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 4:00. Vikings 27–17. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:17.
  • GB – James Jones 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 2:04. Vikings 27–24. Drive: 4 plays, 87 yards, 1:56.

Fourth quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 40-yard field goal, 12:21. Tied 27–27. Drive: 8 plays, 28 yards, 2:39.
  • MIN – Michael Jenkins 3-yard pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 7:54. Vikings 34–27. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 4:27.
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 2-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 2:54. Tied 34–34. Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 5:00.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 29-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 37–34. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 2:54.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards, coming up nine yards short of breaking the single season record by Eric Dickerson. This included 5 rushes for 36 yards on the final drive to set up the winning field goal by Blair Walsh. This game was rated #3 on the Top 20 NFL Games of 2012 on NFL.com as AP2K.[9]

  • Blair Walsh and Larry Dean line up to kick off against Green Bay, December 30

  • Vikings players before the game

  • Adrian Peterson is tackled

  • Peterson rushes against Green Bay

  • Kyle Rudolph running in the week 17 contest

  • Chris Kluwe and Blair Walsh, December 30

  • Green Bay at Minnesota, week 17

Standings[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

NFC Wild Card Round: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

NFC Wild Card Round: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary

1234Total
Vikings300710
Packers7107024

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 33-yard field goal, 9:26. Vikings 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 5:34.
  • GB – DuJuan Harris 9-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 0:28. Packers 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 82 yards, 5:43.

Second quarter

  • GB – Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal, 3:25. Packers 10–3. Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 5:01.
  • GB – John Kuhn 3-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 0:38. Packers 17–3. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 1:10.

Third quarter

  • GB – John Kuhn 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 9:25. Packers 24–3. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:35.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Michael Jenkins 50-yard pass from Joe Webb (Blair Walsh kick), 3:39. Packers 24–10. Drive: 3 plays, 66 yards, 0:36.

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Having secured the NFC's #6 seed, the Vikings traveled to Lambeau Field for a rematch with the Packers. With the two teams meeting in the playoffs for only the second time ever, Blair Walsh capped the game's opening drive with a field goal to put the Vikings 3–0 up. However, the Packers then scored 24 unanswered points to take a 24–3 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Vikings tried to rally a comeback with a touchdown to make it 24–10, but it was too little, too late as time ran out for Minnesota.

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense2,751171.931st
Rushing offense2,634164.62nd
Total offense5,385336.620th
Passing defense3,908244.224th
Rushing defense1,692105.811th
Total defense5,600350.016th

Pro Bowl[edit]

Four Minnesota Vikings players were selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl: two on offense (running back partners Adrian Peterson and Jerome Felton), one on defense (DE Jared Allen) and one special teamer (K Blair Walsh). Of these, Peterson, Felton and Walsh were selected as starters, with Allen going as a reserve.[10]

With the withdrawal of Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware on January 10 because of a shoulder injury, Vikings LB Chad Greenway was called up to the NFC roster as a replacement.[11] TE Kyle Rudolph was also added to the NFC roster for his first Pro Bowl two weeks later after Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez dropped out due to injury.[12] Rookie Matt Kalil was also added later as a replacement for the Washington Redskins' tackle, Trent Williams, yet another casualty of injury.[13] Rudolph was named the game's MVP.

Staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Minnesota_Vikings_season


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