Obituaries this week:
When it was revealed that Christian Ponder would not play last Saturday against the Packers in the Vikings’ first playoff game and that he would be relieved by Joe Webb, there was almost a feeling of, “Hey, the Vikings might actually be better off with Webb.” Webb, as Eagles fans will remember, was the guy that quarterbacked the “nothing-to-play-for” Vikings to a win against the Eagles on Tuesday Night Foootball in Week 16 of the 2010 season. Since that game, the Eagles have gone 12-23.
Meanwhile, Ponder had been struggling down the stretch, as he had actually thrown for fewer passing yards (1192) than teammate Adrian Peterson had in rushing yards (1322), something that is unheard of in today’s modern NFL.
It started off well enough for the Vikes, as they ran the ball on their first 8 plays, including 2 carries for 22 yards by Webb. But at some point they were going to have to pass. The first opportunity came on the Vikings’ first drive on 3rd and 7 inside the Packers’ red zone, a play in Webb awkwardly jumped forward in the pocket, then jumped backward while throwing the ball into the dirt. Ugly. The Vikes kicked a FG.
It was on the 2nd drive that Webb did this:
And we all knew the Vikings had no chance.