The Washington Redskins still have not won consecutive games since September. Despite injuries to Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings were able to come away with their third win of the season, topping the Redskins, 33-26, in Landover. Backup quarterback Joe Webb and backup running back Toby Gerhart spurred the Vikings to victory.
Washington still had a chance to win at the end. The Redskins kicked a field goal to cut Minnesota's lead to 33-26 with 1:25 remaining, and with three timeouts, the Redskins made the surprising decision to kick the ball back to Minnesota. It worked, as the Vikings went three and out, giving the Redskins the ball back with 1:08 remaining. But a costly illegal motion penalty after a Donte Stallworth catch ran 10 seconds off the clock, and Rex Grossman's last-ditch Hail Mary pass was batted down.
The play that ended up costing the Redskins the most was when Grossman threw yet another interception, this one to free safety Mistral Raymond with 7:42 left in the game. The Vikings tacked on a field goal with 4:10 remaining to take a 33-23 lead.
Webb threw for two touchdown passes, while Gerhart ran for 109 yards in the Vikings' win. Evan Royster was impressive for the Redskins, rushing for 133 yards on 19 carries in the absence of Roy Helu due to injury.
The Vikings are now 3-12 on the year, while the Redskins fall to 5-10.
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