After a poor start (58 yards in four drives over game's first 27:32), offense gains 331 yards over the next 36:22, scoring on six of next eight drives.
Special teams never gave the Jags good field position. Outside of Ponder's fumble, Jags never started a drive past their own 24, with the average being about the 20.
Peterson looks like he never missed a beat. Walsh was both clutch and showed plenty of leg. The offensive line gave Ponder enough time, with only two sacks allowed.
Defense had a hard time getting the Jags off the field...three drives of at least 10 plays and four others with six plays. Only three drives were "three and out", and one of those was after Ponder's fumble where they kicked a short FG. Luckily, one of the three was also the Jags only possession in OT.
Vikings offense only 2 of 10 on 3rd down. Jags converted 9 of 18, and more than a few of those were on 3rd and long.
Stupid unnecessary roughness penalty by Guion, which not only cost the Vikings a sack but gave the Jags an automatic 1st down and an eventual FG. In that position, with Gabbert already on the ground, no reason for Guion to do anything other than touch/tap him down.
All in all, still an exciting game and a win for the good guys. Both room for optimism and concern, and not the defensive domination (especially by the DL, who had no sacks) that I had envisioned. Vikes must turn around the time of possession battle to keep the defense fresh
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