The Washington Redskins got out to a hot start on Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, but their defense collapsed in the second half and allowed Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel to lead the Vikings to a come from behind victory to earn their first win of the year on American soil, by a score of 34-27.
Minnesota outscored the Redskins 20-3 in the second half to earn the win.
At the end of the third quarter, Christian Ponder injured his left shoulder and was forced to leave the game after a big hit from Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall while he was diving headfirst for the goal line, which led to Matt Cassel coming in as relief.
The Redskins had an opportunity to come back and tie the game in the final minutes, but the Vikings defense came up big after a questionable timeout call by Leslie Frazier.
Robert Griffin III threw the ball to the back corner as he looked for Santana Moss, but Moss was unable to get his two feet inbounds to secure the game-tying score.
It is the latest setback for the Redskins, who can now kiss any slim chance of making the playoffs goodbye, while the Vikings get a win to prove they won’t be going down easy and giving up on the season just yet.