NFL Game Summary - Oakland at Minnesota|
(Sunday, November 20th)
Final Score: Oakland 27, Minnesota 21
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Carson Palmer threw for a touchdown and ran
for another during a big second quarter, which the Oakland Raiders used to
hold off the Minnesota Vikings, 27-21, at the Metrodome.
Palmer passed for 164 yards and Michael Bush ran for 109 with a touchdown for
the AFC West-leading Raiders (6-4), who have won their last two games.
"You don't win anything a little bit past midseason," said Oakland defensive
tackle Richard Seymour. "Still a lot of football left to be played."
The Raiders also intercepted Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder three
times, including once in the end zone.
Ponder threw for 211 yards and two scores for the Vikings (2-8), who dropped
their second consecutive game and lost running back Adrian Peterson to an
ankle injury in the first quarter.
"They did a lot of zero pressure," said Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.
"It's probably going to be what we'll see for the rest of the season until we
show we can hit some big plays down the field. That's the only way you could
back people up from doing that."
Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey left the game on a stretcher during
the fourth quarter, after receiving a hit to his head.
The Raiders faced a 7-3 deficit after the first quarter, but Matt Giordano's
interception of Ponder early in the second jump-started a 21-point period.
The interception gave the Raiders the ball at their own 47, and they initially
went backward because of a holding penalty and rushing loss. But Palmer
sparked the drive with his 21-yard pass to Brandon Myers, and later found
Denarius Moore for a 14-yard gain.
Then, on 3rd-and-8 from the Minnesota 11, Palmer connected with Chaz Schilens
for a touchdown that was upheld after review.
The Vikings lined up for a field goal during the ensuing drive, but Chris
Kluwe didn't handle the snap correctly and was tackled for a 12-yard loss.
That set the Raiders up at their own 43, and they again took advantage of the
Palmer hit Marcel Reece with a 12-yard throw on 2nd-and-9 from the Minnesota
14, and Bush ran it into the end zone on the next play. The touchdown gave
Oakland a 17-7 lead with just 1:20 left in the half, and a fumble by Lorenzo
Booker on the kickoff gave the Raiders another scoring chance.
They started at the Vikings' 16 and used an 11-yard pass by Palmer to move to
the one. After calling timeout with 12 seconds to go, Palmer plunged up the
middle and across the goal line.
Armed with the 24-7 halftime lead, Oakland's defense held on during the second
It forced the Vikings to punt on their first two possessions of the third
quarter, and Ponder was intercepted by Tommy Kelly on their third.
But after Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 26-yard field goal,
Minnesota did get a second touchdown thanks to two big gains. Ponder hit Devin
Aromashodu with a 42-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter, and
Percy Harvin scored on a 26-yard catch-and-run during the opening play of the
Heyward-Bey was injured during Oakland's following drive, when he caught the
ball across the middle and was tackled. As he fell to the ground, the back of
his head hit the leg of Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson.
Heyward-Bey's helmet popped off and he lay on the field, visibly in pain.
Trainers examined him on the field for several minutes before a cart drove the
receiver, strapped to the backboard, off the field.
That third-down play preceded Janikowski's blocked field-goal try, which gave
Minnesota the ball at its own 40 with more than 11 minutes to play. The
Vikings marched into Oakland territory and were in position to score, with a
1st-and-goal at the 10.
But on third down from the five, Ponder tried to connect with Aromashodu in
the right-front corner of the end zone, where Stanford Routt picked off the
Bush's fumble four plays into the ensuing Raiders drive gave Minnesota another
chance, and this time the Vikings capitalized. Ponder's 37-yard pass to
Visanthe Shiancoe put the ball at the one, and he completed a touchdown pass
to Kyle Rudolph on the next play.
That score brought the Vikings within 27-21 with 5:08 left on the clock, and
they got the ball back with three minutes to go after forcing Oakland the
punt. But they didn't cross midfield, and the Raiders ran off all but two
seconds to secure the victory.
Peterson's 12-yard touchdown run with 5:17 left in the first quarter opened
the scoring, but he injured his left ankle later in the frame during another
12-yard rush. He was helped off the field by trainers, rode a cart into the
tunnel and did not return to the game.
Janikowski kicked a 29-yard field goal with 57 seconds left in the first to
put Oakland on the board.
Palmer completed 17-of-23 passes, while Ponder was 19-for-33...Ponder also led
the Vikings in rushing with 71 yards. Peterson had 26 yards on six carries
before leaving...The Raiders held the ball for 35:44...Vikings linebacker Chad
Greenway totaled 15 tackles (one for loss) and one sack.
11/20 20:12:14 ET