Did Christian Ponder cost the Vikings a Playoff win?
After an embarrassing 10-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Lambeau Field and a questionable injury to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. One has to wonder whether Ponder has the mental and physical toughness for the NFL. The one fact from the loss is that Joe Webb only completed 11 of 30 for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception. To put it bluntly, Joe Webb played terrible. He lacked pocket presence, pocket awareness and was woefully inaccurate for the majority of the game.
The Vikings offense couldn’t get their you know what together till the second half, which was too late. Christian Ponder lit up the Packers one week prior and could have done it again in the Wild Card round, but a right elbow injury kept him out of the game. Ponder described the injury as a “deep bruise” in an interview with the associated press, but whatever issues he could have had throwing the ball would have been 100% better than the performance Joe Webb did. It is especially disappointing to Adrian Peterson, because he led this Vikings team to the Playoffs.
Peterson having to endure a full-blown blowout on national television after the season he had with the team he had is heartbreaking. Ponder has always been a question mark for the Vikings and 2013 may be his final season if he can’t prove he is the leader of this football team. It’s the Playoffs and you’re letting a deep bruise in your elbow keep you out of the game? Something as minor as that should be something you just tape up and play. Ponder should have at least been active to step in and save the disaster, but the Vikings were stuck with Webb. There may be more to the injury than has been reported, but the only thing we learned from the Minnesota loss is that Joe Webb might have played his last game with the Vikings ever.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.