The Washington Post
Monday, December 24, 2007; Page E09
FIRST QUARTERRedskins 9, Vikings 0 After the Redskins went three and out, their defense needed two plays to create its first turnover, a Fred Smoot interception he returned 47 yards to the Minnesota 8-yard line. Two passes and two runs left Washington inches short of the goal line, but Kedric Golston stopped Vikings fullback Tony Richardson in the end zone for a safety. Washington needed seven plays to score again, on a 33-yard pass from Todd Collins to Chris Cooley, Collins's fifth straight completion. The Vikings finally got into Washington territory on their last drive of the quarter, but Ryan Longwell missed a 53-yard field goal. Star running back Adrian Peterson ended the quarter with two carries for two yards.
SECOND QUARTERRedskins 22, Vikings 0 Washington drove into Minnesota territory and set up for a 51-yard field goal attempt, which was derailed by a bobbled snap. But Visanthe Shiancoe^ fumbled on Minnesota's third play of the quarter, and Golston recovered. The Redskins punted, allowing their defense to make yet another game-changing play, this time a Shawn Springs interception. Collins immediately converted, finding Santana Moss for a 32-yard touchdown over rookie cornerback Marcus McCauley. After one first down, Minnesota's offense stalled, and Washington scored on a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Collins was 5 for 6 on the drive, but Clinton Portis threw the key pass — a 15-yard touchdown to Antwaan Randle El.
THIRD QUARTERRedskins 25, Vikings 7 Minnesota got a brief ray of hope on the second play of the quarter, as Peterson ran the ball 18 yards, but the drive stalled in Washington territory when Peterson was stopped on fourth and one. The Redskins then moved the ball to the Minnesota 1-yard line, but after an incompletion and a false start penalty, they settled for a 26-yard Shaun Suisham field goal. The Vikings finally got untracked on their next possession, moving 77 yards on 10 plays behind the arm of Tarvaris Jackson, who capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Kleinsasser.^ A surprise onside kick gave the Vikings good field position, but they did not get a first down after Leigh Torrence sacked Jackson.
FOURTH QUARTERRedskins 32, Vikings 21 After an unnecessary roughness penalty gave Minnesota the ball in Washington territory, Jackson led another touchdown drive, scoring on a six-yard run to bring the Vikings within two possessions. The game turned on the ensuing drive; the Vikings considered challenging a 23-yard pass to Santana Moss, and Collins then fumbled a hurried snap. But Coach Joe Gibbs successfully challenged the play, allowing officials to spot 12 defenders on the field. Behind Clinton Portis (four rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown on the drive), the Redskins then put away the game. The Vikings scored on their final possession, but an attempted onside kick went out of bounds, and Washington ran out the clock.