At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, December 24, 2007; Pages E09-12
Super Memories
Many members of the Redskins' coaching staff have fond recollections of Minneapolis, where Washington defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24, Jan. 26, 1992. Quarterback Mark Rypien was named most valuable player after passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
"You've got a chance to make the playoffs. It's a big deal. It's motivation."
-- Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs, on playing Minnesota
Running Hard
Redskins running back Clinton Portis has rushed for 1,000 yards in five of his six seasons, including 1,082 entering last night's game. His only season with fewer than 1,000 rushing yards came last year when he was inactive in Week 2 against Dallas and missed the final seven games on injured reserve.
The Redskins hold an 8-6 advantage in the overall series after last night's win. Minnesota had won three of the past four games against Washington before last night, including the opening "Monday Night Football" game last season, 19-16, after John Hall missed a 48-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play.
The Great Indoors
The Redskins historically have had their greatest success playing outdoors on natural grass since the days of the Hogs offensive line, but conditions in Minneapolis last night were positively dreadful. The Redskins thrived in the controlled climate of the Metrodome, while outside wind chill temperatures reached minus 12.
NEXT UP: vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-2)
When: Dec. 30, 4:15 p.m. (WTTG-5)
Where: FedEx Field.
The Skinny: The Cowboys (13-2) have secured home field throughout the NFC playoffs and figure to rest many of their starters. Running back Marion Barber amassed 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries to help Dallas beat Carolina, 20-13, Saturday.
By the Numbers
1: League ranking of the Vikings' rushing offense and defense. Minnesota entered last night averaging 169.6 rushing yards per game and yielding 67.9 per game.
158.3: Perfect passer rating for Redskins tailback Clinton Portis, who threw a 15-yard touchdown last night to Antwaan Randle El. For his career, Portis is 3 of 5 for 47 yards and three touchdowns.
Exchange Problem
Late in the first quarter, Redskins quarterback Todd Collins mishandled a snap from center Casey Rabach. Collins was looking to his left at the line of scrimmage and did not secure the ball in his hands before pulling away. The ball came loose, but Collins recovered to avoid a turnover deep in Redskins territory.
Redskins fullback Mike Sellers appeared to have scored a touchdown on fourth and one with a run up the middle early in the first quarter. But Vikings Coach Brad Childress challenged the call, and replay officials overturned the touchdown when they said the ball did not break the plane of the end zone.
Hot Dog
Gregarious Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot did a little showboating after an interception in the first quarter. Smoot held the ball in one hand -- a la Deion Sanders -- as he ran down the right sideline, returning the ball 47 yards to the Vikings 8. Smoot played with the Vikings in 2005 and 2006.
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