After winning against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Vikings earned themselves another border battle. This time it’ll be in the playoffs on Saturday at Lambeau Field.
“Playoffs!? That was awesome,” said quarterback Christian Ponder.
The Vikings last made the playoffs during the 2009 season with Brett Favre at quarterback. Only 13 players from that squad remain with the Vikings.
Ponder, who is in his second season in the NFL and first full year as the Vikings starter, will be making his first playoff start on Sunday. Ponder will be among many of the young Vikings who will be new to the playoff intensity they will see on Saturday.
“We know that it is a high pressure situation, but for me, I’m going to try to treat it like I’ve done the past several weeks. We’ve treated that like playoffs games,” said Ponder. “Our number one goal is to get to the Super Bowl and win it and have a ring on our finger. We’re just going to prepare and work hard like we do every week.”
Despite Adrian Peterson’s dominance against the Packers during the regular season, the Vikings will sink or swim based on how Ponder plays.
Exhibit A — Vikings loss to Green Bay:
- Christian Ponder: 12/25 for 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions
- Adrian Peterson: 21 rushes for 210 yards and a touchdown
Exhibit B — Vikings win against Green Bay:
- Christian Ponder: 16/28 for 234 yards and three touchdown (no turnovers)
- Adrian Peterson: 34 rushes for 199 yards and a touchdown