Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings: Live Score, Analysis for NFL Week 1

Tim ArcandCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars during NFL opening day September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, including a 55-yarder as regulation expired to send the game into overtime.

After winning the coin toss, quarterback Christian Ponder led the Vikings to the Jaguars 20-yard line.

After failing to convert on third down, Walsh kicks the game-winning field goal.

The Vikings win 26-23 over the Jaguars.  

The story of the game was the play of running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Adrian Peterson

After holding out for all of training camp and missing the preseason, Jones-Drew rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries. 

He was outdone by Peterson. 

Not only did Peterson come back from a major knee injury, he started the game.

Peterson finished with 84 yards on 17 carries, and scored two touchdowns. His backup, Toby Gerhart only had six carries for 18 yards.

With his performance, Peterson becomes the all-time leading rusher for Minnesota. He passes Robert Smith who had 6,818 yards in eight seasons with the Vikings. 

Peterson has done it in one game more than five seasons. If not for the knee injury suffered in Week 16, he would have done it last year. 

The story of the game however has to be the clutch kicking of Walsh. 

Walsh made all four of his field goals, and finished with 14 points in the game. A 73.8 percent kicker at Georgia, the rookie showed no angst in leading the Vikings to victory in his first NFL game.

The 55-yard field goal ties the Vikings franchise long, held by Ryan Longwell, the kicker he replaced.

In the game Christian Ponder finished 20-of-27 for 270 yards, a 105 passer rating. 

Ponder's counterpart, fellow second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, was 23-of-39 for 260 yards and two touchdowns, a 96.1 passer rating. 

Percy Harvin, who did not see the ball that often in the first half, finished with five rushes for 20 yards, and six receptions for 84 yards. Along with 87 yards on three kickoff returns, he finished the game with a total of 191 yards.