In the most thrilling victory the Minnesota Vikings have had in over a year, fans were treated to an overtime spectacle bookended by clutch performances from sixth-round pick Blair Walsh and the Minnesota defense.
After a rough start, the offense couldn't move the chains consistently until the last drive of the second half. From there, the inconsistent play of Christian Ponder was ameliorated by an excellent performance from Percy Harvin and a simply phenomenal performance from Adrian Peterson, who wasn't even set to start the game a day earlier.
Still, beating the worst teams in the NFL isn't something Minnesota wants to hang their hats on. In addition to the highlight-reel performances that seemed distant before the season started, the Vikings saw some of the issues they had last year crop up.
Along with clear winners are the obvious losers that the Vikings will want to pay attention to as they prepare for the Indianapolis Colts come Sept. 16.