Vikings vs. Colts: Final Grades and Analysis for Minnesota

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Vikings vs. Colts: Final Grades and Analysis for Minnesota

Let's just be honest: The Indianapolis Colts aren't a very good football team. They have a young quarterback who looks like he will be a superstar, but not a whole lot else. 

They did, however, have enough to knock off the Vikings Sunday in Indianapolis, winning 23-20 when Adam Vinatieri nailed a 53-yard field goal with under a minute to play.

Colts 23 Vikings 20

Three nice completions by Andrew Luck move the Colts right down the field and Adam Vinatieri converts from 53 yards away to give the Colts the lead.

Colts 20 Vikings 20

Ponder comes through in the clutch again. Vikings drive down the field, led by a huge catch and run by Adrian Peterson. Ponder finds Kyle Rudolph for a 6-yard touchdown to tie the game with 30 seconds left.

Colts 20 Vikings 12

Vikings convert on fourth and four for a touchdown to keep their hopes alive. Stephen Burton grabs a pass that's deflected to him by Kyle Rudolph after being tipped at the line by the Colts. 

Better lucky than good.

Colts 20 Vikings 6

The Vikings commit two personal fouls, one that lets the Colts keep possession on a roughing the punter call and another when Jared Allen hits Andrew Luck after he's out of bounds. The defense keeps the Colts to a 45-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Colts 17 Vikings 6

As bad as Christian Ponder is during his crack at the two-minute offense, Luck is masterful during his. Perfect clock management and takes exactly what the defense gives him. Should have resulted in a field goal, but the Vikings defense falls asleep with 14 seconds left and Luck makes them pay, hitting a wide open Reggie Wayne for a 30 yard touchdown pass.

Colts 10 Vikings 6

Luck marches the Colts down the field again following a Christian Ponder fumble. E.J. Henderson with a nice stuff on 3rd and 1 keeps the Colts to just 3 points. Adam Vinatieri is good from 26 yards.

Colts 7 Vikings 6

Vikings pick up one first down after a big kick return by Percy Harvin. The drive stalls out, but Blair Walsh nails another field goal to make it a one point game.

Colts 7 Vikings 3

Andrew Luck looks very impressive during the Colts first possession that's capped off by a 3 yard TD pass to rookie tight end Tony Allen.

Luck made a nifty play on a checkdown pass to Donnie Avery on 3rd and 9, made two nice runs when flushed out of the pocket and then made a nice long toss to Avery, who lost Antoine Winfield for a big gain. Luck had plenty of targets to choose from on 3rd and goal, and made an easy throw to Allen for the touchdown.

Vikings 3 Colts 0

We're underway in Indianapolis as two teams who are trying to put 2011 as far in the rearview mirror as possible lock horns.

The Vikings put together a methodical drive on their first possession, capped by a 51 yd field goal by rookie Blair Walsh. A real nice decision on 3rd and 12 by Christian Ponder to take what the defense gave him, an 8-yard completion to Michael Jenkins that put the Vikings in field goal range.

Stay with us as we provide instant grades and analysis for both quarterbacks and the rest of the Vikings throughout the game. 

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