Final Vikings 23, Houston 6
The Minnesota Vikings dominated the Houston Texans for their third road win of the season, and their second three-game winning streak of the season. The Vikings defense was able to hold the third-highest scoring offense to only two field goals.
A matchup of marquee running backs in Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster saw neither finish with 100 yards. Peterson finished with 86 yards on 25 carries. It leaves Peterson 102 yards from rushing for 2,000 for the season. Foster was bottled up all day with only 15 yards on 10 carries.
Once again winning the turnover battle, the Vikings turned two Houston turnovers into 10 points.
Christian Ponder finished 16-of-30 passing for 174 yards and a touchdown. He added another 48 yards on seven scrambles, including a huge 29-yard run that converted a 3rd-and-2 on the Vikings second touchdown drive.
Rookie kicker, Blair Walsh converted another three field goals, including his record-setting ninth consecutive field goal form greater than 50 yards. He hit form 56, 41 and 33 yards.
For the Texans, Matt Schaub finished 18-of-32 for only 178 yards. Andre Johnson led all receivers with seven catches, giving him his fourth 100-catch season.
J.J. Watt was credited with another sack, giving him 20.5 on the season leaving him only two shy of the single season record held by Michael Strahan.
It was a chance for the Texans to wrap up home field through the playoffs.They drop to 12-3 while the Vikings' playoff hopes remain alive. The win moves them to 9-6 on the season.