The Minnesota Vikings went into Reliant Stadium in Week 16 and defeated the mighty Houston Texans, winning by a score of 23-6.
The victory was a crucial one to Minnesota's playoff hopes, as their 9-6 record is good for the NFC's No. 6 seed.
Adrian Peterson's quest to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record took a hit, as A.D. only managed 86 yards on 25 carries against the Texans' excellent run defense.
Christian Ponder did just enough in the passing game to keep the chains moving, and he finished the game with 174 yards and one touchdown, though he did turn the ball over once on a lost fumble.
The real story of the game for the Vikings was the play of their defense, which contained Arian Foster and the Texans' running game to the tune of just 34 yards on 16 carries.
Matt Schaub wasn't sharp, either, as he passed for just 178 yards without throwing a single touchdown pass.
Rookie safety Harrison Smith put together a nice game for the Vikings, tallying seven solo tackles, including one sack.
The Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, while the 12-3 Texans will travel to face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.
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