Joe Webb Starting for Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers in Wild Card Game

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30:  Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings looks for a receiver against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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According to Pro Football Talk, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been ruled inactive for the team's wild-card matchup with the Green Bay Packers, Joe Webb has been named the team's starter.

Christian Ponder is OUT for tonight.Joe Webb starts.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 5, 2013

 

Ponder had been ruled questionable after injuring his elbow in Week 17. Webb has not attempted a pass for the Vikings all season and last started for the team on January 1, 2012.

The former Florida State signal-caller is coming off of an improved second season that saw him throw for 2,935 yards and 18 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in the Vikings run-heavy offense.

Ponder’s improvement as a quarterback complemented by running back Adrian Peterson’s historic comeback from an ACL surgery has been been a big reason that the Vikings have found success this season.

Ponder was 16-of-28 for 234 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Vikings 37-34 overtime victory over the Packers last week. Coming off of that performance Ponder will certainly be missed by a Vikings offense that will look to unseat the Packers once again.

Webb has not attempted a pass for the Vikings all season and last started for the team on January 1, 2012.

The fourth-year quarterback will need to step up big-time for the team in only his 17th pro appearance. He has three career touchdown passes with five interceptions and a career passer rating of 66.6.

With Ponder out, the Vikings will need yet another super-human performance from potential league MVP Adrian Peterson to stay competitive in this one.