In so many ways, this season has been frustrating for Minnesota Vikings fans. With the hopes of a turnaround long gone, and the possibility of securing the top pick in next year's draft within their grasp, to some, the Vikings failed once again.
With a 33-26 victory over the Redskins in Washington, the site of his first victory as the Vikings head coach, Leslie Frazier has at least assured that the 2011 Vikings can only match the worst record in franchise history.
The victory was made even more improbable with the fact that the team lost Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder on consecutive plays to start the third quarter. For Peterson, the news was about as bad it could be—both the ACL and MCL were torn when safety DeJon Gomes hit Peterson's knee with his helmet.
Christian Ponder suffered a concussion on the next play while scrambling in the pocket, as linebacker London Fletcher laid a helmet-to-helmet hit on the rookie QB. He would finish the three-and-out series and not return.
Enter backup quarterback/wide receiver Joe Webb.
All Webb did was to lead the Vikings to three touchdown drives in the second half, overcoming a Redskins lead twice and breaking a tie the third time. For good measure, Webb led the Vikings to a fourth scoring drive that resulted in a Ryan Longwell field goal, and a 10-point lead with 3:27 left in the game.
It gave the Vikings their third win of the season, and may have opened up a potential quarterback controversy in Minnesota.
With one game remaining, the Vikings should have an eventful offseason as they attempt to address so many needs in their lineup.
I'll attempt to relish this win as much as possible—the next one could be a long time coming.
Here's my grades for each unit following the unfortunate victory in Week 16.