(MINNEAPOLIS) -- If the Washington Redskins hope they make it back to the playoffs this season, they now face a steep uphill battle after their 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
Adrian Peterson led the way for the Vikings as usual. He carried the ball 20 times for 75 yards, while also scoring two touchdowns.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was the real story of the game. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards to go with two touchdowns and one interception. But he left the game late in the third quarter with a dislocated shoulder on his non-throwing left arm.
The Vikings are now 2-7 on the season, while the Redskins fell to 3-6.
"We just played the way we were supposed to," Ponder said. "We executed like an NFL team is supposed to, especially a 10-6 playoff team like we were last year. We really needed that, to help out with our confidence, and now that's our expectation for the rest of the year."
For the Redskins, Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 281 yards and tossed three touchdowns while running back Alred Morris had 139 rushing yards.
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