Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was supposed to be the crack that would split open and destroy the Vikings. It didn’t work out exactly that way on Sunday.
Ponder completed a seemingly modest 16 of 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. One of his passes was intercepted by cornerback Tim Jennings and returned 44 yards late in the first half to give the Bears a desperately needed defensive score, four plays after a Minnesota interception of Jay Cutler.
But Ponder, who also avoided sacks with a half-dozen scrambles away from trouble, changed a few minds on the other side of the football.
"My respect level has gone up tremendously for Ponder,” said cornerback Charles Tillman. “He did some great things out there. He made some plays with his feet.”
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Safety Major Wright turned in nine tackles to go with a pass deflection but was beaten badly by tight end Kyle Rudolph for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Jennings added four solo tackles and broke up two other passes, and Chris Conte and nickel corner Isaiah Frey each had three solo tackles.
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