Despite injuries to Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder, the Vikings found a way to beat the Washington Redskins, snapping a six-game losing streak Saturday with a 33-26 win.
Toby Gerhart set up a touchdown with a 67-yard run, and Joe Webb threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Webb completed 4 of 5 passes for 84 yards and ran five times for 34 yards. Gerhart had 109 yards on 11 carries as the Vikings (3-12) kept alive their hopes to not finish with the worst record in team history. A win next week against Chicago would put them ahead of the 1984 Minnesota team that went 3-13.
The Vikings hadn’t lost seven in a row in the same season since their expansion year of 1961, and their win extended a streak of misery for the Redskins (5-10). Washington has lost six straight at home, which hadn’t happened since 1994.
Webb’s 8-yard pass to Percy Harvin broke a 23-23 tie early in the fourth quarter, and rookie Mistral Raymond‘s first career interception set up Ryan Longwell‘s 23-yard field goal. That gave the Vikings a 10-point lead with 4:05 to play. Minnesota had gone nine games without a pick before Raymond’s big play.
The Redskins pulled within a touchdown on Graham Gano’s 47-yard field goal with 1:25 remaining. They got the ball back after a punt, but Grossman’s final long fling to the end zone fell incomplete.
Grossman completed 26 of 41 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns. He also had two more giveaways — a lost fumble and the interception — to put his total at 24 for the season. He was already tied for the most in the NFL entering the game.
Evan Royster, getting the start with fellow rookie Roy Helu out with an injury, ran for 132 yards on 19 carries for the Redskins.