Minnesota’s defense came up with a goal-line stand in the final minute to secure the Vikings’ 34-27 victory over the Washington  Redskins. Robert Griffin the Third and the Redskins took over from their  own  20 with 3:36  to play. Despite  having no timeouts, Washington was able to move the ball down the field.  Jordan Reed’s  17-yard catch  moved the  ball  to  the  8-yard  line.  Following  a  run  by  Roy  Helu  and  two incomplete  passes, Griffin  lofted a  fourth-down pass  to Santana  Moss. The wide  receiver caught  the ball  but was  out of  bounds. Vikings  quarterback Christian Ponder completed 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards, two  touchdowns  and an interception  before  leaving  late  in the  third  quarter  with  a  left shoulder injury. Matt  Cassel  connected on  4-of-6 passes  for  47 yards  in relief.  Adrian Peterson  carried  the ball  20  times for  75  yards and  two touchdowns  for the  Vikings, who snapped a four-game skid. John Carlson caught seven passes for 98 yards and a score for Minnesota.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter was honored at halftime of the Minnesota Vikings’ 34-27 win over Washington on “Thursday Night Football.”  The former Minnesota wide out was presented his Hall of Fame ring in front of the home crowd by Pro Football Hall of Fame executives.  He was enshrined in Canton during the August ceremony.  The Ohio State product played 12 seasons in Minnesota after three in Philadelphia to start his career.  Carter is fourth on the all-time receptions list and fourth on the all-time list for receiving touchdowns.