The Minnesota Vikings benched rookie quarterback Christian Ponder in the third quarter of their game against the Detroit Lions. Backup quarterback Joe Webb replaced Ponder with eight minutes to go in the third quarter. Webb promptly made his presence felt. On third-and-10 at the Vikings’ 35-yard line, Webb scrambled around the right end and broke off a 65-yard touchdown run to cut the Lions’ lead down to 31-21.
Check out the video of Webb’s run and touchdown:
Ponder, a rookie, was having trouble with turnovers, despite his two touchdown passes. He threw three interceptions, including one that Alphonso Smith returned for a touchdown. Ponder also fumbled twice, one of which was converted into a Lions touchdown as well. His third interception is the one that got him benched for the day.
Prior to this game, Ponder had nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven games and six starts. The Vikings made Webb their primary backup after releasing Donovan McNabb.