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After missing playoff game, Christian Ponder heads into important offseason as Vikings QB

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Associated Press

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, center, talks to quarterback Joe Webb, right, during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Associated Press

Christian Ponder's strong finish to the regular season may have gone a long way toward solidifying his spot as the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.

The offense's dreadful performance in the playoff game against Green Bay with him on the sideline probably didn't hurt his standing, either.

Ponder was a late scratch Saturday night because of a bruised triceps and backup Joe Webb was unable to get anything going in a 24-10 loss that ended Minnesota's surprising season.

Webb completed just 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His game ended any talk of Ponder not being the best option at quarterback on the team.

If the Vikings make any moves at quarterback, it could be to add a veteran backup to Ponder.

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