Vikings lose Ponder, Peterson in win over Redskins

Toby Gerhart and Joe Webb came up huge for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.

After losing running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Christian Ponder on the first two plays of the second half, Gerhart came in and rushed for 109 yards on 11 carries, while Webb threw for 84 yards two touchdown passes, while also running for a score, leading the Vikings to a 33-26 victory over the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field.

Peterson was lost to a knee injury after taking a helmet-to-knee hit from Redskins safety DeJon Gomes. He was helped off the field and carted to the locker room once on the sideline. Peterson ran for 38 yards and a score before leaving.

Ponder suffered a concussion after being slammed to the turf on a combined sack by London Fletcher and Adam Carriker. He finished with 68 yards on 8- of-13 passing.

Both players did not return to action.

Percy Harvin caught five passes for 65 yards and a score and Kyle Rudolph also caught a touchdown pass for the Vikings (3-12), who snapped a six-game losing streak, their worst skid since the 1984 campaign.

Rex Grossman threw for 284 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 26- of-41 passing for the Redskins (5-10), while Evan Royster had a huge day on the ground, running for 132 yards and on 19 carries.

Graham Gano kicked four field goals, while Jabar Gaffney caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, and Donte Stallworth caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.