By Steve Corkran
Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 1:11 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders survived a brief scare when cornerback Stanford Routt intercepted Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in the end zone midway through the quarter to snuff out a scoring threat.
The Raiders led 27-14 at the time, but they were reeling from a slew of penalties and blown coverages. The Vikings marched to the Raiders’ 5, where Ponder attempted a pass into tight coverage.
Routt stepped in front of a receiver, hauled in the pass and got down both feet for the impressive interception. It marked the fourth Vikings turnover.
Things got a tad more interesting a short time later, when Raiders running back Michael Bush fumbled and the Vikings recovered at the Raiders 38.
Ponder connected on back-to-back passes for a touchdown that cut the lead to 27-21 with 5 minutes, 8 seconds left.
The Raiders failed to run out the clock, which gave the Vikings one more shot with 3:01 left. The Vikings last-gasp drive ended with strong safety Tyvon Branch breaking up a pass for wide receiver Percy Harvin on fourth-and-eight.
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