Matt Kalil was drafted for his blocking, but that also came in handy on special teams when he blocked an extra point. Plus, get more than a dozen notes that help tell the story of the game, including a football first for one Viking.
blocked an extra point that changed the complexion of the Minnesota Vikings
' 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday. With the Vikings trailing 9-0, the rookie left tacklee blocked an extra point that kept the deficit from becoming 10 points.
"When I came in, I told them I wanted to play special teams," Kalil said. "I blocked seven kicks at USC
, so I knew it was something I could do. I talked them into letting me do it and I was able to get my hand on one and help the team."
With the game going to overtime and the Vikings winning it there, 26-23, Kalil's blocked PAT proved huge.
"I blocked about seven in college. I just happen to be 6-7. I was born that way. It's just about getting under the guys and jumping up and hopefully block it," Kalil said.
As a junior at USC last year, he blocked two field goals and two PATs.
The last time the Vikings blocked an extra point was Dec. 20, 2009 when Ray Edwards
got a block against Carolina.
GAME DAY NOTES
With a 10-yard run on the first play of overtime, Adrian Peterson set the all-time rushing record for the Vikings, breaking the old record of 6,818 yards held by Robert Smith. Peterson needed 69 yards to set the franchise record and, after he broke it, a congratulatory video tribute from Smith played on the big screen at the Metrodome. Smith encouraged Peterson to go for the NFL record.
Kicker Blair Walsh had a dramatic debut in the NFL, making all four of his field goal attempts, including the 55-yarder that sent it to overtime and the 38-yarder that won it, finishing the day with 14 points.
The only longer field goal in franchise history was a 56-yarder by Paul Edinger against Green Bay in 2005.
The Vikings weren't pleased by allowing the Jaguars to convert 9 of 18 third-down opportunities, but it should be noted that, early in the third quarter, the Jags had converted 7 of 10 third-down opportunities, but only converted 2 of 8 the rest of the way.
The Vikings offense converted only 2 of 10 third-down chances in the game – a number that must significantly improve as the year goes on.
The Vikings outgained Jacksonville 389-362 despite running 17 fewer plays (58, as opposed to Jacksonville's 75 offensive plays).
A year after Donovan McNabb managed just 39 yards passing in his first game as a Viking, Christian Ponder was extremely efficient, completing 20 of 27 passes for 270 yards and a passer rating of 105.5.
Percy Harvin accounted for 192 total yards – 84 receiving on six catches, 20 rushing on five attempts and 88 on three kickoff returns.
The anticipated battle between Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew was won by A.P., who rushed 17 times for 84 yards and two TDs, while Jones-Drew ran 19 times for 77 yards.
The Vikings ran 58 plays Sunday – 29 passing and 29 rushing.
The Jaguars had more than a 10-minute edge in time of possession. Jacksonville held the ball for 37:49 of the game, as opposed to just 27:05 for the Vikings.
Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson both had double-digit tackle numbers. Greenway led the team with 13, while Henderson added 10. Rookie Harrison Smith had seven tackles.
Chris Cook recorded his first career sack – not just in the NFL, but in his entire life.
"I've never had a sack and I've played football since I was 6 years old," Cook said, adding he had never considered a post-sack celebration like the Jared Allen calf-roping, but added that he may start working on something if the opportunity presents itself again.
Jacksonville set the tone early, going on a time-consuming drive to start the game that included four third-down conversions. Their first drive of the game ate up 9:22 of the first quarter game clock, using 17 plays to drive down for the game's first points.
In the first half, Jacksonville outgained the Vikings 170-117. From that point on, the Vikings outgained the Jaguars 272-192.
The paid attendance was 56,607 – the first time since 1998 that the Vikings didn't sell out a game at the Metrodome during a regular season game.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.