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Litchfield's Carlson scores 1st Vikings TD

Litchfield native and Minnesota tight end John Carlson made 7 catches for 98 yards and scored his first touchdown as a member of the Vikings on Thursday against the Redskins.

Carlson connected with quarterback Christian Ponder for a 28-yard touchdown reception at 4:43 in the third quarter to cut the Vikings’ deficit to 6 points. Adrian Peterson scored 3 minutes later to give Minnesota a 28-27 lead.

Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings in March of 2012 but has struggled with injuries since then.

He made just eight catches for 43 yards during the 2012 season, and coming into Thursday’s game was 11-for-61 this season.

The Vikings restructured Carlson’s contract in March to include less guaranteed money and more incentives.

Carlson graduated from Litchfield in 2003 and was a two-year starter at Notre Dame from 2006-07.

The Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft.