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Reuters Minnesota Vikings’ tight end John Carlson is tackled by Washington Redskins’ safety Brandon Meriweather during the first quarter Thursday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Minnesota picks up 2nd win

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MINNEAPOLIS — The battered, bruised, beneficent Minnesota Vikings defense finally made a stand at Mall of America Field on Thursday night, in the most dramatic way possible.

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After falling into a 13-point hole in the third quarter, the Vikings shut down the Washington Redskins, allowing Christian Ponder, and then Matt Cassel, to lead Minnesota to a 34-27 victory.

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