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NFL: Minnesota 24, Carolina 21

Oct. 30, 2011 at 4:32 PM   |   Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Ryan Longwell booted a go-ahead field goal with 2:43 remaining Sunday and the Minnesota Vikings held on for a 24-21 victory over Carolina.

With the score tied 21-21, rookie quarterback Christian Ponder drove the Vikings (2-6) 72 yards on 13 plays, setting up Longwell's 31-yard boot.

Fellow rookie Cam Newton then led the Panthers (2-6) on a last-chance drive to the Minnesota 13-yard line with 26 seconds left, setting up a seemingly easy tying field goal try by Olindo Mare.

But Mare shanked it, handing Minnesota the win.

Ponder finished the day 18-for-28 passing for 236 yards and a TD pass while Adrian Peterson scored on the ground and through the air, compiling 162 all-purpose yards for the Vikings.

Newton completed 22-of-35 passes for 290 yards and three TD tosses without an interception for Carolina.

Steve Smith hauled down seven passes for 100 yards and a score in the loss.

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