The score was tied and the Vikings had the ball in their own end with less than two minutes left and two time-outs and a rookie quarterback to try to lead the team to a field goal and victory. The coaches should have taken the pressure off Ponder in that situation as best they could by calling short passes, draws, screens in a hurry-up offense that was designed to, if possible, move across mid-field where they could take a shot or two at getting in field goal range while consuming most of the clock so as to leave Denver no time in regulation in case of a turn-over. The point is you can't put that on your rookie who might feel pressed to make a play when a mistake is fatal. No, you dump the ball off and throw quick underneath passes or runs designed to gain yards with the hope that you can get downfield enough to kick a field goal without putting your star rookie in the hot seat. How many times have we seen Aaron Rogers and other elite quarterbacks dumping the ball off to his running backs and tight ends in a similar situation to pick up a little yardage to hopefully get in a position where riskier passes are more acceptable leading to a last-second field goal at the end of a half or end of a game to win? it's just smart football. And if teams do that for experienced quarterbacks, why wouldn't the Vikes coaches do that for a rookie, giving him a chance to win while limiting his chance to lose the game with a turnover in his own end of the field?