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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is sacked by Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (72) and Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (97) at the end of the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 14, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is sacked by Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen (72) and Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (97) at the end of the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 14, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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