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Vikings stock report: Week 16

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By Eric Edholm

Here are three players up and three down from the Vikings' 33-26 Week 16 win over the Redskins:

Rising

QB Joe Webb: All he does is make plays when given a chance. He ralled the team from down 13-10 in the third quarter with three strong TD drives. Christian Ponder is the future, but the Vikings need to see what they have in this multi-tool QB. "In clutch situations," head coach Leslie Frazier said, "he finds ways to make plays."

RB Toby Gerhart: With RB Adrian Peterson out, Gerhart ripped off a 67-yard run and finished with a career-best 109 for the game. When the team needed a spark, Gerhart provided it, along with Webb. It's even more impressive that the cutback run came against the Redskins, a good rushing defense this season.

WR Percy Harvin: With 104 yards on nine touches from scrimmage, Harvin also filled the Peterson void. There's no replacing him in this offense.

Falling

RB Adrian Peterson: Falls short of 1,000 yards rushing after suffering ACL and MCL injuries early in the third quarter, leaving the start of next season in doubt. The Vikings' offensive centerpiece signed a $100 million deal prior to this season.

QB Christian Ponder: The quarterback was knocked out with a concussion and earlier in the game suffered a bloodied nose. He completed 8-of-13 passes for 68 yards and rushed four times for 20 yards. It's not yet known if he'll be cleared to play against the Bears in the regular-season finale.

PK Ryan Longwell: He kicked the ball out of bounds, giving the Redskins a short field on what would end up being a TD drive for them. Longwell also came up short on a 49-yard FG attempt and missed a PAT attempt that could have been crucial.

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