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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder fumbles and Cowboys’ Nick Hayden celebrates like a rock star (video)

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Dallas Cowboys' Bruce Carter (54) signals touchdown as Nick Hayden (96) comes up with a fumble by Minnesota Vikings' Christian Ponder (7) in the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Arlington, Texas

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Dallas' Nick Hayden came up with a TD after a fumble by Minnesota's Christian Ponder. (AP)

The Dallas Cowboys defense has let most opposing quarterbacks pick it apart this season.

Paging Christian Ponder.

Minnesota started Ponder for a second straight week, and he was a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys’ struggling defense. Minnesota was on its own 5-yard line when Ponder dropped back to attempt a pass in the third quarter. Dallas’ defensive line applied pressure on Ponder, but the quarterback’s reaction time was too slow.

Cowboys defensive end George Selvie forced Ponder to step up in the pocket, and that is when the quarterback was leveled by another defender. Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden recovered Ponder’s fumble and scored a touchdown.

After the touchdown, Hayden’s celebration was a performance that is best described as … awesome.

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