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

Anwar S Richardson

The Dallas Cowboys defense has let the majority of quarterbacks pick them 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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