MINNEAPOLIS –Head Coach Mike Zimmer wasn't pleased with a Vikings performance that saw them fall to the Colts 34-6.
Zimmer opened his postgame press conference by telling media exactly what disappointed him.
"Very poor, lethargic, didn't get off blocks, didn't make tackles, busted coverage, didn't cover people, poor on third down," Zimmer said. "Offensively, we started off the game with three three-and-outs. [The Colts] had three drives over 80 yards for touchdowns. Not a very good day today."
A common theme for the Vikings in losses this season has been "shooting ourselves in the foot," and Sunday's game seemed no different when Minnesota once again committed penalties at crucial points in the game.
On the Colts second drive of the game, the Vikings defense initially held them from the end zone. During Adam Vinatieri's 21-yard field goal attempt, Linval Joseph leapt up and fell over the line, drawing a leverage flag.
The error gave Indianapolis a first down on Minnesota's 1-yard line, and running back Robert Turbin scored a touchdown on second down to give the Colts an early 10-0 lead.
Zimmer also pointed out a third-down encroachment penalty committed by Everson Griffen that effectively moved the chains for the Colts.
Zimmer called the barrage of mistakes "very disappointing."
"Penalties lose games, and we had too many today," Joseph said. "Next week we have to rally back."
The Vikings "not very good day" came at a point in the season where they knew they needed a win.
Minnesota (7-7) has yet to be mathematically eliminated from the postseason, however, and Zimmer reminded players that they need to continue to fight.
Safety Andrew Sendejo said the message from Zimmer following the game didn't revolve around probabilities but rather around performance and what the team can control.
"We have two left," Sendejo said. "We have to go into Green Bay next week, and we definitely can't play the way we played today."
Joseph said it's important to keep their minds in the game.
"You still have two games to win out," Joseph said. "Just for pride, just for ourselves. We'll see how everything rolls out, but at the end of the day, we have two games left, and we need to win these last two."
True to nature, Zimmer didn't sugarcoat his charge to the team. In addition to film work this week, he'll be looking for players who haven't given up.
"That was not a fighting performance there," Zimmer said. "I want to find the guys that are going to fight."