After catching 18 passes in the past three games, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph did not have a reception on Sunday and was the target of only two passes from Ponder.
Rudolph, who clearly was frustrated, said, "I definitely want to contribute. I practice all week to contribute. I love to do everything I can to contribute."
"It wasn't like we weren't looking for him," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "They did a good job of covering him. Kyle's been a big part of our pass offense throughout the season and we won today without him having any catches. If you had told me that would be the case, I would have said, 'That's not going to happen because we're going to target him and he's going to have catches.'"
As owners have seen first hand, it's been a strange season for Rudolph. He leads the team with 8 TDs but now has three games without a catch.