MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gus Frerotte stabilized Minnesota's wobbly passing attack to help the Minnesota Vikings to a 20-10 victory over Carolina today at the Metrodome.
And Antoine Winfield and the rest of defense propped it up once again. Winfield's sack of Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme and subsequent 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown right before halftime gave the Panthers their first defeat.
Frerotte replaced Tarvaris Jackson after a pair of woeful games by the offense. Frerotte also might have helped save the season for Minnesota (1-2).
He completed 16 of 28 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe and an early interception.
The 37-year-old wasn't very sharp in the first half, but he made some crisp throws down the stretch to keep the Vikings in front.