NEW ORLEANS -- Vikings receiver Randy Moss proved again that he's a prime-time player.

Although he played only the first half, Moss continued his strong play in prime-time games by catching two passes for 89 yards, including one 43-yarder for a touchdown in the second quarter.

On the play, cornerback Ashley Ambrose released Moss to cornerback Mike McKenzie. But Moss out-sprinted McKenzie into the right corner of the end zone to catch the arching pass from quarterback Daunte Culpepper in stride.

Moss suffered a strained right hamstring later in the quarter on another deep pass from Culpepper. On that play, Moss ran into safety Jay Bellamy and fell to the turf. He lay on the turf and waved to trainers for help. Moss walked off the field alongside trainer Chuck Barta. Moss will be re-evaluated today.

After missing the first three plays of the next drive, Moss returned to the lineup but didn't catch a pass. He then headed to the locker room before the quarter ended, with the Vikings leading 21-14.

In 20 prime-time games, including two on Thanksgiving, Moss has caught 102 passes for 1,745 yards and 24 touchdowns.


But Moss doesn't play nearly as well on ESPN.

In nine previous games, Moss had caught 43 passes for 497 yards and eight touchdowns.

Moss watched the second half from the sideline.

He was the first to congratulate Culpepper after he completed a9-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Wiggins in the third quarter, and he nodded approvingly after key plays by teammates.

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