Sunday, January 17, 2010

SKOL

Vikings 34, Cowboys 3 (ESPN Box Score)

Vikings 34, Cowboys 3 !!!

The Minnesota Vikings saved their best defensive performance for the playoffs. Against a "red hot" team that was being picked by many, many pundits to win this game, the Viking defense shut the Dallas Cowboys down. With Bud Grant and Prince looking on and FOX of course insisting on showing Drew Pearson pushing off, the Vikings crushed the Dallas Cowboys.

The pass rush was relentless, coming from all directions and all sorts of players. It wasn't one player dominating: how often did one pass rusher make Tony Romo scramble so that another pass rusher could hit him? We saw plays behind the line of scrimmage from Ray Edwards, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Jimmy Kennedy, Brian Robison, and more.

The tackling was superb: Dallas was unable to make big plays by catching and running. Viking linebackers and defensive backs were generally superb at taking Cowboy runners to the ground. The Cowboys also never had a successful kick or punt return: the Viking coverage and tackling was outstanding.

Brett Favre threw seven passes to Sidney Rice, and Rice caught six passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns. On the two long catches, Rice was closely but poorly covered, and Favre threw perfect passes and Rice made what must have been difficult catches look easy. Rice continues to prove himself to be an elite wide receiver. For Brett Favre, a season in which he had another 30 TD season, another 4,000 yard season, another 12 win season, another division title, and his first 100 rating season, he also gets a playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Minnesota Vikings advance to the NFL/NFC Championship Game for the ninth time in franchise history. Today is a joyous day. Let us hope it is not finished.

Skol, my friends.

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:22 PM

    brees isnt a good scrambler either... if our D keeps it up we will beat the Saints

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  2. Such a rad, satisfying game!!! What a great defensive game and solid team effort. Let's go Vikes. We can do this. There is no past, no history to consider. Only today. Carpe diem, Vikes.

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  3. Anonymous4:06 PM

    Favre will lead us to Miami... this is our only chance for a long time, and this team is gonna get it done!

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  4. I'm happy for the Vikings, but not because I'm a Vikings fan. I just was one this week.

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  5. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Brookings needs to shut up and play defense. Seemed to me the Boys were tackling AP on the first 3 plays of that drive. (Why was he and Favre in the game anyway?) Are we not allowed to try? Go home, fire the coach, regroup, and try again next year.

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  6. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Did Brooking and Dallas lay down and quit trying when they blew out Philly two weeks in a row?

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  7. Anonymous5:51 PM

    "Hello, you play to win the game".

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  8. Anonymous7:02 PM

    Why did they call 3 timeouts at about the same time in the game?

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  9. Anonymous9:05 PM

    Brookings may be right, we poured it on. Look at the Cowboys did for us:
    -Let Romo play QB
    -Let Wade coach
    -Let Sousin, or whatever his name it, kick.
    They were throwingin the towel and we rubbed it in.

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  10. Favre had a heck of a game, but I think the defense was the biggest story of the day. I agree that solid tackling and pressuring the quarterback led the Vikings to this victory, and if that same defense shows up again next week, this team will be tough to stop.

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  11. Anonymous9:38 PM

    how sweet this was! I'm an old timer and remember those shitty cowpie victories like the 75 drew pearson shoving off game. Loooove to beat them cowpies! Jerry Jones is gonna need to tweak his facelift after this game....
    today was truly a sweet victory!

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  12. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Another old guy who remembers Pearson pushing! "America's Team"! Jones tight face. Have to wear white all the time. Good thing about the domination was nto many shots of Jones in the owners box. Great win.
    LONG off season and I hope they enjoy it very much

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