With two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter the Steelers proved they could repeat the 1995 statistic, force mistakes from Farve’s final season--wishful thinking?--team, and prove Big Ben can take on the favored Vikings.
But a TD by Vikings Sydney Rice was knocked out by a tripping penalty on Minnesota blocker Jeff Dugan, a mistake that cost them a TD and earned the Steelers another just two plays later, showed the Vikings are not infallible, bet that has Favre thinking about his Wheaties box picture...
And that wasn't the only turnover by Favre, Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel knocked the ball from Favre’s grasp and Woodley recovered the fumble for a 77 yard drive to the end zone bringing the score to beautiful, 20-10.
But with 6:42 left to play, freshman Vikings rookie, Percy Harvin responded on the following kick-off with an 88-yard touchdown–now, 20-17 for the Vikings.
Clearly as this game had shown, for every action an equal and opposite reaction, and the Steeler’s defender, yes a Defender--the guys that usually seem to be on the other side--Fox intercepted a Favre attempted, his third in his seven games this season, for an 82-yard bolt to the end zone. The score now, 27-17, and only 83 seconds remain.
"Those were kinda fluke deals," Coach Childress grumbled.
Another interesting fun fact, the Defense actually outscored the Offense in this game, by all counts, this shouldn't have been a Steelers domination.
Especially when Favre has proved that he can turn a game around in the fourth, with minutes remaining, but this last turnover ended any chance for a recovery.
And that's what was so amazing about this game, even Coach Tomlin said that the Steelers barely did anything right.
"You put 14 points on the board defensively you can overcome a lot errors, [but] we were far from a perfect team, but we won."
With a team with players like Favre and Peterson, who was proving playing the best of his career and for the Vikings in this game, it's
Adrian Peterson with 5:12 remaining in the second quarter gave the Vikings their only lead in today’s game, 7-3, after his two-yard touchdown run.
The 13-play march was their longest of the season.
Still breaking records though, Favre was 5-of-9 for 60 yards in the drive for Peterson’s eighth rushing touchdown of the season, which matched the NFL lead.
But Favre didn't throw any TD passes and was on the wrong end of not one, but two defensive touchdowns.
And after Roethlisberger responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass over the middle of the field to rookie Mike Wallace with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 10-7 half-time lead, either proved the Steelers are inching closer to another Super Bowl win, or Farve's good favor has as over-extended as his age in the sport.
Bottom Line: Will Favre prove this was a fluke in upcoming games?