January 3, 2009
At the Mall Of America Field, the Vikings, along with their quasi new head coach, Brett Favre showed up and made a statement. This was not the Minnesota team that lost 3 of their last 4 games. They threw the ball and opened up the field. The team used the run as a necessity rather than a means to win the game.
Quarter back Favre threw for over 300 yards completing 4 touchdowns and had his best showing in over a month. This was a great way for the playoff bound Vikings to end the regular season after struggling since late November to gel as a team.
Brett Favre has had the best season of his career this year at 40 years old. He has had over 4000 yards this season and has one of the highest passer ratings in the NFL. Today, number 4 threw 25 completions out of 31 attempts for 316 total yards. His Purple team finished the regular season 12-4.
With a Philadelphia's loss to Dallas, the Minnesota Vikings will be the number 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and will have a first round bye next week. There has been talk about the remote possibility of the Green Bay Packers playing the Vikings again, should the Packers win throughout the playoffs. That might be the next game for the ages, should it occur.
After the game, Brett was congratulated for his 4000 yard season, for which he's only the 4th Viking quarterback to ever achieve this feat. Favre commented: " The win was the best thing; we needed that... we can do it, we have done it, we've just been inconsistent. " When asked if he's rooting for Dallas today, the quarterback said: " I'm a little pooped... I grew up a Dallas fan so I guess I can root for them. "
It seems as thought he Minnesota Vikings found themselves today. Jimmy Johnson commented on CBS Sunday: "Now he (Childress) knows Brett Favre is his man." Just before the playoffs and just in time for the playoff hopes of this team.
Field Contributor Correspondent