So what was the key to last Friday night’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs? While Tarvaris Jackson’s 12-15 for 202 yards and 2 TD performance certainly played a large factor, perhaps even more significant was the staunch goal line stand the Vikings defense had to end the game.
After a nice drive orchestrated by Chiefs QB Matt Gutierrez and then a pass interference penalty on DB Derrick Roberson, Kansas City had the ball 1st and goal from the Vikings 1-yardline with 55 seconds to play. And they didn’t get in.
You can re-live that goal line stand by clicking here to watch a sideline view of all 4 plays.
On 1st down, with the Metrodome crowd in mid-season form, DE Martail Burnett and DT Jimmy Kennedy teamed to stuff RB Javarris Williams. Rookie S Jamarca Sanford forced an incomplete pass on 2nd down. On 3rd down, with Vikings defenders trying to pump the crowd up even more, Burnett and the middle of the Vikings defensive line stuffed another rushing attempt, this one by Kolby Smith. And then on 4th down, Gutierrez saw another pass fall incomplete when CB Karl Paymah pushed a receiver out of bounds, and the Vikings defense had completed its goal line stand to cap the team’s come-from-behind 17-13 win.
On the field immediately after the game, several Vikings starters, including DE Jared Allen and LB E.J. Henderson, rushed the field to congratulate their teammates on what was an impressive final 4 plays.
Tags: E.J. Henderson, Jamarca Sanford, Jared Allen, Jimmy Kennedy, Karl Paymah, Martail Burnett
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