Last year against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome, the Vikings defense made a dramatic goal line stand and the offense immediately answered with a 99-yard TD pass from QB Gus Frerotte to WR Bernard Berrian. On Monday night against another division rival – Green Bay – the Vikings defense and offense once again teamed up for a nice combo platter.
This time, however, it was a Berrian TD reception that set the table.
The Vikings began the 3rd quarter with the ball and QB Brett Favre marched the troops on an 8-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 31-yard scoring strike to Berrian, giving the Vikings a 28-14 lead and control of the game.
On the ensuing drive, Green Bay drove the field as well and got down to the Vikings 1-yardline after 11 plays. And that’s where the Vikings defense bowed up, executing a series of impressive plays that ended with a dropped pass in the endzone and a turnover on downs.
“Well it (the goal line stand) is impressive because it was from a variety of different looks,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress pointed out. “They dove the fullback one time and (Chad) Greenway makes a tremendous play to stop him one-on-one and not let him get the ball in the endzone. (Ben) Leber makes a great play, just a pursuit with a guy dragging underneath and actually causes a loss there. But they (Green Bay) were (in) everything from three tight ends to empty (sets) and they defended it all. So hats off to those guys.
“As long as you give us a little bit of ground to defend we are going to defend it. We are not going to concede.”
Following that chain of events, the Vikings and Packers exchanged a few punts, with Minnesota P Chris Kluwe eventually pinning Green Bay on their own 1-yardline. It was thereafter that DE Jared Allen sacked QB Aaron Rodgers in the endzone and increased the lead to 30-14.
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