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Dome Sweet Home

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 8:17 pm

With their win over the Giants at Mall of America Field on Sunday afternoon, the Vikings put the finishing touches on a perfect home record for 2009, going 8-0 at home for just the 3rd time in franchise history.

More important, though, than adding to that record is the fact that Sunday’s win combined with the Philadelphia Eagles loss gave the Vikings the NFC’s #2 seed and guaranteed the Vikings games inside domes for as long as they remain in the playoffs.

The only time the Vikings will play on the road the rest of the way is if the matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. The Saints, of course, play in the Louisiana Superdome.

Much has been made about the Vikings struggles recently in games played outdoors/on grass surfaces. From this point forward, until they reach the Super Bowl, the Vikings will be playing on fast, artificial surfaces under fixed roofs.

Counting home and road games, the Vikings record over the past 2 seasons while playing on artificial surfaces and under fixed roofs is 18-3.


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Vikings Secure No. 2 Seed And First-Round Bye In NFC

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 3, 2010 – 6:20 pm

Thanks to their win today over the NY Giants and Dallas’ 24-0 victory over the Eagles, the Vikings have locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and thus will be off next weekend.

The Saints, of course, secured the top seed by virtue of Minnesota’s loss at Chicago last Monday.  The Cowboys will be the No. 3 seed and will again host the Eagles, who dropped to the No. 6 seed with their loss today.

In another rematch from week 17, the Packers – who beat the Cardinals 33-7 today in a game that saw the Cardinals rest many of their starters – will again travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.  Green Bay will be making their 3rd trip to Arizona this season as they also played there in the preseason.

Any way you slice it, today could not have gone better for the Vikings.


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Vikings Wrapping Up Win; Cheering For Cowboys

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 2:44 pm

With 4:51 to go in the game, the Vikings are leading the NY Giants by a score of 44-7.

Once the clock gets to 00:00, the Vikings will move to 12-4 and will have done enough to have a shot for a 1st-round bye.

In order to secure that 1st-round bye next weekend, the Vikings now need the Dallas Cowboys to hold serve at home and defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Stay tuned to vikings.com for constant, continuing and exclusive coverage of the Vikings all of tonight and throughout the playoffs.


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Vikings Getting The Job Done – Lead 31-0 At Half

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 1:47 pm

Needing a win to keep their hopes for a 1st round bye alive, the Vikings did what they needed to do in the game’s first 2 quarters against the NY Giants at Mall of America Field.

Brett Favre and Co. took a 31-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. Favre was 19 of 23 for 271 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs to lead the Vikings offensive effort. TE Visanthe Shiancoe and WR Sidney Rice were his primary targets – Shiancoe had 7 grabs for 94 yards and 1 TD in the 1st half while Rice contributed 5 receptions, 83 yards and 2 TDs to the effort.

RB Adrian Peterson had 7 carries for 32 yards and 1 TD as well. Chester Taylor also contributed on the ground and with a couple of screen pass receptions.

The defense, meanwhile, completely shut down Eli Manning and the Giants offense. They scored 0 points, of course, and Manning threw for just 80 yards while also being intercepted once.

At some point early in the 2nd half, hopefully, the Vikings will pull their starters and this thing will turn into a preseason game.

If the Vikings hold on and win, all eyes will be on the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game in Dallas, which starts at 3:15. If the Eagles lose, the Vikings will get a 1st-round bye in the NFC playoffs, which begin next weekend. If the Eagles win, they’ll secure the bye and the Vikings will play at home next weekend.

Be sure to stay tuned to vikings.com today during and after the game. We’ll have comprehensive and exclusive coverage, including a live streak of all Vikings post-game press conferences. Then, we’ll be rushing out of here to find a TV to watch the Eagles-Cowboys game.

Once the Eagles-Cowboys game concludes and the Vikings fate for next weekend is determined, we’ll be back here updating the site and filling you in on all the details.

So, we look forward to having you here on vikings.com all day and night and all throughout the playoffs.


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A Look Around The League Before Exciting Week 17

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 11:35 am

There’s still a few minutes before kickoff of Week 17. There’s certainly no shortage of drama or storylines with today’s action, and with some time to burn before kickoff I thought you’d enjoy a quick read.

NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan takes a look at 10 hot topics for Week 17 and it’s a good read for any fans who’d like to get a good handle on all the other action around the league today.

Kirwan does mention the Vikings in topic #3 and also touches on issues other than the playoffs, such as potential coaching changes throughout the league and some statistical milestones that might be reached by some of the NFL’s best performers this year.

So click on the link and enjoy. Then get right back here for more Vikings coverage.


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What Would A Win Today Do?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 11:25 am

Today’s Vikings-Giants game has major playoff implications. A win against the Giants gives the Vikings a shot at the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs.

What else would a win today do for the Vikings?

– Give the Vikings their most wins (12) in a regular season since their 15 victories in 1998 and tie for the 2nd-most wins in team history.

– Give the Vikings an 8-0 record at home in 2009.

– Improve the Vikings record against the NFC to 9-3 in 2009.

– Give the Vikings their 21st victory in the last 28 regular season games, dating back to 2008. The Vikings are 20-7 in the last 27 games.

– Improve the Vikings all-time record against the Giants to 14-10-0, including 6-4 at home.

– ImproveHead Coach Brad Childress’ record against the Giants to 3-0.


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Neal Broten – Today’s Honorary Viking

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 11:06 am

Prior to each home game, one individual serves as an Honorary Viking and sounds the Gjallarhorn to signal the Vikings are coming. This person is usually a well-known and liked individual who also get a big ovation from the home crowd.

Although it’s obviously a football crowd, something tells me today’s Honorary Viking will get a HUGE ovation from the crowd – it’s legendary hockey player Neal Broten.

Broten played on the gold medal-winning Team USA hockey squad in the 1980 Winter Olympics and also in 1,099 NHL regular season games from 1981-1997 for the Minnesota North Star, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings. He is arguably the most accomplished Minnesota-born hockey player because he is the only player to have played on teams that won the NCAA hockey championship (University of Minnesota – 1979), the Olympic Gold Medal (Team USA – 1980) and the Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils – 1995).

Broten was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 and voted by Minnesota Wild fans as the greatest hockey player ever from the state in the Minnesota Hockey Greats contest announced in April 2009.


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Did You Know?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 10:55 am

With some help from our Vikings PR buddy Jeff Anderson, here are some interesting subplots to watch during today’s Vikings-Giants game…

– WR Percy Harvin needs just 15 rushing yards to break the team record for the most rushing yards by a rookie WR (Bob Grim – 127 in 1971). Harvin currently has 113 rushing yards.

– Harvin also needs just 22 combined yards to pass RB Adrian Peterson’s record for most combined yards in a rookie season (2,021). Harvin has 2,000 on the season thus far.

– The Vikings can clinch the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win and an Eagles loss or tie.

– Today’s game will feature the 2 players with the most consecutive games played in NFL history – P Jeff Feagles (351) and QB Brett Favre (286).

– With 11 rushing yards, RB Chester Taylor will move into the top 10 in team history for the most career rushing yards. Taylor’s 2,785 trails Terry Allen’s 2,795 for 10th place.


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Today’s Inactives

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 3, 2010 – 10:29 am

Here are the Vikings inactives for today’s game against the Giants.

QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB), WR Jaymar Johnson, CB Karl Paymah, TE Garrett Mills, LB J Leman, C Jon Cooper, DT Jimmy Kennedy, and DE Jayme Mitchell.

For the Giants, QB Rhett Bomar, DT Chris Canty, WR Mario Manningham, CB Corey Webster, T Kareem McKenzie, G Rich Seubert, TE Scott Chandler, and S Sha’Reff Rashad are inactive.

Note that while CB Antoine Winfield is active, he’s only expected to play in short-yardage situations, according to an ESPN report.


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Vikings, Giants Injury Updates

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2010 – 10:24 am

Teams aren’t required to submit their official list of inactive players until 90 minutes prior to kickoff, but reports and injury updates have emerged this morning regarding the Vikings and Giants.

We’ll begin with the Vikings and CB Antoine Winfield. Although he’s returned to the lineup after missing 6 games with a foot injury, it’s clear that Winfield is still not 100%. The question of whether the Vikings would reduce or eliminate playing time for Winfield this week to rest the foot arose this week.

And now we might have an answer to that question. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, who is at Mall of America Field this morning, has reported that Winfield will play in short-yardage situations only today.

For the Giants, we already know that RB Brandon Jacobs won’t be available. That leaves Ahmad Bradshaw as the Giants #1 RB, but he’s been dealing with ankle and knee injuries and was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. According to Nichols, though, Bradshaw will suit up and play today.

We’ve got no update on TE Visanthe Shiancoe (thigh) or DT Pat Williams (elbow), who were both listed as questionable on the injury report. Official word will come in the next 10 minutes.


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