Favre/Lewis San Francisco Game-Winner Up For Award

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 12, 2010 – 5:08 pm

Hopefully everyone reading this blog on a regular basis is enjoying the fact that we, as followers of the NFL with primary concern for the Vikings, are still talking about football games and on-field action.

There are 24 other NFL teams, however, who aren’t playing any more games this season and instead have their primary focus on off-field activities, such as postseason awards.

But even though there are bigger things at stake, such as this weekend’s Divisional Round playoff matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s still fun to point out the awards being handed out to the club and its players/coaches.

Earlier on Tuesday we pointed out that 3 Vikings were named to the Sporting News All-Pro Offensive team. Now a play from earlier in the season is up for another award.

In perhaps the signature moment of the season, QB Brett Favre heaved a 32-yard pass to the back of the endzone that found WR Greg Lewis with just 2 seconds to play in the game. Lewis found a way to catch the ball and tip-toe in the back of the endzone for the score, which gave the Vikings a dramatic and improbable come-from-behind 27-24 victory.

That particular play has been nominated for the 2009 Spring Can’t Miss Play of the Year. There are 4 other plays that have been nominated along with the Favre/Lewis play for the award, none of which were of the “can’t miss” caliber of the one that defeated the 49ers in Week 3 (we’re not biased or anything).

So, click the link in the paragraph before this one and vote for the Favre/Lewis play.

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Trio Of Vikings On Sporting News Offensive All-Pro Team

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 12, 2010 – 12:34 pm

Sporting News has named and announced its annual All-Pro Offensive team and a trio of Vikings have made the cut. The magazine will announce its defensive awards later in the week.

The 3 Vikings named to the All-Pro Offensive team are RB Adrian Peterson, G Steve Hutchinson and Percy Harvin, who made the squad as a returner.

The Vikings had the most players on the team, while the New Orleans Saints had the 2nd-most with 2 players – SN’s Offensive Player of the Year Drew Brees and G Jahri Evans.

The complete NFL awards package can be found in the new Sporting News Magazine, which arrives later this week at all Barnes & Noble, Borders and Hudson Retail outlets. SN will announce other award winners throughout the week.

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Greenway On The Air With PA

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 12, 2010 – 10:25 am

Vikings fans bored at work or in the need for a live Vikings fix can tune into KFAN AM 1130 from 11:00 to noon today. LB Chad Greenway will be on the radio with our buddy Paul Allen.

“PA” is of course the Vikings Radio Network’s brilliant play-by-play voice and he hosts a show on KFAN every weekday from 9-noon. Today he’ll chat with Greenway and Vikings Radio Network analyst Pete Bercich for about an hour. They are doing the show live from Park Tavern in St. Louis Park, so you could also swing by that location for lunch and catch the show.

Also, be sure to tune into PA’s show on Thursday around 9:20 because I’ll be on the air with him chatting everything Vikings-Cowboys.

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Not Favre From Montana’s Postseason Records

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 12, 2010 – 9:35 am

Okay, okay. Probably a cheesy title for this blog entry but don’t let it detract from the actual substance of the blog entry.

Vikings QB Brett Favre will start and play in his 22nd NFL playoff game, by far more than any other current Vikings player. In those 22 playoff games, Favre has accumulated a bunch of impressive statistics and he’s closing in on some of former 49ers QB Joe Montana’s career playoff records.

It would take a super-human effort from Favre to pass Montana in career playoff passing yards and TDs on Sunday, but he should top Montana’s mark for career playoff attempts and completions against Dallas and he also will look to increase his NFL playoff record for consecutive playoff games with a TD pass to 19.

If Favre can lead the Vikings to victory on Sunday, he’ll have an even better shot to top Montana in yards and TD passes.

While those career playoff records are certainly nothing to scoff at, there’s another playoff statistic Favre would certainly like to add to even more than the yards, TDs, completions and attempts records – playoff wins.

Below we’ve included the career playoff records Favre is approaching and where Montana ranks ahead of him:

Passing Yards
Montana: 5,772
Favre: 5,311 (461 behind)

Passing TDs
Montana: 45
Favre: 39 (6 behind)

Montana: 460
Favre: 438 (22 behind)

Montana: 734
Favre: 721 (13 behind)

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FOX’s #1 Broadcast Team In Minnesota On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 12, 2010 – 8:04 am

Last weekend’s most entertaining Wild Card playoff game – Arizona’s thrilling 51-45 win over Green Bay – was on FOX’s air and was broadcast by the network’s #1 team, which consists of play-by-play man Joe Buck, analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporters Pam Oliver and Chris Myers.

This weekend, the victorious Cardinals travel to New Orleans for a Divisional Round showdown against the Saints. But FOX’s #1 team won’t be following the Cardinals from Arizona to New Orleans.

Instead, the team of Buck, Aikman and Oliver/Myers will be in Minnesota to broadcast the Vikings-Cowboys game from Mall of America Field on Sunday.

At first glance some of you may not be excited to know that Aikman, a 3-time Super Bowl-winning QB for the Cowboys during the 1990s, will be calling a Cowboys vs. Vikings game. But I’ve enjoyed Aikman’s work over the past several seasons and I’ve never noticed a bias – either negatively or positively – from him with regard to the Cowboys.

And it might be interesting to see if Oliver has anything interesting to offer while covering the Vikings this weekend. Earlier in the season, she did this piece for FOX’s Sunday pregame show with Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe and WRs Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice.

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