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Childress: Sunday’s Atmosphere “Electric”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 19, 2010 – 6:57 am

We mentioned early on Monday in the blog that the Vikings enjoyed a tremendous home-field advantage on Sunday against the Cowboys thanks to 63,000+ towel-waving, frenzied fans who kept their noise and energy level high for the entire game.

While meeting with reporters at Winter Park on Monday for his usual day-after-the-game press conference, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was quick to mention the crowd, too.

“You can’t say enough, starting and finishing 9-0 at home in front of those fans,” Childress said. “Tremendous, electric atmosphere right out of the box, and they stood continuously and made communications tough.  So, my hat is off to those great Minnesota Vikings fans.  They made that (Mall of America Field) the environment that it is, and that’s why you talk about home field advantage.  (I’m) excited about that.”

As we mentioned in Friday’s blog entry, the Cowboys were able to avoid procedural penalties caused by the noise but it was clear that offensive communication was a chore for QB Tony Romo and it was even more evident that the Vikings defense was feeding off of the noise and energy generated by the raucous crowd.

But Childress also acknowledged that his team will get a taste of its own medicine this weekend when they travel to the Superdome for the NFC Championship Game to take on the Saints, a team who also realizes a loud home-field advantage thanks to thousands of screaming fans inside of a dome.

“We know, with the fans that I talked about here, we go right into that same environment down in New Orleans,” Childress said. “We’ve already talked about having a plan for that.”

Without getting into specific play calls, the best plan for neutralizing a noisy home crowd is to score, and score early. That’s something Dallas came close to accomplishing early in last Sunday’s game, but big plays by the Vikings defense eventually prevented the Cowboys from tallying points on the scoreboard.

For the Vikings to accomplish the tall task of silencing the crowd, they’ll have to execute well down the field and avoid mistakes that can be caused by an uncomfortable environment.

“Obviously the best plan is to make them sit on their hands down there, and you only do that by playing well down there,” Childress said. “It should be a great matchup, and we’re excited to represent in the NFC Championship Game.”


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20 Responses to “Childress: Sunday’s Atmosphere “Electric””

  1. By steven on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    good luck vikings you can do it : )

  2. By CA Norwegian on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    I cannot think of a better group of guys to overcome the crowd. They seem well suited to ‘street football’ which may be necessary with all the noise. Our D is underapprecited, as much as you have to love what the passing game has done. Thank You Defense!!!!!!!! If we win the NFC championship, it will be on your hands.

  3. By Antonio on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Come on Vikes! One game away. This is the best chance the Vikes will have in years to come….a living legend playing at the top of his game. Stars at every position. It’s now or never. 11 pro bowlers, 4 All-Pros…. NFL Rookie of the Year…it’s now or never

  4. By Jim Krupiczewicz on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Our Vikings are 9-0 at home this year. -They played terribly on the road at the tail end of the season.
    The Saints play in a dome which is actually good for the VIKES. The VIKINGS MUST MENTALLY INSTILL in themselves
    that this is another home game. They MUST pretend that all the noise for the SAINTS IS FOR THEM
    AND FEED OFF THAT ENERGY!!! -IF THEY DON”T -THE GAME MAY BE OVER FOR US BY HALFTIME.

    -I DON”T WANT TO LOSE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE THAT CARES ABOUT GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL -AND HOPEFULLY
    WINNING IT THIS TIME!!!

    VERY BEST REGARDS!

    Jim Krupiczewicz
    Grand Rapids, MI
    616-240-3500

  5. By joe bryan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    I am a 40 year long fan of the Cowboys and have no bad feelings about the loss to the Vikings . I always thought it a shame one of those great Vikings teams in the 60′s and 70′s didn’t win a Super Bowl .Believe it or not most of us in Texas love you Brett .I agree with Troy that if Dallas didn’t like that last t.d. do something to stop it . Our D was still playing physically agressively.I want you to win it all ;your fans are deserving . Go Brett , Go VIKINGS .Good luck.Joe Bryan Odessa Tx.

  6. By hank on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    thanks joe bryan

  7. By Bridget from Texas on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Go Vikings!!!!!!!!! Will be yelling for you from Texas!! You guys are awesome!

  8. By Michael on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Joe:

    Well said,while not every football fan likes Brett he will still go down as one of the best to play the game!!! And no player in the past or the future will ever play with the love and passion for the game of football….never!!!!!

    Thank you #4 for 19 great seasons,hope to see a 20th.

  9. By lifetime viks fan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Just to comment on Jims idea of using the crowd noise in NO to pump us up, is exactly what I have thought as well. Lets go guys, lets get um. Pants on the ground. LOL

  10. By Joe on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    By Joe on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    you pitifull viking fans FINALLY have something to celebrate…your last super bowl appearance was when, in the 70s..your last title game you lost to Keith Brookings Atlanta Falcons team yrs ago…all we here about in Cowboy nation is crying about a hail marry pass that cost you a super bowl appearance…you guys have super bowl appearances but no trophies….i hope the yikes get there and win it all so the fans will stop crying..The Cowboys will always be America’s Team…Beware of Drew and company….dont be a fool with your “pants on the ground”

  11. By joe bryan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    To the other Joe , I was honored to be Coach Tom and Alicia Landrys’ chauffer on a visit they made to the hospital I was practicing in San Angelo Tx in 1991.I spent a great deal of the day as a servant soul during their visit . They were the epitome of class and graciousness. Be polite and gracious with your comments;these are not Eagles fans. Joe Bryan

  12. By Joe on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    you are correct…im not speaking to eagle fans…im sure 90% of viking fans are respectful people and im am happy for them that they might get a super bowl…im speaking to the fans who are bad mouthing my team on our websites and blogs….this is the first time i have ever say anything on any other teams blog…probably my last…good luck to the class act vike fans out there…

  13. By Denise on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Joe, I hate to burst your bubble but the “Cowboys” have not been “Americas team” since Landry left. They still hold the title, but certainly don’t fill the shoes-and I am from Texas so I can say that!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By Nate F. on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    ENOUGH DALLAS FANS and everyone else who talks about Minnesota not winning a Championship game. With all respect, you guys have won 5 Super Bowls and that’s a great accomplishment for your city but that was ages ago. Have you won any since the Romo era? Have you even been to the Super Bowl this decade? 1972, 1977, 1993, 1994 and 1996. I believe those are the correct dates. So stop living in the past and enjoy the game of football. The better teams are playing

  15. By Nate F. on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    The dates are when Dallas Won their 5 Super Bowls

  16. By rap99 on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    JIM and LIFETIME hope the players read your posts, good idea!

  17. By GJ on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Let Percy run a couple of returns back. Superdome will be silent.

  18. By Al Fjerstad on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    If anyone can play throught the noise for a victory i’ts this Vikings team. Thank you for a fantastic season. The Saints showed they are vulnerable at home and we can win on the road so Skol Vikings. Your fans are proud of you.
    I’d also like to thank Coach Childress. I have been one of the nay sayers throughout his stay here. To accomplish what only Bud Grant was able to do and win back to back NFC North Championships speaks of itself. I am proud of the Vikings and proud of our coach and his staff.

  19. By ohioviking on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    Home field advantage is huge in the playoffs, especially in the championship game. That is why a win in of those final 4 games was so important to tie the Saints for home field advantage. Childress didn,t any of those loses were that big because the Viks were already in the playoffs. The Vikes are almost unbeatable at home the last few years and especially this year. Those games that were lost and the end of the year may turn out to be more important than Childress realizes. Even though it should be a great game. Good luck Vikes

  20. By joe bryan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Nate F. I appreciated your comments regarding any Dallas fans who attempt to point to history of any team , either successful or not .One can be proud of the history of their favorite team as I am but it is arrogant and inappropriate to insult fans of other teams with such history .You are correct;the best team this year won last Sunday . History never trumps current events.Frankly , I thought the football media was overreaching in their evaluation of Dallas prior to the game.The “Americas’ Team ” deal has rightly offended fans of other teams and has motivated Dallas’ opponents to the detriment of the Cowboys.As a football purist , hype is never positive ; I don’t even like the cheerleaders(I believe two things as holy as football and sex should never be mixed!)I could give you other analysisalong these line but the bottom line is fans like you and I contribute greatly to the leagues’success . One parting thought:The NFL Network and NFL Radio have made it possible for fans to appreciate teams and their individual players other than just their favorite team and its’ players. Again , my best wishes to the Vikings and their fans this Sunday.Joe Bryan

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