The defense registered 6 sacks and allowed just 93 yards in the 2nd half, QB Brett Favre guided the offense to 17 points after halftime – including a game-tying 25-yard TD pass – and K Ryan Longwell booted a game-winning FG from 35 yards out. It all came together and the result was a dramatic 27-24 victory in front of another soldout, raucous crowd at Mall of America Field.
It was just like old times.
The Vikings won games in this fashion on a regular basis during the 2009 season but they’ve come out on the wrong side of drama-filled games several times already in 2010. This time, though, the Vikings came out on the right side and it’s fair to wonder if Sunday’s win will serve as a turning point for the reining NFC North champs.
The win moves Minnesota to 3-5, a far cry from their 12-4 performance last season. But the reason we’ll watch to see if Sunday’s win serves as the turning point is because the win was emotional and it came after a tumultuous 2 weeks; perhaps it will galvanize the Vikings going forward. It also came about because the defense finally found its pass rush – 6 sacks of Derek Anderson – and Favre regained his form from last year – 36 of 47 for 446 yards and 2 TDs.
There will be much more to come as vikings.com’s coverage of this week’s win over the Cardinals continues tonight and into tomorrow.
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