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Clutch Performances From Clutch Players

Posted by cjsiewert on November 8, 2010 – 9:35 am

There’s 4:39 remaining in the game, the crowd is silent after a turnover-filled performance and the Vikings are on the brink of falling to 2-6 with the Arizona Cardinals holding a 14-point lead.

Time to hang it up and prepare for 2011, right?

If you were to ask either Brett Favre or Adrian Peterson at that point in time, they would refuse such an attitude and move on to the next play. And that’s exactly what they did, en route to putting together a come-from-behind OT victory on Sunday afternoon.

“I would have to say the whole focus,” Peterson told reporters as to what made the difference in the 4th quarter. “We knew that we were in a tough situation. As a group collectively, as a team, we just changed our attitude, and guys got focused.”

A change in attitude and a greater sense of focus was evident when the Vikings offense took to the field with 4:39 left in the game. Favre and Co. drove a short field in just 4 plays with Peterson capping off the 40-yard scoring drive on a 4-yard TD run, cutting the Arizona lead to 7 at the 3:38 mark.

After the Vikings defense held the Cardinals to a 3-and-out, it was time for the offense to put together another scoring drive. With the 2-minute warning elapsed, trailing by 7 and 62 yards to go to tie the game, who else would the Vikings rather have under center than their future Hall of Fame QB?

Favre orchestrated another scoring drive, but one that couldn’t have been done without the help of Peterson. On the first play following the 2-minute warning, Favre dumped off a short pass to Peterson and #28 scampered 33 yards down the field to the Arizona 29. And with :34 left on the clock, Favre found Visanthe Shiancoe in the middle of the endzone, setting up the game-tying extra point.

Overtime: The Cardinals won the toss and elected to receive, but it didn’t matter. The Vikings defense fed off the resurgent Mall of America Field crowd to the tune of another 3-and-out that included a pair of sacks.

The Vikings started the OT drive at their own 31 following the Arizona punt, but wouldn’t stay in their own territory for long. On the first offensive play in OT, Peterson scraped off the right end and dashed 30 yards down the Vikings sideline to the Arizona 39. Following a 22-yard completion to Bernard Berrian, Peterson’s number was called upon 3 times to put K Ryan Longwell in position for the game-winning FG.

It’s almost seems impossible to use the words “new career-highs” for a man that holds nearly every passing record in NFL history, but Favre ceases to amaze by throwing career-highs in yards (446) and completions (36) in the Vikings 27-24 OT victory over the Cardinals.

Peterson has consistently shown his standing as the best RB in the league and on Sunday he provided another stellar performance. The league’s leading rusher finished the game with 15 carries for 81 yards and a TD while grabbing 4 receptions for 63 yards and a TD – his 3rd consecutive game with 40+ yards receiving.

But one number stands above both Favre and Peterson’s statistics, and that’s the number 3 – the number of wins the Vikings hold to their name. And hopefully this 3rd win will be the start to a 2nd half-resurgence of the 2010 season.

But does this victory give the Vikings the sense of a brand new season?

“It’s a good way to look at it,” Favre said. “We won it, collectively. That’s the encouraging thing. We start 1-0. We go to Chicago next week. There’s a lot of football left. It was a great win.”


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48 Responses to “Clutch Performances From Clutch Players”

  1. By fire childress on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    it’s too bad we didn’t get rid of Chilly last year, we would be 7-1 now with a good coach

  2. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    yeah!, a good team win, dodged a bullet against a so-so team…chilly dog owes his job to brett; for you naysaysers about farve, he’s got the heart of a champion despite all the hoopala..

    hopefully gained their confidence back to a degree, and take it to the next level and stay there for the 2nd half run…

  3. By Bruce on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Been some hype surrounding Childress’s comment about Favre needing a hug. The thing is that people took it as being a swipe at Favre in Childress’s typical sacarasm.

    THAT IS CHILDRESS BIGGEST PROBLEM. HE HAS SUCH A DRY SENSE OF HUMOR AND HE DOESN’T JOKE AROUNG ENOUGH WITH HIS PLAYERS. THEY DON’T TRUST HIM, HE IS TOO BUSINESS LIKE AND DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO CONNECT WITH PLAYERS.

    LISTEN CHILDRESS, FAVRE HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND PLAYERS, FANS & REPORTERS LOVE THAT ABOUT HIM. WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE AFTER HEARING WHAT FAVRE SAID IN HIS CONFERENCE ABOUT NOT GETTING A HUG AND JOKING THAT HE NEEDS ONE, WAS GO UP TO FAVRE IN THE LOCKER ROOM OR IN PRACTICE AND COME UP BEHIND HIM AND HUGGED HIM IN FRONT OF THE PLAYERS AND SAID WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE…. “HEY I HEARD YOU WANTED A HUG FROM ME”

    AND DO IT IN A JOKING WAY WITH FAVRE. HE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY AND SO WOULD HAVE THE OTHER PLAYERS. BRAD, YOU NEED TO CONNECT WITH THESE PLAYERS. NOT SAYING YOU HAVE TO BE THEIR FRIEND OR ANYTHING (BUT THAT WOULDN’T BE A BAD THING EITHER) BUT JUST HAVE THEIR BACKS, BE A COOL COACH AND NOT SO SERIOUS ALL THE TIME. JOKE AROUND WITH THEM, TAKE THEM ALL OUT EAT OR TAKE THEM GOOFY GOLFING OR SOMETHING.

    BASICALLY, LIGHTEN UP, LISTEN TO THEIR IDEAS, AND HAVE THEIR BACK.
    YOU DO THAT FOR THEM, AND THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK AND PLAY THEIR A S S E S OFF FOR YOU.

    TRUST ME BRAD, TRY THIS APPROACH AND YOU WILL HAVE A BETTER SITUATION WITH YOUR GUYS.

  4. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce– that was the smartest and most beautiful post I have ever seen come out of your keyboard. I hope Childress sees it and takes heed– absolutely spot on!

  5. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    U R absoulutly right Bruce. The solution to every problem is a hug. seriously though, we need to get rid of Childress.

  6. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    BTW, Be sane and serious, where were u during r losses? Us staying positive doesnt help the team. BUT, I will concede that the team staying positive will help {not guarantee} a victory. A team that thinks they lost will definitly lose.

  7. By Rick James on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Does anybody else see value in us putting a waiver claim in on Al Harris? He is medically cleared and if used situation I believe he would help us out. Not to mention his knowledge of Green Bay’s system as well as personal…

  8. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Jared Allen is back! 2.5 sacks yesterday! U ROCK Jared!

  9. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I didnt know that the Pack waived Al Harris. pick him up right away.

  10. By cal on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    scary thought: if the vikes keep winning chilly might keep his job or even scarier fulfill his contract

  11. By FARVEHOLIO on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Wah Wah Wah. VIKINGS SUCK. FAVRE SUCKS. YOU WEENIE BLOGGERS SUCK.

  12. By FARVEHOLIO on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Send Chiily to Dallas in exchange for their cheerleaders. At least the Cowgirls have all of their teeth.

  13. By jerrt on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    bret favre favre favre hes the g.o.a.t. for sure grettest of all time

  14. By jerrt on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    all you idoits kiss his throwing arm

  15. By Rick on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Im with ya pick up Harris, as far as chilly goes Ill give ya hug (YOU UNGRATEFUL MORON)

  16. By Rick on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce ur post is so on the money. But I think giving chilly a really good idea is really shootin for the moon. Im mean u really have to take into consideration what where workin with here. Just keep plowin and see what up.

  17. By moejay on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    @chaos getting rid of chilly right now will only mess up the teams mindset …chilly and favre are grown men they need to get over themseleves for the team theres alot of games left to b played with this team we have the ability to go 11-5

  18. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    EVERYBODY SAYS CHILI DOG IS NOT A GOOD COMMUNICATOR, AND HE’S THE HEAD MAN; THAT IS THE PROBLEM, HUGS NOTWITHSTANDING..

    HE’S NOT A PLAYERS COACH, SUCH AS IN PRO.BASEBALL.. LEAD AND THEY WILL FOLLOW IS NOT CHILI DOGS CREDO.

  19. By viking joe on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    BRAD CHILLDRESS that was JUST wrong for making statement of brett,on national T.V and last couple of weeks your out bursts, and MOSS get ‘s LET go !!! MR wilf fire chilly!!!!

  20. By nick warner on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Great game Favre!! For all of you idiots who blogged last week about Favre and Moss being pretty much the same… they are total opposites. Favre is a leader, he goes all out on every play, he is fearless and he produces. He gets the blame for 13 interceptions but remember one bounced off Barrian’s chest earlier in the season and 2 bounced out of Harvin’s arms, some happened when we were in desperation mode at the end of games and give the o-line some blame for terrible protection.

  21. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    farvreholio you are quite stupid, crawl back in your hole.only adults belong in here childbrain wonder.

  22. By Robins on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is my hero! I have never seen anyone, especially with all of his njuries, fight so hard for his team to win! He is magnificent, a warrior! And Percy, with your bad ankle, thank you for a great game too. Adrian, you have been incredible the whole year! Thank you! Shiancoe, Greg Camarillo, Bernard Berrian, Jared,etc, etc., you were all great! The defense finally showed up in the end and fought hard to win! What a great team and a great leader you have in Brett! I am so glad that Moss is gone. He never fights hard. Congrats to all of you great Viikings! You deserved this win!

  23. By soldier1986 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    we should pick up al harris why we can. we need help in the secondary big time. and he’s a veteran so he could motivate some of the other players

  24. By Rick on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Leave the headset on chilly unplugged, watching him practice chewing gumm (fasinating)

  25. By Packerfan52 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Clay Matthews…Nuff Said

  26. By Packerfan52 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    seriously tho…nuff said

  27. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    packerfan right n said ,now get out duface!

  28. By Packerfan52 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    dont be mad that cant contend wit the packers and we broke bretts ankle :)

  29. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    packerfan we r not as mad i bet as you were lasst year when we took BOTH GAMES FROM YOU ! LOL THATS CLASSIC !

  30. By purplehaze on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    PACKERFAN52 I DIDN’T HEAR YOU TALKING YOUR SMACK LAST YEAR WHEN YOU WHERE GETTING YOUR A S S HANDED TO YOU TWICE; GET OFF OUR BLOG CHEESEWIZ.

  31. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    right purplehaze and the pack will lose in minnesota nov 21 and we wont have to deal w/idiots like him .

  32. By Packerfan52 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    U can sh it talk all you want about last year but that was the past and not whats happening now…get on our level!!

  33. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    The Packers are, unfortunately, playing well– That said, I do guarantee they will find themselves looking into the Cowboys mirror when they come to the Metrodome– the Vikings are going to utterly demolish the Pack– it won’t be close like it was in Lambeau and the Packers only won that game because of very poor refereeing– that is a fact, even the NFL office attested to it.

  34. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    no thanks packerfan we have brains and an I.Q.

  35. By Troy on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Mr Wilf fire Childress today and promote Frazier.

  36. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Packers could not score a TD against the Jets– Vikings scored three TDs in the last twenty minutes– yes Vikes have struggled a little, but still a much better team than the Packers– as the great Favre likes to say– time will tell.

  37. By Viking/Favre Fan on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    The OT win was great. Watching the Vikings play to tie the game and watching Brett play as the come from behind QB as in the old Packer days was awesome! We don’t get to see that often … is it because Childress doesn’t let Favre call the plays? So why the reprieve for Childress? If Childress wants to save his job … quit calling suck plays and let the guys on the field do what they are being paid to do. You have a veteran seasoned QB, why not let him do the job he is paid to do. If he can’t, then he needs to sit out, However, if he isn’t given the chance to do what we all know he can do, then that’s on the head coach and the head coach needs to be replaced!

  38. By Packerfan52 on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    umm im pretty sure that the packers have a better defense than the jets so u can even compare that and when the jets have injuries on their defense when they play the vikings just proves my point…when you play against a strong jets defense like the packers did then you can try and make a valid point of it…the only thing that matters is when vikings and packers play…grant it the packers did work on the vikings when they played but that is the past…im looking forward to the nov 21st game…it should b a good one and both teams better bring their A game to make it interesting

  39. By FavreGreatestMFerEver on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Lots of Division games to be played with Pack, Bears, Detroit…those teams playing each other and MN…GB looks hot right now at 6-3 but 9-7 or 10-6 could win the division and with the NFC West…that 10-6 mark could also be a bye…

  40. By Rick on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey packfan u gotta deal with us in a couple of wks, so enjoy ur dream world while u can, or better yet stay in it.

  41. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Look for Jared Allen to go on a hot streak. I predict that he will lead the nfl with 17.5 sacks. log 2 sacks in each of the next 4 games.

  42. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Kill the Packers fans! We should be 4-4 and they should be 5-4. because we beat them without getting a win. Shiancoe TD. remember that? SUCKIEST CALL EVER!

  43. By chaos on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    FavreHolio was right about one thing…..we ought to trade Chilly for some dallas cheerleaders. Do u think they would accept?

  44. By TW VIKE on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    PackerF@g2-Cheese-Di<k,go to your own site, it is for losers like you.

  45. By Stephanie on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    let’s see…Favre has two fractures in his ankle, ten stitches in his chin, has battled tendinitus in his throwing arm, and he’s 41 freaking years old! but somehow it didn’t look like any of those things hampered him yesterday. how in the world was he able to throw for the most yards in his career a week after Moss is released and lead the team to 14 points to tie the game in less than four minutes??? I have no idea. thanks to all the receivers for stepping up your game…Percy is taking a cue from Brett and played when most people thought he wouldn’t and he played great. I think Bernard Berrien finally got his confidence back. defense finally showed up at the end. overall this game showed the true character of the players on this team and they never gave up even when most thought it was hopeless. we’ll see where they go from here, but this at least gives them some hope.

  46. By Stephanie on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    I forgot to mention Adrian Peterson…what a beast!

  47. By Conner on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply

    Stephanie: I am equally amazed at what Favre and company were able to accomplish due to the injury situation. I wonder if Favre getting the off the field issue out of the spot light has helped him focus. What we saw Sunday will be added to the legend and lore that is Brett Favre’s career. Ten years from now someone will bring up yesterday’s game and how Favre and Harvin played and everyone will claim, “The cheese slid off our crackers!” That we’re making this up! Let’s hope they can keep the positive going, and develop some consistency!

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