Vikings Defeat Cowboys In Divisional Playoffs 34-3
Posted by LOTGK on January 19, 2010
All week-long I heard about the Cowboys defensive line players Ware and Spears and how they were going to disrupt the Vikings offense and sack Favre. Ware had one sack, Spears zero. Spears only had one tackle all game. He never got close to sniffing a sack. kudos to the Viking offensive line.
However, for the Vikings, Ray Edwards was up to the challenge of the Cowboys and their quarterback Tony Romo. Edwards played like a man possessed registering three sacks and five tackles, one for a seven yard loss plus a forced fumble.
The rest of the Viking defense came to play as well. Six sacks, two fumble recoveries, and an interception is just the beginning. Romo was held to under 200 yards passing, Jones was held to under 70 yards rushing, and the Viking defense held the Cowboys out of the end zone the entire game. For a team anointed the hottest team in the playoffs, the Cowboys played rather tepid. (I knew that playoff ticket to Jessica Simpson was well spent.)
I have to admit, Felix Jones frightened me. His speed killed the Eagles but the Vikings kept him in check all day. Even nose tackle pat Williams ran him down for a tackle for loss of yards.
Sidney Rice tied a playoff record with his three touchdown receptions against the Boys. I think that’s why Favre passed the ball on that last play up 27-3. To get Rice that fourth touchdown and the record. Since Dallas blitzed, he switched to Shiancoe instead. Even without the TD, Rice ended with 6 catches for 141 yards and three TD’s.
The Vikings travel to the Superdome on Sunday to face the Saints in the NFC championship game. Both teams match up well both offensively and defensively. Just take a look.
Brett Favre VS Drew Brees.
Sidney Rice VS Marquis Coltson.
Percy Harvin versus Reggie Bush.
Vesanthe Shiancoe VS Jeremy Shockey
Adrian Peterson VS Pierre Thomas.
Ryan Longwell VS Garrett Hartley.
Kevin Williams VS Sedrick Ellis
Jared Allen VS Will Smith
Antoine Winfield VS Tracy Porter
Ben Leber VS Jonathan Vilma
Madiea Williams VS Darren Sharper
Brad Childress VS Sean Peyton
(All right. The Saints Peyton has Childress outgunned.)
I think the difference will be Adrian Peterson, the forgotten piece of the Vikings attack. He needs an enormous day. 120 plus yards rushing. To keep the Saints offense off the field. Keep the score down. To control the clock. Manage the crowd noise. If Peterson gets going early, the Vikings win. If the Saints contain Peterson, Nostradamus will be wrong.
Can’t wait for Sunday…
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL