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Vikings Lose To Saints 31-28 In Championship Game

Posted by LOTGK on January 26, 2010

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I Did It My Way

And now the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Brett Favre left his heart and part of his kidney out on the field last night in his valiant effort to advance to the Super Bowl. Alas, Nostradamus must have had a snootful when he made his Viking prediction 500 years ago. As of this exact moment, Brett Favre is on the Will I or won’t I retire clock. I hope he comes back for one more year. What else are the Vikings going to do? Give Jackson or Sage the nod!

Last night’s game, the NFC Championship, was won by the New Orleans saints by a score of 31-28 in overtime. Drew Brees, the best passer in the NFL was held in check passing for under 200 yards. Well under his average. The entire stable of Saints running backs were held to a mere 68 yards rushing. Henderson was the leading receiver with a paltry 39 yards receiving. The Saints had half as many first downs as the Vikings, 218 less yards than the Vikings, less time of possession than the Vikings, less sacks than the Vikings, 27 less plays than the Vikings, less completions than the Vikings, and one more thing, less men in the huddle than the Vikings. Congratulations go to the Saints for winning the game even with playing so poorly.

Speaking of 12 men in the huddle. WTF was Childress thinking? It’s third down and 15, the Vikings are looking at a 56 yard field goal at this point, a time out was called and Favre went to the sideline to discuss the perfect play for such a scenario. How about, let Chester Taylor take it up the middle following his full back and behind the 700 plus all pro guard and tackle. Hope he makes a few yards and centers the field goal attempt. Call time out with 5 seconds to go and line up for a 54 yard field goal. Either win the game or go into overtime. Instead, A pass play was called and Favre threw a pick. Almost as bad as Denny Green taking the knee in the championship game of 1999.

Moving on to Adrian Peterson. One of the most talented running backs in the NFL. Alas, his legacy will be associated with fumbles. I’m not laying blame to the loss of the game squarely on Peterson, but he did help out. As he did against the Bears a few weeks earlier fumbling the ball in overtime allowing Bears to score and win. Perhaps if Peterson didn’t fumble, last nights game would have been played in a different dome.

I’m angry at Peterson. Not for his fumbles last night, but how he acted on the sidelines afterward. He was smiling and laughing like the Vikings just won the game. You fumbled the damn ball! The running back coach should have had your ass firmly planted on the bench reading you the riot act. You have had three years in the league to correct your fumbling. Either you are unwilling to accept instruction or the coach is sub par.

Sour Grapes Section:
Depending on one’s perspective, the referee’s either called a horrible game or a flawless game last night. I believe there were some questionable calls, especially the so-called first down rush by the Saints in overtime on fourth down. The runner’s helmet extended past the first down marker, but he fumbled the ball allowing it to slip down to his knees. Thus, short of the first down. Vikings ball at their 38 yard line. In great position to win.

Don’t let anyone say that the referee’s favor Brett Favre. He was mugged 9 times last night yet the yellow flags never hit the ground. Some were blatantly late hits. One was a blatant Hi-Low hit.

However, the season is now over. And a good season it was.
Sidney Rice emerged as an all pro receiving threat. Something the Vikings hadn’t enjoyed since a former team member wearing #84.
Percy Harvin is the real deal. Falling to #22 was the best gift the Vikings received since a former team member that used to wear #84.
Visanthe Shiancoe continues his progress towards a dominate tight end.
The Vikings won two more regular season games than last year and won a playoff game. There is progression there. How much of the success was the Favre factor will be hotly debated until the team lines up in September later this year. IF Favre retires yet again, the Vikings are back to Sage and Tarvaris. Does anyone really believe they will have the success Favre did? Didn’t think so.

That leaves us with a cloudy future.
First, The Stadium Update. Only 10 more games left at the Metrodome until the lease is over. No stadium is in the wings, nothing is being discussed about a new site, not even a glimmer of hope for a new stadium in Minnesota. As I stated a year ago, the Vikings are a potential team to move to the new stadium in City Of Industry, California.

Second, Brad Childress. He just signed a contract extension and will be running his Kick-Ass-Offense for the foreseeable future. What are his plans to replace Favre? Rely on the draft or go to the bench for Rosenfels and Jackson. Either way, it will be a step backward.

Third, Adrian Peterson. Someone needs to teach him how to hold on to the football. Maybe Keyshawn Johnson can write a sequel to his controversial book, Just throw Me The Damn Ball and title it, Just Hold Onto The Damn Ball. If his fumbling is not corrected, he will become a detriment to the team.

Fourth, the draft. Hopefully Favre will decide rather quickly his retirement status. if he says he is retiring, Childress may want to search a replacement via the draft. Clausen, Bradford and McCoy should be off the board when its the Vikings turn at 29, but what about Tim Tebow? Is he the next Ben Rothleisberger? All Tebow does is win!

Fifth, free agency. It’s a no cap year and the eligible players will be looking to break the bank. Can the Vikings afford to sign big name stars? Perhaps instead, they will pursue second level talent, like Brady Quinn, who the Vikings were thinking about three years ago when they selected Peterson instead. one thing is for sure. The Vikings need a quarterback not named Sage or Tarvaris.

Lastly, this season passed by in the wink of an eye. Perhaps all the hoopla, (Yes, I said hoopla) surrounding Favre made it seem the season to be set on fast forward. Now as Groundhog day rapidly approaches, one can only speculate whether Brett Favre sees his shadow and declares six more weeks of speculation.

We were close this year Viking fans. We were close.

See you in a few weeks when free agency season opens.


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18 Responses to “Vikings Lose To Saints 31-28 In Championship Game”

  1. Gumby said

    Sorry dude. i agree that some calls were pretty bad. I don’t know how you control that aspect of the game though, they can claim they didn’t see the holding, or the late hit whatever, and nothing will be done to them. Favre did take a beating.

  2. CMon said

    Cmon, those calls were good calls. Favre just got a taste of getting beat up. He won’t be back next year after that pastig.

  3. CMon said

    You want Tim Tebow? He is a product of the college system.

    • LOTGK said

      I merely threw out the quarterbacks in the draft this year suggesting that only Tebow would likely be available for the Vikings. However, Tebow is a proven winner.

  4. CMon said

    You want Brady Quinn. Same as tebow, a product of the system.

  5. Anti-christ said

    Fear not Viking fans. The deal I made with Brett Favre was to permit him to win one more Super Bowl. I did not specify when in the contract. The devil is in the details. He will be back next year.

  6. Etta said

    I feel sorry for the Vikings and Brett Favre. He played his heart out only to lose like that.

  7. FreakSmack said

    Donovan McNabb? For a 2? I’ve been hearing it all day.

    Adrian Peterson needs to go to the Tom Coughlin school of carrying the ball, it saved Tiki Barbers career.

    • LOTGK said

      I’d make that deal in a heart beat. And Peterson does need to learn to hold onto the ball. Why not contact Tiki, and every other avenue to help.

  8. Nice inclusion of the photo of Brett stepping off the field for what might be the last time…or at least, so it looks like.

    Some were blatant hits, yes, but at least one that I saw wasn’t…and shouldn’t have been called, even though it was. I think they were trying to make up for the bad calls they did make with that one call.

    So you’re saying you don’t want Brady Quinn? Clarify please. 😉

    • LOTGK said

      Something tells me that we haven’t seen the last of Mister Media whore. The hits that had my ire up was the shot to Favre’s knees, (rules state that any shot to the knee’s is a personal foul) and the high low hit on Favre as he was watching the play unfold.

      And no, I don’t want the Vikings to pursue Quinn. I mentioned Quinn as one of the second level quarterbacks that may be available in free agency.

  9. Punk It said

    If the officials were so bad on this game, why doesn’t the NFL fire them or reprimand them.

    • LOTGK said

      Bad PR. The Super bowl is the biggest sporting event in the states and the NFL doesn’t want any bad press to taint the ratings or advertising dollars. How would it sound if the ref’s were called out for several bad calls that helped determine the outcome of the game.

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