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Fourth Quarter Recap (Spoiler Alert: Vikings Win)

On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys converted a third down by tossing to Jason Witten.  On the following first down, Pat Williams chased Romo into throwing the ball away.  Greenway took down Jones on second down at the goal line.  On third down, the Cowboys dumped it off to Miles Austin who was brought down a yard short of the first down.  Wade Phillips chose to go for the first down by bringing in Marion Barber who continued to run tough and converted the first down. 

On a false start against Dallas, Pat Williams still managed to hit Romo.  Another only mildly successful screen play, however, set up a second and 11.  The next play was also a screen which lost a yard and set up third and long.  With the Cowboys within field goal range, they decided to go with an empty backfield, but Lito Sheppard got beat by Dez Bryant who caught a long touchdown pass.  That was the third touchdown caught against Lito Sheppard, illustrating how much the Vikings already miss Cedric Griffin.  The extra point was deflected but still went through.

This time, Harvin was the victim of a nice directional kick, and was dropped inside the 20 yard line. 

Favre led Berrian too far on a pass that could have been a big gain if he leads him correctly, but instead the ball was incomplete after a stretching effort from Berrian.  On second down, Camarillo took a quick toss for about five yards.  On third down, a screen to Percy Harvin ended up being somewhat of a broken play in which Favre threw the ball into the first.

A booming punt from Kluwe saw a very nice return from Dez Bryant, who took it back to Minnesota territory, but a holding call negated the return. 

Felix Jones took the ball up the middle for a gain of five on first down.  Then Barber took it for four yards, setting up yet another third and short.  Instead of handing it to Barber, which had worked all day, the Cowboys tried play action, but E.J. Henderson stepped into the pass for his second interception of the game.  The Vikings offense set up at the 30 yard line, already in field goal range.

Peterson ran for three yards yet again on first down, but came out of the game looking a little gimpy.  With Gerhart taking the ball for about four yards, the Vikings were faced with third and three.  Dallas had a miscommunication on defense and was forced to use a timeout.

After the timeout, Peterson re-entered the game, and Favre zinged one to Moss for the first down. 

Peterson took the handoff and stumbled on first down, managing only a gain of one yard.  On second down, Peterson had a nice lane to run through, but a last second tackle held him to another carry of only one yard.

On third and seven, a false start on Bryant McKinnie backed the team up five more yards.  Now at third and long, Favre tried for Moss in the endzone, hitting him in the hands, but Alan Ball was able to knock Moss’ arm and force the incompletion.  Longwell’s field goal put the Vikings up by three with just over four minutes left.

The ensuing kick return didn’t make it past the 20 yard line thanks to Jasper Brinkley.  On first down, the Vikings once again seemed to sniff out the screen play, bringing Jones down for no gain.  A short pass to Witten went almost nowhere, thanks to solid tackling out of Jamarca Sanford, who is replacing the injured Husain Abdullah.  The third down pass to Dez Bryant went right threw his hands because he heard Greenway’s footsteps coming.  The punt to Camarillo was returned for about six yards to the Vikings 25 yard line.

On first down, Peterson was called upon to chew up some clock, but only managed another one yard gain.  On second down, he managed only two yards, but Dallas was forced to use one of their timeouts.  On third down, the Vikings chose to pass the ball which struck me as odd, but Greg Lewis drew a pass interference call giving the offense new life.

Peterson lost a yard but the clock then wore down to the two minute warning. 

With two minutes left, the Vikings went with Peterson again, who pushed forward for no gain.  On third and nine, and the clock ticking, they handed it to Peterson yet again who ran tough and gained about six yards.  The Vikings are now forced to punt to the Cowboys with less than 30 seconds remaining. 

Kluwe punted to Dez Bryant who tried to return it from the three yard line.  Bryant danced around and looked like he’d have room to run, but instead ended up going back to inside the five yard line and did nothing but chew up a bunch of clock. 

Backed up to the endzone, with little time remaining, Romo aired it out to Roy Williams after Asher Allen completely whiffed on a really, really, really easy game winning interception.  At the 26, with six second left, a screen to Felix Jones ended up seeing some razzle dazzle.  Chad Greenway finally fell on the loose ball to make the Vikings as the only NFC North team to be victorious this weekend.

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11 Responses to “Fourth Quarter Recap (Spoiler Alert: Vikings Win)”

  1. Fragile Freds says:

    Congratulations to the Vikings and coach of the year Brad Childress for a well coached game.

  2. Fragile Freds says:

    Freds doesn’t mean to get carried away, but perhaps your right Jawers!

  3. Ole says:

    what Freds, no love for Croc wearing turkey jerker favre?

    I am shocked

  4. Ole says:

    right about now, ABV is happy dancing her angst away

  5. Brett says:

    Ugly win but a win nonetheless. Skol!

    Bring on the Slackers

  6. CSlinde says:

    If it wasn’t for EJ and Harvin, we’d be crying over our beers again. Skol

  7. Fragile Freds says:

    You know what? The if you can dare put the win aside for a second, the offense looked absolutely NO better than weeks past. Perhaps worse. It’s a win, but the team still has the same problems as weeks past.

  8. fozz44 says:

    Percy game MVP, he was the man today.

    AD wasn’t spectacular, but how many 8-15 yard runs did he have called back? 2 or 3?

    Surprised it wasn’t aired out multiple times….Brett’s arm must be barking.

  9. Fragile Freds says:


    Farve couldn’t air it out, any time he had to take more than a 3 step drop, he was on his back.

  10. Fragile Freds says:

    AK… big game next week! open up the live chat!!!!

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