The Vikings were officially eliminated from any chance at the postseason last night on the wet field at Lambeau in Green Bay, 9-7. Tarvaris Jackson started his first NFL game last night, and he went just 10-for-20 for 50 yards and one interception. The Vikings managed just 3 first downs, their lowest total in a game in team history. They got only 104 total yards, and went three-and-out nine times in the game.
Fred Smoot's 47-yard interception return for a TD was all the Vikings scoring for the night. (I had to laugh when the replay showed that Smoot tried to do the "Lambeau Leap" in the stands after the TD and the Packers fans were pushing him away and he tried to get in.) Despite the paltry offense, the Vikings almost pulled off the win, but Dave Rayner's 44-yard field goal with 1:34 to play gave Green Bay the win.
The Vikings run defense was superb yet again, allowing Green Bay only 46 yards. But the offense was simply beyond pathetic, and the play-calling wasn't good at all. But I was glad to see Jackson out there getting his feet wet with some experience against the Vikings' biggest rivals. He should get the start again next week in the finale at home against St. Louis.