Monday, December 10, 2007

History Made As Vikes Whack Niners

The Vikings won their fourth in a row yesterday in San Francisco, and made NFL history in the process, as they won, 27-7. The Vikings became the first team to get two interceptions in a game by defensive linemen, and it included a touchdown by Kevin Williams (pictured) on the first play from scrimmage.

Pat Williams also had an interception, and Spencer Johnson apparently had a third one as the game was ending, but it was later ruled a fumble.

I watched the game at Professor Thom's pub along with a sea of Patriots fans. (They didn't join the Vikings game until it was already 10-0, because the NFL package was still in the Chargers-Titans game, which was still in OT.) And whenever the Vikings did something good, I was the lone Minnesota backer in the bar. (But I did get a few compliments on the retro Vikings Randy Moss jersey I was wearing.)

Tarvaris Jackson had another solid game, going 19-for-25 for 163 yards and one touchdown pass to Robert Ferguson of 19 yards. The Vikings jumped out to a 20-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter, and put an exclamation point on their first half dominance when Chester Taylor ran 84 yards for a TD to make it a 27-0 Vikings halftime lead.

The Niners completely shut down Adrian Peterson, as he gained only 3 yards on 14 carries. With the exception of Taylor's long-distance TD, the Vikings gained only 33 other rushing yards. But the defense was the star of the day, as the Vikings recovered three fumbles and had the two picks. The offense had another huge first half that basically put the game away, for the third consecutive week.

I was also in a rare position yesterday, as I had to root for the Dallas Cowboys to win, and they did, over the Detroit Lions in the final seconds, 28-27. And combine that with Arizona's loss to Seattle 42-21, the Vikings now are in sole possession of the final Wild Card spot, and now play Chicago at the Metrodome next Monday night.


Ken In San Diego said...

Congrats to the Vikes! I like their chances for the Wildcard. In January anything can happen and if you can run the football and stop the run that's a step in the right direction. Looking forward to seeing the team in prime time the next 2 weeks (Monday Night and the flex game a week from Sunday against the 'skins).

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks, Ken. A month ago I never thought the Vikings would be in this position. If they make the playoffs, the season will be a triumph for them.

Talk to you soon....

Ken In San Diego said...

Have you ever seen the Vikings play in NY or should I say New Jersey? Maybe the next time they come West to play the Chargers you can come out as well.