The Vikings made a huge, big time statement today at the Metrodome, as they took the Dallas Cowboys out to the woodshed and gave them a good ol' fashioned ass whoopin, 34-3.
And I'm sure most of America was happy to see that team that enjoys calling themselves "America's Team" get their heads handed to them. (It's the NFL version of watching the Yankees get the asses kicked for me.)
Brett Favre was simply terrific, going 15-for-24 for 234 yards, and throwing four touchdown passes, three of which went to Sidney Rice. The Vikings defense was equally good, sacking Tony Romo six times. He fumbled three times and threw an interception. It just wasn't his day.
Favre hit Rice with the first TD in the first quarter, as Sidney made a spectacular catch for 45 yards and the Vikings were on their way. It was 17-3 at the half, and you got the feeling the game was over then. Any worries about the Vikings defense were put to rest, and it's clear the off week benefited them.
And Favre and the Vikings put the exclamation point on the day when favre hit Visanthe Shiancoe with an 11-yard TD pass just inside of two minutes to play, on fourth down. Keith Brooking of the Cowboys took exception to it, and I'm sure he and some of the other big mouth Dallas whiners will moan about that after the game. (Hey, you play for 60 minutes, pal. Try stopping the Vikings and keep your mouth shut.)
And of course, to put a capper on this day: screw Drew Pearson. He still pushed off on Nate Wright in 1975.
So now, the matchup that I thought would happen in midseason will now occur: the Vikings vs. the New Orleans Saints for the right to go to the Super Bowl. This is the 8th time the Vikings have gone to the NFC title game, the first since that awful loss to the Giants nine years ago. I'm sure the Saints will be the sentimental favorite (they are an actual 4 point favorite right now), but the Superdome should be rocking next Sunday at 6:30 PM.
And I can't imagine what Bar None, the half-Vikings, half-Saints bar in Greenwich Village will be like next week. I simply can't miss that.