Last Monday I was pissed. Really pissed at the Minnesota Vikings for what appeared to be some really uninspired play in their recent games in Carolina and Chicago. And with the Philadelphia Eagles on a six-game winning streak, it appeared that the Vikes were blowing a sure-fire first round berth in the playoffs.
But the ship was righted today, as the Vikings took the REALLY uninspired New York Giants out to the woodshed and gave them a 44-7 ass kicking at the Metrodome. And tonight, the Eagles looked like they were just playing out the string too, as Dallas easily beat them, 24-0. So, the Vikings now get a first round bye next week, and their first playoff game will be at the Metrodome the weekend of January 16-17.
The Giants should really be embarrassed by the effort they put out today. I really thought after getting raked over the coals by not just the Carolina Panthers, but by the press and their fans that they would give the Vikings a fight today. I couldn't have been more wrong.
They simply quit on Tom Coughlin, and someone will pay for it, probably defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. The Vikings simply tore the Giants defense to shreds, and played a near-flawless game. The last two games became a distant memory as the Vikings coasted to an easy 31-0 halftime lead, with Brett Favre throwing two TD passes to Sidney Rice and one to Visanthe Shiancoe. Adrian Peterson also ran for one.
Favre threw four TDs, and for 316 yards. Percy Harvin set a Vikings record for all-purpose yards, with 2,081. Tarvaris Jackson took over for Favre midway through the third quarter, and the fans were chanting "Let's Go Cowboys" as the slaughter was winding down.
When the Vikings were up by 41 points, I couldn't help but think of a certain game that was played in 2001 at the Meadowlands, when the Vikings got stomped, 41-0, by the Giants in one of the worst games I've ever seen the Vikings play. It seemed like the complete reverse today. But back then, it was the NFC Championship game, which made it that much worse.
It was a big time win for the Vikings, who finish 12-4 and they will play Dallas in the second round in Minneapolis if the Cowboys beat Philly again next week.