It wasn't a thing of beauty, but the Vikings pulled out a 24-21 win at the Metrodome over Dallas in a game they really couldn't afford to lose. Both teams were 1-3 going in, and the loser faced a daunting chance of making the postseason, as just five 1-4 teams have gone to the NFL playoffs since 1990.
Adrian Peterson fumbled at midfield in the first quarter and Dallas converted it into seven points. The Vikings answered it back as the first quarter was ending as Greg Camarillo caught his first Vikings TD, a ten-yard pass from Brett Favre.
The Dallas defense battered Favre around pretty good on Sunday. His numbers were nothing to shout about it: 14-for-19, for 118 yards and 1 TD.
Dallas grabbed the lead, 14-7 in the second quarter, and took that into the locker room. But Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff of the second half and brought it back 95 yards to tie up the score. Adrian Peterson ran in from 1 yard to give the Vikes their first lead of the day with 5 minutes to play in the third. AP ran 24 times for 73 yards on the afternoon.
Dallas tied it again when Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant with a 31-yard TD with 10 minutes to play. Romo was intercepted twice by E. J. Henderson, and they led to 10 points, the last being with 7 minutes to play. Ryan Longwell kicked a 39-yard FG with 4 minutes left that gave the Vikings a 24-21 win.
Chicago and Green Bay both lost, so this was an enormous win for the Vikings. Bears are 4-2 and Packers are 3-3, and the Vikings head to Green Bay next Sunday for a showdown with their archrivals.
But before that, Favre will meet with NFL officials on Tuesday about all the off-field stuff that has occupied the headlines in the last week.