Brad Childress survived today. But just barely.
The Vikings fell behind 24-10 to the Arizona Cardinals today, and by the early part of the 4th quarter I was thinking that we were seeing the last of Brad Childress as Vikings head coach.
But the Vikings tied it, with TDs scored by Visanthe Shiancoe and Adrian Peterson. They won it in OT on Ryan Longwell's 35-yard field goal, 27-24.
I saw the game today at Bar None, the Vikings/Saints bar in Greenwich Village. As the Saints fans were enjoying a rout in Carolina, the Vikings struggled big time against a very flawed Arizona team. It was my first time in the bar in 2010, and many of the fans made their displeasure at Childress known, with a chant of "Fire Childress" early in the fourth.
I saw a few empty seats in the Metrodome, and I also saw some negative banners directed at Childress. "Waive Childress" and "Fire Chilly" were all over the place, and you knew a loss to the Cardinals would probably be the end of the line for Childress.
Brett Favre was up to his old tricks early, throwing two interceptions, one as the Vikings were threatening to score and one on the first drive. That one was brought back by Kerry Rhodes that looked like it would be a TD, but Greg Camarillo caught him from behind and knocked the ball out of his hands and it rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.
Favre actually had one of his best days as a pro, going 36-for-47 for 446 yards and 2 TDs. But once again the two interceptions hurt the Vikings.
Percy Harvin fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and it was returned by Arizona for a TD. That put me in a bad mood for most of the second half, and I really thought the Vikings were going to lose. Favre's heroics in the final minute kept Childress employed for the time being.
The Vikings take on the Bears in Chicago next Sunday. They are 3-5, and can ill-afford any more losses. One at a time, everyone.