The Vikings‘ season ended this afternoon with a 26-14 loss to the Eagles. The Viking defense put forth a valiant effort but one huge play by Brian Westbrook trashed all that. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense completely shut down Tarvaris Jackson, Adrian Peterson and the Viking offense in the second half. The biggest factor of all may have been the punting and punt coverage which conspired to tip the field position advantage too far in Philly’s favor. That needs to be shored up for next season for sure…but, there will be plenty of time to talk about that stuff later. Many months in fact.
I’ll be curious to hear what all the armchair quarterbacks on the call-in shows and message boards have to say about this one in the immediate aftermath. Too simple to just hang it on Brad Childress and the offensive gameplan. The Eagles have a great defense and today that defense was just too much for a quarterback making his first career playoff start. The Philly offense wasn’t particularly impressive but Westbrook, a great player to be sure, made a great play when it was needed. And though Donovan McNabb had pressure in his face all day, he was able to do enough to get his team the win. The experience advantage at quarterback made all the difference in this game.