For years, Vikings fans groaned every time Brett Favre threw a touchdown in the Metrodome. Today the same fans cheered when Favre threw his first Dome TD as a Viking, a 30-yard strike to Sidney Rice off a blitz read.
They got to cheer some more when Favre led the team down the field in the two minute offense, slicing and dicing the 49ers D, until the drive bogged down thanks to penalty, forcing the Vikes to settle for a field goal attempt.
That was when things took a gut-wrenching turn for the Vikes. Instead of going up 13-7, Minnesota found themselves falling behind 14-13 on a blocked kick and touchdown return.
Such was the first half for the Vikings against the 49ers: glimmers of excitement mixed in with a whole lot of frustration.
Most of that frustration was felt by Brett Favre, who found himself lying on his 40-year-old back a lot more than he would’ve liked. Outside of two good drives, Favre spent a lot of time missing receivers, having balls dropped by receivers (especially Bernard Berrian) and watching Adrian Peterson mostly get stuffed.
Mix in a few terrible calls by the referees – evidently brushing your finger against the quarterback’s facemask is now a “blow to the head” – and you have yourself a recipe for a hair-pulling half of football.
The Vikings will now have to pull off another of their patented second half turn-arounds.