A Meltdown…But Not a Loss

How fast can jubilation turn to despair?  About as fast as Ray Rice can slice through a crippled, shell-shocked Vikings defense.

About as fast as Joe Flacco can fire the ball down the field for a touchdown pass against a woefully over-matched back-up corner.

As fast as Adrian Peterson can get his ankle rolled up on, forcing him to limp off.  As fast as Percy Harvin can get his bad shoulder banged into the turf, sending him to the showers early.

As fast as Ray Lewis can come unblocked and plant Brett Favre into the ground.

It was all going so well for the Vikings.  They held a 20-10 lead going into the fourth, and looked well on their way to a 6-0 record.

And then the fourth quarter happened.  One of the craziest fourth quarters you’re ever going to see.

Baltimore put up 21 points on a Vikings defense that went into the game rated among the best in the league.  Meanwhile, that proud Ravens defense recovered itself after being battered early in the game.

It would take some heroism from Brett Favre for the Vikings to avert a stunning loss.  Luckily, as has been the case for much of his career, Favre was up to the challenge.  He hit Sidney Rice on a 58-yard bomb to put the Vikings in position for a field goal that left the Ravens behind with less than two minutes to play.

The Ravens would need some magic of their own from Joe Flacco, who spent much of the second half peeling himself off the Metrodome turf.  Flacco did lead Baltimore into field goal range, but they didn’t get close enough for Steven Hauschka who missed a 44-yarder with 2 seconds on the clock.

So, in the end, the Vikings did go to 6-0.  But it was ugly.  Actually, it was more than ugly – it was hideous.  The defensive performance in the fourth quarter was an embarrassment to the entire proud history of the Vikings and all the greats who have lined up on that side of the ball.

A victory is a victory, but this game leaves Vikings fans with a sour taste in their mouth nonetheless.

Topics: Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Joe Flacco, Minnesota Vikings, Percy Harvin, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Sidney Rice

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  • viceroy

    I have to believe that the Viking’s defense suffered, during the second half, as the result of a severe brow beating, at the hands of coach Childress, during Half Time. Such a severe lashing, it must have been, to have stifelled their preformance to the level of “Non-existant” the entire second half. Chilly had ‘em scared stiff!

  • viceroy

    I have to believe that the Viking’s defense suffered, during the second half, as the result of a severe brow beating, at the hands of coach Childress, during Half Time, for all the “Off Sides” penalties. Such a severe lashing, it must have been, to have stifelled their preformance to the level of “Non-existant” the entire second half. Chilly had ‘em scared stiff!

  • lorenzo4

    from my old Packers turned Favre board:

    “This is a pass to run team, Childress needs to pull his head out of his ass and realize that.

    BF won the game again today, no question about it, without the long bomb to Rice this team losses for sure.

    After 9 weeks BF has officially taken over the team.”

    To which I would add:With you 100%. Especially the Childress comment. I can’t figure out if he’s afraid the fans will get on him for abandoning the run or what. The handwriting was on the wall even before the game started. Baltimore has 24th ranked passing defense. And the first quarter proved it. So why the flock did they abandon they passing offense. When your defense is suspect you have to score alot of points. Maybe he underestimated Ravens offense, but he shouldn’t have.
    The passing offense could have scored alot more points. Fav re was visibly upset with the play calling in the fourth quarter….as the Norseman thread observed…”Favre looked pissed.”
    Do you think Childress gets it after this game? Let’s hope so. You’re absolutely spot on…this is Favre’s team now. Vikes were so high on their team’s defense and running game coming into this season, but it’s Favre who’s winning the games…Favre and a receiving corps that is getting better every week.

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