It looked like the Favre magic was going to work again today in Pittsburgh, until a screen pass to Chester Taylor went awry, handing the Steelers a heartbreaking and game-ending pick-6.

The play came just after one of the most impressive runs of Adrian Peterson‘s career, a third down reception and freight-train job on William Gay that seemed for a moment to have set the Vikings up for at least a game-tying field goal.

Of course the Vikes would never have been in that position had it not been for Percy Harvin‘s kick-off return touchdown, which came in answer to a Favre fumble and LaMarr Woodley TD return.

And I didn’t even mention the insane catch Sidney Rice made on the sidelines to keep another drive alive.

Yes, it was that kind of game.  Another crazy fourth quarter.  A whole load of stuff to chew on for the next couple of days.  For right now, there is extreme disappointment.  But there is also the encouragement that comes with knowing the defense made a better showing than some of us expected, and that the Vikings overall showed incredible heart in nearly pulling out a miracle win in a very hostile setting against a playoff-bound team.

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