We’ve seen this bit before. The Vikings build a big lead, only to watch their defense go softer than Minnesota snow, letting the other team back in.
That’s why, as the Packers clawed their way up from the bottom of a 24-3 well in the second half today, we experienced such a sinking feeling.
Aaron Rodgers, after spending the first half getting battered, finally got some pass protection, and began finding the gaping holes in the Viking defense. And the Packers got close enough to make a game of it.
But, as was the case during the 4th quarter defensive meltdown against the Ravens, the Vikings had enough answers to keep the game from slipping away.
Today it was Percy Harvin, and Brett Favre with timely plays, and Adrian Peterson with big runs and catches when they were needed.
And, yes, the defense did step up and make a couple of plays to keep the slide from becoming an avalanche.
So the Vikings held on against the Packers, making Brett Favre’s homecoming a triumphant one. What could’ve been a massacre ended up being merely a solid win. The Vikes go into the bye 7-1 and in charge of the division.
And I need to stock up on aspirin and Pepto.