The Vikings have been notorious this season for getting up big on teams, then letting them creep back in the second half. That didn’t happen today against the Seahawks, who fell down by 28 points before finally cracking the scoreboard with a field goal at the end of the third.
If there’s a single fact that best captures the Vikings’ dominance today, it’s that, well into the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were sitting at negative-1 rushing yard for the game. They eventually managed to crack zero in that department, after the Vikes had pulled the Williams Wall and E.J. Henderson to get the veterans some rest.
The other big story was, once again, Brett Favre, who in slightly less than three quarters of work posted a 141.8 passer rating, and broke the Vikings’ single-game completion rate record by going 22/25 for 88%. Oh, and he had four touchdowns, to four different receivers.
How punishing was the Vikings’ offense? Tarvaris Jackson came in the game for Favre in garbage time and led the team on a relatively easy scoring drive, ending on a 34-yard strike to Sidney Rice, his second TD catch of the game.
Everything broke the Vikings’ way today, even plays that looked destined for disaster. One example: Midway through the 4th, Percy Harvin got caught in between on a kick-off that bounced into the endzone then back out, and had to pick it up and run. Instead of being stuffed on about his two as should’ve happened, Harvin ended up taking the ball all the way up to the 20.
It’s great to play well, and even better to play well and get the breaks. That’s how you win 35-9.