The Vikings are back in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 41-doughnut.
The primary credit for the Purple’s massive 34-3 win over the Cowboys in today’s divisional round playoff game goes to the defensive line, which completely dominated the Cowboys’ offensive line. Ray Edwards whipped up on Dallas in the first half, sacking Tony Romo three times, and even in the second half after Edwards left with injury, the Vikings kept the pressure on, forcing Romo to throw a key interception, contributing to his total of 3 turnovers on the game.
Offensively, the Vikings were unable to get their running game going they way they probably wanted, but it didn’t matter thanks to Brett Favre and Sidney Rice, who hooked up for 3 touchdown passes. Favre finished with 4 TD throws overall, with 234 yards and 0 interceptions.
In the sort of game where stars need to shine, Favre, Rice, Jared Allen and the Williams Wall showed up big. The Vikes also got somewhat unexpected contributions from Tyrell Johnson and the aforementioned Ray Edwards, two guys who haven’t always brought it like people think they should.
The victory sends the Vikes to New Orleans to face a Saints team coming off a complete undressing of the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikes will be heavy underdogs in the Superdome, but when you have Brett Favre on your side, anything can happen.