Four-titude: Favre’s Big Day Guides Vikes Past Giants

Monday, January 4th, 2010 at 6:08 am

Minneapolis, MN, United States (AHN) – Five weeks ago, The Minnesota Vikings probably didn’t think their game Sunday against the Giants would mean all that much.

Well, sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

Minnesota hit a cold streak in December comparable only to the negative temperatures outside the Metrodome, but the Vikings 44-7 win against New York left hearts feeling a little warmer in Minnesota.

“I am proud of this group. Offense, defense, and special teams I thought they played like a team,” said head coach Brad Childress. “The best team wins. The best T-E-A-M wins this time of year, so I am looking forward to going forward with these guys.”

The Vikings were faster, stronger and appeared more determined than the Giants from the onset.

On their opening drive, Minnesota marched 55-yards down the field in just five plays, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown from Brett Favre to Visanthe Shiancoe, one of four scores Favre threw on the day.

“It was getting back to basics,” said Favre. “It was very important to get a quick start.”

Favre finished the game 25-31 for 316 yards.

Even with a playoff spot secured, this was a game the Vikings had to win and they knew it. They played putrid in December, going 1-3 after a 10-1 start.

“It’s a big win,” said Ray Edwards. “We’re just going out there having fun, playing our keys, reading our keys and making it happen.”

The Vikings made it happen on both sides of the ball. Not only did Favre have another big game at home, but so did the rest of his teammates.

Percy Harvin finished with 22 yards rushing and 59 yards receiving to surpass Adrian Peterson’s team rookie record for most combined yards in a season.

Sidney Rice, who was recently selected to his first pro bowl, caught six passes for a game-high 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Rice said, “We just got to keep pushing. Nothing is going to come easy in the playoffs.”

With the win and the Eagles’ loss to Dallas, Minnesota earns a first round bye.

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