Vikings all-time tournament: Favre throws for 242 yards, 2009 advances to Final Four
The second round of the Minnesota Vikings all-time tournament gifted us with a matchup between one of the franchise’s best offenses (2009) against one of its top defensive units (1973).
Behind a trio of touchdown passes from quarterback Brett Favre, the 2009 juggernaut offense came away with a 31-20 victory.
Receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin as well as tight end Visanthe Shiancoe found the end zone in the first half for a 21-10 advantage at the break.
A three-yard touchdown run by Chuck Foreman in the third quarter trimmed the deficit to four points at 21-17, but Favre and company took care of business from there.
Rice caught five passes for 46 yards and two scores – a seven-yard reception in the first quarter and another six-yard catch in the fourth to put the game out of hand.
Running back Adrian Peterson didn’t have a run for over 20 yards, but he was consistent all afternoon averaging 5.5 yards per carry (19-105) and also caught three passes for 44 yards.
Favre kept his impressive Vikings all-time tournament performance going by throwing for 242 yards, three scores and no interceptions on 20-of-26 passing.
In two tournament games, the veteran quarterback has thrown for a combined 532 yards, six scores and no interceptions while completing 72% of his passes.
The ’09 Vikings were unstoppable on third downs, converting on 7 of 11 attempts.
’09 Minnesota’s defense was lethal as well. Jared Allen sacked quarterback Fran Tarkenton once and the unit allowed Foreman to rush for a mere 17 yards on 17 attempts.
The win for the ’09 Vikings sets up an intriguing matchup against top-seeded ’98 Minnesota in the all-time tournament semifinals.
|73 Min||6:34||FG||Fred Cox 42 yds||3-0|
|09 Min||2:05||TD||Sidney Rice 7 yd. pass from Favre (Longwell kick)||3-7|
|09 Min||9:02||TD||Percy Harvin 27 yd. run (Longwell kick)||3-14|
|09 Min||5:54||TD||Visanthe Shiancoe 12 yd. pass from Favre (Longwell kick)||3-21|
|73 Min||1:19||TD||John Gilliam 23 yd. pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick)||10-21|
|73 Min||4:07||TD||Chuck Foreman 3 yd. run (Cox kick)||17-21|
|09 Min||11:33||TD||Sidney Rice 6 yd. pass from Favre (Longwell kick)||17-28|
|73 Min||4:53||FG||Fred Cox 37 yds||20-28|
|09 Min||1:06||FG||Ryan Longwell 32 yds||20-31|