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.

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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.

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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.

TEAM TIME RESULT SCORING PLAY SCORE
1st quarter
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
2nd quarter
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
3rd quarter
73 Min 4:07 TD Chuck Foreman 3 yd. run (Cox kick) 17-21
4th Quarter
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

STATISTICS

PASSING
2009 VIKINGS Comp Att Yards TD INT
Brett Favre 20 26 242 3 0
1973 VIKINGS Comp Att Yards TD INT
Fran Tarkenton 16 28 263 1 0
RUSHING
2009 VIKINGS Att Yds 20+ L TD
Adrian Peterson 19 105 0 18 0
Percy Harvin 1 27 1 27 1
Chester Taylor 7 25 0 16 0
Albert Young 2 18 0 16 0
Brett Favre 2 -1 0 0 0
1973 VIKINGS Att Yds 20+ L TD
Oscar Reed 8 17 0 12 0
Chuck Foreman 17 17 0 7 1
Fran Tarkenton 2 7 0 7 0
Ed Marinaro 5 6 0 7 0
John Gilliam 1 -1 0 -1 0
RECEIVING
2009 VIKINGS Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Percy Harvin 5 73 1 0 25 0
Visanthe Shiancoe 4 50 0 0 14 1
Sidney Rice 5 46 0 0 13 2
Adrian Peterson 3 44 1 1 44 0
Bernard Berrian 1 15 0 0 15 0
Chester Taylor 2 14 0 0 8 0
1973 VIKINGS Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
John Gilliam 4 73 2 0 23 1
Oscar Reed 3 54 1 0 39 0
Rhett Dawson 2 46 2 0 24 0
Stu Voigt 3 45 0 0 19 0
Chuck Foreman 2 26 0 0 18 0
Jim Lash 1 12 0 0 12 0
 Ed Marinaro 1 7 0 0 7 0
DEFENSIVE LEADERS
2009 VIKINGS Tackles Sacks INT
Cedric Griffin 5 0 0
Chad Greenway 5 0 0
E.J. Henderson 5 0 0
Ben Leber 5 0 0
Jared Allen 3 1 0
1973 VIKINGS
Amos Martin 5 1 0
Terry Brown 5 0 0