(Photo courtesy: www.gamedaygold.com.)
Well, that was fun.
Before we get all angsty about the Vikings playoff game in Green Bay Saturday, let's take this New Year's Eve morning to bask in Sunday's slug-fest victory that catapulted the Purple into the playoffs. In other words, it's Monday Morning QB -- our weekly look-back at how the Vikings fared on any given Sunday.
Up first, Eric Nelson, from GamedayGold.com. Here's his take on the amazing Adrian Peterson, who just might be the best running back of all time: "In two games against GB this season, Peterson has gored the Packers for 409 yards. FieldTurf, or frozen tundra, it doesn’t matter for AP, he is an all-weather back who can get it done on any surface.Don’t bet against him having a huge January day in Titletown, where the long-range forecast calls for temps in the teens next Saturday night."
Ted Glover of the Daily Norseman used a collection of GIFs to capture the emotions of the game. Any time you can use Adam West in a bat-bathing suit, you have us hooked. We also love Glover's Stock Market Report for this week, and his assertion that the Packers are not an elite team: "Good team? Yeah, but elite? No. You can run on their defense, their wide receiver corps is hurting, and their running game still doesn't impress me."
We couldn't agree more with the great Sid Hartman, and the opening line to his Monday morning column, regarding Minnesota's second-year quarterback: "For Christian Ponder, it will be a pass completion the Vikings quarterback will never forget.." Hartman, of course, was talking about that 25-yarder from Ponder to Michael Jenkins in the fourth quarter that kept the final drive alive.
That pass, along with a big Peterson run, and a Blair Walsh field goal added up to a last-second win. And with the win, a playoff spot. As Pioneer Press writer Tom Powers puts it: "This season, in which the Vikings were supposed to go nowhere, has become an unexpected gift."
The out of town take? For that, it's off to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Tom Silvertein, who focused on the potential NFL MVP: "Bruised, battered and humbled, members of the Green Bay Packers defense left the Metrodome Sunday with the number "28" singed on their frontal lobes."