The Minnesota Vikings had a 24-point lead against the Dallas Cowboys yesterday with less than two minutes left and the ball on the Dallas Cowboys’ 11-yard line on Sunday in the NFL playoffs. Their decision to continue playing the game was not appreciated by the losers.
On 4th-and-3, the Vikings went for it. Instead of kicking a field goal, or running the ball to eat up more clock, quarterback and media favorite Brett Favre executed a play-action pass to Visanthe Shiancoe in the end zone to extend the lead to 30 points, kicking Dallas while they were down.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking was upset and went over to the Vikings sideline to share his heartache.
“I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful,” Brooking said. “This is the NFL, that’s not what this is about. I don’t think there’s a place for that … I was looking for [Vikings coach Brad] Childress. I didn’t think it was right, but they’ve got to see us next year. They’ve got to see us. You better believe I’ll have that one circled on the calendar, but I say that, we get paid to stop them. I don’t care what’s called, but sometimes I don’t think there was much class in that decision to do what he did.”
Oh, no! Watch out Minnesota, Keith Brooking is after you (after he changes his tampon)!!!
What is this crying for? Self-pity is fun during puberty, but at some point it needs to be let go. Isn’t it just as insulting to sit on the ball as it is to earn another touchdown, pushing the final score from a-lot-to-a-little to even-more-to-a-little? Should Minnesota have stopped playing altogether? If so, a white flag needed to be waved from the Dallas sideline.
The NFL is a professional league and this was a playoff game. This is not college football. These guys are paid large sums to perform their duties, do their job and score points on offense and prevent on defense. Minnesota was doing their job better than Dallas did.
Dallas is likely to be the same team next year. After the game, Jerry Jones mentioned only being as good as his quarterback. Tony Romo threw an interception and was sacked six times. But Jerry Jones stayed confident and positive, announcing that he is standing behind quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Wade Phillips. As a Giants fan, I’m thrilled to hear it.