Minneapolis – Even Brett Favre thought the Minnesota Vikings were done – for the game, and quite possibly the season.
Down 14 with less than five minutes to play against Arizona. Chants of “Fire Childress!” filling the Metrodome. A Super Bowl-or-bust season on the brink.
Suddenly, Favre conjured the kind of magic that simply hasn’t been there all season, engineering another jaw-dropping fourth-quarter comeback that may have not only saved the Vikings’ season, but coach Brad Childress’ job as well.
Favre threw for a career-high 446 yards to rally the Vikings from 14 points down in the final four and half minutes and Ryan Longwell’s 35-yard field goal in overtime lifted them to a 27-24 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.
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“There was a point in that game where I think everyone in the building thought this is not going well. We don’t stand a chance,” said Favre, who has 46 career fourth-quarter comeback wins. “But we did.”
Favre threw a 25-yard touchdown to Visanthe Shiancoe with 27 seconds to play in regulation, then hooked up with Bernard Berrian on a 22-yard pass in overtime to move the Vikings into position for an improbable victory.
The 41-year-old quarterback completed 36 of 47 passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions in easily his best performance of the season. Percy Harvin had nine catches for a career-high 126 yards and Adrian Peterson racked up 144 total yards and two TDs for the Vikings (3-5).
Asked if he felt he was playing for Childress’ job, Favre said, “I felt like I was playing for mine. I’m just being honest. … Have I always got along with my coach, head coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator? No. Do I always agree with the plays that are called? No. Why should that factor into me wanting to be the best player I can be?”