We explained earlier today our concern regarding the decision made by the Vikings to throw a deep pass in the closing minutes of Monday night’s game in lieu of churning another 45 seconds or so off the clock with a running play.
Coach Brad Childress talked about the move on Monday.
“It was a shot to take a chance,” Childress said. “Thinking that they are playing the run
and they had no timeouts at that point and time. We could have run it
and taken more seconds off the clock and we had discussion on how to do
that. We thought that we would get after that guy and we did in fact
complete it. But unfortunately [it was] a long foul ball.”
The problem, however, is that the guy who had Bernard Berrian covered tightly didn’t bite on the half-hearted (hoof hearted) play-action fake, and quarterback Brett Favre decided to chuck it anyway and hope for the best.
Fortunately for the Vikings, it all worked out in the end. Hopefully for the Vikings, they learned the lesson that comes with making a major screw-up without having to suffer its consequences.