Vikings Lower the Boom on Romo, Cowboys in 34-3 Win to Move to NFC Title Game


Brett Favre came back for one reason.

Now he’s one game away from getting the chance to compete for that reason. Sunday at home Favre and his Vikings teammates dominated the red-hot Dallas Cowboys 34-3, setting up the showdown that everyone thought we’d see in the NFC Championship game next Sunday – Minnesota at New Orleans.

It’s going to be a great showdown, as it’ll be Brett Favre and the Vikings vs Drew Brees and the Saints in a game pitting two very good NFC teams fighting for the right to head to Miami to face the AFC Champion in Super Bowl XLIV.

Sunday though belonged to Favre, Sidney Rice, and a swarming Vikings defense that bottled up Tony Romo and the Cowboys run game all day. They pressured Romo, forcing him to fumble twice and then throw a bad pick as the Cowboys played desperate trying to get back in the game in the second half.

The 40-year-old Favre had a blast, throwing four touchdowns and celebrating hard after each one. He’ll have a lot more to celebrate if they can get past the Saints next Sunday evening. “Today was like this season—it’s been wonderful,” Favre said. Asked if it was an emotional game for him, he said, “I’m kind of worn out right now, but it is. It was emotional before the game.”

The QB completed 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards, throwing three of his four touchdowns to Rice, including the first one. Rice ended the day with 6 grabs for 141 yards and three TD’s. As for that defense, it was unstoppable. The Cowboys had just 248 yards of offense, and Romo was sacked six times, lost two of his three fumbles and threw a glaring interception right to Ben Leber.

After gaining 118 yards in the first quarter, the Cowboys got only 130 the rest of the way and watched the buzz from their first playoff win in 13 years last week fizzle out. “It’s like the elevator falling from the top. It’s tough when it’s over. If you don’t win it all, you have not reached your goal,” coach Wade Phillips said.

Romo finished 22 for 35 for 198 yards. It was not all his fault, as the Cowboys defense was overmatched, as they got to Favre for three sacks, but couldn’t stop him when it counted.

It should be a classic next week in the Superdome, as it will be a great matchup between the real two heavyweights in the NFC.


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