Favre rescues Vikings
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 4 1/2 minutes and Ryan Longwell’s 35-yard field goal in overtime lifted them to a 27-24 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.
“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), who were dogged by questions about Childress’ job security all week long.
Favre directed scoring drives of 40 and 77 yards in regulation, quickly turning chants of “Fire Childress!” to “Let’s Go Vikings!”
-- Bears 22, Bills 19—At Toronto, Chicago rallied from a late deficit to win.
The Bills (0-8) are the NFL’s only winless team and are off to their worst start in 26 years.
They led 19-14 in the fourth quarter and were driving for another score when Tim Jennings picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick. Six plays later, Earl Bennett scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard catch from Jay Cutler with 6:41 left.
The Bears (5-3) ended a two-game skid.
The game was Buffalo’s third regular-season game in Toronto as part of a five-year deal. The Bills have lost all three. The announced crowd of 50,746, came short of filling the 54,000-seat downtown dome.
-- Jets 23, Lions 20 (OT)—At Detroit, Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes for 52 yards to set up Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal 2:18 into overtime, lifting the Jets (6-2) past the Lions (2-6) at Ford Field.
Sanchez scored on a quarterback sneak with 2:46 left in regulation and led a nine-play drive that set up Folk’s 36-yard kick to send the game into OT.
Knocking Matthew Stafford out of the game certainly helped the Jets take control.
Stafford threw two TD passes and ran for a score to give Detroit a 10-point lead before re-injuring his right shoulder and leaving the game with 5:19 left. Stafford separated his shoulder in the opener and was out until last week.
Last updated: 3:38 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012