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Vikings, Favre rout Seahawks

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Gazette wire services
November 23, 2009
— As Brad Childress addressed his team during their Saturday night meeting, the Minnesota Vikings coach asked for a show of hands for one simple question: “Who feels like we have played our best game so far?”

Despite eight victories in nine games, not one hand was raised.


On Sunday, Childress’ players accepted the not-so-subtle challenge and went about playing their best game, a dominating 35-9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.


Try as they might, the Vikings are going to have problems finding flaws in a performance reminiscent of what the 15-1 Vikings of 1998 did to opponents so often. That also was the last time the Vikings started 9-1.


Quarterback Brett Favre, who departed late in the third quarter with his team up 28-3 and was serenaded with chants of “MVP,” completed 88 percent of his passes, breaking his own franchise record. He also set an NFL record with his 22nd game of four touchdown passes.


The Vikings’ defense gave up 4 rushing yards to a Seattle offense that had two first downs in the opening half. The Vikings’ 306 points are second only to New Orleans’ 369.


“This was the most complete game of the season when it comes to all three phases,” said tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who caught a career-high eight passes.


“There is so much left for us to achieve,” Favre said. “We obviously have put ourselves in a very good position, as we have every week. There’s still a lot of football left to play.”


NFC North

- Lions 38, Browns 37—An ailing Matthew Stafford threw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson’s extra point with no time on the clock gave host Detroit the win.


The Lions (2-8) were given the untimed play because safety Hank Poteat was called for pass interference in the end zone when Stafford heaved a desperation attempt.


Brady Quinn threw four TDs for Cleveland (1-9).


-- Eagles 24, Bears 20— At Chicago, Donovan McNabb threw for 244 yards against his hometown team, and LeSean McCoy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run following Antonio Dixon’s block of a field goal attempt.


The Bears were leading 20-17 when Dixon blocked a 48-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 11 minutes left.


McNabb then led the Eagles (6-4) on a 62-yard touchdown drive that McCoy capped with a neat 10-yard run, sending Chicago to its fifth loss in six games and delivering another big hit to its playoff hopes.


Barring a big run, the Bears (4-6) will miss the postseason for the third straight season — certainly not what they expected when they made that big offseason trade with Denver for Jay Cutler.



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