Incredible rally lifts Vikings from 14-point deficit to OT win
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings aren't dead yet.
At least for now, neither is Brad Childress' tenure as coach.
Trailing by 14 points with only minutes to play on Sunday, the Vikings staged an incredible rally -- scoring two touchdowns in the final 3:34 of regulation, then getting a stop to open overtime and driving for a 35-yard Ryan Longwell field goal that lifted them to an improbable 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The win moved the Vikings to 3-5, keeping them from dropping further back in the NFC North race entering consecutive division games against Chicago and Green Bay.
This game appeared over with a little more than 6 minutes to go, when Favre's fourth-and-goal pass for Jeff Dugan was broken up in the back of the end zone. Chants of "Fire Childress!" that had echoed on and off from the stands throughout the day rose in crescendo, and thousands of fans streamed toward the exits.
But after the Cardinals' ensuing drive ended in a punt, and the Vikings drove 40 yards for a touchdown, forced another punt and drove for another touchdown -- a 25-yard strike to Visanthe Shiancoe that knotted the score with 27 seconds left in regulation.
The Cardinals' lone drive in overtime lost 6 yards, thanks to a pair of sacks. Adrian Peterson ran 30 yards for a touchdown on the Vikings' first play, Brett Favre hit Bernard Berrian for a 22-yard gain and then Peterson ran three times to set up Longwell's winning boot with 9:42 left in overtime.