Final

Vikings 38

(5-0, 3-0 away)

Rams 10

(0-5, 0-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 11, 2009

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 14 3 7 1438
STL 0 3 0 710

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 232 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Jackson (STL) - 21 CAR, 84 YDS

Receiving: D. Avery (STL) - 5 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Favre, Vikings crush Rams for franchise's 400th victory

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- A 40-year-old in pink cleats was good enough to beat the St. Louis Rams.

OK, so maybe it wasn't any 40-year-old. It was Brett Favre, and it doesn't seem to matter what color his cleats are.

Favre threw for 232 yards and a touchdown a day after a milestone birthday, leading the undefeated Minnesota Vikings to a 38-10 rout over the hapless and helpless Rams on Sunday.

40-year-old Favre great late

Brett Favre was almost perfect in the second half. With a 17-3 lead at halftime, Favre was able to pick his spots in the second half and did so with great success.

Favre by half
1st half 2nd half
Cmp-Att 11-15 7-9
Yards/att 8.5 11.7
TD-Int 0-1 1-0
Pass rtg 70.7 152.3

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Showing no signs of a letdown just six days after an emotional win over Green Bay, his former team, Favre didn't put up big numbers and didn't have any last-second heroics. He was simply spry and efficient, dodging defenders and winging passes in every direction in his 274th straight regular-season start.

Now Favre is 5-0 for the first time in his career, 1-0 as a 40-year-old.

"I hope there's many more to come," Favre said. "I'd be lying if I said I thought I'd still be playing at 40 and not miss a game at this point. I just hope I can lead this team to bigger and better things."

It's a good start.

The Vikings are 5-0 for the first time in six years by winning last-second games, emotional games, games they were supposed to win.

Against the Rams, they simply overwhelmed an overmatched opponent.

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• NFC North blog

Minnesota led 14-0 by the midpoint of the first quarter, let up a bit, then methodically wore down St. Louis. Jared Allen returned one of his two fumble recoveries 52 yards for a touchdown, Adrian Peterson rumbled in for a pair of touchdowns and the Vikings forced four turnovers for their 400th win (400-322-9).

"We think we're a good football team," Allen said. "The worst we can finish now is 5-11."

St. Louis (0-5) wore throwback uniforms from 1999, a nod to the team's only Super Bowl victory. The Rams looked nothing like the Greatest Show on Turf, bumbling their way to three turnovers inside the 10-yard line in an NFL-worst 15th straight loss.

Fast Facts

• Brett Favre moved to 5-0 for the first time in his NFL career, and the Vikings are 5-0 for the first time since 2003, when they started 6-0.

• Adrian Peterson scored two rushing touchdowns for the eighth time in his career. That's the most in the NFL since Peterson entered the league in 2007.

• Visanthe Shiancoe has a receiving touchdown in three of his last four games.

• The Rams have scored just 44 points in their five games this season.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

St. Louis has scored four offensive touchdowns this season, none rushing; allowed at least 35 points in three straight games; and has seven turnovers the past two games while getting outscored 73-10.

No, it can't get much worse.

"This is extremely tough," Rams guard Richie Incognito said. "It wears on you, but to be a professional, you don't let it show. You just keep preparing hard to go out and get a win."

Favre, sporting pink-and-black cleats for Breast Cancer Awareness month -- his wife, Deanna, is a breast cancer survivor -- came out firing early. He threw for 66 yards on Minnesota's first drive to set up Peterson's 5-yard scamper around left end.

He also hit Sidney Rice on a 47-yard pass early in the third quarter, then connected with Visanthe Shiancoe on 13-yard pass that put the Vikings up 24-3. Favre finished 18 for 24 with one interception and seems to be getting more comfortable with his receivers.

"It's a work in progress," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "It's going to be still until we get done playing this year. I just see him getting incrementally better."

The Rams had plenty of good plays on offense. They just couldn't get out of their own way.

Quarterback Kyle Boller, starting for the second straight game in place of Marc Bulger (shoulder), fumbled without being hit on St. Louis' fifth play from scrimmage, the ball popping out like a half-melted ice cube to the turf. Allen, who had 4 1/2 sacks against Green Bay last week, scooped it up and ran 52 yards for a touchdown to put the Vikings up 14-0.

Another St. Louis drive in the second quarter ended inside the Vikings 5-yard line, where Steven Jackson couldn't handle the exchange with Boller and Allen recovered. The Rams got to Minnesota's 10-yard line after Favre's interception, settling for Josh Brown's 29-yard field goal after Boller was dropped for a loss and threw two errant passes.

They weren't finished.

Driving late in the first half, St. Louis lost another chance to score when tight end Daniel Fells was hit from behind by Chad Greenway and coughed it up on the 2.

The Rams started the fourth quarter with another turnover. On fourth-and-6 from the Vikings 9, Tyrell Johnson intercepted Boller's pass in the end zone. Peterson scored at the other end from 7 yards to make it 31-3.

"I've never seen anything like that," Fells said. "We've got to get better than that."

Boller finished 20 for 31 for 209 yards and missed the final 10 minutes after being shaken up late in the third quarter. He was replaced by Bulger, who hit Donnie Avery on a 27-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter.

By then, it was much too late: Minnesota led 31-10.

Game notes


Minnesota has gone 28 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher after holding Jackson to 84 yards on 21 carries. The Vikings haven't allowed a TD rushing. ... The Vikings have won six straight on the road, dating to last season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIN
STL
1st Downs2127
Passing 1st downs
1316
Rushing 1st downs
78
1st downs from Penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
7-115-12
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays5370
Total Yards377400
Yards per play7.15.7
Total Drives910
Passing288278
Comp - Att
21-2727-38
Yards per pass
10.77.3
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-122-19
Rushing89122
Rushing Attempts
2430
Yards per rush
3.74.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-40-4
Penalties5-447-82
Turnovers14
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:2132:39

Passing Leaders

MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre18/242329.7112-12
Jackson3/36822.7000-0
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Boller20/312096.7012-19
Bulger7/78812.6100-0

Rushing Leaders

MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson14634.5215
Taylor10262.617
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson21844.0015
Gado3165.3011

Receiving Leaders

MINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Harvin46616.50245
Rice36120.30475
STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Avery58717.41277
Fells5459.00146

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINSTL
minTD10:17Adrian Peterson 5 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 70
minTD08:00Jared Allen 52 Yd Fumble Return (Ryan Longwell Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERMINSTL
stlFG07:38Josh Brown 29 Yd 143
minFG05:34Ryan Longwell 47 Yd 173
THIRD QUARTERMINSTL
minTD09:15Visanthe Shiancoe 13 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 243
FOURTH QUARTERMINSTL
minTD10:01Adrian Peterson 7 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 313
stlTD06:45Donnie Avery 27 Yd Pass From Marc Bulger (Josh Brown Kick) 3110
minTD01:55Chester Taylor 1 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 3810