Cardinals 24

(3-5, 1-4 away)

Vikings 27

(3-5, 3-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 7, 2010

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 OT T
ARI 0 14 7 3 024
MIN 0 10 0 14 327

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 446 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 15 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Harvin (MIN) - 9 REC, 126 YDS

Brett Favre delivers late 14-point rally as Vikings edge Cards in OT

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even Brett Favre thought the Minnesota Vikings were done -- for the game, and quite possibly the season.

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 four and half 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. It was his first 400-yard game since Dec. 5, 1993, when he threw for 402 at Chicago as a Green Bay Packer. The 16 years, 337 days between 400-yard games is the longest gap in NFL history.

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.

Asked if he felt he was playing for Childress' job, Favre said, "I felt like I was playing for mine. I'm just being honest. ... Have I always got along with my coach, head coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator? No. Do I always agree with the plays that are called? No. Why should that factor into me wanting to be the best player I can be?"

LaRod Stephens-Howling returned a kick 96 yards for a touchdown and Michael Adams returned a fumble 30 yards for a score for the Cardinals (3-5), who appeared to have the win sealed after stopping the Vikings on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with just over six minutes to play and a 24-10 lead.

But Favre directed scoring drives of 40 and 77 yards in regulation, quickly turning chants of "Fire Childress!" to "Let's Go Vikings!"

"I think they came expecting to see an execution," Childress said. "And it ended up a pretty good football game at the end."

It was an exhilarating end to another tumultuous week for the Vikings. It started with Childress deciding to cut receiver Randy Moss, a move that not only stunned players but team management and ownership as well. His messy handling of the situation raised serious doubts about his job security, and he also nearly came to blows with Harvin in practice on Friday.

Childress said he spent 15 minutes with Harvin before the game to clear the air.

"We're playing an emotional game with emotional people," Childress said. "It's part of what makes him good. Tempers can raise every now and then."

Owner Zygi Wilf declined to comment on Childress' status, only contributing to the speculation.

"The big thing is getting a win right now," Wilf said before the game. "The big thing is to win this game and to be crowned division champions and we're going to fight our [butts] off."

They did just that.

Vikings receiver Greg Camarillo chased down Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes on an interception return in the first quarter, jarring the ball loose just before Rhodes was about to score a touchdown. The ball squirted out of the back of the end zone for a touchback, a play of pure hustle that played a huge role in the outcome.

"I didn't see him at all," Rhodes said. "I thought I was in."

Harvin fumbled the opening kickoff to the second half and Adams returned it for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 21-10 lead as boos rained down from the stands.

Derek Anderson was 15 for 26 for 179 yards and a touchdown and Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 107 yards for the Cardinals, who had the ball first to start overtime.

But the Vikings defense smothered the Cardinals on that drive and Arizona had no answer for Peterson and Favre on the next possession.

"That's what he's been doing for it seems like forever now," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Especially here, they were a team that had their backs against the wall, and they played like it."

The Cardinals came into the week 30th in the NFL in passing offense, with inconsistency at quarterback the chief reason for the struggles. They've flip-flopped between Max Hall and Anderson, who finally gave them the kind of professional, veteran performance they've been looking for ever since Kurt Warner retired.

"We're moving in the right direction, but it's just not good enough at this point," Fitzgerald said. "When you're losing three games in a row, we've got to find a way to get a win."

The offense only managed one touchdown drive, which ended with a 30-yard TD from Anderson to Andre Roberts, leaving the door open just a crack for Favre.

"He just needs to quit," Anderson said of Favre.

Fortunately for Childress, no one -- not Favre, not Harvin, not anyone -- gave up on this day.

"For this team, we showed no quit," Harvin said. "It showed us that we can turn this thing around."

Game notes

After setting a franchise record with three straight sackless games, the Vikings had six on Sunday. Jared Allen had 2 1/2 and Ray Edwards had 2. ... Peterson's 12-yard receiving TD was his second career receiving TD and first since the 2007 season opener, the first game of his career. ... Fitzgerald became the second-youngest receiver ever to eclipse 7,500 career yards on an 18-yard reception in the first half. The youngest? Moss, of course.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1328
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5470
Total Yards225507
Yards per play4.27.2
Total Drives1212
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-12-6
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

minTD12:24Adrian Peterson 12 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yds, 2:43
ariTD12:17Larod Stephens-Howling 96 Yard Kickoff Return (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 96 yds, 0:00
minFG6:26Ryan Longwell 21 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 61 yds, 5:42
ariTD0:37Andre Roberts 30 Yard Pass From Derek Anderson (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 81 yds, 1:01
ariTD15:00Michael Adams 30 Yard Fumble Return (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 28 yds, 3:52
ariFG12:44Jay Feely 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 89 yds, 7:36
minTD3:38Adrian Peterson 4 Yard Run (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 40 yds, 1:05
minTD0:34Visanthe Shiancoe 25 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 77 yds, 1:57
minFG9:49Ryan Longwell 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yds, 3:56

Research Notes

Brett Favre threw for 446 yards on Sunday, more than he had throwin in any of his previous 285 career regular season starts. It was just his 2nd career 400 yard game, the 1st coming on December 5th, 1993 for the Packers against the Bears. His 36 completions are Sunday also tied a career high, which coincidentally enough, also came in his only other 400-yard game.
Brett Favre's 36 completions are tied for the most in his career (had 36 on Dec. 5, 1993 at Bears). His 446 yards are career-high and just his 2nd 400-yard passing game (had 402 yards Dec. 5, 1993 at Bears).
LaRod Stephens-Howling now has 3 career KO Return TD, the 2nd-most in Cardinals history. Only Hall of Famer Ollie Matson has more with 6.

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