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Sunday, January 10, 2016

NFC Wildcard

I feel surprisingly relaxed going into the Seattle game. Whatever happens, I'm entirely confident that the Vikings defense isn't going to lay down like it did when its three best starters were out, and it's going to be fun to watch one last game that will be like they were in the days when I went to games at the Old Met. The one I remember most was a Monday Night Football game when we beat the Steelers, 17-6. That would have been 1976, and although it was early October, I remember it being a pretty cold night. But I was happy: vengeance for Super Bowl IX!

Still, as much as I hate to admit it, the Vikings probably did the right thing by going with the covered stadium. It's so cold that tickets are going for as little as $45; people are a lot less willing to sit out in the freezing cold for four hours than they were back in the 1970s. Let's face it, the value proposition has changed over time. Sitting at home watching a 12-inch black-and-white screen is very different than kicking back and taking in the game with a massive HD widescreen. And can be damnably cold in Minnesota in January.

Needless to say, my brother and a few of my friends are there; they opened TCF with Favre's last game and they're closing it today. Skol Vikings!

In the other game, I would be surprised if Washington has any real trouble with Green Bay. I thought the Redskins were crazy when they drafted both RGIII and Cousins in the same draft, but it is a QB-driven league, and someone in the Washington front office clearly recognized that two bites at the apple are better than one. And even if a player looks like the real deal in his rookie year, that's not necessarily the case.

In other NFC news, Cam Newton's description of the Carolina huddle cracked me up:
C Ryan Kalil – “He’s like the dictator.”

LG Andrew Norwell – “He’s the yeller.”

RG Trai Turner – “He’s the finisher.”

RT Mike Remmers – “He’s the panicker of the huddle.”

LT Michael Oher – “He’s the grandfather of the huddle. He’s a Scrooge. He doesn’t want anybody to play around, no matter what the score is.”

FB Mike Tolbert – “He’ll say a corny joke every now and then, and he has like a 20 to 30 percent chance of making people laugh. But it’s just the thought that counts.”

TE Greg Olsen – “He’s the overseer. He listens to the plays and he’s like, ‘No, no, no, that’s not right. It can’t be even, it has to be odd. I can’t zoom, I can’t motion that way because – no Cam, that’s not right.’”

WR Devin Funchess – “Has no clue what the hell’s going on.”

WR Philly Brown – “He’s cool.”

WR Ted Ginn Jr. – “He’s always exhausted.”

WR Jerricho Cotchery – “He’s just the meditator. The Jerricho that you see scoring the touchdowns is going to be the same Jerricho that you see pregame.”
Of course poor Ginn is always exhausted. They send him on fly patterns as a decoy for everything from an off-tackle dive to a halfback screen pass.

UPDATE: Seattle 10, Minnesota 9. Unbelievable. Zimmer coached a fantastic game and you could even say that the Vikings deserved the victory, but you simply can't expect to win if your kicker is going to choke on a 27-yard field goal.

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Anonymous Laz January 10, 2016 11:40 AM  

I'm freezing just thinking of -1 with a windchill of -14.

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 11:44 AM  

I'm freezing just thinking of -1 with a windchill of -14.

I once had to wait more than 20 minutes outside for a bus on a morning when it was -20 below. I don't know how bad the windchill was, but it was brutal.

Anonymous Scintan January 10, 2016 11:52 AM  

When people were making the Luck/RGIII comparisons, I would tell them that Luck was the better choice because Griffin would eventually get hurt in a way that seriously impacted his game. I wish it hadn't happened so early in his career, though. It would have been more interesting to see him get a few healthy years in first.

Blogger bob k. mando January 10, 2016 11:52 AM  

two years ago, i overnighted in Fergus Falls, MN. ambient was -20 F.

got to Dawson Creek BC ( an easy 700 miles north, it's northwest of Edmonton ) two days later and spent the night in the truck at +25 F.

Minnesnowta is all kinds of MESSED UP.

it was warmer in Estevan SK than it was in MN.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 10, 2016 12:01 PM  

The funny thing is, Minnesotans only talk about the weather, but they never leave. The college grads might go to Wisconsin for a year to explore the world and find themselves, then they'll move in to the house next to their parents and settle down.

Vox is an extreme outlier.

Blogger S1AL January 10, 2016 12:11 PM  

@5 - Same thing they've been doing for 3000 years, just in a different country than before.

Makes me curious how the winters up there compare to here - we reach -35*F basically every winter, but the humidity is a lot lower.

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 12:13 PM  

Minnesotans only talk about the weather, but they never leave.

Except the rich ones. They either move to Naples or Scottsdale. I joined my family in Naples one spring break my sophomore year of college and ran across 13 people from my high school that week. And the "really pretty daughter" of a friend of my mother's turned out to be the girl with whom I'd had my most disastrous date three years before.

Blogger JACIII January 10, 2016 12:29 PM  

we reach -35*F basically every winter, but the humidity is a lot lower.

Is that the the corollary to "It's a dry heat" ?

Anonymous WaterBoy January 10, 2016 12:36 PM  

Vox: "Let's face it, the value proposition has changed over time. Sitting at home watching a 12-inch black-and-white screen is very different than kicking back and taking in the game with a massive HD widescreen. And can be damnably cold in Minnesota in January."

Plus, ya know, there's actually a possibility of hosting the Super Bowl once in a while. That's not gonna happen with an outdoor stadium.

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 12:38 PM  

Below zero temperatures crack Vikings horn.
Last year was the first time I said ''No, not even if it's the Super Bowl. Forget it''.
If the score is lopsided at halftime watch how quickly that stadium empties.

Anonymous NateM January 10, 2016 1:00 PM  

Current Temp at TCF Bank Stadium per Google: 2

2.

When the temp could realistically be the number of friends i'll be having dinner with, it's gonna be rough.

Ted Ginn: "He's always exhausted"

Well to be fair in his days at OSU he probably wasn't used to spending much time on a drive

Anonymous NateM January 10, 2016 1:04 PM  

"I once had to wait more than 20 minutes outside for a bus on a morning when it was -20 below."

My worst was going to work the day after a blizzard when it was well below zero. I don't know what negative 20 felt like, but my hands actually hurt touching the steering wheel at -15

Made taking the Job in Arizona a month later an easy decision

Blogger S1AL January 10, 2016 1:12 PM  

'Is that the the corollary to "It's a dry heat" ?'

Give or take. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies, I can verify that there's a huge difference that you just can't understand until you've experienced both.

Anonymous G.Veil January 10, 2016 1:16 PM  

That was a beautiful sneak by Bridgewater and a hell of a call by Zimmer, love the aggression

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 1:34 PM  

Via nfl.com:
From Twitter

It's -6 at the stadium with a -25 wind chill. It's officially the coldest game in #Vikings history, 3rd coldest in NFL history.

Anonymous The OASF January 10, 2016 1:36 PM  

Well, I'm not bitter about Super Bowl IX... haha

Skol Vikings!

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 10, 2016 1:55 PM  

And to think that when I was at Miss. State U., when it dropped to 72F I had to wear a coat.

Anonymous The OASF January 10, 2016 1:58 PM  

AP is looking all bungled up today haha... oh boy this is going to be a fun week.

Anonymous The OASF January 10, 2016 1:59 PM  

Is it too early to break out the Marvin Lewis jokes?

Anonymous Victor Nolan January 10, 2016 2:15 PM  

Hey Vox, do you think that the push to get women into the NFL (playing) is going to start amping up?
Over the past couple of years I've seen some commercials from the NFL (at least approved by the NFL) where they keep incorporating girls into playing football usually with a message of "don't ever let someone tell you you can't"...
Most recently there is the commercial where this girl is playing quarterback and she says that she's going to be in the NFL. COmmercial ends with an NFL logo on it.

If women can get into all military positions off of the "boo hoo, don't exclude me" podium.... what's to say it won't happen in the NFL?

You know how quickly women are to vigorously cheer on something that they don't really understand when it's presented to them as "women are being discriminated against"

Blogger Adam Lawson January 10, 2016 2:18 PM  

Isn't Marvin Lewis the whole joke?

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 2:24 PM  

Hey Vox, do you think that the push to get women into the NFL (playing) is going to start amping up?

No chance. They'd get literally killed.

That was a beautiful sneak by Bridgewater and a hell of a call by Zimmer, love the aggression

Vikes are playing to win. What do they have to lose?

Anonymous Giraffe January 10, 2016 2:30 PM  

Wilson throwing some crippled ducks

Anonymous WaterBoy January 10, 2016 2:35 PM  

ABLEISS!!

That's 'differently abled' ducks...

Blogger bearspaw January 10, 2016 2:43 PM  

.@22
The first death of a female player would institute no contact against female by male player rules. Maybe call it the Ray Rice rule.

Blogger Cinco January 10, 2016 3:09 PM  

@25

15 yards for hitting a defenseless female, beats 15 years....

Anonymous Randomatos January 10, 2016 3:27 PM  

And a sloppy carry complete with fumble with 10:37 left in the 4th. Good grief.

Blogger Kim Priestap January 10, 2016 3:40 PM  

I've run in -10 temps but sitting in an outdoor stadium at -3 does not sound like fun.

Blogger Rantor January 10, 2016 3:44 PM  

As a Seahawks fan, the fourth quarter has improved my outlook...

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Son of a monkey.

Blogger allyn71 January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Kickers

Blogger AdognamedOp January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Oh wow, that sucked.

Blogger exfarmkid January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Walsh missed. Well....crap.

Blogger Daniel January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Doing it the Vikings way.

Blogger WATYF January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

How do you miss that?

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Son of an ever-loving monkey.

Anonymous LLC January 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Never underestimate the ability of the Vikings to choke.

Anonymous bw January 10, 2016 4:03 PM  

Ouch. 3 NOT 6 will kick your ass most of the time.

Blogger Cinco January 10, 2016 4:03 PM  

The laces were in!

Blogger Rantor January 10, 2016 4:04 PM  

Seahawks! Just when I thought it was over.

Anonymous 11B January 10, 2016 4:04 PM  

laces out!

Blogger Humpty Dumpty #4464 January 10, 2016 4:04 PM  

Gut wrenching nightmare.

Blogger Daniel January 10, 2016 4:05 PM  

Lucy literally ripped the ball away on this one.

Anonymous NateM January 10, 2016 4:06 PM  

Who let Kluwe on the field?

Blogger dh January 10, 2016 4:06 PM  

If only they had Sparklepunter.

Anonymous Desiderius January 10, 2016 4:07 PM  

Hawks saved from Bengals' fate.

Feel bad for Zim.

Anonymous Randomatos January 10, 2016 4:07 PM  

With that 4th the Vikings deserved to lose. Defense failed on 3 golden sack opportunities served to them on silver platters, and the Offense both gave the ball away and failed on the kick from spitting distance. Ugly.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 10, 2016 4:07 PM  

To the Prince classic of Purple Rain. "Father why is the rain purple?" "Son that is the tears of Viking fans, disappointed since 1963."

And the Mighty Pack will roll on after they threw the last game and the NFC championship game will be hosted in Lambow field.

BooYa Beeches

Blogger Arthur Isaac January 10, 2016 4:07 PM  

Doh.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 10, 2016 4:07 PM  

I need a drink

Anonymous rubberducky January 10, 2016 4:08 PM  

Unbelievable. That's not the way you want it to go down, that's fuel for nightmares!

Anonymous Desiderius January 10, 2016 4:08 PM  

"laces out!"

Didn't want to risk a drop spinning it around in the cold. He hit 46-yarder with laces in.

Hold was also weirdly tilted.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein January 10, 2016 4:08 PM  

Ouch.

Ray Finkle Redux!

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 4:09 PM  

With that 4th the Vikings deserved to lose.

No, they're just a young team who couldn't quite handle the pressure. If Sendejo doesn't drop the INT, if Munnerlyn doesn't take a stupid angle, if Griffen wraps up Wilson, if the kicker can hit from 27 yards, that's just inexperience and nerves.

Anonymous Rolf January 10, 2016 4:10 PM  

Now that there is a game that will get talked about for a while.

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 4:10 PM  

that's fuel for nightmares!

No, a nightmare is not when your 11-5 upstart team loses to a team that beat it 35-7 and was in the last two Super Bowls because the kicker misses an easy FG.

It's when your 15-1 all-time scoring record team loses to an inferior team because the previously perfect kicker can't hit from 38 yards out.

Blogger Gapeseed January 10, 2016 4:12 PM  

Oooof.

Anonymous Farnswords January 10, 2016 4:14 PM  

This is a Ray Finkle in the making.

Blogger Arthur Isaac January 10, 2016 4:14 PM  

Doh.

Blogger exfarmkid January 10, 2016 4:14 PM  

Lousy memory, that.

Blogger WarKicker January 10, 2016 4:18 PM  

"Hold was also weirdly tilted."

Most soccer style kickers prefer the ball tilted like that. It opens up the sweet spot and you're less like to hook it (not in Walsh's case with the missed kick). I can tell you from experience, when the laces face you, you never know how the ball will react even if you make good contact.

Anonymous Closehauled January 10, 2016 4:19 PM  

Except the rich ones. They either move to Naples or Scottsdale

Lots of Minnesotans here in Scottsdale. Even a former miss Minnesota I know.

Geez ... I was rooting for the Vikings even though as a Cards fan I think having Seattle win means the Cards have a good shot at home field advantage through the playoffs. Carolina is going to have a game on their hands.

Blogger Daniel January 10, 2016 4:19 PM  

I sure hope someone has the nerve to put a bullet in the hawks. That team is way too vulnerable to let them linger.

I expected the Vikings to lose.

Just not like that.

Anonymous Purple Sheeple Eaters January 10, 2016 4:21 PM  

And so it goes.

It's when your 15-1 all-time scoring record team loses to an inferior team because the previously perfect kicker can't hit from 38 yards out.

That trauma has conditioned Viking fans to not wince so bad when we lose it all in the end of another game.

I'm actually more appalled that we got the best RB in the past decade, and he's had critical fumbles in critical playoff games every single time. AP and fumbles are like Favre and INTs.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2016 4:21 PM  

Look... you're kicking field goals all day. Don't give me this "deserved to win crap.

Blame the kicker because it makes you feel better.

The real blame lies with the offense for not doing their damn job. Which is to get that ball across the plane.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2016 4:23 PM  

" that's just inexperience and nerves."

Right.

Which means they didn't deserve to win.

one team crapped its pants. The other didn't.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2016 4:24 PM  

The seahawks are obviously a shadow of themselves this year though. Just an ugly game.

God help us... could this be the Chief's year?

Anonymous Dave January 10, 2016 4:24 PM  

He hit 46-yarder with laces in.

NBC showed he hit the ball below the laces on that FG. The last kick he definitely hit the laces. The holder didn't care about the laces on any of the kicks?


Blair Walsh is now 2-for-5 in his career when kicking with a chance to take the lead with under a minute remaining in regulation. The three misses in that situation are the most in the NFL since the start of 2012 (including playoffs).

Walsh is no Vinatieri.

Blogger VD January 10, 2016 4:44 PM  

I'm actually more appalled that we got the best RB in the past decade, and he's had critical fumbles in critical playoff games every single time.

That fumble wasn't his fault. It was a good play by Wright combined with a good play by Chancellor. He did a good job NOT fumbling on the exchange not long after that.

Anonymous kjj January 10, 2016 4:45 PM  

Couldn't help but think of Anderson.

There are trap shooting competitions on Sundays down here (SE Minnesota), starting just after New Years. Only 8 degrees below, but the wind, up on the hill, with no cover, was brutal. TV doesn't show the half of it.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2016 4:48 PM  

"NBC showed he hit the ball below the laces on that FG. The last kick he definitely hit the laces. The holder didn't care about the laces on any of the kicks?"

Brett Kern is talking a lot about it on Twitter. Brett's a punter.. but he's possibly the best punter in the game and he's an emergency kick off and field goal guy too. He knows a ton about kicking a football.

Basically he says, "its a bad visual for a kicker to see that. If you see that.. its definitely going to be running through your mind as you approach the kick. It doesn't take much to hook it."

Blogger Nate January 10, 2016 4:50 PM  

He also said spinning the ball is hard to do with gloves on... so that may explain why the holder didn't do it. He was more afraid of dropping the ball in the cold with the gloves than making the kicker miss the kick.

Blogger Ben January 10, 2016 4:53 PM  

Good year for the vikes all things considered, I'd say. Better than what I expected. Yeah, a win would have been nice, and it was nothing if not an entertaining game, but the fact is that you can't win playoffs by scoring 12 points worth of field goals. Other than that missed epic sack and the missed interception, hell of a defensive game by the Purple though.

Anonymous Purple Sheeple Eaters January 10, 2016 4:54 PM  

That fumble wasn't his fault. It was a good play by Wright combined with a good play by Chancellor. He did a good job NOT fumbling on the exchange not long after that.

Agreed....just tickles my superstitions. AP's entire career is about ALL DAY until the very end of the most critical games. Every time.

The curse of Choklahoma.

OpenID Jack Amok January 10, 2016 5:06 PM  

Much needed drink finished.

God help us... could this be the Chief's year?

My bracket has the Seahawks and Chiefs in the SB.

As for Min, the Seahawks are a tough match for any team that depends on the run. AD had 31 attempts for 63 yards in two games against them this year. Wilson looked way off today though (maybe the cold froze his magic water so he couldn't drink it), but his improve skills saved the day with that pass to Lockett off the ol' snap-it-over-the-QBs-head trick play. Always makes me nervous when we resort to that one.

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 5:21 PM  

Patented Vikings heartbreaker.

Anonymous Dave January 10, 2016 5:28 PM  

He also said spinning the ball is hard to do with gloves on... so that may explain why the holder didn't do it. He was more afraid of dropping the ball in the cold with the gloves than making the kicker miss the kick.

Wilson didn't use gloves the whole game.

Do the officials still let the teams work on the kicking balls on the sideline during the game? That holder should've had his hands and that ball good and toasty.

Blogger Jamie-R January 10, 2016 5:28 PM  

It started at 4:30 AM here, I was up, but fell back asleep. You had a 3-0 lead when I crashed, so there's that. I don't know if the NFL has a version of AFL's Mad Monday, a drinking day after the team is knocked out, but I'd totally recommend your kicker dressing up as a black kid so Adrian Peterson can beat him between drinks.

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 5:30 PM  

VD:
It's when your 15-1 all-time scoring record team loses to an inferior team because the previously perfect kicker can't hit from 38 yards out.
18-1. I have a roommate that's a Patriots fan.

Anonymous NateM January 10, 2016 5:44 PM  

It was a good play by Wright combined with a good play by Chancellor.


I saw that. He peeled off the arm so the other could punch it out, he was mailed. Would been hard not to fall to that one.


TD or no, they controlled the ball, the clock, caused all sorts of Seattle miscues. It was a fluke play that got Seattle through that game, not their superior discipline. They looked nervey and not in control the entire game save that one play. Vikes lost that game more than Seattle lost it

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 5:46 PM  

Except the rich ones. They either move to Naples or Scottsdale
I'm more likely to run into someone actually born in FL than Minnesotans. Probably the humidity. July/August isn't much different Orlando/Minneapolis (I like reading Lilek's 'bleat') and for the same reason, lots of lakes.
But at least we don't have sub-zero (F) temps.
Also in the OP Vox mentioned several reasons why they built an enclosed stadium. He forgot one, the possibility of a Super Bowl.
That more than anything else was why the stadium had to be enclosed.
Granted, the Giants (and Jets) were able to pull off getting one to sell the new stadium but only they could have done that.

Anonymous Rolf January 10, 2016 6:05 PM  

@76 - IIRC, he Seahawks hold the record for the most games lost by less than seven in the last two minutes of the game. Vikes don't have a patent on choking.

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 6:10 PM  

Remember, it has been worse.
Both the best and worst SB I've ever watched. And then they went on to lose 26, then 27, then 28.
Even the Vikings couldn't lose four in a row.

Anonymous zen0 the Ephemeral January 10, 2016 6:23 PM  

Jay Gruden's eyeballs don't seem like they are lined up properly.

Anonymous EpiMandy January 10, 2016 6:52 PM  

Sorry I'm late to this party but I feel it is important to inform everyone that I couldn't care less about handegg or any other sportsball for that matter. And the alignment of Jay Gruden's eyeballs don't concern me in the least.

Anonymous Go Away January 10, 2016 6:54 PM  

@85

Nobody cares. Go away.

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 7:01 PM  

@85. EpiMandy
Why look! We have an honest-to-goodness troll!
Do like Shirley Temple did when a hollywood pervert did when he stood in front of her naked:
Point and laugh, point and laugh.

Blogger SS January 10, 2016 7:05 PM  

@85. EpiMandy

Was your BTFO getting too bad in the other thread so you decided to come distribute your bird droppings here too?

Anonymous EpiMandy January 10, 2016 7:20 PM  

It is my duty to report that there exist some readers that find such postings boring.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 10, 2016 7:24 PM  

I don't know where the Redskins got the high school players on their defense, but they need the starters back. This is disgusting. We finally get rid of the DC Perpetual Losers...and their defense shows up for the playoff again.

Anonymous YIH January 10, 2016 7:32 PM  

On the subject of the current game, it's clear, the Pack are on the decline and the Redskins are (very surprisingly) on the rise.
It's a good game. We can debate ''What if it were the Vikings vs. the Redskins?'' and ''What if...'' but if anything, the Vikes could well be the future of the NFC North.
I said last year, if a team can't win more games than they lose/tie they should not be in the playoffs - even if they win their division.
Perhaps I was wrong.
Are the Redskins 'ready for primetime?' not even close. They still have a lot of work to do, but do they deserve to be in the playoffs?
YES.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 10, 2016 7:49 PM  

About the only good news is that the Redskins went 9-7 this season...which is quite good considering they were 4-12 last season. And are in a good position to do better in the future.

Blogger Dave January 10, 2016 7:59 PM  

The Skins are positioned to win their division probably the next two years. The Eagles and Giants will have new coaches and a lot of work to shore up their defenses. The Cowboys are one good hit on Romo from watching their season go down the drain again. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Skins let Desean Jackson go; they will need WR help.

OpenID Jack Amok January 10, 2016 8:11 PM  

Well, I'm 4-0 on my WildCard picks, though it took a couple of miracles to get there.

Anonymous Eduardo the Magnificent January 10, 2016 8:43 PM  

White shirts won every game this weekend. First time that's ever happened in the playoffs. In frozen pond news, Ovie just scored 500. Good for him.

Anonymous Viidad January 10, 2016 8:48 PM  

EpiMandy

Female solipsism or Omega sperging? Either way, the train is fine.

Blogger Gapeseed January 10, 2016 9:58 PM  

The Skins are positioned to win their division probably the next two years. The Eagles and Giants will have new coaches and a lot of work to shore up their defenses. The Cowboys are one good hit on Romo from watching their season go down the drain again.

I think the Cowboys will rule the division next year. They've got that high draft pick, that great offensive line, and will get Romo back. With Romo's health, Dallas's backup quarterback will be the most interesting backup in all of football, and my money is on RGIII to be that man and revive his career in Dallas.

Anonymous bw January 10, 2016 10:59 PM  

61. WarKicker January 10, 2016 4:18 PM

"Hold was also weirdly tilted."


Warkicker? THE Warkicker? Where the Hell you been? fighting Vac Lawsuits?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/01/07/florida-state-auburn-bcs-national-championship-game/4345221/

Anonymous doc January 10, 2016 11:00 PM  

Just a theory for VD as he's a soccer man.

The previous successful FG spooked Walsh as Richard Sherman came within an inch of blocking it with his charge from the right. Walsh being the usual soccer-player kicker must have an instinct to kick away from goalies. So he subconsciously aimed for the left side rather than right down the middle. That would probably give him an extra inch clearance from Sherman's outstretched fingers should he break through again. But Walsh over executed -- perhaps not being able to simultaneously deal with the laces and punching it through the left. (I know Walsh handled the laces on a previous kick, but he hadn't been spooked before it by a near miss.)

Anonymous bw January 10, 2016 11:07 PM  

The real blame lies with the offense for not doing their damn job. Which is to get that ball across the plane Nate

Good for you. Echoing my original 3 NOT 6.

Anonymous bw January 10, 2016 11:12 PM  

@ WarKicker

Did I see you here? Where you been?

Blogger WarKicker January 11, 2016 12:24 AM  

Hey bw!

I'm still around, lurking more than commenting. Working 15-18 hour days a lot this past year doesn't leave me much time to do anything else.

Hope you are doing well and in good health. I still pray for your back!

OpenID sigbouncer January 11, 2016 4:04 AM  

All I can think of here is the irony.

Zimmer is a Bill Parcells protege who was with Parcells in his last game as the Cowboys Defensive coordinator.

A questionable hold (Romo fumble) on a chip shot field goal that would have won the wildcard playoff game versus...yep you got it, Seattle.

Anonymous Anarchopurplism January 11, 2016 8:46 AM  

Great game & the Vikes D played LIGHTS OUT. If they finish out a couple extra plays & they could have won the game for the team.

Clearly, the most brutal play outside the last FG miss, was Josh Robinson losing his man during the bad-snap, broken play. Things went pear shape for the Vikes after that.

I was a little disappointed in some of the play calls. We had multiple trips to the end zone where the ball was not even thrown into the painted area. On the last drive when we went 3 straight runs with AD, which the entire stadium was anticipating. I would have preferred:
1st Down: Run right
2nd Down: Run left
3rd Down: Line up heavy stack with extra TE/FB on left. Play-fake left & roll Teddy out to the right. Have 1 unnamed TE or FB (ie Zach Line) from left to right thru the junk for a pass into the end zone. Teddy's progression: 1- run into end zone, 2- toss to TE/FB or 3- Slide in bounds.

Team cannot rely on AD for next 3 seasons as they have for previous 3 seasons. Norv needs to be a little more aggressive & Zig, when teams are expecting Zag more. This was a PERFECT opportunity to instill massive amounts of confidence in your young QB. Especially on a day in which the run game struggled.

Blogger Azimus January 11, 2016 1:17 PM  

Well Minnesota had their shot and lost. The missed pooch kick was good, but still pales with the hilarity of the imploding Vikes vs Giants NFC Championship debacle of some years back.

I am still in total shock that America's Team, the Green Bay Packers, won yesterday. Was it all part of some diabolical plot by McCarthy to play the weaker Redskins and advance to the Divisional round? Who knows.

Vikings are definitely on the rise though and the Packers do not own the NFC North anymore. Most say Bridgewater is not a dynasty quarterback and I agree, but everyone can say he beat expectations by a longshot. If he grows as much next year as he did this year the Vikings will have the dual-threat offense they need to go deep into the Playoffs.

Anonymous Ryan ATL January 11, 2016 2:43 PM  

Sure the kicker choked, but so did your entire offense. Hell, without Blair Walsh you guys probably don't even score.

Anonymous Ryan ATL January 11, 2016 2:45 PM  

Also, 45 yards on 23 carries is pathetic even if against Seattle

Blogger Stephen St. Onge January 11, 2016 3:50 PM  

As a lover of tradition, and a Minnesotan, I expect the Vikings to reach the playoffs every year, and then lose. I was not disappointed.

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