22 December 2008
Viking Dispair: Atlanta 24 Vikes 17
The Vikes were unable to secure the NFC North on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons 24-17. They were not beat by the ground game of the Falcons or the jump start rookie QB in Matt Ryan. The thing that beat the Vikes on Sunday was themselves. They were able to hang on the ball putting the ball on the turf 7 times and losing 4 of those fumbles. It was difficult to watch the game seeing the Vikes being severely outplayed by the Falcons at home.
The first drive by the Falcons ended with a touchdown and the Vikes answer with 90 yards drive ending with a 21 yard TD pass to Visanthe Shiancoe. After the defense held the Falcons to a 3 and out, the ensuring punt was fumbled by Berrian and that led to a touchdown by the Falcons. After that the Vikes were unable to get back in the game and the ball really starting going down to turf for the Vikes.
The quarterback playing the Tarvaris Jackson was pretty good much of the day. He was 22 of 36 for 233 with two touchdowns and 0 INTS. T-Jack rushed for 76 yards on eight carries, but he had two fumbles (one a snap WELL over his head). One thing the T-Jack needs to learn is the QB pansy slide or his life as an NFL QB will be ended sooner than later.
The play from Adrian was not all day as we are accustomed to. He was sleepy on Sunday or something. He was horrific with his ball handling 3 fumbles sure he rushed for 76 yards. He is the BEST running back in the NFL; he did not play like it on Sunday.
Visanthe Shiancoe played the best game in his NFL career, trying so hard to win this one for the home crowd. Shanks caught seven passes for 136 yards and had two touchdowns. I was impressed with his play on Sunday at least, but hopefully there is more of this to come from the Nudist.
The play the was the winning score for the Falcons was when Matt Ryan fumbled the ball at the one yard line and the ball was lose in the end zone. 2 Viking defenders had a chance to get fumble Darren “Too Slow” Sharper and Cedric Griffin. It was the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Blalock who pounced on the ball instead, giving Atlanta a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter.
The Vikes did have a chance to win the game with 2:44 left in the game both Jackson and Peterson fumbled on the drive and Atlanta pressing Jackson not giving him time. The Vikes failed on fourth down. This gives the Falcons a playoff berth, the 1st since 2004.
Now the Vikes ask the Packers to win tonight so the Vikes will then be the division champs and will make the playoffs. If the Bears win tonight, the Vikes either have to win or Bears will need to lose next week. We shall see what all happens tonight. GO PACK GO
Posted by Clint at 8:06 AM