Comfortably leading 27-3 with less than two minutes to play, the Minnesota Vikings opted to go for it on fourth down from the Cowboys’ 11-yard line.
They could have kicked the field goal.
The game was effectively over.
By keeping their offensive unit on the field, it seemed to imply they were content to run the ball, either to pick up the game’s final first down or turn the ball over to Dallas in poor field position.
Instead, Brett Favre executed a play-action pass to perfection, hooking up with a diving Visanthe Shiancoe in the end zone to extend the lead to 30 points.
A jubilant Favre jumped for joy and the Minnesota faithful went crazy.
But Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking took umbrage, racing over to Favre and the Vikings sideline to share his opinion of what he thought of his perceived lack of sportsmanship.
“I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful,” Brooking said.
“This is the NFL, that’s not what this is about. I don’t think there’s
a place for that … I was looking for [Vikings coach Brad] Childress. I didn’t think it was
right, but they’ve got to see us next year. They’ve got to see us. You
better believe I’ll have that one circled on the calendar, but I say
that, we get paid to stop them. I don’t care what’s called, but
sometimes I don’t think there was much class in that decision to do
what he did.”
Does Brooking have a point here? Should Minnesota kept it on the ground or does he need to be mad at his own unit for not making the play?