1:00 PM ET, January 17, 2010
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN
Vikings sack Romo six times to advance to NFC title game vs. Saints
MINNEAPOLIS -- "This is what I came back for."For the adrenaline rush. For the in-your-face touchdown. For another shot at the Super Bowl.Brett Favre wanted all of it, and now he's got it.
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Opposite Of Clutch
Dallas QB Tony Romo was harassed by Vikings defenders all afternoon and couldn't convert when it counted most.
• Brett Favre threw four TD passes for the first time in a playoff game -- including three to Sidney Rice -- and the Vikings advanced to their first NFC Championship Game since the 2000 season.
• Minnesota sacked Tony Romo six times and forced three turnovers. Romo threw one interception and fumbled the ball three times, losing two of them.
• Minnesota will play at New Orleans -- the third No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in the NFC Championship Game in the last six seasons.
• Rice is the first player in Vikings' franchise history with three TD receptions in a playoff game.
• This was the Vikings' second-largest margin of victory in a playoff game, while the Cowboys suffered their second-worst defeat in a playoff game.
• Ray Edwards had three of Minnesota's six sacks, tying a franchise record for sacks in a game.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Rice's three TDs set a Vikings playoff record and tied the NFL record. ... Sen. Al Franken and baseball star Torii Hunter, who played for the Twins but is a Cowboys fan, were among those in attendance. ... TE Jason Witten led Dallas with 10 catches and 98 yards. ... Cowboys LT Flozell Adams hurt his leg late in the second quarter and didn't return.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||4:12||Sidney Rice 47 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 61 yds, 1:44
|FG||12:14||Shaun Suisham 33 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 67 yds, 6:53
|TD||7:31||Sidney Rice 16 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:48
|FG||3:49||Ryan Longwell 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yds, 2:43
|FG||14:26||Ryan Longwell 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:44
|TD||7:41||Sidney Rice 45 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 86 yds, 4:27
|TD||2:00||Visanthe Shiancoe 11 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 37 yds, 3:31