From the locker room

Post-game comments from Packers' and Vikings' locker rooms

QUARTERBACK BRETT FAVRE

Q: What did you see on that touchdown pass to Driver?
BF:
Donald. Actually it was a called play on the line. I actually looked at Donald, looked outside and actually kind of felt the coverage stay with Donald on his outside shoulder. The guy is really supposed to close down with Donald and shut that off. I figured that was going to happen and I was going to go outside, but the guy fell off of Donald and kind of went back to him later. I wouldn't usually go to him on that particular play. Our touchdown passes have been hard to come by this year but this was one right when he caught it I figured there was a good chance he was going to score."

Q: Is that the best protection you have had in this building?
BF:
I think so. They knew that we kept trying to run it but were going to continue to try to throw it. We handled the silent count great. I wish we could go back one week in time but I told our guys we could do it and they did it. Nobody probably gave us a lot of chances but I am in a good mood right now and it is easy to say yeah but all things considering I thought it was pretty good.

Q: Can you tell me more about that one where (Greg) Jennings lateraled to Donald (Driver)?
BF:
We had been working on that one! Greg is a heck of a football player. He hasn't even scratched the surface. When a play like that works it is a great play and very instinctive on his part. When it doesn't it work it is like, "What are you doing?" Sometimes you have got to roll the dice and it is not so much of how it is drawn up in the book or coached but how you react in certain situations. I think the good players, the instinctive players, are the players that make plays like that.

Q: Is that the best protection you have had in this building?
BF:
I think so. They knew that we kept trying to run it but were going to continue to try to throw it. We handled the silent count great. I wish we could go back one week in time but I told our guys we could do it and they did it. Nobody probably gave us a lot of chances but I am in a good mood right now and it is easy to say yeah but all things considering I thought it was pretty good.

Q: You converted so many long third-down plays today. Were they in a zone for most of those?
BF:
A little bit of everything. Once again we had to work for it. Until I watch the film, yeah we did convert them but it is not like they were given to us. Guys protected well, which is where it starts. They gave us several different looks. The one that I threw to Greg (Jennings) which he lateraled, they came with a blitz and we picked it up. I changed the route, was actually still going to the right, came back and was able to hit Greg. It was plays like that and guys making plays. When we have played here in the past, at times we have been able to do that but we are unable to close the deal. Considering how we were ineffective running the ball which doesn't surprise me, I think it is maybe the best win we have had here.

WIDE RECEIVER DONALD DRIVER

Q: How were you able to throw the ball so effectively today?
DD:
Exactly how we do in practice. They cover the ball pretty well but they left the middle of the field wide open and we took advantage of that. After that, they basically tried to close the middle of the field up.

Q: What happened on the touchdown?
DD:
It was wide open. My route was basically to take the middle and it was wide open, so it was a great route, a great throw and after that it was six.

Q: Were you calling for the ball from Jennings?
DD:
Yeah, I wanted it. Normally I will be blocking but on that one I was still behind him so I knew I couldn't get a block for him so he pitched it to me. We used to do it in practice but Coach (McCarthy) stopped it but it worked in the game.

Q: It seemed like you knew you had to get the passing game going because of their ability to stop the run?
DD:
It was a great combination. As I said before, they left the middle of the field wide open. We took advantage of it early on and after that we tried to pound the ball a little more and they were still trying to stop the run but it worked out good for us.

Q: Did you look back at Darren Sharper on the touchdown?
A:
No, I didn't see him. I saw #23 and I was trying to do a little dance early before I got to the end zone, but it looked like he was still trying to catch me so I had to kick it into third, fourth and fifth gear.

Q: How big was it to get them out of the game early?
DD:
Yeah, that was our thing. We talked about the horn and the crowd and you have to get them out of the game early. On a bunch of third down plays when they didn't go for it or went with a run play instead of a pass, you heard the crowd booing. That is the kind of thing we like to keep the crowd out of the game.

Q: You and Brett have something special together?
DD:
It is exciting, I love that guy. I know what he is thinking and he knows what I am thinking, and that is a great combination. I am just glad that when it is all said and done that I will be a part of his legacy.

CORNERBACK PATRICK DENDY

Q: What did you see to lead to your interception?
PD:
I saw the ball, I saw it leave his hands, we kind of had an idea of what they were going to try and do, I knew they were going to come at me again, so I saw the ball and made the play.

Q: How satisfying is the interception after it looked like they were picking on you out there?
PD:
Very satisfying, I mean you get an opportunity to make a play and you have to make that play.

DEFENSIVE END AARON KAMPMAN

Q: Your defensive line played excellent today, how did you go about making all that pressure?
AK:
We wanted to make it a one dimensional game. They tried to stick to their game plan and keep running the ball. When we had our opportunities, I think we made the most of them. We didn't get quite as many sacks as we would like to but we knocked them down quite a few times. We had seen that on film, knowing he got ride of the ball but we just kept coming. The guys on the back end really did a good job giving us the time we needed to get there.

Q: How do you approach next week differently by going against a quarterback like Tom Brady?
AK:
It depends, they are kind of chameleon. They can change week to week and I have not seen any film on them. They can pass the ball 60 times a game, or run the ball so we have to see what the flavor is.

Q: How much does it mean to come into this building and get a win?
AK:
We have had some great wins in this locker room. It is a good feeling to win here. It's a tough place to play and a lot of people that come in here don't leave with wins. We should have beat them pretty soundly but we gave up some big plays in the second quarter. We will get that cleaned up. But to play pretty good football is a good sign for our football team.

Q: Does it help when you get an effective pass rush out of the linebackers?
AK:
It's huge. We tried to always keep them guessing. We were moving guys around, I was playing inside a little bit, outside we blitzed, and rushing four and rushing three. The more multiple looks you give them, sometimes you can confuse guys. There were times where they were confused and we got home.

Q: How important is it to keep that horn off?
AK:
That silly thing. It's good not to hear that thing.

VIKINGS SAFETY DARREN SHARPER

Q: It didn't seem like you guys were getting much pressure on Favre?
DS:
Yeah, whenever you let him get time in the pocket, he's going to find people open. You can't do that against a Hall of Fame quarterback.

Q: The big play that was at the end of the half, did that cause a hangover? Did you guys discuss it at all?
DS:
We came back out in the second half, I don't think we had any type of hangover. We try to bounce back, come out and make some plays. But it definitely, going into the locker room, gave them momentum.

Q: You played with (Brett Favre) in his prime. Did he look better today than in recent weeks?
DS:
Brett has always been able to throw the ball. If he has time back there, he can pick anybody apart. He has guys that make big plays for him. He had guys going up over the middle. He went out, (Donald) Driver made some plays and we didn't make the plays. So that's pretty much the difference.

Q: Tougher than you thought it would be?
DS:
I knew it was going to be a tough game. Just the fact that we're playing Minnesota vs. Green Bay. It always comes down to a tight type of game, that's how it always is. You got to respect a team like that. They made more plays than us, and that was pretty much the bottom line of the game.

Q: Did you guys miss (Fred) Smoot?
DS:
Whatever you can do as a starter, whenever a starter is not out there it kind of changes the makeup of the defense. But the guys that stepped up for him played well. So I don't know if that changed the impact of the game not having him.

VIKINGS HEAD COACH BRAD CHILDRESS

Q: What has allowed teams to exploit the middle of the field?
BC:
Yeah, you'd have to define the middle of the field. I think horizontally, there's a lane in there if you're able to have time to be able to hit that lane. It's not there at all times. Sometimes there's a robber or a thief hanging down in there. But you have to give Brett (Favre) credit. That's why he's a Hall of Fame guy; he's able to buy time. He's a great anticipatory thrower.

Q: What changed from the first half to the second half on offense? It seemed there were some big plays in the first half but then they died off in the second half.
BC:
Yeah, I don't know if anything changed. I didn't think from time to time that the quarterback was able to look at it as long as he wanted to be able to look at it, but I don't know if there was any real adjustment. They played about the same amount of man and the same amount of zone, and you have to make plays. You have to be able to extend drives and be better at three-and-out.

Q: Was the 4th-and-1 call made to give your offense some momentum and some confidence?
BC:
Well I just think you have to be aggressive at times. We didn't have much to start. We needed a first down there; we needed to keep the defense off the field, and we needed to exert our will on them, yes.

Q: Did they take the sideline pass away at the end of the first half after the two long passes to Bethel Johnson?
BC:
Yeah, they were basically in a soft two-deep zone. They were going to kind of legislate against that. We had an X-deep out called where we were looking at the boundary there right at the very end after they had used their two timeouts and we had gotten that big run. I wanted to make sure they didn't have timeouts left. You want to finish the half with the ball or with points, and with two timeouts and where we started that drive out, it's just important that you don't do them any favors in terms of throwing incomplete and putting them back on the field with timeouts. I wanted to make sure they had used those and then we were going to use ours.

Q: Talk about their linebackers rushing.
BC:
Yeah, they fire zoned a couple times. They did some man blitz, but once again, I think it's probably in the pick-ups. I thought by and large there weren't people running free, but physically you have to stand in front of those guys and block them.


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