He tied a franchise record by scoring 18 points. The interesting part of that is that the other two Vikings who scored 18 in a game were running backs – Dave Osborn in 1970 and Oscar Reed in 1974. The old record for a kicker was 15 points by Fred Cox in 1965.
Walsh was asked when the last time was he scored that many points in a game.
"Never," Walsh said. "It should have been 21, but my timing was off on the second one I tried and I pushed it. It was great to get my number called that often and being able to help the team finish off drives with points."
Walsh also continued to bomb kickoffs.
He had kicks that came down in the end zone five yards deep, one yard deep, five yards deep, eight yards deep, eight yards deep, 10 yards deep in the end zone before having a couple that came down outside the end zone. It was thought that might have been a designed play to get the coverage team some work on directional kicks, but Walsh set the record straight.
"No, it wasn't," Walsh said. "I was peeking my head up a little bit and not being as disciplined as I should have been. It was later on in the game and I have to get on that and get it cleaned up."
To make up for it, Walsh's final kickoff not only wasn't returned, it went through the goal posts.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM
In what may be the enduring moment of the game other than Walsh's performance and Audie Cole's two pick-sixes in the span of 13 seconds was a wave that started early in the third quarter and lasted for a whopping 25 minutes – creating its own excitement and game in the stands. Shortly after the typical wave began, a no-call on a pass interference penalty got some members of the crowd tearing up their souvenir programs and throwing them in the air. The crowd mentality set in and as the wave ringed the stadium not only did the loudness of the fans increase, but it began raining down paper like a tickertape parade, getting the interest of Jared Allen and his teammates on the sideline.
"It was awesome!" Allen said. "It all started because they wanted a (pass interference call). They never cease to amaze me. I thought it was hilarious. Well done to our fans."
Allen said he was spending as much time watching the fans as watching the game because the tsunami (after 10 minutes, it's no long a wave, much less 25 minutes) started with more than 10 minutes left in the third quarter and didn't die off until early in the fourth quarter. Allen said there was one moment he won't soon forget.
"Somebody, I don't know who, threw it but they should measure it," Allen said "I saw a paper airplane come from the top deck and it landed about the 50-yard line. That's impressive. That's got to be some sort of record."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.