It Comes In Threes

The Vikings handed the Packers their fifth loss in six games, but did it the same way the Packers had done it to them twice last season.

In 2004, the Packers cost the Vikings the chance to win the NFC North title by making a pair of field goals as time ran out in two 34-31 wins. Sunday the Vikings returned the favor.

Taking a page from the Packers' playbook of last year, after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the second half, the Vikings had a 20-17 lead with 3:10 to play and many in the stands believed it was going to be another example of what Brett Favre has made a career out of doing -- scoring points at the end of games and coming up big when it is needed the most.

Favre did his part, getting the Packers into scoring position for the game-tying kick with 24 seconds to play. But it was the Vikings that would have the last laugh.

All Paul Edinger was asked to do was something he had never done, a Vikings kicker had never done and an opposing kicker had never done -- make a 56-yard field goal. Not only did he make it, but he made it with room to spare as the Vikings came away with a 23-20 victory.

On a weekend when several games ended on field goals, Edinger's will stand out. Even he got caught up in the emotion.

"When I looked up and saw it was going -- I knew I had the leg on it -- I took off running after it like I was going to catch it," Edinger said. "You can't explain it. I wish you guys could have a chance to do it. It's a great feeling."

* The Vikings needed their win Sunday to keep pace with the Lions, who got a road win at Cleveland, and the Bears, who held on for an upset win over the Ravens.
* Former Viking Jake Reed took some open pot shots at the Vikings Sunday on ESPN's pregame coverage, saying the Vikings have always lacked leadership and that the current problems were brewing years earlier. So much for that invite to the alumni dinner.
* Favre completed his first 13 passes of the game, but it was Daunte Culpepper who would have the day for the record books. Culpepper became just the 11th player to throw for 20,000 yards in his first seven seasons -- not bad considering he didn't play as a rookie and is just six games into his secventh season. By the time all is said and done by the end of this year, Culpepper could be as high as fifth all-time for yardage to start a career.
* Culpepper also moved into ninth overall for touchdown passes (135) in his first seven seasons -- passing former Viking Warren Moon for ninth place. Next in line is Fran Tarkenton (142), Drew Bledsoe (147) and Johnny Unitas (148) -- not bad company.
* To win after trailing by 17 points is the fifth-biggest deficit the Vikings have ever bounced back from. The record of 24 points was set in 1977 vs. the 49ers when Tommy Kramer -- who attended Sunday's game -- brought the team back from a 24-point deficit. The others include winning 28-23 over the Eagles in 1985 after trailing 23-0, winning 42-41 over the Niners in 1965 after trailing 21-0 and beating the Bears and Mike Ditka 21-20 in 1992 after trailing 20-0.

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