Notebook: Defensive rerun vs. Eagles?

The Giants blitzed the Vikings early and often on Sunday, and Vikings coach Brad Childress knows he can expect more of the same against the Eagles because of the connections between all three teams. Plus, Ryan Longwell talks about being "triple-iced," several Vikings are enjoying their division title, and more notes and quotes.

Vikings coach Brad Childress didn't have faith that the Minnesota media would accentuate the positive after his team pulled out a 20-19 win over a Giants squad that fielded a less-than-full-strength team on Sunday.

"You have to find a way to win games like that," Childress said. "You guys (in the media) will end up having to have a different angle. It's kind of like a Philadelphia-esque mentality here. You're going to have to find something different to talk about here and beat over the head. I'm happy for the men in that locker room."

Ironically, Childress will have an opportunity to get re-acquainted with the Philadelphia media this week after the Eagles had everything go their way Sunday – including their own 44-6 win over Dallas – to squeak into the playoffs as the NFC's No. 6 seed. The Eagles will travel to Minnesota for a 3:30 p.m. Central game on Sunday, the final contest of wild card weekend.

"A lot of people counted us out and said it was over," said Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb. "We continued all week to stay focused on what the plan was. We knew we had to come out here and play a tough team that was hungry, just like we were. … Things worked out well and we are playing next week."

In Minnesota, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was able to survive the many different looks the Giants defense threw at him Sunday. Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was part of the Philadelphia coaching staff when Childress was the offensive coordinator there.

"My buddy Spags gave us every blitz in the book throughout the whole day, from snap one on," Childress said. "…They (bring) a bunch of people every time, twists and loops. I know that that's their defense, the Giants. But I also know it doesn't hurt to get things on tape and make people defend you. You show them everything or you show them nothing in a game like this that they're playing. They showed us everything. I'm sure some of them will serve them going forward. As quarterbacking, that's your life, when they throw people at you."

The Vikings likely will face a similar theme against Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who trained Spagnuolo and who is known for pressuring the quarterback.

"That was the most (blitzing) that we have seen," said Jackson, who was sacked only twice and threw one interception. "We pretty much knew they were going to do that, because they are in the playoffs and they were going to try and give other teams stuff to work on. We knew they were going to bring the house and they did. That is part of their defensive strategy."

Jackson completed 16 of 26 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and interception and can consider that a warmup for his first playoff game. The Eagles forced five takeaways against Dallas on Sunday and turned those into 27 points. Meanwhile, McNabb now prepares to face his former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in Childress.

"We know we have a tough team ahead of us, a tough task. They have been playing well," McNabb said. "Tarvaris has really been leading that team to some good victories. We know about their run game and their defense. It's going to be a challenge for us, but we're really ready for it and we look forward to getting going."

Childress is hoping the home Metrodome crowd can offer his team an assist on Sunday.

"We will need them the way they showed up today to try and raise the roof off the place. That's the Minnesota fans I've known every time I've come in here with a team to compete," he said. "I would think that it would be ridiculous next weekend with the noise."


After scrambling around for about 20 seconds with different personnel before the final play of the game against the Giants, the Vikings eventually called timeout with nine seconds left. Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell came into the game and lined up for what would have been a 51-yard field goal, according to where holder Chris Kluwe was preparing for the original spot.

Then the Giants called a timeout to try to ice Longwell.

The Vikings decided to run another play to take more time off the clock and brought the clock down to five seconds remaining when they threw an incomplete sideline pass to Bobby Wade.

Longwell came back onto the field and Kluwe's spot was at 40-yard line, but New York called its third timeout.

"It is rare that you get triple iced," Longwell said. "You can (usually) only get iced once with the timeout rule."

Longwell stayed the consistent kicker he has been throughout his three-year Vikings career and nailed the 50-yard game-winner to give the Vikings their 20-19 win.

Childress said once Longwell was out there, he just put the game in a higher power's hands.

"What goes through my head is that it's a God's-will type of thing," Childress said of the final kick. "At that point in time, I'm not going to block anybody, I'm not going to kick anybody. It's in his hands. I have to give it to the guy upstairs."


After a 1-3 start to the season, the Vikings endured the benching of one quarterback (Jackson), a winning streak by another (Gus Frerotte) and the return of the original (Jackson) for the final stretch of the regular season.

Through it all, there were a lot of ups and downs, but linebacker Chad Greenway said it has been a great locker-room atmosphere this year.

"This is one of the tightest teams I have been on, to be honest with you. Everyone is close no matter who you are, whether you came in midseason or you have been here 10 years, (Matt) Birk for example," Greenway said. "Everybody is really close and we hang together and I think that has been a big part of our success and hopefully it will continue to take us further."


Former Buffalo Bills and current Vikings Antoine Winfield and Pat Williams are experiencing their first division titles in their 10- and 12-year careers, respectively.

Count Jared Allen, who has never won a division title, among those Vikings excited for the playoffs.

"I've been to one playoff game and I lost. The playoffs are the most fun I have ever had playing football. I'm excited and I'm ready to rock and roll," Allen said. "… This is why I came here. I knew this team had so much potential. Everything we talked about in the offseason, of me coming over here, is what we've put into action. We've had our highs and we've had our lows, but we have so much character on this team. We pushed through."


Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was among the players Tom Coughlin rested.

Jacobs led the team with 1,089 yards on 219 carries and had 15 touchdowns, but Derrick Ward, who also passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, started in Jacobs' place and rushed for 77yards. Jacobs was listed as questionable with a knee injury this week.

The Giants also sat starting tight end Kevin Boss, who was listed as doubtful with ankle and concussion problems last week, and DT Barry Cofield, who was dealing with a knee injury. New York had already listed starting CB Aaron Ross and LB Gerris Wilkinson as out on Friday.

Other inactives for the Giants included K Lawrence Tynes, DT Leger Douzable and WR Derek Hagan.

For the Vikings, Bernard Berrian, who had been limited this week, played despite suffering an ankle injury last week.

The Vikings deactivated QB John David Booty (third QB), TE Garrett Mills, LB Dontarrious Thomas, T Marcus Johnson, DE Otis Grigsby, WR Darius Reynaud, DT Pat Williams and DT Letroy Guion.


  • DE Ray Edwards suffered a left knee strain that will be evaluated on Monday.

  • RB Adrian Peterson sprained his ankle but returned to the game on the next drive. He said "it's not really a big issue."

  • Giants coach Tom Coughlin gave a "no comment" when asked after the game if the Vikings were a team he'd like to face again in the playoffs.

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