Childress, Reid share a short conversation

Vikings coach Brad Childress and Eagles coach Andy Reid know each well, and Childress said he'd rather not face the Eagles for personal reasons.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he talked to Eagles coach Andy Reid after both teams clinched playoff berths on Sunday, but the two good friends probably won't be talking much the rest of the week.

The Vikings will face the Eagles in a wild card game on Sunday at the Metrodome. The Eagles clinched a playoff berth by routing the Dallas Cowboys 44-6; the Vikings won the NFC North title when they beat the Giants 20-19 on a last-second field goal by Ryan Longwell.

Childress spent seven seasons as an assistant under Reid before taking the Vikings' head coaching job in 2005. Childress' last four seasons in Philadelphia were spent as the team's offensive coordinator.

"I don't particularly relish playing those guys just from a personal standpoint," Childress said. "He will give it his best shot and we will give it our best shot."

Childress' relationship with Reid dates to the 1980s when Childress was offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona and Reid was hired by the college as an assistant coach.

Asked about their conversation on Sunday night, Childress said: "We just talked about circumstances, how they started the day, how we started the day, the season. They all had their own little flavor. It's amazing how the last week plays itself out. Anybody beats anybody and nobody has a record at this point in time."

NOTES

  • Zygi Wilf, who took over as the Vikings owner in 2005, saw his team win its first NFC North championship under his leadership on Sunday. "It's exciting," Wilf said. "We are very proud of everyone here and the whole organization. We are especially happy for our fans, who endured many years of struggle and frustration, but finally we jumped that hurdle and won our first NFC North division title. So we are very excited to be where we are at right now and we'll move on to the postseason."

  • Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on the amount of blitzes he faced from the Giants on Sunday: "That was the most that we have seen. 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."

  • Chad Greenway knows some Vikings fans were calling for Brad Childress to be fired earlier this season, but the linebacker said the head coach did an excellent job. "We had fire Childress chants midseason … and we have our coach's back," Greenway said. "He takes care of us and all of these coaches have. We came together as a unit and they have had our back week in and week out. They continued to push us when we needed to be pushed and take care of when we needed to be taken care of and put us in a position where we can be in this situation now."

  • DE Ray Edwards had an MRI on Monday after leaving Sunday's game because of an injury to his left knee. The results of were not immediately available.
  • RB Adrian Peterson is the first Vikings player to have 600 total rushing attempts in two consecutive seasons. He becomes only the 11th player in NFL history to reach 600 in his first two seasons.

  • NT Pat Williams has said he hopes to return from a broken scapula to play this Sunday in the Vikings' opening playoff game against Philadelphia. Williams was injured Dec. 14 at Arizona and was expected to miss a month.


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