Minnesota will now get some valuable rest for a group of veteran players that includes 40-year-old quarterback Brett Favre.
"I assume like everyone else that it would be good, not only for me, but for the rest of our team," Favre said. "You know, bye week, get a chance to get away from it. Physically, kind of get back on track, get a little bit better all those things. ... The good thing was we got a little confidence back, a little swagger, a little momentum and that's all we can focus on."
Kicker Ryan Longwell said the weekend off will be "huge," for the team.
"Guys that are nicked up, banged up, can rest and get healthy and the long and short of it is you're one game away from the championship game," Longwell said. "It's just such a huge advantage to have the week (off) and know that you are guaranteed the one game at home to get within a shot. It's very exciting."
Having a bye and then a home game will be important for the Vikings based on how they have performed at the Metrodome this season. Minnesota went 8-0 at home for the first time since 1998 but was only 4-4 on the road. That includes three road losses in the month of December at Arizona, Carolina and Chicago.
"I wish that was a question we didn't have to answer," Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said of being part of a team that was so much better at home than on the road. "But that's something that's a reality right now, the way we played on the road the last three and the way we played at home, too. We'll see what happens. But for now we know we're going to be home playing so we hope to take advantage of that."
The Vikings certainly will be able to do so if their offense continues to operate with the efficiency that it did Dec. 28 in the second half and then again against the Giants.
Favre, who reportedly didn't see eye-to-eye with coach Brad Childress last month when it came to play calling, has been brilliant in his past five-plus quarters. In that time, Favre completed 46 of 62 passes for 601 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
"It would appear that we picked up right where we left off (in Chicago)," said Favre, who came out of the Giants game in the third quarter with the Vikings ahead 41-0. "I thought that what we did at the start of the game today was what we needed to do. I think it's proof of what we are capable of doing. For whatever reason we have been inconsistent at times. I think there were 20 first downs in the first half (Sunday) and 22 in the second half of last week's game. That's 42 first downs in a game or so. Not that you would expect that all of the time, but that's what we are capable of doing."
LINEUP WATCH: Rookie Jamarca Sanford saw time at strong safety Sunday in place of Tyrell Johnson. Sanford, a seventh-round pick last April, started on Dec. 13 against Cincinnati because Johnson missed that game due to a concussion. Johnson has struggled at times this season and the fact Sanford got some reps starting in the third defensive series of the game was not a surprise. Johnson was not hurt this time. Childress did downplay any talk of Johnson losing the starting job but that certainly has to be considered a possibility.
BY THE NUMBERS: 285 — Career regular-season starts for Brett Favre after Sunday, giving him the NFL record. Former San Francisco wide receiver Jerry Rice started 284 games from 1985-2004.