Final TD causes Cowboy consternation

With the game in hand, the Vikings took one last shot to the end zone, scoring a touchdown and setting off accusations about running up the score. Players and coaches reacted to that sidelight after the game.

The Vikings defense dominated Dallas in a 34-3 win, the lowest point total for the Cowboys since 2003, but it was something the offense did that really irked Dallas.

With a 27-3 lead in hand and two minutes to play, the Vikings threw a final touchdown pass to Visanthe Shiancoe on a fourth-and-3 play from the 11-yard line. It sent Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking to the Vikings sideline for some words with assistant coaches and Jared Allen (or anyone that would listen) before he was escorted by an official back across the field.

"It was classless. It was disrespectful for him to do that. We're paid professionals. We get paid to stop them and we didn't stop them," Brooking said. "I just think it was totally disrespectful what he did there at the end. I don't think that's what the NFL is about."

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he was unaware of Brooking's rant at the Vikings sideline, but he wasn't apologizing for throwing the last touchdown.

"Just staying aggressive with it if you will. We put our defense back on the field and we talked to all the coordinators – offense, defense, special teams guys that we weren't going to put the field goal group on the field," Childress said. "As Lou Holtz used to say, ‘It's our job to score points. It's their job to stop us from scoring points.' That happens. It wasn't rubbing it in. It's just taking care of business and being aggressive at the end of the game."

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips saw it a bit differently.

"They know how to run it up when they get ahead at the end. We were coming after them and they made plays, they took advantage of it," Phillips said.

However, Phillips said later in his press conference that the Vikings have the right to play it how they want to play it. During the FOX postgame show, studio commentator Terry Bradshaw took issue with the final touchdown, but former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson defended the move, saying the Cowboys needed to stop the play if they didn't like it.

Even Brooking admitted that the Vikings simply played better.

"They were obviously the better team today. We didn't make enough plays to win the game," he said. "We gave up too many big plays defensively. We had too many turnovers. I sound like a broken record but they were the better team."

Favre said there was no intent to run up the score. It was simply a matter of the Cowboys run defense having more success than their pass defense. Adrian Peterson was limited to a 2.4-yard-per-carry average on 26 rushes.

"I know we weren't trying to run the score up or rub anything in. I didn't see that. I think that everyone who has ever played against me or who knows me knows that I'm not about that," Favre said. "We tried to run and run and run and run, but we were not getting too far. We just called a third-and-1 or fourth-and-1 pass. … They've got nothing to be upset about. They're a heck of a football team and have played outstanding down the stretch."


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