Brett Favre and the rest of his teammates did everything right that went wrong in December, aggressively pursuing the swagger they had before the slump to move into the playoffs with a 44-7 victory over the New York Giants

–(www.FinancialNewsUSA.com)– 01/03/2010 – Most Popular industry news provided by Financial News USA. Time will soon tell whether these were the real Minnesota Vikings. For now, they sure finished the regular season on a strong note. Even the friction between Brett Favre and Brad Childress was not an issue as the Viking completely dominated the New York Giants.

Brett Favre and the rest of his teammates did everything right that went wrong in December, aggressively pursuing the swagger they had before the slump to move into the playoffs with a 44-7 victory over the barely-there New York Giants on Sunday.

“I think it’s proof of what we’re capable of doing,” said Favre, who completed 25 of 31 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters without a turnover. “Where it takes us from here, I have no idea. But it was definitely a momentum boost and confidence.”

Controlling the game from the very first drive against a Giants team sitting five players who started at least four games this season, the Vikings (12-4) cruised into the locker room to start watching the Philadelphia-Dallas game with an eye on their seed for the NFC playoffs.

They needed an Eagles loss to finish second behind sputtering New Orleans and get a first-round bye, and throughout the second half the crowd broke into “Let’s go Cowboys!” chants. The extra week of rest is beneficial to the bodies, but there’s the rust factor, too.

“I’m good either way,” coach Brad Childress said.

Favre surpassed 30 touchdowns for the ninth time in his career and 4,000 yards for the sixth time, finishing with a mere seven interceptions-the fewest of his 18-year run as a starter. He made it through 16 games without much harm, too.

“Everyone wants to talk about me being 40. I’m fine,” Favre said, assessing the possibility of the bye. “Would it help? I’m sure it would. But I’m fine.”

There are two questions for the Vikings to answer. Can the offensive line and the secondary hold up well enough for them to win their first Super Bowl? And if they’re forced to play on the road-let alone on grass or in the cold- how will Favre fare? They’ll have at least one game at the comfy Metrodome, where they went 8-0 for the first time since the 15-1 season in 1998.

After ugly defeats in three nationally televised night games last month that ruined their chance to catch the Saints for pre-Super Bowl home-field advantage and exposed a few troubling flaws, the Vikings were determined to regain their edge.

They tried 35 passes and ran only 22 times during the first three quarters, even keeping the offense on the field for fourth-and-goal at the 1 on Favre’s final possession. He capped it with a touchdown pass to fullback Naufahu Tahi to make it 44-0.

Childress attempted to downplay the aggressiveness, but cornerback Cedric Griffin said the coaches emphasized “having a statement game” before the playoffs.

“Just wanted to stay on the gas,” Childress said. About Financial News USA

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