Sunday, January 17, 2010



A ferocious defence helped Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings get past the Dallas Cowboys and set up an NFC Championship showdown next Sunday with the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings overwhelmed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, sacking him six times, intercepting one pass and throwing the whole Dallas offence off balance to let 40-year-old quarterback Favre engineer a comprehensive victory at Mall of America Field.

It was a torrid afternoon for Romo, who committed three fumbles, twice turning the ball over to the Vikings for whom opposite number Favre was faultless.

The former Green Bay Packers icon threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Sidney Rice in the first, second and fourth quarters and connected with Visanthe Shiancoe with two minutes to go for a fourth scoring pass of the game to increase the pain for Dallas.

Favre completed 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards, Romo having managed to connect with 22 of his 35 attempts for 198 yards.

Ryan Longwell added two field goals for the Vikings in addition to his four extra points following the touchdowns as the Cowboys, who won the NFC East with an 11-5 record, could manage only a second-quarter field goal from Shaun Suisham.

The Vikings, coming off a bye week as second seeds, must now travel south to fight for a place in Super Bowl XLIV, in Miami on February 7.

They will go to New Orleans where the top-seeded Saints await them following a resounding 45-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last night.