In a victory for the highlight reels, Brett Favre completed a 32 yard touchdown pass to Greg Lewis with 2 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a dramatic 27-24 come from behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers. It was the 43rd time in his career that The Gunslinger had pulled out a victory when his team is tied or trailing in the fourth quarter.
While the Vikings may have won the game on the scoreboard, the Niners took the decision where it really matters. San Francisco rewarded NFL betting devotees with their third pointspread cover in three games this season, cashing tickets as +6 road underdogs. It was the Vikings first setback to the spread against two victories this season. The 51 combined points scored went OVER the posted total of 39. It was the 49ers first OVER of the year against two UNDER verdicts, while the Packers went OVER for the second time in three games.
Favre commented on the victory after the game:
"It's hard to even recall all of 'em. This one was pretty special.
Niners cornerback Nate Clemens said this was a hard setback to take:
"I've had some hard losses. This is just another one for the list. We just have to keep chopping away."
Greg Lewis, who caught Favres game winning pass, said that the entire offense was fired up on the final drive:
"The offensive line was fired up. Adrian was fired up, and the receivers were fired up. And Brett fell right in. He was fired up, too, like: 'We're going to get this done And that's the attitude that we took out there on the field."
In his postgame comments, Vikings coach Greg Childress commended the cool confidence of his veteran quarterback:
"He's been in many, many, many, many situations like that so it never hurts you to have a veteran like him going down the field."
In the Niners locker room, coach Mike Singletary could be overheard giving his team a tough love pep talk:
"You have nothing to be looking at the floor for! You didn't steal anything! You didn't do anything wrong! OK? We're going to get better! We're going to get there! We will see them again in the playoffs, all right? You hold your head up!"
The 49ers will return home to host the St. Louis Rams next Sunday. That game is currently off the board due to the questionable status of Niners running back Frank Gore who left the game with an ankle injury. Theyll host the Atlanta Falcons the following week before a bye week. Minnesota will host the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football next week. The Vikings are a -3 home favorite in that contest. Theyll play at St. Louis the following weekend before returning home to host the Baltimore Ravens on 10/18.
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