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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Keith Brooking questions the Vikings' class

By Calvin Watkins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Yes, the Cowboys got beat up pretty bad Sunday afternoon by the Vikings in the NFC divisional round, 34-3.

But did the Vikings run up the score?

It all started with about 6:24 to play in the game and the Vikings leading, 27-3. The Cowboys used all their timeouts as the Vikings tried to run out the clock. Instead of kicking a 47-yard field goal on fourth down, Brett Favre threw an incomplete pass into the end zone.

The Cowboys turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession, and the Vikings got the ball at the Cowboys 34. But Favre threw a 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on a fourth-and-3 at the Cowboys 11 to make the score 34-3.

After the touchdown, linebacker Keith Brooking walked over to the Vikings sidelines and yelled at some of the Vikings players, especially coach and playcaller Brad Childress.

"I was just trying to say something to whoever wanted to listen on their sidelines," Brooking said. "Whoever was in charge of calling that play and making that decision. It was B.S."

Wade Phillips noted how the Vikings ran up the score in his opening statements to the media.

"Defensively we gave up big plays we hadn’t given up," he said. "And [the Vikings] know how to run it up when they get ahead again. And we were coming after them and they made plays."

Later, he was asked if he thought the Vikings ran up the score.

"Yeah, unnecessarily no," Phillips said. "I mean, they have the right to play whatever they want to play."

Would he have done the same thing?

"I can't answer that. I wasn’t in that position."

The Cowboys will play the Vikings here in 2010.

"Yeah, they get to see us, so you better believe I will have that one circled on the calendar," Brooking said. "I say we get paid to stop them. I don’t care what’s called, but there comes a time, I just think there wasn’t much class involved in that decision in what he did."

Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams dismissed Brookings comments.

"We don’t care what Keith Brooking says,” Williams said. “He was about to get his ass whupped on our sideline over there. It don’t matter. Nobody said anything when they blew out the Eagles [the past two weeks]. It’s the playoffs. It ain’t no regular-season game. If you lose, you go home. We take no pity on them. Do they expect us to? I don’t care about no Brooking. He can say whatever he wants to say.”