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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Huh?


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

MINNEAPOLIS -- We just had our first "Huh?" moment here at the Metrodome and we're not even close to the end of the first quarter.

Vikings coach Brad Childress turned down a holding penalty that, in effect, gave Philadelphia an easy field goal to open the scoring in this wild-card playoff game. Childress declined the penalty on third-and-9 from the 26, instead taking the result of the play -- an incomplete pass.

So rather than pushing the Eagles out of field goal range and forcing a third-and-19 from the 36-yard line, Childress gave David Akers a chance from 43 yards. There is absolutely no strategic explanation that I can think of for not accepting the penalty. Childress freezes sometimes in game-management situations, and I think this was one of them.

So it's 3-0 here with 6:44 remaining in the first quarter.