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Monday, October 5, 2009
Vikings should thank Leber for stand



Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


MINNEAPOLIS -- To me, the best play of Minnesota’s goal line stand was linebacker Ben Leber’s open-field tackle of Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley.

Finley is one of the better athletes on the field tonight. He caught the ball in the open field and was a yard away from the end zone, but Leber brought him down before he advanced another yard.

Sure, the Packers had a great opportunity on Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-down pass to tight end Donald Lee, who dropped the pass. But that play never would have happened if Leber hadn’t brought down a bigger and more athletic receiver.