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Rapid Reaction: Vikings 30, Saints 27

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Sorry about the late post. I was catching my breath after one of the most bizarre games in recent memory.

For most of Monday night's affair, the Vikings seemed to be mere bystanders as the Saints rode a roller coaster. New Orleans gave Minnesota a 20-10 lead and then took it back on a pair of punt returns by Reggie Bush and was leading 27-20 midway through the fourth quarter.

But Vikings coach Brad Childress got real dividends from his early-season decision to turn to quarterback Gus Frerotte. The veteran's late-game leadership -- and aggressive attitude -- won the game for the Vikings. Frerotte wasn't perfect Monday night, but there's simply no way former starter Tarvaris Jackson makes either of the fourth quarter's key throws:

  • A 33-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian on what had to be a busted route by either Berrian or Aundrae Allison.

  • An incomplete pass to Berrian that resulted in a 42-yard pass-interference penalty, putting the Vikings in position for Ryan Longwell's game-winning 30-yard field goal.

Most of this game was about what the Saints did and didn't do. But when it counted the most, Frerotte stepped up and saved the Vikings' season.