The Vikings were able to erase a 14-point deficit with less than five minutes left Sunday in large part because they ran their hurry-up offense effectively.
With Brett Favre in shotgun and calling many of the plays, the Vikings moved the ball and managed the clock with quick-hitting passes. Favre completed 17 of 22 passes for 213 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.
"We practice it every week and we always have at least one good two-minute session every week and typically the guys kid me when we go 80 yards away and we pick a situation from a past game during the week in the NFL," coach Brad Childress said. "I think last week it was 80 yards, no timeouts and 1:39 to go. I can’t remember which game that came from. They always kid me, ‘Are we ever going to go down and kick a field goal to try and win the game?’ It’s always the toughest for the offense. The point is going through the drill, offense and defense. [Favre] is familiar with it, and from time to time it’s a good thing to utilize."
Given their success with it Sunday, it will be interesting to see if the Vikings use it during normal game situations as a change of pace. The hurry-up gives the offense tempo while keeping the defense off-balance and making it difficult for them to substitute players.
The fact Favre has been in those situations countless times in his career is critical because he can call plays and not always rely on help from the sideline.