PLUS THREE FROM PATRICK

Great surprises in Vikings (non-game) history:

•Nov. 16, 1965. Van Brocklin resigned as coach after a disappointing loss, and then came back the next day.

•Dec. 18, 1984. Mike Lynn bribed Grant to return as coach after a one-year retirement. Bud coached in 1985 and retired again.

•Aug. 18, 2009. Favre signed with the Vikings and was received as Napoleon entering Rome — with cutoff sleeves rather than robes.