The Minnesota Vikings lost in brutal fashion to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The team’s radio broadcast encapsulated the feelings perfectly in a call that runs the full gamut of emotions.
The Vikings were set up for a 37-yard field goal try with four seconds remaining trailing by a point. Vikings kicker Greg Joseph would have won the game for Minnesota if he made the kick, but he missed it right.
The radio call for KFXN is incredible. Play-by-play man Paul Allen initially thinks Joseph made the kick and responds with an appropriately elated call. Analyst Pete Bercich is the first to realize that the kick missed, and the mood shifts to stunned disbelief. All Allen can really do is repeat “he missed it right” a couple times.
The Vikings have been here before. Their kicking problems have been going on for years, and may have hit an all-time low in 2020. The fact that those continued issues provided a pretty memorable radio call won’t come as any consolation to the Vikings or their fans, but there’s no denying the fact that this is pretty amazing to listen to.
Hmm, Brett Favre’s last pass of the season getting intercepted in the NFC Championship Game … where I have I seen that before? As I’ve said before, Brett Favre is a classic heartbreaker. The guy is so good he’s able to pull games out of his butt and help his team win games other quarterbacks couldn’t. But then when the game is on the line, Favre will let you down like he has so many times recently. Last year, Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 start before slumping down the stretch and failing to take them to the playoffs. The year before, Favre had Green Bay a play away from reaching the Super Bowl but instead he choked against the Giants by throwing a pick six. And once again with the Super Bowl on the line, Brett Favre became careless with the football. Here is the video of the Brett Favre/Tracy Porter interception that will live in infamy:
Paul Allen with a classic call.
Will this be the final play of Brett Favre’s NFL career? I doubt it — why would he want to walk away on such a disappointing note? It is possible that Brett feels like he accomplished everything he wanted to — rubbing it in Green Bay’s face that he could still play at a high level — so maybe he’ll have the peace of mind to hang it up finally. Whereas in the past I wanted Favre to go away because he had put the Packers in such a bad spot, now I feel like we would be robbed if Favre didn’t come back because he was so damn good. The guy did sign a two-year deal, didn’t he?