Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Minnesota Vikings, 27-17

A day later, Vikings coach Brad Childress still didn't agree with the critical tripping penalty called on fullback Jeff Dugan in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In fact, Childress voiced his displeasure Monday morning in a phone call with Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating.

"I'm satisfied that I was able to tell my side of it, and he could see my side of it," Childress said.

The penalty negated a 10-yard touchdown catch by Sidney...

PITTSBURGH - The Vikings were upset over a tripping call on tight end Jeff Dugan that negated a 10-yard touchdown catch by Sidney Rice in the fourth quarter of their 27-17 loss at Heinz Field.

Dugan cut-blocked linebacker James Harrison at the line during a drive that ended on LaMarr Woodley's 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown. "I just cut him," said a frustrated Dugan. "I don't know what [the official] saw."

Said Vikings coach Brad Childress: "I didn't like it b...

The 27-17 loss by the Vikings to the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers was a hard loss to take.

In fact, after the game coach Brad Childress, realizing the negative feeling the players would have after this tough loss, walked around the locker room talking to most every player.

This was a game that the Steelers didn't win. The Vikings handed it to them. They might have won this game by a minimum of two touchdowns if it wasn't for the many mistakes they made.