Minnesota Vikings defeat Arizona Cardinals, 27-24

Brett Favre shared a thought with Bernard Berrian before Sunday's game against Arizona that might have sounded far-fetched at the time.

"I told Bernard before the game, I said, 'Bernard, you got 10 catches today,' " Favre recalled. "A typical receiver, he said, 'Hey, great.' "

Never mind that Berrian had nine catches total through the first seven games and had become AWOL in the Vikings offense. But with Randy Moss no longer part of the equation, the Vikings needed f...

Things couldn't have gone much worse for Percy Harvin last week, but the Vikings wide receiver overcame anger, injury and off-the-field distractions Sunday.

Playing on a badly sprained left ankle, Harvin set career highs in catches (nine) and receiving yards (126) in a 27-24 overtime victory against visiting Arizona.

Harvin finished with 214 combined net yards, the fourth time in his career that he's eclipsed 200 yards in a game, which tied a team record.

Afterwar...

Zygi Wilf stood on the sideline at Mall of America Field shortly before Sunday's game as his beleaguered team went through warmups. The Vikings owner suddenly pirouetted to reporters standing behind him. "Don't write us off," he said. "You've done it before."

By the fourth quarter, it appeared the prudent thing would have been to ignore Wilf's advice. Chants of "Fire Childress" had been heard in the stadium, and under-fire coach Brad Childress' seemingly lifeless Viking...

The Vikings had little choice but to take drastic action. Trailing Arizona by 14 points in the fourth quarter and with the season potentially slipping further away, Brett Favre started running up a hurry-up offense in the first drive.

The first time it failed to work, as the Vikings took 16 plays from their own 17-yard line to the Cardinals 1. On fourth down, linebacker Paris Lenon broke up Favre's pass for tight end Jeff Dugan in the end zone.

Favre had far more suc...