Favre steals back headlines

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

The Minnesota Vikings found the silver lining in coach Brad Childress' week from hell Sunday.

Childress fired the man brought in to be his saviour, almost got fired himself, ended up nearly getting into a fist-fight with one of his players and then capped the week when he got booed Sunday by the home-town fans. No word on whether the family dog watered his shoe. Still (phew!) checking ...

But the guy who found life in the carcass was Brett Favre, who has at times looked like dead man walking himself. On Sunday, it was like the glory days of 2009 all over again as he rallied the Vikings from 14 points down with four minutes to play in a 27-24 overtime win against Arizona.

Childress and receiver Percy Harvin got into such a heated dispute Friday that coaches and players were forced to separate them. Childress questioned Harvin's effort during the practice and the receiver, already hot about Childress dumping Randy Moss and still limping with a sprained ankle, took exception.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a teammate told Harvin: "You just did what a lot of us have been wanting to say for years."

Actually , Moss did say it -- and it got him a ticket to Tennessee, courtesy of Childress. After last week's loss to New England, Moss went to owner Zygi Wilf in the locker room immediately after the game and loudly encouraged him to fire Childress.

The coach's excuse for dumping Moss was that he berated a caterer. But it had just as much to do with him challenging his authority.

"I guess some people didn't know how to take on that personality," said veteran offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who played with Moss during both of his Vikings stops.

Except for the fact Childress is owed three seasons on his contract, he might be history. He might still be, but when Visanthe Shiancoe caught Favre's 25-yard pass with 34 seconds to play, it breathed life back into wavering playoff hopes.

Wilf was furious about being left out of the Childress decision to waive Moss. Asked if he thought he still had Wilf's support, Childress told reporters: "My sense doesn't make any difference."

But then, some people in Minnesota don't believe he has any sense at all, so when the club went on to the field to meet the Cardinals on Sunday, Childress was booed. And, for much of the game, the mood didn't change as the Cardinals took advantage of a Harvin fumble to return the second-half kickoff for a 24-10 lead.

Favre was rejuvenated, throwing for 427 yards. Playing one of his best games since last season, he marched 62 yards in 86 seconds for the game-tying touchdown. There were the usual bobbles such as when he threw an interception into Rashad Johnson's hands at the Cardinals goalline in the third. But five minutes into overtime, Ryan Longwell hit the 25-yard field goal.

"I'm not crazy enough to think there won't be catcalls," Childress said before the game. "That's part of the deal, that happens every time I walk on or off of a field. It's always interesting to hear what people have to say. "

But for one day all was, if not forgiven, at least forgotten.

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