EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A fierce second-half rally allowed the Minnesota Vikings to cut their deficit Monday night to 15-13 with 12 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in their game against the New York Jets.
A two-point conversion attempt seemed the logical next step, but the Vikings first sent out their extra-point team. During the ensuing confusion, they called a timeout to get their offense back on the field. It was Decisive Moment No. 1 for the Vikings, who could have used that extra timeout as the game progressed.
The two-point play call appeared to be a good one. Quarterback Brett Favre faked a handoff, rolled to his right on a bootleg, and had fullback Naufahu Tahi wide open for a touchdown. But Favre inexplicably didn't throw, instead holding the ball and ultimately firing a wild pass toward tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Had they tied the score at that point, the rest of the game obviously would have played out differently.
Decisive Moment No. 2.
Asked about the initial confusion, coach Brad Childress said: "Could you use one? Could you use two? There are nine and something minutes to go in the fourth quarter and typically you are going to go for two. One was the same as two. We went for two. I might not be able to give you a clear answer, but we would love to have two there."
I'm not totally sure what Childress meant about one being the same as two, other than the fact that there was still plenty of time remaining in the game. But he did confirm that Favre should have thrown to Tahi on the play.