Vikings lose to Cowboys in preseason finale, Farve fined $10,000 for blockMinnesota Sports - It was not a productive Friday for the Minnesota Vikings as they lost their final preseason game 35-31 at home to the Dallas Cowboys and they saw Brett Favre socked with a $10,000 fine by the league.
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Brett Favre didn't play in the Minnesota Vikings preseason finale but he did make headlines again.
Favre has been fined $10,000 for an illegal crackback block on the Houston Texans' Eugene Wilson on Monday night.
Wilson has a knee injury and is listed as day-to-day for the Texans' regular season opener.
Punt return gives Dallas win over Vikings in preseason finale
Meanwhile, at the Metrodome, Jesse Holley's 82-yard punt return with just under three minutes to go in regulation lifted the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason finale for both clubs.
Tarvaris Jackson completed half of his four attempts through the air, including a touchdown pass to Jeff Dugan. Sage Rosenfels threw for 115 yards on 7-of-15 efficiency as the Vikings (3-1) failed in their bid for a perfect preseason.
Quarterback Tony Romo was among a handful of Dallas starters that sat out. Veteran Jon Kitna got the start under center, completing 9-of-14 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a pick and committed a fumble. On both occasions, Minnesota transformed the turnovers into points.
Rudy Carpenter was 12-of-18 passing and finished with 125 yards and a TD for Dallas (2-2), which opens the regular season on September 13th when it visits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings open the same day at the Cleveland Browns.
Kitna's five-yard strike to Kevin Ogletree opened the scoring, then Minnesota tied the game on a 36-yard pass play between Jackson and Dugan with a little over seven minutes to go in the first quarter.
Ian Johnson's one-yard plunge and a Darius Reynaud 81-yard punt return gave the Vikings a 21-7 lead in the second frame.
Pat Watkins picked Rosenfels off on the first play of the second half and rumbled 23 yards to the end zone. On the subsequent series, new Vikings QB John David Booty had his first pass attempt intercepted by Steve Octavien and he ran 44 yards for the touchdown.
Johnson's second TD run restored the lead for Minnesota and Ryan Longwell kicked a 41-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 31-21.
Dallas trimmed the deficit to four points when Carpenter and Scott Chandler hooked up for a four-yard touchdown.