Favre, Peterson get job done for Vikes' against Browns 34-20Minnesota Sports - After spending an ill-fated season together with the Jets last year, there were Brett Favre and Eric Mangini sharing a pregame hug Sunday - the quarterback in an unfamiliar white Minnesota Vikings No. 4 jersey, the coach in a dark Cleveland Browns polo.
Courtesy of the New York Daily News - By Ohm Youngmisuk
CLEVELAND - After spending an ill-fated season together with the Jets last year, there were Brett Favre and Eric Mangini sharing a pregame hug Sunday - the quarterback in an unfamiliar white Minnesota Vikings No. 4 jersey, the coach in a dark Cleveland Browns polo.
The odd-looking moment didn't seem the slightest bit strange to Favre.
What did feel unique to the graybeard quarterback was handing off to Adrian Peterson and watching the superstar running back literally run circles around Mangini's defense.
For the first time in his Hall of Fame career, Favre has the best running back in the game on his side, and the quarterback rode Peterson to his first victory as a Viking. Peterson ruined Mangini's Cleveland debut with 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 romp that must have made Favre feel justified in his latest decision to unretire.
This is why he underwent surgery on his torn biceps tendon - something he said he wouldn't do when he retired from the Jets - and returned to the game.
"I haven't played with a running back like that," said Favre, who didn't have to do much, completing 14 of 21 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. "The guy is pretty awesome. Everyone in the stadium knows Adrian Peterson is going to get it and he still gets 180 yards. That is remarkable."
Favre also got a kick out of his touchdown pass to rookie Percy Harvin, dashing to the end zone to joyfully tackle the Florida product.
The normally talkative Favre seemed to be at a loss for words to describe Peterson, the third-year running back who is now as much the face of the NFL as he is. That might be because Peterson left him and everyone at Cleveland Browns Stadium speechless.
With the Vikings up 27-13, Peterson took a handoff and darted through a hole on the left side, avoiding six Browns on his way to a 64-yard touchdown that was straight out of a video game.
One Browns defensive lineman briefly got a hand on Peterson's shoulder pad near the line of scrimmage. A linebacker desperately tried to dive at Peterson only to grasp air. Peterson then cut past cornerback Brodney Pool. The Vikings' star broke a tackle attempt by cornerback Brandon McDonald before stiff-arming cornerback Eric Wright to the turf. McDonald then came at him one more time, only to get a stiff-arm on Peterson's way into the end zone with 5:58 remaining.
"It was just like a commercial, he was throwing guys off of him," Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen said of Peterson, who actually needed an IV in the first half for dehydration. "That might be one of the best (runs) I've seen in a long time."