Here are some assorted quotes from Sunday's comeback win in OT over the Cardinals in Week Nine:
Head coach Brad Childress on whether he needs any assurance on his job security: "No, I'm not going to stand here like Brett Favre and tell you, compassionate, I need a hug. I'm all right."
Childress on what owner Zygi Wilf said to him at the end of the game: "Great heart. I think he meant it to everybody. Heart of a champion. You've got to come back and win some games where you play unevenly and that's exactly what they did. I'm not sure how the beer sales are in the fourth quarter here, whether they shut off, but they need to look at holding them on."
Childress on Percy Harvin's play on a bad ankle Sunday: "He's a baller. If every day was Sunday, he's a little bit like Brett from that standpoint, he loves to play the game. It's hard to keep him down and deny it. Good, good, good football player."
Childress on the nature of the reported scuffle with Harvin at Friday's practice: "He's an emotional guy. So am I. We spent about 15 minutes here in the locker room before the game today. Certainly not as reported. It had nothing to do with his hustle or effort. That was not a question and never was."
QB Brett Favre on throwing for a career high in yards: "I was so tired. As honest as I can be with you, I couldn't have told you if it was 100 or 400. I knew that at different times in the game there were spurts where we had some big plays. As you know, it wasn't throwing the ball down the field in big chunks; it was underneath stuff. I told Bernard before the game, I said, 'Bernard, you got 10 catches today.' A typical receiver he said, 'Hey, great.' I think he had nine. I thought he played outstanding. Obviously Percy played great. Shiancoe came through with some big plays. Camarillo had the play of the day, stripping the ball. You just never know. That's the one thing I can say, without watching the film, the effort. We would not have won this game without the effort. We almost lost it because of miscues. We are all at fault there. Jumping offsides, a bad read or an inaccurate throw, a penalty here, special teams. We all were at fault. The effort was outstanding. I think that in the end, you have to make great plays, but you also have to have effort. We never quit."
DT Kevin Williams on what beating the Cardinals means: "It's a step in the right direction. I told the guys when we started the game, "To get to two, you've got to get one." Well, we got this one, and we'll try to get number two next week."
Williams on the tumult of the week leading up to the game: "There was a lot of stuff going on, but the team stuck together. Offense moved the ball up and down the field today; we just didn't always get in. Defensively, we only gave up 10 points. They had two special teams scores. We kept fighting. As a group, we kept fighting and that's the main thing. And, we got the win."
Vikings NT Pat Williams on how the Vikings rallied in the fourth quarter: "All the guys calmed down. We said, 'It's our season. If we lose this game, that's it, really.' If we lost, that would have basically been it for us. So, everybody just calmed down and everybody started playing better."
Vikings LB E.J. Henderson on whether the team saved the season: "I definitely feel like it was a turning point. It was a crucial four or five minutes and we showed the type of team that we are and the type of heart we have and the camaraderie of the team. As you can see this locker room is like a playoff win so it's definitely big for us and hopefully it will get us rolling."
DE Jared Allen on whether the team saved the season: "Honestly, yeah. Honestly, if you lose this game things can come apart at the seams and I've been on a team where we lost nine straight and we were in first place going into our bye week and you can just watch it unravel. This team has a lot of character and a lot of heart and it showed. When we focus on playing football, we are pretty good. Even though we didn't play perfect today, we overcame 14 points on special teams, which kills you. The offense put up good numbers and the defense was able to hold them."