Vikings dominate Cowboys, Jets upset Chargers

NFL Game Capsules

(Sunday, January 17th)

Final Score: Minnesota 34, Dallas 3

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brett Favre threw three of his four touchdown passes to Sidney Rice, and the Minnesota Vikings used a stifling defense to shut down the Cowboys, 34-3, and reach the NFC Championship Game. Favre threw for 234 yards for the Vikings, who had a bye last week and were sharp on both sides of the ball to reach the conference title game for the first time since 2000. Second-seeded Minnesota advances to play the top- seeded Saints next Sunday in New Orleans. Ray Edwards recorded three sacks for a Minnesota defense that constantly pressured Tony Romo, who threw for 198 yards, but had no touchdowns, was picked off once and lost two fumbles. Shaun Suisham made one field goal but missed two others for the Cowboys, who had won four in a row, including a win over Philadelphia last week in an NFC wild card game.

Final Score: NY Jets 17, San Diego 14

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Shonn Greene's 53-yard touchdown scamper midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference, as the Jets stymied the high-octane Chargers just enough to steal a 17-14 decision in an AFC divisional playoff meeting at Qualcomm Stadium. Thanks in part to three missed field goals from San Diego's Nate Kaeding, New York won the right to face the top-seeded Colts next Sunday in the AFC championship game in Indianapolis. That's where the Jets earned a 29-15 win back in Week 16, when the then-undefeated Colts rested their starters in the second half. Greene ran for 128 yards on 23 carries for New York, which has won consecutive playoff games for the first time since the 1982 season. Mark Sanchez wasn't asked to do much but tossed a go-ahead fourth quarter touchdown to Dustin Keller and ended with 100 yards and an interception on 12- of-23 efficiency for New York, which reached the conference title game for the first time since the 1998 campaign. San Diego was held to a season-low point total and a mere 61 yards on the ground. Philip Rivers rushed for a touchdown and tossed another score to Kris Wilson but had two costly interceptions for the Chargers, who fell to 2-5 in their last seven divisional round contests. Rivers had 298 yards passing, 111 of which went to Vincent Jackson and 93 to Antonio Gates.