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2009 Defensive Play of the Year Nominees

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Over the next several days, fans will have the chance to look back on the 2009 season here on vikings.com and cast their votes for the Top Plays of 2009.  First up in the voting was the Special Teams Play of the Year.  The voting came down to both of rookie Percy Harvin's kick return touchdowns; the first coming against the 49ers in the home opener and the second coming in the fourth quarter of the loss at Pittsburgh.  Each play received 43 percent of the vote, but the return against the 49ers won by just a handful of votes, so congrats to Harvin for dominating the voting in a category he could own here on vikings.com for several years to come.

Now we move onto the voting for the Defensive Play of the Year.  Click the link below to view a video package, hosted by the voice of the Vikings, KFAN’s Paul Allen, that looks back on each of the four nominations.  To cast your vote, click over to the vikings.com homepage and cast your vote via the Fan Poll located on the bottom-right side of the page.

Stay tuned to vikings.com over the next week or so to vote for the top Offensive Play of the Year as well.

Watch The Defensive Play of the Year Nominations

Defensive Play of the Year Nominations

Ray Edwards Tormenting of Tony Romo vs. Dallas
Edwards, who if often times the forgotten man on the Vikings defensive line, brought his 'A' game during the NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Mall of America Field against the Cowboys.  With the likes of Jared Allen and Pat and Kevin Williams getting most of the attention from the Dallas offense, Edwards took control of the game early and often to the tune of a career day: five tackles, four tackles for a loss, three sacks, and six quarterback hits.

Jared Allen's Goal Line Sack-Safety of Aaron Rodgers vs. Green Bay
Since his first days in Minnesota back in the spring of 2008, Jared Allen has been a fan favorite, due in large part to his domination of the Green Bay Packers.  His sound play against the Green and Gold continued into 2009, and his sack of Aaron Rodgers in the Green Bay end zone during the Vikings 30-23 win in early October gave the Vikings two points via the safety went a long way to securing a win that looked like it would be very easy before Green Bay's fourth quarter comeback.  Allen has now played four games agains the Packers as a Viking and has 8.5 sacks in those games.

Cedric Griffin's Interception vs. Chicago
With Antoine Winfield missing much of the 2009 season, cornerback Cedric Griffin was forced to assume a larger role that he was previously accustomed to, and in that role, the former Texas standout shined, with one of his most memorable plays coming against the Bears at Mall of America Field in late November.  With the Bears driving, QB Jay Cutler threw a pass directed towards rookie receiver Johhny Knox, but Griffin stepped in front and made a fantastic play in the end zone for the interception.

Chad Greenway's Interception vs. New York
In the season-closing blowout of the Giants, linebacker Chad Greenway made one of the team's best individual plays of the season.  Late in the second quarter, the former Iowa standout dove to pick off a defelcted Eli Manning pass and helped the Vikings cruise to a 44-7 win over the G-Men and capped off a 12-4 regular season that netted Minnesota its second straight NFC North division championship.

Special Teams Play of the Year Recap

Click Here To View The Special Teams Plays of the Year Nominations Video

Percy Harvin’s Kickoff Return Touchdown vs. San Francisco
WINNER, 43 percent of the vote
The rookie from Florida didn’t waste any time making an impression on Vikings fans during his debut at Mall of America Field.  With the Vikings trailed the 49ers by a 17-13 score late in the third quarter during Minnesota’s home opener, Harvin took Joe Nedney’s kickoff and went 101 yards from his own endzone for his first return touchdown and put the Vikings back in front of a game they would win in memorable fashion.

Harvin’s Kickoff Return Touchdown vs. Pittsburgh
43 percent of the vote
Harvin, who made the NFC Pro Bowl roster as a special teams ace, came up big again for the Vikings during their week seven game in Pittsburgh.  After the Steelers scored their first of two defensive touchdowns on the day to take a 20-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, Harvin took the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to bring the Vikings back into the game.

Heath Farwell’s Fumble Recovery vs. Chicago
6 percent of the vote
Before the Vikings 36-10 win over the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field in late November became a blowout, Vikings Pro Bowl special teamer Heath Farwell was on the receiving end of a fumble by Chicago kick returner and fellow Pro Bowl special teamer Johhny Knox.  The rookie was stripped by Eric Frampton and Farwell recovered the ball which helped setup a Ryan Longwell field goal that put the Vikings ahead 17-7.

Chris Kluwe’s Playoff Punt vs. Dallas
8 percent of the vote
Early in the third quarter of Minnesota’s NFC Divisional Playoff beatdown of the Cowboys, punter Chris Kluwe helped keep the Cowboys off Minnesota’s side of the field.  The half opened with a Kluwe punt that was followed by a missed field goal by the Cowboys, which gave the ball back to the Vikings at their own 40.  The offense stalled out near midfield but Kluwe’s punt, which went out of bounds at the Dallas two-yard-line, resulted in a three-and-out.