CHICAGO –The Vikings first touchdown of the night stirred up an age-old controversy.
Duck, Duck, Goose … or Duck, Duck, Gray Duck?
Ask Adam Thielen or Michael Floyd – or this Vikings.com writer – and they'll tell you it's the latter, but Case Keenum and Kyle Rudolph set the record straight about their touchdown celebration.
" 'Duck, Duck, Goose' was planned in the huddle right before we went out," Rudolph said. "We called the play, a play we ran all week in practice, and I knew somebody was going to score. I said, 'Look, when we score here, whoever scores, you're the duck. Everybody else sit down in a circle, and we'll have some fun.' "
On second-and-7 from Chicago's 13-yard line, Keenum dropped back to the 22 in search of a target. He then took off running toward the right sideline, crossing the 15-yard line before throwing to an open Rudolph in the back of the end zone.
Immediately afterward, the offensive players raced to join Rudolph in the end zone and plopped down in a circle to mimic the childhood game.
"Case made a great play and found me on the scramble drill, and I turn around, and it's probably one of the best scenes I've seen in sports – Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers and Joe Berger are just flying at me to grab a seat in the end zone," laughed Rudolph, who tagged Elflein.
"Of course I picked one of the linemen as the goose," Rudolph said. "Everybody jumped up and kind of got in the way, but it was fun for a little while."
Keenum came in to relieve Sam Bradford, who had re-aggravated a knee injury, with under a minute in the second quarter. He then led Minnesota's opening drive of the third quarter that ended in the touchdown.
"I think they brought pressure on that certain play, had pretty good leverage, actually, for the route that Kyle was running. But I was able to do a little scramble drill, the offensive line did a great job picking up the pressure, and Rudy's a big target," Keenum said. "He's a guy that you want to look for when you're running around."
He said Rudolph proposed the celebration just before the play, and he was proud of the creativity and execution.
"When Kyle said that in the huddle, I was like, 'Well, first off, let's score first. Let's take care of the football,' " Keenum said with a chuckle. "But we actually scored the next play, and we watched it back on the [video boards].
"I loved it," Keenum added. "I was actually talking to my wife this past week that you see some [unique celebrations] around the league, and I was saying, 'We need to be more creative.' "
Keenum, a native of Texas, agreed that the correct name of the game is Duck, Duck, Goose.
"It's not gray duck. It's goose," the quarterback said. "I've never actually heard of 'Gray Duck.' What exactly is a gray duck?"
Keenum finished 17-of-21 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was 110.3 en route to the Vikings 20-17 defeat of the Bears at Soldier Field.
Following the game, however, the great debate carried over to the Vikings locker room.
Thielen and Stefon Diggs good naturedly continued arguing over semantics, but Rudolph said the touchdown and consequent celebration on the *Monday Night Football *stage sealed the deal.
Case closed, pun intended.
"I don't know what Adam's talking about, with this 'gray duck' and 'purple duck' and all kinds of other things," Rudolph said. "But it seems like it's a Minnesota thing."