Chad Greenway's 91-yard return of an interception for a touchdown was a signature memory* *for his grandfather, Tom, who was attending his first Vikings game ever.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press was one of several media members who reported on the play from the tipped pass to the TD.
*The linebacker believes his late father, Alan, who died of leukemia in December, also had a hand in the play that quickly became part of family lore. *
"You just have to think my dad tipped the ball up. That's all I can put together," he said.
*Greenway quickly was enveloped in a cocoon of teammates, at least a half dozen, who shepherded him down the right sideline and reveled in the old man's second interception return for a touchdown and first since Nov. 25, 2007, against the New York Giants. *
"It was quite the convoy," he said. "It was pretty amazing just to see all my teammates on the sidelines. I must be doing something right, so it was pretty awesome."
"Speechless for once"
In addition to the interception, Vikings defenders hit Philip Rivers throughout the day, and Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune took note of a particular hit in the third quarter by Anthony Barr.
Vensel wrote that Rivers, "the fiery, trash-talking San Diego Chargers quarterback, was speechless for once."
*Rivers wobbled his way to the line of scrimmage and tried to call another play. But the crushing hit by blitzing linebacker Anthony Barr, the one that sent Rivers flying back 15 feet, had knocked the wind out of him. With Rivers unable to get his breath or his bearings, the Chargers were forced to call a timeout and the quarterback dropped to a knee. *
For the second consecutive week, the Vikings made playing the quarterback position painful for the poor soul who dared to take a snap from his center. And hits like Barr's took their toll.
The Vikings tormented Detroit's Matthew Stafford in Week 2, and followed by recording 4.0 sacks of Rivers and a press box tally of 12 quarterback hurries.
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