Throughout the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-21 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings, the impact of Randy Moss--who was re-acquired by Minnesota a little over a week before--was minimal. Moss caught five passes for 55 yards and no touchdowns, which wouldn’t be a shockingly minuscule line, had Moss not so consistently dominated the Cowboys in the past.
In seven career games against Dallas, before Sunday, Moss had never failed to either (a) gain 100 or more yards receiving, or (b) catch a touchdown pass. This doesn’t mean that Moss had no impact at all, though.
After the game, several Vikings credited Moss with a colorfully-worded halftime speech, which whirred Minnesota up before going into the second half down seven, at 14-7.
"It wasn't anything scientific," Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre said, per the Dallas Morning News. "[Just] a couple of choice words I'd rather not use. But I thought the guys responded well."
That they did.
Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff of the second half back 95 yards for a game-tying touchdown. With less than a minute left in the quarter, the Vikings struck again, with a one-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson. The third quarter was the only quarter won by Minnesota, and they won it 14-0.
Which means, of course, that if you’re the sort of person who believes in the power of halftime speeches, Moss may have just done it to the Cowboys again.
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