NFL Monday Night Football: Season 37, Episode 9

New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings (30 Oct. 2006)

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Episode credited cast:
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Himself - Play-by-Play Announcer
Tony Kornheiser ...
Himself - Color Commentator
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Himself - Color Commentator
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Himself - New England Patriots Head Coach
Brooks Bollinger ...
Himself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
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Himself - New England Patriots Quarterback
Troy Brown ...
Himself - New England Patriots Wide Receiver
Reche Caldwell ...
Himself - New England Patriots Wide Receiver
Matt Cassel ...
Himself - New England Patriots Quarterback
Brad Childress ...
Himself - Minnesota Vikings Head Coach
Corey Dillon ...
Himself - New England Patriots Running Back
Heath Evans ...
Himself - New England Patriots Fullback
Kevin Faulk ...
Himself - New England Patriots Running Back
Doug Gabriel ...
Himself - New England Patriots Wide Receiver
Jabar Gaffney ...
Himself - New England Patriots Wide Receiver
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For Week Eight of the NFL Season, Monday Night Football aired the New England Patriots visiting the Minnesota Vikings. Following a comedic skit in which the cast of the television series Ugly Betty spoofed Bill Belichick's penchant for wearing sweatshirts on the sidelines, the broadcast segued to the game itself, a match-up between a Patriots team under fire from many experts because of wholesale changes to their wide receiver corps and a Minnesota Vikings squad a year removed from an embarrassing party cruise that helped lead to wholesale changes in personnel and the team culture. The Vikings entered the game 4-2 and fresh off a dramatic 31-13 road rout of the Seattle Seahawks, while the Patriots stood at 5-1 but were considered vulnerable after three shaky performances in Foxboro, this despite road routs in Cincinatti and Buffalo. The game itself would prove to be a crossroads in the season of both teams. Written by Michael Daly

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2006 Season Crossroads For Patriots and Vikings
7 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Halfway through the 2006 season, Monday Night Football aired the New England Patriots visiting the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for one of their infrequent showdowns with the Minnesota Vikings. The episode itself opened with a cute bit, as the cast of Ugly Betty spoofed Bill Belichick's wearing of sweatshirts on the sidelines - the concept of America Ferrara or Vanessa Williams taking on Bill Belichick is enough to make one laugh.

The game certainly had promise of good competition - the Vikes stood at 4-2 after a stunning rout of their former nemesis Mike Holmgren, as they took down the ex-Green Bay coach's present team, the Seattle Seahawks, who owned one of the league's best home records (hence their 12th Man trademark). The Patriots, meanwhile, stood at 5-1 but were mocked almost incessantly by many experts because of the contract squabble that led to the trade of Deion Branch to the Seahawks at the very start of the 2006 season. Three shaky performances in Foxboro (close wins over Buffalo and Miami and yet another hair-pulling loss to the Denver Broncos) were cited in "I Told You So" manner by the team's critics about the supposed ineptitude of their passing attack, but lost in the snark fest were three strong road wins (a close win over the NY Jets plus road routs of Cincinatti and Buffalo) by the Patriots.

The game proved a crossroads for both teams, as the Vikings stacked up the line, daring the Patriots to throw - and were shredded thusly in the air; the only things that kept any kind of hope for the Vikings was a first-quarter INT that ultimately led to an end-zone pick by Rodney Harrison, and a third-quarter kick return touchdown. None of this was enough, and when it was over the Patriots would surge to a 12-4 record and yet another playoff run while the Vikings collapsed to a miserable season.

The much-mocked ESPN play-by-play crew lived down to its reputation, notably Tony Kornhiser's perennially uninspiring commentary; all across New England and Minnesota TV volumes were shut down and radios turned up to hear Paul Allen of the Vikings and Gil Santos of the Patriots deliver crisper, more engaging commentary than anything the ESPN types could muster.


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