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Vikings march on, put an end to Cowboys' season

It was over when ...

Vikings DE Ray Edwards takes down Tony Romo for one of three sacks.
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Brett Favre connected with Sidney Rice for their third touchdown of the game, this one a 45-yarder with 7:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. The score gave Minnesota a 27-3 lead and erased any Dallas hopes of a comeback.

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While Favre was magnificent, it was Vikings DE Ray Edwards who set the tone from the start. With the Cowboys driving into Vikings territory on their opening possession, Edwards threw Felix Jones for a 4-yard loss on second-and-10 and then sacked Tony Romo on third-and-14, forcing a fumble that teammate Kevin Williams recovered. Edwards kept up his strong play throughout the game, finishing with five tackles (all for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble.

Key Stat

Minnesota applied constant pressure on Romo, sacking him six times. The barrage of hits had an impact as Romo fumbled three times (losing two) and threw an interception -- his most turnovers in a game since Week 2.

Noteworthy

Favre, who threw a playoff career-high four touchdowns, beat Dallas for the first time in four postseason tries. ... Rice's three touchdowns are a career high. ... Minnesota's Edwards left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, briefly returned, and then departed again. ... The Cowboys lost in the NFC divisional round for the second time in three years. ... Dallas OT Flozell Adams left the game in the second quarter with a right calf injury and did not return.

Team Leaders

DALLAS COWBOYS  
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Romo 22 35 198 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
F. Jones 14 69 4.9 0
M. Barber 8 14 1.8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Witten 10 98 9.8 0
M. Austin 4 34 8.5 0
MINNESOTA VIKINGS  
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
B. Favre 15 24 234 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Peterson 26 63 2.4 0
P. Harvin 3 23 7.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Rice 6 141 23.5 3
B. Berrian 3 32 10.7 0

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  1. Photo of Brett Favre

    Brett Favre

    #4 | QB | Vikings

    15/24, 234 YDS, 4 TD

    Fan Avg.

  2. Photo of Tony Romo

    Tony Romo

    #9 | QB | Cowboys

    22/35, 198 YDS, 1 INT

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