Running up the score always comes back to bite you. Just ask the Patriots (2007, 2008, 2009, take your pick).
At the end of Sunday afternoon's game, it goes without saying that Brett Favre and the Minnesota Viking's were willingly trying to run up the score and embarrass the Cowboy's. At the risk of sounding like a whining Cowboy's fan (which I am in no way either), I'm going to declare Favre's play, and Childress' play calling in the final minutes of the game "classless."
For me there is no double standard. If New England keeping Brady in against the Titans when up five touchdowns is classless, then so is the Vikings piling on to an already defeated Cowboys team. "This is the playoffs" is no excuse either. Yesterday we saw two classy coaches, and two of the classiest quarterbacks in the league give up the passing game in order to let their opponents go out with some dignity. No such reality by the Vikings.
But history doesn't bode well for teams who play without class. The 2007 and 2009 Patriots both ended their seasons with unlimited amounts of embarrassment; as have the 2001 Rams and countless college teams (2009 USC Trojans anyone?). The Vikings are running the risk of letting karma declare their fate, and with capable offenses from New Orleans, Indianapolis, and San Diego looming as their possible opponents, I think Viking fans should beware.
After all, "41-0" can't be that far in the Vikings rear view mirror, can it?