Sport: The Biggest Kick

As seen on the home screen by an estimated 45 million viewers, the National Football League play-offs were more like playlets. Each of the four games had its own distinct plot, each its own cast of likely and unlikely heroes.

On the first day of Christmas the Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys four intercepted passes, three costly turnovers, two bonus field goals and a fumble in a careless spree. During the regular season, the Vikings boasted the stingiest defense in the league (average points allowed per game: ten), but they were not able to contain the Cowboys' explosive offense. Calling a...

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