So, the Vikings won and head into the playoffs with their heads held high. Still, the naysayers will point to the Giants having clinched home field throughout and their subsequent decision to rest key players during the finale as the reason the Vikings were able to complete the comeback.
Someone had noted earlier that Tavaris Jackson could be considered the second string quarterback playing because of an injury to Frerotte. But TJack doesn't get any credit for the job he's done in Frerotte's stead.
I also have a question about what exactly is a backup or second stringer in the NFL.
Chester Taylor was a career backup before rushing for more than 1300 yards in his Viking debut season.
Michael Turner career backup before joining Atlanta this season and...
Players who make an NFL roster are NFL players. For one reason or another, albeit talent is surely one, they haven't had a full time opportunity. Not every player begins his career as a starter. It is more than likely that you play some sort of reserve role for a period of time before you excel. So, all of this talk about Giant backups should be put to rest.