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Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is out of a However, his apparent disgruntled relationship with Seattle-great and now as Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham, and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Seattle seized momentum by keeping Minnesota out of the end zone on four plays from the 4-yard line and using illegal leverage to block a. Vikings to face Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who might be was a rookie with the Vikings, the team's longstanding relationship with the where Rudolph and his wife, Jordan, opened Kyle Rudolph's End Zone — a.
Humphrey Metrodome in a preseason matchup against Seattle on August 21, ; Minnesota prevailed 7—3. The first touchdown in the new facility was scored by tight end Joe Senser on an yard pass from Tommy Kramer. The first regular-season game in the Metrodome was the opener on September 12, when the Vikings defeated Tampa Bay 17— Running back Rickey Young scored the first regular season touchdown in the facility on a three-yard run in the second quarter. A players strike shortened the regular season to nine games, with the Vikings qualifying for the postseason with a 5—4 record.
In the first round of the team playoffs, the Vikings defeated the visiting Atlanta Falcons 30—24, but then lost at the Washington Redskins 21—7 in the second round. The Vikings and St. Louis Cardinals played the first American football game in London's Wembley Stadium in a preseason game on August 6, The game was the dubbed the "Global Cup".
The Vikings won 28— On January 27,Bud Grant retired as head coach of the Vikings. Over the past 17 seasons, Grant had led Minnesota to 12 playoff appearances, 11 division titles, and four Super Bowls.
His regular-season record during those 17 years as —87—5. The person that would take his place would be Les Steckel. Steckel, an offensive assistant with the Vikings for five seasons, was named the third head coach in franchise history on January 29, Steckel, who came to the Vikings in after working as an assistant with the 49ers, was the youngest head coach in the NFL at age The Vikings lost a franchise-worst 13 games and the defense allowed a total of points, also a franchise worst, in Steckel's only season as head coach.
After the season, Steckel was fired, and on December 18,Bud Grant was re-hired as the head coach of the Vikings. On January 6,following the season, Grant re-retired, this time for good.
At the time of his retirement, he was the sixth-winningest coach in NFL history with career wins, including the playoffs. In 18 seasons, he led the Vikings to a —96—5 regular season record.
Longtime Vikings assistant coach Jerry Burns was named the fourth head coach in team history on January 7, He served as the Vikings offensive coordinator from towhen the team won 11 division titles and played in four Super Bowls. In his second season, he led the Vikings to the NFC championship game. Following the strike-shortened season, the 8—7 Vikings, who had finished 8—4 in regular games but 0—3 using replacement players, pulled two upsets in the playoffs by beating the two teams with the best regular season records.
During that game, Anthony Carter set the all-time record for most receiving yards in a playoff game with yards. Trailing 17—10, the Vikings drove to the Redskins 6-yard line with a little over a minute left in the game but failed to get the ball into the end zone. The Vikings' board of directors added four new members in Jacobs and Carl Pohlad.
Whitney became the new team president, replacing Winter. Winter left the board in and was replaced by Gerald Schwalbach. The final result of the trade gave the Vikings Walker, third-round choice Mike Jonesfifth-round choice Reggie Thornton, and 10th-round choice Pat Newman inand third-round choice Jake Reed in Meanwhile, Dallas received Issiac Holt, David Howard, Darrin Nelson, Jesse Solomon, Alex Stewart, a first- second- and sixth-round choice ina first- and second-round choice inand a first- second- and third-round choice in Two of those selections turned into Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson.
Walker's performance fell short of expectations in his three seasons with the Vikings, while the Cowboys rode their draft picks to three Super Bowl victories in the s. On December 3,Jerry Burns announced his retirement effective at the end of the season.
In six seasons as head coach of the Vikings, Burns compiled a career record of 52— He also led Minnesota to three playoff appearances, including a division title and an NFC Championship game. The ownership of the Vikings was restructured on December 16, Irwin Jacobs and Carl Pohlad sold their shares. The team was now owned by ten people: On January 10,Dennis Green was named the fifth head coach in team history. He came to Minnesota after turning around a struggling Stanford University football program as head coach from to In his 10 seasons as the coach of the Vikings, Green won four NFC Central division titles, had eight playoff appearances, two NFC Championship game appearances, and an all-time record of 97— Max Winter, one of the founders of the team, died on July 26, The Vikings played two American Bowl preseason games overseas in the s.
The year that could have been[ edit ] See also: The ownership decided to sell the club. At first it appeared that Tom Clancy would become the new owner. However, his attempt to buy the team fell through.
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After losing starting quarterback Brad Johnson to a broken leg on a non-play false start penaltythe Vikings went on to a spectacular offensive season led by Randall Cunninghamwho had his best NFL season ever, running back Robert Smithveteran wide receiver Cris Carterand explosive rookie wide receiver Randy Moss.
The Vikings set a then-NFL record by scoring a total of points a record since topped only four times, most recently the Denver Broncos, who scorednever scoring fewer than 24 in a game. The scoring total remained a record untilwhen the Patriots scored The Vikings finished the season 15—1, their only loss by 3 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9.
In the divisional playoffs, the Vikings rolled past the Arizona Cardinals 41—21 and came into the Metrodome heavily favored for their NFC title showdown with the Atlanta Falconswho had finished 14—2. However, kicker Gary Andersonwho had gone 35 for 35 on field goal attempts in the regular season, missed a yard attempt with just over two minutes remaining and the Vikings leading 27— The miss allowed the Falcons to drive downfield and tie the game.
The Vikings had one more opportunity to score at the end of regulation, but head coach Dennis Green opted to down the ball and go to overtime even though the Vikings had arguably the most potent offense in NFL history.
Atlanta went on to win 30—27 in overtime on Morten Andersen 's field goal, which was, coincidentally, also a yarder. The Vikings became the first 15—1 team to fail to reach the Super Bowl. Back to the playoffs[ edit ] Randall Cunningham resumed quarterbacking duties again inbut after a 2—4 start, Jeff George was given the starting job.
He finished the season with an 8—2 record and led the Vikings into the postseason once again, with an overall team record of 10—6.
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Louis Rams in the divisional playoffs. The game was a shootout which Minnesota led 17—14 at halftime, but the Rams outscored the Vikings 35—20 in the second half to win 49— Back to the NFC Championship[ edit ] Inled by first-year starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper a first-round draft pick out of Central Floridathe Vikings had a season in which Robert Smith ran for a team record 1, yards with seven touchdowns.
The Vikings were 11—2 after Week 14, but slumped briefly, losing their last three to the Rams, Packers and Colts while Culpepper was hampered by injury.
They would go on to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year and after easily beating the New Orleans Saints in the divisional game 34—16, the Vikings were humiliated 41—0 by the New York Giants in the NFC Championship,  In addition, Robert Smith retired at the end of the year, after playing only eight NFL seasons. Tragedy and hope[ edit ] Tragedy struck the Minnesota Vikings in the summer ofwhen offensive tackle Korey Stringer died of heat stroke in training camp in Mankato, Minnesota.
The season started off with a 24—13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. This would be the only win of the season for Carolina, who ended up 1— Over the next 16 weeks, wins for Minnesota were few and far between. Some season highlights included a 35—13 win over the rival Green Bay Packers in Week 6, and a Week 10 victory over the Giants in which Randy Moss pulled in 10 receptions for yards and three touchdowns  leading to a 28—16 victory.
But despite having a 12th-ranked offense, their defense was in the bottom five, and the Vikings finished 5— Mike Tice coached the final game oflosing to the Ravens. Tice's early struggles[ edit ] On January 10,Mike Ticea former Vikings tight end, was named the sixth head coach in team history. Ridder Jr, one of the team's founders, died on October 10, Ridder had sold his share of the team in In Tice's first season, the Vikings had a dismal 6—10 record, which he turned around in with a fast 6—0 start.
However, the Vikings struggled in their next nine games going 3—6, and needed a win heading into the Week 17 game against the 3—12 Arizona Cardinals to secure a playoff spot.
On the last play of the game and facing a 4th down and 25, wide receiver Nathan Poole caught a yard touchdown pass that gave the Cardinals an 18—17 win. The shocking defeat, coupled with a Green Bay win over Denver, led to the Packers winning the NFC North division at 10—6, while the Vikings were 9—7, joining the Washington Redskins as the only teams to start the season 6—0 and miss the playoffs a feat since matched by the Denver Broncos.
Playoffs and Culpepper's historic season[ edit ] See also: Unlikehowever, they made the playoffs with an 8—8 record. In the wild card matchup, the Vikings defeated the rival Green Bay Packers in their first ever playoff meeting, 31—17,  becoming the second team in NFL history to have a.
Louis Rams over the Seattle Seahawks. In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated 27—14 by the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eaglesending their season in a game noted for Viking penalties, turnovers, and other miscues. New owners[ edit ] See also: Wilf was originally going to be a limited partner to Reggie Fowler. However, Fowler was not able to purchase the team.
Wilf then became the lead owner, and Fowler is one of a group of ownership partners. The Vikings fan base wondered if this was the franchise's biggest blunder in team history or one of their greatest moves.
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At first, the move looked like a blunder. The Vikings started off by losing their first two games to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24—13 and the Cincinnati Bengals 37—8.
They would win in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints 33—16but then they would go on to lose their next two road games to the Atlanta Falcons 30—10 and the division rival Chicago Bears 28—3. The Vikings would win at home against fellow division rival Green Bay 23—20 by winning the same way the Packers did last season, which was a last-second field goal.
However, the Vikings had little to celebrate the next week; not only did they lose to the Carolina Panthers 38—13 on the road, but they also lost star quarterback Daunte Culpepper for the season with a knee injury.
Culpepper had thrown twice as many interceptions as touchdowns up to that point. At this point, the Vikings were 2—5.
Johnson ended up with the lowest interception-to-attempt ratio in Vikings history and the third-best passer rating in the NFC. The winning streak ended with an 18—3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelersthe eventual Super Bowl champions. Christmas Day will go down as a day Vikings fans would much rather forget.
After having their chances of winning the NFC North extinguished when the Bears defeated the Packers earlier in the day, the Vikings were officially eliminated from NFC playoff contention with a 30—23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Vikings won their last game of the season against the Bears, with a 34—10 victory. However, the Vikings fired head coach Mike Tice immediately following the game. They ended up with a 9—7 record and one win away from the playoffs. Brad Childress is hired[ edit ] See also: The Vikings started their season with two narrow victories.
They edged the Washington Redskins in Washington by a field goal, 19—16, and beat the Carolina Panthers at home, 16—13, to earn Childress a place in the record books by starting 2—0 as the head coach of the Vikings. They lost their next two games, each by close margins, one to the Chicago Bears 16—19 and the other to the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo 12— In week five of the season, the Vikings relied on points scored late in the game to win against the Detroit Lions.
While down 17—3 going into the fourth quarter, the Vikings scored 23 unanswered points, including two defensive touchdowns, resulting in a final score of 26— After a bye in week six, the Vikings won easily over the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, 31— Chester Taylor scored the longest touchdown in Vikings history in the win, running 95 yards for the score.
A four-week losing streak ensued. The Vikings had won their last four home games on Monday Night Football, but the Patriots ended the streak when they blew out the Vikings at home, 31—7. Minnesota's only score came off Mewelde Moore 's yard punt return for a touchdown. The following week saw a 9—3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The loss was especially crushing after a touchdown pass was called back because of a block in the back penalty against Travis Taylor. In week ten, the Vikings lost again as they were outscored 23—17 at home by their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers. The following week, fans had anticipated a match up between the Vikings and their former quarterback, Daunte Culpepperwho was acquired by the Miami Dolphins in the offseason for a second round draft pick, but Culpepper had been benched in favor of Joey Harrington three weeks earlier.
The Vikings lost their fourth straight game to Miami, 24— The game was out of reach after Jason Taylor returned a yard interception for a touchdown. The Vikings pulled off a 31—26 win, capped by a Vikings interception in the end zone to end the game. The Cardinals took a 7—0 lead on the first play of the game with a kickoff return touchdown by J. Following the win over Arizona, the Vikings played the Chicago Bears closely, until the Bears' special teams a Devin Hester punt return touchdown as well as their defense an interception return touchdown put the game out of reach; the Vikings lost 23— Tarvaris Jackson made his NFL debut, completing the first pass of his career and finishing the day having completed 3 of 4 passes for 35 yards, with one fumble.
In Week 14, the Vikings pulled off their second win in three weeks, beating the Detroit Lions, 30— The Vikings' top running back, Chester Taylorwas out with bruised ribs, but backup Artose Pinner had the game of his life against a team that cut him a mere three months ago. He gained yards and had three touchdowns, leading the Vikings to victory. The Vikings forced six turnovers, and only had two themselves. The Vikings ended the season by getting blown out by the St.
The game saw Tarvaris Jackson make his second career start. This attempt was thwarted by the Rams' rushing attack, led by Stephen Jackson's yards, which accumulated yards on the ground. The Vikings ended the season giving up an average of Peterson made his Vikings regular season debut on September 9, catching a yard screen pass from Tarvaris Jackson that went into the end zone for a touchdown against the troubled Atlanta Falcons at the Metrodome.
That game between the Packers and Vikings is noteworthy in that quarterback Brett Favre threw touchdown pass to Greg Jenningsbreaking Dan Marino's mark of After a three-game skid, the Vikings then stormed back by winning against fellow division rival Chicago Bears at Soldier Field 34—31, but then dropped their next two games against the powerful Dallas Cowboys 14—10 and Philadelphia Eagles 23— Not only that, Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie returned Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell's yard field goal attempt and a half yards for a touchdown, setting an unbreakable record for the longest single play in NFL history.
The Vikings then lost the next week against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field 34—0, which marked the first time since that the Vikings had failed to score a point in a regular-season game. The Vikings then made a midseason playoff push by winning the next five games: However, unlike inthe Vikings had an 8—8 record but did not make the playoffs. To amp up the passing attack, the Vikings snatched veteran wide receiver Bernard Berrian away from the Chicago Bears.
The Vikings stumbled out of the gate in the first two games of the season, losing to the Green Bay Packers who were without Brett Favre, who had signed with the Jets, for the first time in 16 years 24—19 at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football and to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 18—15 at the Vikings' home opener on September However, in a move that drew a lot of praise from Vikings fans, coach Brad Childress benched starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and replaced him with Gus Frerotte.
Frerotte would get the Vikings their first win, defeating the Carolina Panthers 20—10 at home. During the game, cornerback Antoine Winfield sacked Panthers quarterback Jake Delhommeforcing a fumble that Winfield returned 19 yards for a touchdown; Childress said after the game that he thought Winfield had a half-second left, at the time he picked up the football, before it would have been ruled a dead ball and hence an incomplete pass.
The game featured heroics from Winfield yet again, returning a blocked field goal 59 yards for a touchdown. It was the first and longest in franchise history. The Vikings then defeated the Detroit Lions 12—10 thanks in part to Ryan Longwell's game-winning yard field goal, but then lost to the Chicago Bears 48—41 at Soldier Field. The 89 combined total points in the game were the largest ever in the rivalry between the two teams since the Vikings joined the league in Following their Week 8 bye, the Vikings easily defeated future Viking quarterback Sage Rosenfels and the Houston Texans 28—21, and finally beat the Green Bay Packers 28—27 at home in Week 10, Brad Childress' first win against the Packers in his tenure with the Vikings.
However, Gus Frerotte was injured in the Lions game and was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson, who had been sitting out since the Week 2 loss to the Colts. The Vikings proceeded to a solid victory in the desert, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 35— Jackson had a career day, throwing four touchdown passes to Berrian, wide receiver Sidney Ricerunning back Chester Taylor and wide receiver Bobby Wade respectively.
However, in Week 16 the Vikings lost to the Atlanta Falcons 24—17 due in no small favors to the Vikings' many turnovers six.
The Vikings refused to display the Bears—Texans score on the Metrodome scoreboard so that the players would not get distracted, and as such the Vikings won the game 20—19 thanks in large part to Ryan Longwell's game-winning yard field goal.
But the ensuing playoff match with Philadelphia turned into a disaster when Brad Childress decided to pull Gus Frerotte and replace him as starting QB with Tarvaris Jackson despite frantic protests from the team. Jackson performed poorly and the Eagles won it 26— The trade included a clause that would have forced the Jets to forfeit all of their draft picks to the Packers if they tried to trade him to Minnesota.
Following a season in which the Jets did not reach the playoffs with a 9—7 record, Favre retired a second time. During the spring ofrumors began swirling of Favre signing with the Vikings, something Green Bay had not permitted him to do the previous year and which prompted the trade to the Jets.
However, he was already engaged in secret negotiations with the Vikings, which were made public in the summer. On August 17, he signed a two-year deal with the team and instantly provoked the outrage of Packers fans, former players including former Viking quarterback Fran Tarkenton and other critics. The season nonetheless began well. Favre's first game as a Viking was a 34—20 victory over Cleveland. The Vikings then defeated the Rams and Ravens before losing their first game of the season in Pittsburgh.
After that, they traveled to Lambeau Field where Favre had to endure continuous boos and heckling throughout the game. The Packers fell a second time, the score being 38— After the bye week came three wins at home over weak opponents, after which the Vikings faced the Cardinals in Arizona and lost 30—17 in a contest where linebacker E.
Henderson broke his leg and was taken out of commission for the rest of the season. The Vikings dropped two of the next three games, including an overtime loss to Chicago in freezing weather.
The last game of the regular season saw them sweep a Giants team that had recently been eliminated from playoff contention. As a result, Minnesota won the NFC North for the second year in a row, the first time in 31 years the franchise had logged back-to-back division titles, and secured the No.
In the divisional round, they routed the Cowboys 34—3 with little difficulty, but in the Conference Championship had to face a 13—3 Saints team. In a long, difficult game in which Favre was hit multiple times though never sacked by a New Orleans defense that forced six fumbles, recovering three, the Vikings fought to a standstill. Despite the mistakes and crushing hits to Favre who suffered a painful ankle injurythe Vikings drove to the Saints' yard-line with seconds remaining in regulation.
However, after Minnesota called a time out, they were penalized for allowing 12 men in the huddle. On the next play, Favre threw across the middle and was intercepted by New Orleans cornerback Tracey Porter, ending the potential game-winning field goal attempt with seven seconds left in regulation.
In overtime, New Orleans won the coin toss and drove down field and kicked a yard field goal, bringing the final score to 31—28 and sending them to the Super Bowl. To add to the uncertainty, his daughter Brittney gave birth, making him the first active player in the NFL to be a grandfather. To convince him, Childress secretly sent three of his players down to Hattiesburg. Reporters were curious as to why three of the Vikings' stars were missing from training camp, but Childress was mum on their location.
He finally announced his return on August 17, saying that there was unfinished business. This announcement of his return was just in time for the second preseason game in San Francisco. However, the Vikings found themselves with a badly thinned receiving corps due to Sidney Rice suffering from an injury sustained in the game with New Orleans and Percy Harvin having severe migraine headaches.
For the player, the quest is to get as much money as possible before the career comes to an end. For the franchise, the goal is to acquire and pay high-end talent but protect itself against having too much dead money on the salary cap, preventing the team from competing on the field.
Seattle had all of the leverage against Thomas. Had he left as a free agent following the season, Seattle would have received a third-round pick as compensation. However, while Seattle dodged a bullet by not extending Thomas, the franchise still lost. On the table for Thomas was a second-round pick from Dallas.
That deal, of course, now is gone, so Seattle ends with nothing. That said, Thomas recovered from the last time he fractured his leg to play at a Pro Bowl level. Maybe he comes back strong in the offseason and Seattle resigns him or still uses the franchise tag on him.
Or, maybe Thomas signs with another team. Whatever happens next, the end result of today is that Seattle lost one of its best players for the season, Thomas' value has declined and the future just became much more cloudy for all involved. Reporters must lean in and listen carefully to catch his words. Carson, in his second season, ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing at yards per game. That's the most for a Seattle running back s when Marshawn Lunch rushed for 1, which is the last time a Seahawks' back went over 1, yards.
Carson could surpass the 1,yard mark on Sunday night at home against Kansas City and it's 26th-ranked rushing defense. Carson went backward and to the left but didn't got down. Another 49ers defender hit Carson at the two.
He again went backward a tad but never lost his balance. Carson has missed two games because of injury. But for the most part, he has proven to be durable. It was cool seeing him get into the end zone the other night being physical and not giving up. Nor were any of Seattle's linemen, although J. Sweezy was named as an alternate. I think everyone should be in the pro bowl in my opinion. That doesn't happen without Carson's tough style of play, which Carroll said can be infectious to the rest of the team.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin hipcornerback Shaquill Griffin hip and defensive end Dion Jordan knee all returned to practice on Thursday after not practicing at all on Wednesday. Safety Maurice Alexander concussion and defensive end Frank Clark returned to limited participation.
Still not practicing are right guard D. Wright, who has missed 11 games this season but did participate in limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Those guys Chris Carson and Mike Davis were fine and all that, but it just reminded us of the sense of urgency. The Seahawks could have — and should have — punched their Wild Card playoff ticket last week with a win over the 49ers. But that did not happen. A loss to the Chiefs would not eliminate them from the playoff hunt, but it would put the Seahawks in a critical spot for their final regular season game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Seattle lost and caught a break with Carolina losing to New Orleans. Minnesota, on the other hand, beat the Miami Dolphins bringing their record to Then, the Redskins and Eagles both improved to For the Chiefs, a victory on Sunday dictates home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Their loss to the Chargers last week shook up the AFC. The Chargers are now in a position to take the No. The Chargers are favored to win this week over the Ravens and look to be in a position to beat the struggling Broncos for their final regular season game.
The high-powered Kansas City offense is led by Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs quarterback has 4, yards, 45 touchdowns and has thrown 11 interceptions. Their backfield is without Kareem Hunt who was dismissed from the team at the end of November. In their first game without Hunt, the Chiefs rushed for yards, their second-highest total this season and they did it by committee. Four Chiefs rushed for at least 35 yards, with no player gaining more than Since then, they have rushed for 94 and 60 total yards respectively.
But their passing game has been on fire. The best way to do that is to run the ball offensively and dominate the time of possession. In good news for Chris Carson and company, the Chiefs give up 5. They also give up the most passing yards per game in the NFL. An encouraging sign for the Chiefs secondary. With playoff implications on the line for both teams, this Sunday Night Football game will be one you do not want to miss. Don't let that little misstep in San Francisco fool you. The only real mystery at this point is where will Seattle play on wild card weekend?