Despite their record and playing at home, many thought the Vikings would have problems with gifts for eccentric friends the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
The start would go to Matt Cassel who had a solid game, passing for 288 yards with two touchdowns including a 70 yard hook up with Greg Jennings in the first quarter.
The Vikings streak would come to an end in Week 7, as they were beaten on the road by the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17, as Brett Favre had two turnovers that led directly to touchdowns for the Steelers in the 4th Quarter.
1980 : The Vikings get off to a slow start and sit at 3-5 through the midway point in the season.There the Vikings defense toughened up sacking Cardinals QB on two straight plays turning a 2nd Down and 6 from the nine yard line to a 4th and 25 form the 28 with just seconds left.With their season fading away, the Vikings got a boost from their special teams unit, scoring twice on blocked punts, while Bridgewater has two touchdown passes in a 35-13 win over the Carolina Panthers.However, a week later their season would come to a crashing end with a 23-6 loss to the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game at Dallas.While Diggs was going up to make the catch, Saints safety, Marcus Williams overshoots the outstretched receiver causing him to take out the only other defender in the vicinity, giving Diggs a free path to the end zone.That was until one of the most miraculous and immaculate plays to ever have happened in NFL history.Blair Walsh would add two more Field Goals in the third quarter to extend the lead to 9-0.However, getting into the playoffs was the true goal and the Vikings continued to move closer to the playoffs 23-6 upset win over the Houston Texans, as Peterson had his string of 1000 yard game halted as he rushed for 86 yards with.In a Sunday Night game against the Packers at Lambeau Field, the Vikings reveled in their roles as villains shutting out the Packers 16-0.In the first playoff game ever at Metropolitan Stadium the Vikings found themselves in a hole trailing the Los Angeles Rams 17-7 at halftime.The Vikings would play better in the second half, scoring wins over the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears at home, while they played the first game to end in a tie with the new overtime rules against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
The Vikings would struggle down the stretch losing their final three games to finish with an 11-5 record.
Down 19-10 early in the final quarter, the Vikings rallied with Jackson hitting Bernard Berrian on a 54-yard touchdown pass to get back into the game.
Although the Vikings were the first team to play in four Super Bowls, the thought that they were never in any of the games while going 0-4 would forever tarnish their reputation.
2017 : The Minnesota Vikings entered the 2017 season with a lot of uncertainty as to what way they were going with their team.
2002 : Mike Tice who coached the Vikings in their final game the previous season would take over on a full time basis and early on he looked over matched as the Vikings dropped their first 4 games blowing leads in the 4th quarter twice.
In the game they would even lose Jackson who limped off the field.
The Vikings would lose Home Field, but would still hold on to a precious playoff bye.Christian Ponder would pass for 352 yards with two touchdowns in Week 6, but it would not be enough as the Vikings could not contain Robert Griffin III who led the Washington Redskins to a 38-26 win.1988 : With Wade Wilson seeing a bulk of the time at Quarterback, the Vikings use a five game winning streak in the second half to make the playoffs as a Wild Card for the second straight season with a solid 11-5 record.The Vikings playoff hopes would die a week later, as they suffered a 38-25 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, despite Sam Bradford had his best game of the season with 382 yards with three touchdowns.However, when QB Fran Tarkenton is sacked in the endzone the Steelers go to halftime with a 2-0 lead.On the other side of the ball, Alvin Kamara was just a young rookie running back out of Tennessee, battling former Viking Adrian Peterson for a backup spot.Following the game Josh Freeman would be demoted to third string as he had concussion symptoms. .Following a bye week the Vikings returned home and beat the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 in a defensive battle with Blair Walsh providing the difference with three Field Goals.However, it was not enough as the Vikings lost the game 33-27.The Vikings got it started in style with an impressive 45-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at home, which left them needing just to beat the lowly 3-12 Arizona Cardinals in the final game of the season to sew up the division title.On offense it was all Brett Favre, as the future Hall of Famer had one of his best games ever passing for 234 yards with four Touchdown passes as the Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game with a 34-3 win.They cut further into the lead on a 54-yard punt return by Marcus Sherels.The two division rivals continued to match scores, as Peterson collected yards and closed in on the record.