The Minnesota Vikings were playing for absolutely nothing but pride on Sunday afternoon but unlike every other losing team this week, the Vikings were playing their final game inside their home stadium before it’s torn down. Minnesota had no Adrian Peterson, no real chance of winning much other than a glorified exhibition game but they gave their home field a fitting farewell by beating the Detroit Lions 14-13 in one of the more thrilling games the team has played all season.
Cordarrelle Patterson may have been playing his first and only season inside of the Metrodome but he gave the building a nice farewell by scoring two huge touchdowns to lift the Vikings over the Lions in what could be the last game for a lot of people on both sides of the field.
The Vikings finish the year 5-10-1 but that may not be enough to save the job of head coach Leslie Frazier, who Jay Glazer says is likely out as the Vikings head coach. The same can be said for Lions head coach Jim Schwartz who’s 7-9 finish this season may have also cost him his job.
But despite the coaching turmoil and the pending free agents like Jared Allen and others, the game was all about saying farewell to a building that saw a slew of football memories over the years from Vikings moments to even a Super Bowl. The game was meaningless, the players were playing for nothing but pride but it all happened inside of one of the loudest buildings in sports; a building that is now closed.