There are plenty of Vikings teams that we could have put here. Minnesota has consistently been a contender throughout its 54-year history, reaching the Super Bowl four times and failing to truly compete in any of them. However, this group has to be included as one of the very best to fall short. Unfortunately, Minnesota will never forget the end of this season.
Everything came together perfectly when the Vikings were able to snag Randy Moss with their first-round pick that year. Moss became the Rookie of the Year and teamed with Cris Carter and Jake Reed to form an unstoppable trio on the outside. Randall Cunningham also put forth a tremendous year from under center, throwing the deep ball consistently after taking over for an injured Brad Johnson.
After going 15-1 and winning the NFC Central, the Vikings destroyed the Arizona Cardinals before taking on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. Winning 27-20 in the fourth quarter, all Minnesota needed was a 38-yard field goal from Gary Anderson, who had not missed all year. Incredibly, his kick sailed left, Atlanta won in overtime, and the Vikings were absolutely ruined.
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