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It all started back in 1960, when the Vikings came about during the NFL expansion. Since that time, the Minnesota Vikings have made the NFL playoffs over a dozen times. With four trips to the Super Bowl, and a history that goes back over fifty years, Vikings tickets are something special.
The Minnesota Vikings were founded in 1960 and since their inception, have been one of the league's more polarizing teams throughout their history. The Vikings have been of the league's more successful teams since their inception, making the playoffs 28 times, most recently in 2015. Of those 28 appearances, 19 of them have been by winning the division, also most recently in 2015. They have also been to the Super Bowl four times as well- 1970, 1973, 1974, and 1976. So overall, they are one of the better teams in terms of a whole body of work. So what has tripped them up? Well, what everybody tends to focus on with the Vikings, and maybe even unfairly, is what happens when they get into the playoffs.
The Vikings have retired six jerseys since they joined the NFL. Three of those players helped establish the team as a force, going back to their first season. Fran Tarkinton was their franchise quarterback, starting in 1961, got traded to the Giants, and then returned to Minnesota. He wound up playing seventeen seasons in the NFL. Mick Tingelhoff played all sixteen of his pro seasons as a Viking. He played during four of the Vikings NFC championship seasons, and was a six time Pro Bowl selection. Jim Marshall spent eighteen seasons in a Vikings uniform. He’s famous for his “wrong way” run against San Francisco, back in 1964, and for being one tough player.
Vikings Best Season Came In 1998
In 1998, the Vikings were the team to beat. They scored more points during the regular season than any other team, and it looked like they were poised to take it all. After winning in the first round of the playoffs, they came up short in the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. Their 15-1 record did not get them a free ride to the Super Bowl.
The Minnesota Vikings were having a season for dreamers in 2017. After finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record, winning the NFC North comfortably, the Vikings were the second seed in the NFC playoffs. In the divisional playoff round, the Saints came to town. After the Vikings pushed themselves to a big lead, the Saints came storming back, and then the Vikings won the game on the “Minneapolis Miracle.” With the momentum going heading into the NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Vikings were on the doorstep of becoming the host team in Super Bowl history to play in it.
In the NFC Championship game in Philadelphia, the Vikings played one of their worst games in recent memory, losing 38-7. So what happened? They just picked the worst time of the year to play their worst game of the season. Still, this team is favored to win the NFC North division in 2018.
This offseason, the Vikings made the biggest move of free agency, signing quarterback Kirk Cousins. This is a franchise-altering move, as the Vikings have been looking for their long-term answer at quarterback for years, and may have found it. Next, they signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and released wide receiver Jarius Wright. After that, they changed their quarterback room some more, trading for Trevor Siemian from the Broncos to back up Kirk Cousins. They made a late move of note, signing wide receiver Tavarres King for depth.
For the draft, let’s just say the Vikings had an interesting one. In round one they grabbed cornerback Mike Hughes from Central Florida. This is a classic Mike Zimmer “8.95 special” if there ever was one. Hughes has character concerns galore, and without those concerns, he may have been the first defensive player taken in this draft. But those concerns caused him to drop all the way to the end of round one. This is either boom or bust. If they fix his attitude, they have a serious cornerback tandem now that will be near impossible to throw on. If they don’t, then it is another first-round bust. In round two, they addressed their offensive line with a serious “reach” pick, offensive tackle Brian O’Neill from Pittsburgh. In round four they went Jalen Holmes, a defensive end from Ohio State. In round five they grabbed a backup for tight end Kyle Rudolph in Tyler Conkin from Central Michigan. Also in round five, they found their new placekicker in Daniel Carlson from Auburn. A solid draft. The Vikings have the hype train driving them into 2018, but hype doesn’t necessarily equate success.
Vikings Versus Packers
What has now become a border rivalry, the Vikings versus Packers games are often sell outs. Green Bay fans do travel to Minnesota, and vice versa. One notable game had the Vikings at Lambeau, with Randy Moss “fake mooning” Packers fans. The Metrodome was one of the toughest places for visiting teams to play. The Packers lead the overall win-loss record against the Vikings, but the matchup is quite even.
Vikings Versus Bears
Vikings fans have watched the Bears take seven of the past ten games, going back to 2009. As of late, Chicago has struggled against Minnesota, losing two of the past three matchups. Prior to this change of fortune, the Vikings were on the losing end six times in a row. Bears fans may not travel all the way to the Metrodome to see their team take on the Vikings, but the divisional rivalry is surely something to keep in mind.
Vikings Super Bowl Appearance History
Yes, the Vikings have been to four Super Bowls. But they have lost all four them. In 1998 the Vikings went 15-1 and found themselves hosting the NFC Conference Championship game. Gary Anderson, who hadn't missed all season, lined up a 38 yard field goal in the games final moments, only to push it wide right. The Falcons won in overtime. In 2001, the Vikings found themselves in the NFC Championship game yet again. They were the road team this time against the New York Giants, and were favored to win. They lost 41-0. In 2010 with Brett Favre at quarterback, the Vikings found themselves in the NFC Championship game yet again, and were on the right side of the 50 with the ball. Favre rolled out to his right, threw back across his body, and Tracy Porter stepped in front of Sidney Rice and almost took it the other way for the win. The Saints won in overtime. Most recently there was this season. The Vikings finished 2015 11-5, winning the division and were the three seed in the NFC to begin the playoffs. After driving the ball down the field in the games final minutes, Blair Walsh lined up a 27-yard field goal to win the game, and pulled left, in a game that has already been dubbed “The Shank At The Bank”.
The Vikings play their home games in downtown Minneapolis, in their new stadium. Ticket prices are set by the supply and demand.
Still, there is hope for these Vikings. This is a young team on the rise, and this young Vikings team arrived a year early in 2015. The Vikings finished the season 11-5, and won the division over the rival Green Bay Packers in week 17 when Aaron Rodgers's hail mary dropped to the ground. They have a young talented quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, who according to most scouts, will peak at about 6-8 in terms of if one was to make a list of best quarterbacks in the league. They have a mega-talented young defense, led by powerhouse hitting safety Harrison Smith, and All-World linebacker Anthony Barr. Xavier Rhodes is turning into one of the NFL's best cover corners. Now they need another linebacker and a safety to go along side of Smith. This team is expected to be one of the NFL's best for years to come, and perhaps a Super Bowl is in there somewhere. For all the best Minnesota Vikings tickets, check our inventory today. Get into the Vikings game at home or on the road. We carry some of the cheapest tickets on the market. Checking the ticket exchange may not the be the best bet, when we have better inventory.