Minnesota Vikings: Top 20 games in franchise history

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The Minnesota Vikings have played some memorable games in their long history and these are the 20 greatest.

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of the Metrodome during the first quarter between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

A few ground rules I established for myself when ranking the top 20 games in Vikings franchise history.

Rule #1: No Vikings losses. The 1998 NFC title game may have been objectively great but it will be found nowhere on this list.

Rule #2: Playoff games will not automatically be given precedence over games featuring historic individual performances or great team feats like huge comebacks.

Rule #3: An honest effort will be made to avoid being biased toward more recent events. However, I can’t guarantee that such a bias will be entirely eliminated.

A person can’t help favoring games they witnessed themselves over ones they only heard about or saw on replay years after the fact.

Rule #4: Have fun with it!

Here’s what I came up with. Shout out to Adam Carlson for writing up some of the games.

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