A week after arguably the greatest moment in team history, the Minnesota Vikings received a big-time whooping courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles at the NFC Championship on Sunday.
After the first drive on Sunday, the future looked bright for the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Case Keenum led the Vikings on a nine-play, 75-yard drive down the field that resulted in tight end Kyle Rudolph hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass to give Minnesota an early 7-0 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Then an unfortunately familiar aura began to creep into Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field and the Vikings’ high hopes quickly turned into a monumental disaster.
Beginning with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by Eagles corner Patrick Robinson, Minnesota witnessed Philadelphia put together a string of 38 unanswered points en route to a 38-7 win on Sunday.
Absolutely no one saw the outcome of this game turning out the way it actually did. If anything, some thought it would be the Vikings putting a royal beatdown on the Eagles.
Instead, Minnesota’s performance reminded their fans that nothing in life is a guarantee. Especially, when it comes to the Vikings.
Some may say that it was better that Minnesota was blown out on Sunday instead of suffering a last-second loss. But no matter what the final score differential was, the heartbreak for the Vikings and their fans on Sunday was still just as massive.
Last week’s miracle win over the New Orleans Saints apparently gave everyone in Minnesota a false sense of security. When really, people who have followed Vikings football for the last few decades should have known a performance like Sunday’s was pretty much inevitable.
Is Minnesota cursed? Probably, but that does not mean they cannot rebound from this NFC Championship loss next season and find themselves playing in the Super Bowl.
Sunday’s loss really was just another painful reminder for Vikings fans of the torture they put themselves through each and every season.
However, moments like last Sunday’s win over the Saints are why Minnesota’s fans continue to stick around and will likely never give up hope on future championship aspirations.