What is the most pivotal Vikings game of the last decade?

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Nick Easton and Case Keenum
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Nick Easton and Case Keenum /
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings /

The Bradford Era was suddenly done and so was his career

This had to be bittersweet for Mr. Sam Bradford in the most sizable proportions imaginable. Just twenty-eight days prior, Bradford had the best game of his life in the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings bashed the Saints, and Sam tossed a 143.0 passer rating game to make it happen. To put it bluntly, that game could not have gone better for Sam Bradford.

Four weeks later–and he was a shell of himself due to a petulant knee injury. He was removed from the contest against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, and Case Keenum led the team to a narrow victory.

Many bizarre after-the-fact statistics occurred in the game. The score at halftime was 3-2. That’s just weird.

It was the last time the Vikings won a game via game-winning field goal late in a contest. That was courtesy of a Kai Forbath 26-yard chip shot.

To date, this was the last time the Vikings won at Soldier Field. The team has since failed in games at Chicago in 2018 and 2019 with rather anemic performances.

More broadly, this match-up was only the third time the Vikings have won at Soldier Field in the last nineteen tries.