In its four-year existence, what are the top Minnesota Vikings moments at U.S. Bank Stadium?
The Minnesota Vikings new house opened for official business in September 2016. The price tag was over one billion dollars, but its atmosphere was an upgrade in elegance for fans–and newfound hardships for visiting teams.
That’s not just rosy rhetoric. Since U.S. Bank Stadium opened, the Vikings have been the second-best home team in the NFL. Their 24-9 (.727) win-loss record is only topped by the New England Patriots since 2016 who boast a 31-7 (.816) home record.
In its four-year history, the Vikings have finished the season with a winning home record in every campaign. The “worst” output was a 5-3 win-loss record at home in 2016 and 2018.
Because of the Vikings’ prosperity in the last half-decade, the memorable moments are plentiful. One such moment are can be classified as an honorable mention.
On November 20th, 2016, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and galloped for a 100-yard return touchdown. About forty minutes later, kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson fielded a third-quarter kickoff and returned it 104 yards for another touchdown. It was the first time in 54 years that a team had taken back a 100+ yard interception return for touchdown–and a 100+ yard kick return touchdown–in the same game. The Dallas Cowboys previously did so in 1962.
Here are five more acclaimed moments that have occurred at U.S. Bank Stadium, detailed in ascending order of memorability.