2010 at Philadelphia Eagles, Week 16. Vikings win 24-14.
- Date: December 28th, 2010
- Point Spread: Giants -14.5
There is a theme to the Minnesota Vikings upsets in the last twenty years: many of them take place under peculiar circumstances.
This game was played on a Tuesday night. It was the first NFL game to occur on a Tuesday since Harry Truman’s presidency. Two weeks before this game, the roof of the Vikings’ stadium collapsed due to excessive snowfall. One week prior to this game, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre‘s career effectively ended because of injury.
Insert wide receiver-turned-quarterback Joe Webb. It was his first-ever start at the position. Naturally, the Vikings won.
Joe Webb and Adrian Peterson contributed one rushing touchdown apiece. Antoine Winfield, a cornerback, sacked Michael Vick twice. Vick almost put the ball on the ground twice and lost both fumbles.
Alas, in a disjointed game from virtually every perspective, Minnesota dropped Philadelphia 24-14.
The Vikings missed the playoffs and flirted with an ex-Eagle, Donovan McNabb, the following season. The Eagles made the playoffs but were jettisoned by the Green Bay Packers twelve days after the loss to Minnesota.