Both teams dazzled in the 2019 playoffs
The 2019 Titans, a wildcard team, made a rather impressive run to the AFC Championship last season. Vrabel’s bunch first toppled the dynastic Patriots and seemingly packed Tom Brady’s bags for relocation to Tampa, Florida. Heading into that wildcard contest, the Titans had no business being dynasty-enders. But that’s what they became on that January day.
They then tamed NFL MVP Lamar Jackson in the divisional round and dispatched the Baltimore Ravens from the postseason. To date, it was one of the few times that Jackson has been stymied by anybody. The Titans shamanistic run was precluded by the Chiefs who later won Super Bowl LIV.
The Vikings had a noteworthy little run of their own in 2019. Minnesota ended the regular season with a whimper when the Packers downed the Vikings in Minneapolis effectively disqualifying Mike Zimmer’s squad from an NFC North crown.
But there was a dramatic rebound. Minnesota went down to New Orleans in the wildcard round (like the Titans) and shocked the Saints in overtime.