Vikings Flashback: Minnesota defeats Dallas in 1999 Playoffs

(Photo by Elsa Hasch/Allsport) Jeff George
(Photo by Elsa Hasch/Allsport) Jeff George /

The Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys face off on Sunday Night Football but let’s take a trip back to 1999 and a big playoff win.

The 5-1 Dallas Cowboys and 3-3 Minnesota Vikings are set to face off on Halloween night at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 17-15.

Dallas has been one of the league’s biggest surprises this season, but the availability of quarterback Dak Prescott (calf) is in question. Even if he plays, he will not be 100%, which would really benefit Minnesota.

Regardless of whether Prescott plays or not you can definitely make a strong case that this is a must-win for Minnesota. A loss would put them at 3-4 with a very difficult schedule ahead. If Prescott plays, the Vikings still got a shot to win, but of course, if he is out it will improve their chances dramatically.

The Minnesota Vikings came away with a big win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1999 playoffs.

One of the best Vikings-Cowboys games in team history came during the Wild Card round of the playoffs in 1999.

For Minnesota, Jeff George completed 12 out of 25 passes for three touchdowns. Robert Smith rushed for 140 yards on 28 carries to go along with a 26-yard touchdown reception. Randy Moss caught five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. On defense, safety Robert Griffith recorded eight tackles and an interception.

For Dallas, Troy Aikman completed 22 out of 38 passes for 286 yards and an interception. Emmitt Smith rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Raghib Ismail caught eight passes for 163 yards. On defense, Michael Myers recorded two sacks and seven tackles. Safety Darren Woodson recorded a game-high 10 tackles.

The Vikings won 27-10. The following week however they lost 49-37 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams.