The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have a rich history that saw the purple and gold win big during the 1998 NFL season.
The 8-2 Green Bay Packers and 4-5 Minnesota Vikings are set to face off on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Packers lead the all-time series 63-55-2 and have won in their past two meetings against the Vikings in Minnesota.
Minnesota ended their two-game losing streak last week with a 27-20 victory on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was a much-needed win for this team. Despite the fact it has been a very disappointing season so far, Minnesota still has a shot at making the playoffs. A win on Sunday against their biggest rivals will really help their chances going forward. It will certainly not be easy (divisional games usually are not anyways) given Green Bay is looking very good and has a good shot at competing for a Super Bowl berth.
All five of Minnesota’s losses have come by seven points or less. If they miss the playoffs, those five games will definitely have played a large factor in it. As tough as those losses though have been to swallow, they still have a chance to turn their season around. Three of their wins have also been by seven points or less. They could have lost more games as well.
Minnesota Vikings run past the Green Bay Packers in 1998.
There have been many exciting games between these two divisional rivals since Minnesota became a franchise in 1961. One of those came in 1998 when they had a rookie wide receiver by the name of Randy Moss. Minnesota ended up winning that game 28-14 at the Metrodome.
Minnesota quarterback Randall Cunningham completed 20 out of 30 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Moss caught eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Jimmy Hitchcock returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown.
Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre completed 31 out of 39 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Bill Schroeder caught seven passes for 93 yards. Tyrone Davis added two touchdowns.
With the win, Minnesota improved to 10-1 on the season and Green Bay dropped to 7-4. The Vikings finished the season at 15-1 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. While the season ended in heartbreaking fashion, that season will always go down as one of the most memorable ones in team history.