3 times the Minnesota Vikings destroyed the Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Matt Cassel
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(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings /

Week 15 of the 2013 season

Result: Vikings won 48-30

2013 was not a season to remember for the Vikings as they wound up finishing the campaign with just a 5-10-1 record. Randomly, in Week 15 though, Minnesota had a dynamite performance against the Eagles.

Philadelphia came into the matchup with an 8-5 record and with hopes of still qualifying for a spot in the NFC playoffs. The Eagles were also favored to win this game against the Vikings by at least one touchdown.

Well, quarterback Matt Cassel and Minnesota had other plans. Cassel began his day with a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings and the Vikings never looked back after that. Minnesota’s veteran quarterback went on to throw for 382 yards, two scores, and an interception in this win over the Eagles.

Jennings torched Philadelphia as he finished with 11 catches for 163 yards and one score. Vikings running back Matt Asiata also pitched in with 51 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. In typical Asiata fashion, it took him 30 carries to gain his 51 rushing yards.

On the defensive side of the ball for Minnesota, pass rushers Jared Allen and Brian Robison both racked up two sacks, and cornerback Shaun Prater snagged an interception from Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

When the final whistle blew, the Vikings left the field with an 18-point victory and some rare smiles during a season that was full of moments that didn’t go their way.