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Sport Four years after Minneapolis Miracle, Vikings are a long way from a Super Bowl win

08:00  15 january  2022
08:00  15 january  2022 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Where were you when the Minnesota Vikings completed one of the most improbable plays in postseason history against the New Orleans Saints to punch their ticket to the 2017 NFC Championship game? It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years to the day since then quarterback Case Keenum threw a 27-yard Can't believe it's already been four years since The Minneapolis Miracle . (Jan. 14, 2018) pic.twitter.com/C1hUfmthIC. — NFL (@NFL) January 14, 2022. The excitement from a deserving Minnesota fan base that had patiently waited for their opportunity to get back to the NFC title game is

To put the Vikings ’ win over the Saints into proper context, consider this: Prior to last Sunday night, there had never been a winning touchdown scored as regulation time expired in a playoff game. The "Music City Miracle " created a feeling in our locker room that we were a team of destiny, and it carried us to road wins at Indianapolis and Jacksonville before our narrow Super Bowl loss. We'll see if the Vikings get a similar carryover effect starting Sunday in Philadelphia. If the Vikings get the same two- win boost from their miracle win as our Titans did, that would translate to the long -awaited first

Many believe, incorrectly, that the Immaculate Reception happened en route to Pittsburgh’s first Super Bowl win. In reality, the Steelers lost the following weekend, to the unbeaten Dolphins in the 1972 AFC Championship. Two years later, the Steelers won the Super Bowl, beating the Vikings.

That reality was met with encouragement by plenty of Vikings fans four years ago, after the Minneapolis Miracle (which happened on January 14, 2018) ended a week later with a loss to the Eagles in the NFC Championship. The glass wasn’t half full; the cup was about to runneth over for those shouting SKOL! before taking the first gulp. It was just a matter of time before the Vikings finally got back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976, right? Um. Wrong.

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer watches the game against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoffs at in Minneapolis ,Jan. 14, 2018. From Minnesota to New York and all the way to Hawaii, Vikings fans celebrated the “ Miracle in Minneapolis .” And if the Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, they will become the first team in play in and host a Super Bowl . Sunday’s game showed how sports can produce the most raw and unpredictable moments and the Vikings were finally on the winning side.

Being one win away from a trip to the Super Bowl , it wasn't difficult to abide by the 24-hour rule and get back to work. " After something like that, only thing you can do is believe it's destined for us to go far and be in the NFC championship playing for that game and giving it all we have and hopefully coming out on top," Xavier Rhodes said. • Vikings moving past miracle finish • How we got to Keenum vs. Foles • Eagles go to dogs for NFC Championship • How Eagles' D-line strategy paying off • Sizing up the conference title games • Big questions for final four | Schedule • Barnwell: An improbable final four .

Since 2018, the Vikings have regressed. In hindsight, maybe they should have kept quarterback Case Keenum (who threw the pass that sparked a miracle) instead of going all in for Kirk Cousins. After four seasons with (and countless millions paid to) Cousins, the Vikings seem much farther away from a championship than they were after one of the most dramatic moments in league history.

No longer content to be “just good enough,” Vikings ownership has cleaned house in an effort to consistently contend for championships. The hires they will soon make, for a new G.M. and a new head coach, will go a long way toward determining whether the franchise will finally realize its decades-long obsession to win a Super Bowl.

Today’s anniversary is a jarring reminder of the vibe that surrounded the Vikings just four years ago. Within the next four years, can they reverse the current path and finish the job that the team came close to accomplishing in 2009 and 2017? It all comes down to the persons the Wilfs hire, and then what they do once they settle in to their new jobs.

Four years after Minneapolis Miracle, Vikings are a long way from a Super Bowl win originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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