New York Giants tight finish Evan Engram (88) can not full the cross as he’s hit by Minnesota Vikings defenders Kris Boyd. © Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey File by way of Imagn Content material Providers, LLC.
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Man, it feels good to be a Vikings fan proper now, doesn’t it? The crew simply clinched the division and a playoff berth because of their gaudy 11-3 report on the season. We’re nonetheless reveling within the actuality that this squad simply pulled off probably the most incredible comeback within the historical past of the NFL.
And we’ve bought the Giants on the horizon this weekend. If you wish to speak about frauds, take a peek at that New York Soccer crew and their 8-5-1 report.
Sadly, none of this bodes properly for the Minnesota Vikings, who’ve confirmed time and time once more that they haven’t been in a position to transfer on from the excessive of a tremendous, incredible, against-all-odds end and carry out as much as a sure commonplace only one week later.
Fortuitously, it’s not only a Vikings Downside however extra like a leaguewide subject with groups struggling to stand up for a recreation in spite of everything their vitality was put out to tug off a incredible time beyond regulation end the week earlier than.
Historical past Doesn’t Paint a Fairly Image for Vikings-Giants
Simply inside the group, there are a handful of examples within the latest reminiscence of most Vikings followers. We prefer to set the 41-Donut recreation apart from many of the different follies in Minnesota Vikings historical past, however coming off the heels of a dominating victory over the Saints and discovering themselves favored towards the Giants within the 2000 NFC Championship Sport, a 41-0 end was greater than disappointing, it was downright stunning.
Then there was the 2019 NFC Championship recreation. One week faraway from the “Minneapolis Miracle,” one of the vital dramatic and incredible performs within the historical past of the league. In that recreation, the Vikings discovered themselves right down to the Saints within the waning moments after as soon as holding a big lead. Hope was misplaced, the magical season had hit a brick wall, and it was time to only chuck it up and see what occurred.
So with solely :10 left on the sport clock and trailing by a degree, that’s what Case Keenum did. Gun Buffalo Proper Key Left Seven Heaven was the decision, and the end result blew the roof off of U.S. Financial institution Stadium. Stefon Diggs breaks free, struts into the top zone untouched, and the Vikings transfer on to the NFC Championship in Philly.
It was the highest play on SportsCenter, the speak of the city, and led to Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs, and another Vikings participant who nonetheless had a voice getting booked on each speak present within the nation…in the meantime they had been prepping for the subsequent greatest recreation of their life. Properly, apparently, the joy bought the higher of the prep that week, and one week later, The “Minneapolis Miracle” was adopted up by the “Philly Folly,” a 38-7 loss to the Eagles on nationwide tv.
However these had been previous squads with gamers and coaches who don’t have a lot, if something, to do with this yr’s crew…proper?
Properly, sure, that’s proper. However this yr’s group has additionally confirmed that they aren’t exempt from the curse of the fantastical follow-up.
It was November thirteenth, just a bit over a month in the past, when the Vikings confronted off towards the Tremendous Bowl favourite Buffalo Payments on the highway. Discovering themselves locked into an excellent recreation, however in an unimaginable scenario, the Vikings turned the ball over on downs on the one-yard line. Needing solely to present themselves somewhat respiration room after which kneel out the clock, Buffalo put the ball within the fingers of their dominant, behemoth QB Josh Allen to run for a couple of yards…solely on this present day, these fingers had been somewhat further slippery and Allen fumbled within the endzone solely to have the Vikings get better for the landing giving Minnesota a 3-point lead.
The sport would ultimately go to time beyond regulation, and the Vikings would win, and “Kirko Chains” debuted.
Whereas we beloved seeing the eye the crew and Kirk had been getting, the reminiscences of nationwide distractions stored pulling us down from the height of pleasure. And it did so for a simply trigger.
The next week, once more on nationwide tv, the Vikings performed their worst recreation of the season, dropping 40-3 to the Dallas Cowboys at house. “It was unacceptable,” the gamers informed us after the sport. This recreation, paired up with the crew’s late-game heroics each week, solely bolstered the nationwide opinion that the Vikings and their spectacular report had been, in reality, fraudulent.
However now you’ve an opportunity to show them fallacious. One other dramatic victory this previous weekend, the biggest comeback in NFL historical past, with a lot of consideration, a lot of nationwide interviews, and many reward. However you’ve one other recreation this weekend, this time towards the New York Giants. Daniel Jones can nonetheless do some issues, Saquon Barkley continues to be a stud, and Kayvon Thibodeaux continues to show heads as he’s coming into his personal.
The Vikings merely can not proceed this pattern of laying eggs after dramatic late-game heroics the week earlier than. The pattern wants to finish right here if there are any hopes for this crew to be taken critically come the playoffs.
Buckle down, and don’t look again to experience what occurred final week. Take away your self from the general public eye. Do no matter it’s essential to do to make sure that this winnable recreation on the highway towards the Giants doesn’t flip into the subsequent on this lengthy listing of regrets that comply with rejoicing.
Aj Mansour is a member of The Energy Journey Morning Present on KFAN and works for iHeartMedia and the Vikings Radio Community. He’s additionally a senior author for VikingsTerritory.com. Make sure you comply with him on social media for the newest Vikings information and large opinions – @AjKFAN
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