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for this vikings fan, sunday's playoff game could repair wounds festering since 1970s

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for this vikings fan, sunday's playoff game could repair wounds festering since 1970s

it was second and 10 with no timeouts and 32 seconds left on the clock when dallas cowboys quarterback roger staubach threw a long bomb above the frozen grass of metropolitan stadium, home field of the minnesota vikings. in a postgame interview, staubach told reporters that when the ball left his hand, he closed his eyes and said a “hail mary,” meaning he’d launched it with everything he had and then prayed for a miracle.the crowd was on its feet, screaming and swearing and squeezing mittened hands into fists as the ball spiraled 50 impossible yards into the hands of drew pearson, a wide receiver who, after (maybe?) pushing vikings cornerback nate wright, loped into the end zone.the play was contested, but when the field judge ruled for the cowboys, giving them a 17-14 lead, the mood in the stadium felt like a utility wire had snapped off its pole and was whipping back and forth, sparks flying.on that late december day in 1975, the temperature rested in the 20s and my sister anne and i were seated on the first deck, somewhere near the 25-yard line — our dad was with his friends in his seats, which were closer to the middle of the field. our mom had dressed us in our jackets and snowpants and sent us off with two sleeping bags, with instructions to wear them like sacks. we looked like two seedlings in planting bags.i was 11 and anne was 10 — this was before helicopter parenting, clearly — and the man sitting next to anne was wearing a snowmobile suit and sorels and...