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for vikings fans, defeat is familiar ending to 'miracle' season


philadelphia – the ending had that heartbreaking feeling that minnesota vikings fans have become accustomed to.the team failed to pull off another miracle, or much of anything really, against the philadelphia eagles on sunday night in the nfc championship game here.the vikings fell 38-7 in a rout that left fans wondering where their miracle-making team had gone. not only would the vikings not be the first team to play in a super bowl on their own turf, but now minnesota would have to host the eagles in their rematch of the 2005 super bowl with the new england patriots.just one week after their euphoric, walk-off touchdown win over new orleans, vikings fans were greeting by neither viking ship nor fire-breathing dragon. instead, they were booed as they entered the field, largely lost in a s






fans push 'millie to philly' for 99-year-old-vikings fan; she settles for super


the vikings' victory over the saints on sunday has been dubbed a "minneapolis miracle," but some fans think it was a "millie miracle."millie wall, the 99-year-old fan who was surprised by the vikings with tickets to sunday's playoff game, received another surprise of a lifetime. wall and her granddaughter ashley wall were approached by nfl commissioner roger goodell while in their seats during the game. goodell handed millie two tickets to super bowl lii."she was overwhelmed, in a good way," ashley wall said. "it blew her away."and now, vikings fans counting on millie's good luck want to send her to philadelphia for sunday's nfc championship game against the eagles. on monday morning, the vikings officially invited millie to the game, according to ashley wall. after talking it over with he






carolina loss would have helped vikings - but fans wanted packers loss more


vikings fans had a battle between their hearts and minds on sunday, though if twitter is any indication the hearts were winning by a landslide.the conundrum: as the vikings' win over the bengals became a matter of formality sunday, should purple fans root for carolina to defeat green bay — thus all but officially eliminating the rival packers from their slim playoff hopes — or hope green bay knocked off carolina because that would give the vikings a much easier path to a first-round bye?logically, a carolina loss would have helped minnesota much more than a green bay loss. but vikings fans who have been fretting about a possible packers playoff run and/or can't stomach rooting for green bay in any scenario seemed to greatly outweigh those rooting for a logical outcome.in the end, the packe






randball: carolina loss would have helped vikings - but fans wanted packers loss


vikings fans had a battle between their hearts and minds on sunday, though if twitter is any indication the hearts were winning by a landslide.the conundrum: as the vikings’ win over the bengals became a matter of formality sunday, should purple fans root for carolina to defeat green bay — thus all but officially eliminating the rival packers from their slim playoff hopes — or hope green bay knocked off carolina because that would give the vikings a much easier path to a first-round bye?logically, a carolina loss would have helped minnesota much more than a green bay loss. but vikings fans who have been fretting about a possible packers playoff run and/or can’t stomach rooting for green bay in any scenario seemed to greatly outweigh those rooting for a logical outcome.in the end, the packe






even kramer says 'minneapolis miracle' trumps 'miracle at the met'


about 37 years before sunday’s “minneapolis miracle,” there was the “miracle at the met.”through nearly four decades, former vikings quarterback tommy kramer has seen hail mary passes succeed in a similar fashion as his 46-yard touchdown heave to ahmad rashad near the end of the 1980 season, clinching a playoff spot at old metropolitan stadium.but not often for the vikings, a franchise accustomed to hearing “curse” annually tied to its playoff hopes.“heh,” kramer exclaimed in a phone conversation wednesday. “yeah, that’s for damn sure.”playoff demons were exorcised in an all-time classic, ending with receiver stefon diggs’ 61-yard touchdown catch-and-run and the first walk-off touchdown to ever end an nfl postseason game in regulation. kramer watched the vikings’ 29-24 nfc divisional victo






even kramer says 'minneapolis miracle' trumps 'miracle at the met'


about 37 years before sunday’s “minneapolis miracle,” there was the “miracle at the met.”through nearly four decades, former vikings quarterback tommy kramer has seen hail mary passes succeed in a similar fashion as his 46-yard touchdown heave to ahmad rashad at the end of the 1980 season, clinching a playoff spot at the old metropolitan stadium.but not very often for the vikings, a franchise accustomed to hearing “curse” annually tied to its playoff hopes.“heh,” kramer exclaimed in a phone conversation wednesday. “yeah, that’s for damn sure.”playoff demons were exorcised in an all-time classic, ending with receiver stefon diggs’ 61-yard touchdown catch and run and the first walk-off touchdown to ever end an nfl game in postseason regulation. kramer watched the vikings’ 29-24 nfc divisiona






peterson signing with saints can bring 2009 vikings full circle


an aging, prideful, elite athlete was deemed to be washed up nearly a decade ago. he was coming off a season in which he tried to play hurt. it looked like his days in the nfl might be coming to an end.but instead, he joined his former biggest rival and sparked a season that fans will never forget — for reasons both good and bad.that, of course, was quarterback brett favre in 2009. after a one-year detour in new york, where he threw a league-high 22 interceptions for the jets, the longtime packers qb came to the vikings. he arrived to give a vikings offense led by adrian peterson — then a third-year running back — some real balance. he ended up throwing 33 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in a 12-4 regular season. included in that was a memorable early-season monday night football






after whiplash of hope and gloom, vikings fans explode into frenzy of joy


amid the yelling, hugging, high-fiving and kissing of strangers, minnesota vikings fans had a singular word for the outcome of the game sunday night: unbelievable.in a good way, for once, not the usual head-hanging, i-can’t-believe-this-happened-again way.“we thought we were done; it was another loss,” barry vulcan of lino lakes said, shaking his head, wearing a no. 19 adam thielen jersey and still holding a beer on the concourse with his friend bob faulkner of hugo.the two were in their seats, silent, settling in for playoff heartbreak like the rest of the heavily purple-clad crowd of 66,612. these fans at the outset had brought a surreal level of energy to the first playoff game at the 17-month-old u.s. bank stadium. fans fervently waved their purple and white “bring it home” hand towels






coldly effective: vikings grind down packers with first shutout in 24 years


green bay, wis. – the vikings had played 43 games at lambeau field before saturday night, winning 18, losing 23 and tying twice.in all their trips to the venerable stadium before saturday, the vikings had held the packers under 10 points only six times. they had kept them out of the end zone for an entire night only twice.what they did saturday night, even if it was against a packers team missing aaron rodgers and davante adams at the beginning of the game and jordy nelson by the end of it, will rank as one of the great moments at lambeau field for the vikings and one of the most delicious triumphs for their fans.the vikings dispatched the packers 16-0, exerting their defensive will in single-digit temperatures and ushering packers fans out of lambeau field early in the team’s final home g






coldly effective: vikings grind packers down with first shutout in 24 years


green bay, wis. – the vikings had played 43 games at lambeau field before saturday night, winning 18, losing 23 and tying twice.in all their trips to the venerable stadium before saturday, the vikings had held the packers under 10 points only six times. they had kept them out of the end zone for an entire night only twice.what they did saturday night, even if it was against a packers team missing aaron rodgers and davante adams at the beginning of the game and jordy nelson by the end of it, will rank as one of the great moments at lambeau field for the vikings and one of the most delicious triumphs for their fans.the vikings dispatched the packers 16-0, exerting their defensive will in single-digit temperatures and ushering packers fans out of lambeau field early in the team’s final home g






vikings say season ticket prices will stay flat for 2017 season


the vikings, after a disappointing season that saw them squander a 5-0 start and miss the playoffs at 8-8, have informed season ticket holders that season ticket prices will stay flat for the upcoming 2017 season.the vikings are heading intotheir secondseason at u.s. bank stadium after playing the 2014 and 2015 seasons at tcf bank stadium at the u."our season ticket members supported the team through two years of outdoor vikings football and helped us build the best stadium in the nfl," vikings executive vice president and chief marketing officer steve lacroix said in a statement. "keeping prices flat for those fans in 2017 is just our way of saying thank you for that continued p ion and support."all other ticket pricing, including packages and single-game sales, have yet to be determined






lynbrook high school volleyball team beats los gatos


three sets into its match with the los gatos high school wildcats on sept. 21, the lynbrook vikings girls volleyball team found itself in a very familiar situation.as they had done only two nights earlier against homestead, the vikings split the first two sets and lost the third, leaving them no room for error the remainder of the match.and just as they had done against homestead, the vikings found a way to escape defeat. they won the final two sets of the night, giving them a pair of significant early-season santa clara valley athletic league de anza division victories that bode well for the remainder of the year.“after losing set three, we talked about our earlier comeback (against homestead) and how we were ‘playing five (sets) against los gatos,” said lynbrook coach robert huff. “the g






vikings 13, panthers 24, 3rd quarter


brian peterson – star tribunegallery: get your horns on vikings fans, like super fans britney wilson and aaron agosta of columbus ohio. the two have been trying to watch the vikings in every nfl stadium. bank of america stadium is their 10th game.






tell us about your favorite vikings bar outside of minnesota


with the vikings headed to the nfc conference championship game in philadelphia this weekend and possibly the super bowl right here in minneapolis, we want to help minnesotans living out of state connect by compiling a master list of places where vikings fans gather in other cities around the united states.if you know of a bar or restaurant outside of minnesota where fans get together to watch vikings games, we want to hear about it. please submit its name and location (and anything else you think we should know) using the form below. we'll get in touch with the establishments to confirm they're legit and we'll publish our list ahead of sunday's vikings-eagles game. 






souhan: time for vikings to give bridgewater a test drive


in the past 15 months teddy bridgewater has seen his knee destroyed, his job handed to another replacement franchise quarterback, and his franchise consider sidelining him for another season to keep him under contractual control for another year.for all of the physical trauma and emotional upheaval, bridgewater finds himself facing a familiar question, one that frames the vikings’ chances for the rest of this season and perhaps the rest of the decade.how good can teddy be?that was the question when the vikings chose him in first round in 2014. that was the question when an injury to matt cassel forced bridgewater into the lineup early in his rookie season.that was the question when bridgewater led the vikings to the playoffs in 2015 and entered training camp in 2016 as the smiling face of






this 5-2 record feels a lot different, but vikings know not to get heady


not every 5-2 record is equal.a year ago, two losses in a row dropped the vikings to 5-2 after they were the nfl’s last unbeaten team. that’s where the slide started, ending with the team out of playoff contention.now the vikings are in the same spot entering their eighth game: a two-loss team atop the nfc north.but the 2017 vikings, winners of the last three games, this time carry an air of optimism.“i’d say so,” running back jerick mckinnon said. “we’ve got a good thing going right now, and we’re just trying to feed off the momentum.”the vikings are better now at dictating their own style of play. for the offense, that means running the ball, controlling the clock and grinding out games. and the nfl’s fifth-ranked scoring defense (17 points per game allowed) continues to keep the water l






relax, packer backers - startribune.com


it's vikings/packers week, which means it's time for two fan bases that exist on stubbornly parallel planes to suddenly veer into each other and collide head-on. packers fans are dusting off their best jokes about how many super bowls the vikings have won, while vikings fans mock their border peers about worthless stock and recent playoff failures.over the years, i've more than dipped my toes into these waters. i mean, i used to play in a vikings fans vs. packers fans touch football game on the same weekend the teams played. i have a lot of good friends who happen to be from wisconsin and root for the packers. they are mostly rational, nice folks.however, there are also fans on both sides of this rivalry that are a little less rational and a little more gullible. i'm not sure which side ha






with vikings' win, metro transit will collect on bet with new orleans regional t


the "miracle in minneapolis" catch by stefan digs that gave the vikings an improbable win over the new orleans saints sunday also was a win for metro transit.the agency won a bet with the new orleans regional transit agency after the vikings' wide receiver scored on a 61-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock to push the vikings to a 29-24 win and send team to the nfc championship game next sunday in philadelphia.  last week the two transit agencies entered into a friendly wager on sunday's divisional playoff game between the two teams at u.s. bank stadium.the bet: the transit agency's whose team lost agreed to change its cover photos on facebook and twitter and show transit vehicles of the other.naturally, a little trash talking took place before kickoffwith that dramatic 29-24 vik






vikings fans got together for epic skol chant at mall of america


get pumped, vikings fans!        






vikings sign former bears defensive tackle will sutton


the vikings have signed former bears defensive tackle will sutton.sutton, chicago’s third-round pick in 2014, was released by the bears last week after he started 18 games for them over his first three nfl seasons. he played in eight games in 2016 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. the 25-year-old has recorded 60 career tackles with no sacks.sutton, who went to arizona state, is listed at 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds.to make room for sutton, the vikings waived 25-year-old defensive tackle toby johnson. johnson had two tackles in his two games last season.vikings sign guard freddie tagaloa after tryout at rookie camp






dare to hope, twins fans — but do so cautiously


here we go again, right?first it was the vikings starting 5-0 and getting everyone’s hopes up in the fall. then it was the wild going on a 12-game winning streak and making fans giddy this winter. now we’re almost two months into this twins season and here’s another first-place team making things interesting in the spring but also teetering lately.when the undefeated lynx continue to dominate in the summer, it will complete the season cycle. but that’s to be expected.the vikings, wild and twins? their early surges were less expected for a variety of reasons, with the twins being the most surprising after last year’s 59-103 debacle.but i get the sense that because of the way those vikings and wild seasons turned out, combined with the natural tendency to wonder if the twins are for real, th






vikings improve to 6-2 on thanksgiving day


thankful for …the vikings improved to 6-2 in thanksgiving day games:year result1969 vikings 27, lions 01987 vikings 44, cowboys 38 (ot)1988 vikings 23, lions 01995 lions 44, vikings 381998 vikings 46, cowboys 362000 vikings 27, cowboys 152016 lions 16, vikings 132017 vikings 30, lions 23






tuesday's talker: dare to hope, twin fans — but do so cautiously


here we go again, right?first it was the vikings starting 5-0 and getting everyone’s hopes up in the fall. then it was the wild going on a 12-game winning streak and making fans giddy this winter. now we’re almost two months into this twins season and here’s another first-place team making things interesting in the spring but also teetering lately.when the undefeated lynx continue to dominate in the summer, it will complete the season cycle. but that’s to be expected.the vikings, wild and twins? their early surges were less expected for a variety of reasons, with the twins being the most surprising after last year’s 59-103 debacle.but i get the sense that because of the way those vikings and wild seasons turned out, combined with the natural tendency to wonder if the twins are for real, th






first things first: vikings, with win over saints, would face eagles for nfc cha


it's too soon to book airline tickets. that has to wait another day. but minnesota vikings fans know where they're headed if the vikings beat the new orleans saints on sunday at u.s. bank stadium in the nfc divisional round. top-seeded philadelphia eagles maintained homefield advantage with a nail-biting 15-10 win over the no. 6-seed atlanta falcons at lincoln financial field. but first things first: the vikings have to handle business against the saints, whom they beat in week 1.that was long before the saints' offense caught fire with rookie running back alvin kamara, and before the defense filled with new starters became comfortable.nfc divisional round:who: no. 4 new orleans (12-5) at no. 2 vikings (13-3) at u.s. bank stadiumwhen: sundaytime/tv: 3:40 p.m. on foxthis isn't to make assum






vikings given middling odds for super bowl, nfc titles to open nfl season


the vikings finished 8-8 last season and after all was said and moved around this offseason, they’re smack dab in the middle of one prominent oddsmaker’s favorites for the super bowl 52 winner in minneapolis.the preseason didn’t lift las vegas’ confidence in the vikings, who are still given 33-1 odds to win the super bowl, but fell to 16-1 to go to the super bowl as nfc champions (down from 14-1 in may), according to bovada.the packers (4-1), seahawks (5-1), falcons (6-1) and cowboys (13-2) are the favorites to win the nfc, which checks out at the star tribune if you read the blue-and-green tinted predictions of our staff.here are the super bowl odds you’ll get now at bovada:patriots: 13-4packers: 9-1raiders: 10-1steelers: 10-1falcons: 12-1seahawks: 12-1cowboys: 14-1giants: 16-1chiefs: 25-






a purple army of vikings fans brings intense passion to philly


to go, or not to go, was never a question.not for vikings fan dave gunderson, who is driving 18 hours to philadelphia even without a game ticket.not for harlan and christina hegna, who plan to be at sunday night’s game and back in the twin cities to drop their twin toddlers at day care monday morning before going to work.not for carol jensen, a season-ticket holder and lifelong fan who decided to go to philadelphia after sunday’s walk-off minneapolis miracle touchdown.across minnesota, a purple army of unknown size but intense passion is going to extremes to ensure vikings players see purple and gold amid the green and white of philadelphia eagles fans at the nfc championship game.“i can’t afford airfare; she can’t afford airfare,” said the 54-year-old gunderson, who is driving with fellow






souhan: super bowl or bust? just enjoy the vikings season for what it is


little-known fact: p.j. fleck was not the first key twin cities sports figure to suggest rowing a boat. twins manager tom kelly put it a little differently, telling all of his players to grab an oar, but the concept didn’t sound as hokey from a grizzled guy with a stogie clenched between his teeth.the vikings long ago came up with a fitting motto, but we treated it as satire instead of wisdom. mike tice, chiding fans and media, said, “enjoy the season” in a voice straight from an outtake of “the sopranos.” we should have listened.your local nfl team has earned a reputation for being just good enough to torture its fans. after watching the cleveland browns render another season meaningless before the arrival of november, we should appreciate the vikings’ dramatic tendencies.case in point: u






landslide victory over bengals as important as it was euphoric for vikings


should the vikings’ season go according to plan, there will be far more raucous celebrations — to mark two more significant achievements — than the muted ceremony in the home locker room at u.s. bank stadium on sunday.the vikings are trying to become the first team to play (and win) a super bowl in their home stadium, and the coming weeks could give them chances to rewrite six decades of history fraught with disappointment, all in front of their own fans.if what they gave their fans on sunday, though, functions as merely an appetizer for what could be coming, it still was one for the 66,833 in attendance to savor.in a victory that was as important as it was euphoric, the vikings beat the cincinnati bengals 34-7, drubbing a dilapidated and disinterested bengals team to improve to 11-3. case






vikings clinch nfc north with emphatic, euphoric victory over cincinnati


should the vikings’ season go according to plan, there will be far more raucous celebrations — to mark two more significant achievements — than the muted ceremony in the home locker room at u.s. bank stadium on sunday.the vikings are trying to become the first team to play (and win) a super bowl in their home stadium, and the coming weeks could give them chances to rewrite six decades of history fraught with disappointment, all in front of their own fans.if what they gave their fans on sunday, though, functions as merely an appetizer for what could be coming, it still was one for the 66,833 in attendance to savor.in a victory that was as important as it was euphoric, the vikings beat the cincinnati bengals 34-7, drubbing a dilapidated and disinterested bengals team to improve to 11-3. case






vikings to open 2017 at home against saints on 'monday night football'


the vikings open the 2017 season at home on "monday night football."the nfl's regular season schedule will be released tonight at 7 p.m. ct, but a source confirmed this afternoon that the vikings will host the saints at u.s. bank stadium in week 1. the nfc showdown will be the first half in the opening monday night doubleheader, broadcast on espn.the last time the vikings kicked off a season at home was in 2012. and this will be just the second time in the past decade they open at home.and, in case you are wondering, the vikings for the second straight year will host the bears in the season finale, according to chicago tribune.in addition to their nfc north rivals, the vikings will play the nfc south and the afc north this season, along with the panthers and rams.we’ll see if their monday






the 17 most important vikings in 2017: no. 11, cb trae waynes


to count down the days until vikings rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans report to mankato on july 23, we will reveal our ranking of the 17 most important vikings players heading into the 2017 season. look for the next player on our list every weekday morning at access vikings.this list, created by matt vensel and andrew krammer, is not a ranking of the best players on the team, though sheer talent is obviously an essential factor. it is a ranking of the players whose upcoming season will have the biggest impact on the franchise, whether it’s in 2017 or beyond.coming in at no. 11 on our list is cornerback trae waynes.—————it took a couple years longer than some vikings fans would have liked, but trae waynes should be a full-time starter at cornerback this season.the vikings selected






souhan: hitch a ride on the vikings' quarterback carousel


getting into the spirit of being a minnesota viking, sam bradford teased fans with a brilliant week 1 performance, then woke up a day later to a swollen knee and career doubt.with bradford missing a second straight game this week, the vikings at best are facing a season of week-to-week doubt at the most important position in sports.what they need now is depth. they need a rotation. and a bullpen. and a closer. and maybe a lefty. in baseball, that guy is called a “loogy’’ — a lefthanded one-out-guy. in football, he’d be a loopy — a lefthanded one-pass guy.in baseball, they call a committee approach “johnny all-staff.’’ the vikings don’t have a staff. they have one healthy quarterback who has started an nfl game, and, unfortunately, his name is case keenum.this season the vikings might requi






souhan: hitch a ride on the vikings' quarterback carousel


getting into the spirit of being a minnesota viking, sam bradford teased fans with a brilliant week 1 performance, then woke up a day later to a swollen knee and career doubt.with bradford missing a second straight game this week, the vikings at best are facing a season of week-to-week doubt at the most important position in sports.what they need now is depth. they need a rotation. and a bullpen. and a closer. and maybe a lefty. in baseball, that guy is called a “loogy’’ — a lefthanded one-out-guy. in football, he’d be a loopy — a lefthanded one-pass guy.in baseball, they call a committee approach “johnny all-staff.’’ the vikings don’t have a staff. they have one healthy quarterback who has started an nfl game, and, unfortunately, his name is case keenum.this season the vikings might requi






vikings-browns capsule - startribune.com


minnesota (5-2) vs. cleveland (0-7) at londonsunday, 9:30 a.m. edt, nfl network, cbs (local)opening line — vikings by 8record vs. spread — vikings 4-3, browns 2-5series record — vikings lead 11-4last meeting — browns beat vikings 31-27, sept. 22, 2013last week — vikings beat ravens 24-16; browns lost to titans 12-9, otap pro32 ranking — vikings no. 6 (tied), browns no. 32vikings offense — overall (12), rush (8t), pass (14)vikings defense — overall (4), rush (3), pass (12)browns offense — overall (24), rush (25), pass (21)browns defense — overall (9), rush (6), pass (15)streaks, stats and notes — home game for struggling browns, franchise's first regular-season international contest. vikings beat steelers 34-27 in london, at wembley stadium. this will be played at twickenham stadium, normal






vikings brought back to earth without bradford in 26-9 loss to steelers


pittsburgh – the position that has so often been a twin source of hope and anguish for vikings fans — the quarterback spot — delivered the former set of emotions on monday night, when sam bradford threw for 344 yards and three scores in a scintillating season-opener against the new orleans saints.one-hundred sixty-two hours later, as the 2017 vikings became the third team in mike zimmer’s four years as head coach to use two different starting quarterbacks before the end of september, there was a familiar feeling of malaise for the purple faithful who’d traveled to heinz field. there was also this notion: if bradford’s knee issues are going to linger for any sizable stretch of the season, the vikings could be headed for trouble.a 26-9 loss to the pittsburgh steelers saw the vikings able to






vikings in the home stretch


thursday: vikings at detroit• lions have beaten the vikings in five of their past seven matchupsdec. 3: vikings at atlanta• falcons have won three of their past four, coming off 34-31 win over seahawksdec. 10: vikings at carolina• panthers trail saints in nfc south, face the jets on sundaydec. 17: cincinnati at vikings• bengals have managed just four wins this seasondec. 23: vikings at green bay• packers were shut out for the first time since 2006 in loss to ravens.dec. 31: chicago at vikings• bears dropped a close one to the lions, are last in the nfc north






kevin love’s back problem could be big pain for cavs


cleveland (ap) — kevin love’s back flared up just when things were starting to calm down for the cavaliers.love was to have an mri and medical evaluation monday to see what’s causing the back spasms that have bothered him for several weeks. the all-star forward, who left sunday’s win over oklahoma city in the first half, did not travel with the nba champions for their game in dallas.the team is expected to provide an update on love, who is averaging 19.9 points and 11 rebounds in what to this point has been the best of his three seasons with cleveland.the cavs, who play five of their next six games on the road, may decide to give love some time off to see how his back responds. there’s no urgency at this point other than to get him healthy for the season’s final two months and the postseas