It has now been 43 years since the Minnesota Vikings played in a Super Bowl.
They lost that game to John Madden’s Oakland Raiders 32-14 on January 9th, 1977.
The title of Jim Klobuchar’s 1978 book, “Will The Vikings Ever Win The Super Bowl”, remains pertinent to to this day. It was published in the aftermath of that loss to the Raiders.
- Since that 4th Super Bowl loss, the Vikes have advanced to the playoffs 21 times and have come to within one victory of the Super Bowl six times. Those NFC championship game defeats were as follows:
- 23-6 to the Cowboys in 1978
- 17-10 to Washington in 1987
- 30-27 (OT) to Atlanta in 98 (UGH!!!)
- 41-0 to the Giants in 2000
- 31-28 (OT) to the Saints in 2009 3
- 8-7 to the Eagles in 2017
The frequency of Viking post season appearances is surpassed by very few other teams.
Therein lies the crux of Viking fan frustrations. There’s no doubting that repeatedly coming close but inevitably falling short can be much more disappointing than never having approached the ultimate goal at all.
Perhaps it would be easier to be a fan of the Detroit Lions. They can emotionally check out mid-way through any given season. (Nah!)
We’d much rather ensconce ourselves in our armchairs and watch and hope and pray. One must be willing to run the risk of agony in order to one day relish the ecstasy.
Here we go again.
The Vikings will be underdogs when they face the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday. This will the fifth playoff game we’ve played against the team from the far end of the Mississippi. Our Vikes have won 3 out of the previous 4 post season meetings. The loss came in that now infamous 2009 NFC conference championship game. (The Bounty Game)
Pick a cliche. Any cliche. Probably most apt is “so close and yet so far away”.
Step by step, rung by rung.
We’ve been on this ladder before.