Minnesota Vikings: The Minneapolis Miracle And The Lesson With It

It was a disaster in the making. Would it be known as another playoff choke? Nonetheless, it was possibly one of the most humbling sights a fan could witness. The Minnesota Vikings were up 17-0 well into the third quarter and looked to have the game in hand. Only to watch Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints come back and take the lead with 25 seconds left in the game. What was once a blowout, became a massively blown playoff game. In fact, that would have ended the Vikings story book 13-3 season. Then it happened,  “The Minneapolis Miracle”, “The Miracle In Minneapolis”, or whatever football fans will call it.

This game, this ending, out-does any other miracle play in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. The Ahmad Rashad “Miracle At The Met” in 1980 comes to mind as the big one prior to this. However, this isn’t the final goal for this Vikings team. A win in Super Bowl 52, at HOME, remains the goal, and that goal is still two wins away. A first-ever Super Bowl championship for the Vikings franchise, and a first-ever Super Bowl by a team in their home stadium. That is now the second miracle Vikings fans around the world are looking for this season.

The Vikings need to swallow this miracle down quick and hard, and they must learn from this experience. The mantra must remain “Go Big Or Go Home”. They must find a way to keep up the energy and momentum they had in the first half for 60 minutes in Philadelphia. The defense to shut down the Nick Foles-led Philadelphia Eagles if they rise to the challenge.

The Eagles defense is also one of the best in the NFL. Thus it will possibly be the best defense the Vikings will face this year. Their defensive front is better than the Saints’, and they will be a huge challenge for the Vikings offensive line, which played an excellent first half, only to fade in the second half. They’ll need to finish next Sunday.

The whole Vikings team needs to finish next Sunday, and not hope for another miracle in Philadelphia. It must be a Mike Zimmer style victory – workmanlike with little or no drama. They have to do that by controlling the line of scrimmage, making plays they’ve made all season, and keeping the pedal to the metal for the full-time. From a coaching standpoint, that means not going conservative – a mistake both Mike Zimmer and Pat Shurmur did in the second half tonight.

Can the Minnesota Vikings double-down on the Minneapolis Miracle tonight, get a road win in Philly and keep it up for 60 minutes until the confetti falls amidst cheering fans in US Bank Stadium and Mike Zimmer hoists the Lombardi trophy? After the “Miracle In Minneapolis”, maybe it just might be the Vikings year.

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