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Minnesota Vikings
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Information
League NFL.gif NFL
Conference NFC.png NFC
Division NFC North
Established 1961
Home field U.S. Bank Stadium
City Minneapolis, Minnesota
Uniforms
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Color White Alternate
Home Field
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Championships
League
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1969†
Super Bowls
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None
Conference
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1969 • 1973
1974 • 1976
Division
20
1968 • 1969 • 1970
1971 • 1973 • 1974
1975 • 1976 • 1977
1978 • 1980 • 1989
1992 • 1994 • 1998
2000 • 2008 • 2009
2015 • 2017

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are members of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the NFC North division. The Vikings have played home games at U.S. Bank Stadium since 2016.

The Vikings joined the NFL in 1961 and have won one NFL Championship in 1969 (before the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger), but subsequently lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV to devoid the franchise of a true pro football world championship. The Vikings were the first team to play in four Super Bowls, though losing all of them. No team has as many NFC or AFC Championship game appearances (ten) without a Super Bowl title. The Vikings have won their division 20 times, third most among teams in the NFL and most among teams in the NFC North division.

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings have been "Black and Blue" NFC North divisional rivals since Minnesota joined the NFL in 1961. The rivalry is known for being very close, both in the all-time series and close proximity between the bordering states. Events such as Randy Moss mooning the Green Bay crowd in the first playoff game between these two teams (won by the Vikings), and former Packer great Brett Favre's move to the Vikings after two separate retirements have created more resentment between these teams.

After 102 regular-season and post-season games, the Packers currently lead the all-time series, 53-48-1.

NFL.gif Team history[]

Founding[]

Professional football in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area (the "Twin Cities") began with the Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets, an National Football League (NFL) team that played intermittently in the 1920s–30s. However, a new professional team in the area did not surface again until August 1959, when three Minneapolis businessmen were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League (AFL). Five months later in January 1960, after significant pressure from the NFL, the ownership group forfeited its AFL membership and then was awarded the NFL's 14th franchise.

The team was officially named the "Minnesota Vikings" on September 27, 1960. The name is partly meant to reflect Minnesota's place as a center of Scandinavian American culture.

Membership[]

League affiliations
NFL.gif National Football League (1961-present)

Championships[]

After 50-plus NFL seasons, the Minnesota Vikings have won one NFL Championship in 1969 (before the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger), but subsequently lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV to devoid the franchise of a true pro football world championship.

The Vikings were the first team to play in four Super Bowls, though losing all of them. No team has as many NFC or AFC Championship game appearances (ten) without a Super Bowl title. The Vikings have won their division 20 times, third most among teams in the NFL and most among teams in the NFC North division.

Achievements[]

Achievements
AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
1971 APage1.png Alan Page 1975 Tarkenton1.png Fran Tarkenton 1971 APage1.png Alan Page
1975 Tarkenton1.png Fran Tarkenton 2012 APeterson1.png Adrian Peterson 1989 Millard1.png Keith Millard
2012 APeterson1.png Adrian Peterson

Packers.png Rivalry[]

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Packers lead series 53–48–1
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
2005 Oct. 23 Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings L 20–23 Metrodome 44–44–1 Football icon.png
Nov. 21 Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings L 17–20 Lambeau Field 44–45–1 Football icon.png
2006 Sep. 10 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 23–17 Metrodome 45–45–1 Football icon.png
Dec. 21 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 9–7 Lambeau Field 46–45–1 Football icon.png
2007 Sep. 30 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 23–16 Metrodome 47–45–1 Football icon.png
Nov. 11 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 34–0 Lambeau Field 48–45–1 Football icon.png
2008 Sep. 8 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 24–19 Lambeau Field 49–45–1 Football icon.png
Nov. 9 Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings L 27–28 Metrodome 49–46–1 Football icon.png
2009 Oct. 5 Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings L 23–30 Metrodome 49–47–1 Football icon.png
Nov. 1 Vikings helmet.png Minnesota Vikings L 26–38 Lambeau Field 49–48–1 Football icon.png
2010 Oct. 24 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 28–24 Lambeau Field 50–48–1 Football icon.png
Nov. 21 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 31–3 Metrodome 51–48–1 Football icon.png
2011 Oct. 23 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 33–27 Metrodome 52–48–1 Football icon.png
Nov. 21 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 45–7 Lambeau Field 53–48–1 Football icon.png

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References

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