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Sunday’s loss added to Vikings’ sad postseason history

Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a field goal in the waning seconds of a 2016 Wild Card Game.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a field goal in the waning seconds of a 2016 Wild Card Game. The Associated Press

That buzz that Vikings fans felt after the miracle finish in the NFC Divisional playoff win over the Saints lasted for about one week exactly.

The Vikings were blown out in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, losing 38-7 at Philadelphia. The Stefon Diggs touchdown is but a distant memory.

While Chiefs fans know all about playoff misery, those who follow the Vikings may actually have it worse. After all, the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV, beating Minnesota. The Vikings are 0-4 in Super Bowl appearances.

For all intents and purposes, Sunday’s game was over at halftime as Minnesota fell behind 24-7 and never threatened in the second half.

Here are some of the other Vikings playoff flops:

2016: Blair Walsh’s miss

Seattle won 10-9 at Minnesota in an NFC Wild Card Game when Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal attempt at the end of the game.

2010: Brett Favre’s interception

Minnesota was driving for a game-winning field goal against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game when Brett Favre threw a terrible interception with 15 seconds to play. New Orleans won 31-28 in overtime.

2001: A Giant blowout

As bad as Sunday’s game was for Vikings fans, the NFC Championship Game in 2001 was an even bigger blowout. The Giants led Minnesota 34-0 at halftime and won 41-0. Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions and the Vikings lost two fumbles.

1998: First miss of season

Minnesota took a 15-1 record into its NFC Championship Game against the Falcons in 1998 and jumped to a 20-7 lead in the first half. Atlanta was down 27-20 in the fourth quarter when the Vikings’ Gary Anderson lined up for a 38-yard field goal. Anderson had not missed a field-goal attempt on the season but he was wide left on this attempt. Atlanta scored a touchdown and won 30-27 in overtime.

1988: The drop

The Vikings squeezed into the playoffs with an 8-7 record in a season shortened by a labor dispute. But they crushed the Saints and 49ers in the postseason and went toe-to-toe with Washington. But Minnesota lost 17-10 in the NFC Championship Game when Darrin Nelson had a ball go through his hands at the goal line.

1975: The Hail Mary

Dallas stunned the Vikings 17-14 when Drew Pearson hauled in a 50-yard “Hail Mary” pass late in the final minute of the Divisional round game, which was played in Minneapolis. The officials threw a flag on the playoff for pass interference on the defense. But ask any Vikings fan and they will tell you Pearson is the one who pushed off. You make the call:

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