What would you say is the most memorable play in Vikings history?
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Our Vikings beat-writing buddy Ben Goessling is participating in an interesting project over at ESPN.com this week. Each of the 32 NFL beat writers were assigned this task: Find the three most memorable plays in each franchise's history and have fans vote.
For Vikings fans, "memorable" usually means "painful." Or "gut-wrenching."
Goessling narrowed the list down to these three (you can vote here if you'd like):
• Gary Anderson's missed 38-yard field goal in the 1998 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons
• Tommy Kramer's division-clinching touchdown pass to Ahmad Rashad as time expired to beat the Cleveland Browns in 1980 at The Met
• Brett Favre's interception with 19 seconds left in the 2009 NFC Championship Game
My god, 66% of those are depressing.
Interestingly, the Drew Pearson push-off play from 1975 didn't crack the list, perhaps because three negative plays is a little too aggressive - even for a franchise that specializes in shattering fans' dreams.
The Anderson and Favre plays were especially crushing because of how incredibly well both men played at their respective positions all season up to those fateful moments. Anderson had not missed a field goal all season, and his miss in the '98 Title Game opened the door for a Falcons comeback. Favre had the best season, statistically, of his entire career, and he helped lead the Vikings into field goal range for Ryan Longwell. There was no need to make a risky throw.
What are some other positive plays that could have made the list? Randy Moss pretending to moon fans at Lambeau Field? Moss' over-the-shoulder lateral to Mo Williams in 2003 before halftime against the Broncos? Favre to Greg Lewis?