It didn’t look as though Bud Grant would be getting the 11th division title of his career on this day, as the Cleveland Browns were all over the Minnesota Vikings early.
Calvin Hill started the scoring by hauling in an 18-yard pass from QB Brian Sipe to make it 7-0.
He would later add another TD on a 2-yard QB keeper to give the Browns a 13-0 lead.
Tommy Kramer and the Vikings finally got things going with a 31-yard touchdown to Joe Senser mid-way through the third quarter.
Both teams would trade field goals before the Browns final touchdown of the game coming real late in the third—a 1-yard run by Cleo Miller making the score 23-9.
Kramer took over in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard TD to Ted Brown and then a 13-yard strike to Ahmad Rashad late in the game.
Cleveland was forced to punt and kicked it into the end zone, giving the Vikings one last shot at their own 20-yard line and 14 seconds left.
What would happen from there was the reason this game was dubbed “The Miracle at the Met.”
Kramer took the snap and fired the rock to Joe Senser who would quickly lateral the ball to Ted Brown—the hook and latter was on and Brown raced up the sidelines and ran out of bounds at the Cleveland 46 yard line with four seconds left.
With one chance left, Kramer launched the ball down the right side of the field where Sammy White jumped up to make a play on it.
He and a defender tipped the ball and it landed in the arms of Ahmad Rashad, who waltzed into the end zone for the winning score.
Two Minute Tommy would give the Vikes a 28-23 win before a jubilant crowd at the old Met, and help Grant secure is 11th division crown.