The Minnesota Vikings were the surprise team of 1987, especially during playoff time.
Minnesota finished the strike-shortended season 8-7, which included a 0-3 record using strike-replacement players. They managed to sneak into the playoffs, eventually making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
In the first round of the playoffs, they upset the New Orleans Saints (12-3). After that, they went to San Francisco and beat the 13-2 49ers. Those unexpected victories by the Vikings would set-up a matchup with the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium.
In that game, the Vikings trailed 17-10 last in the fourth quarter. The Vikings had the ball and had driven to the Redskins' 6-yard line. With just over a minute left in the game, the Vikings were faced with a 4th-and-goal. Quarterback Wade Wilson spotted an open Darrin Nelson near the goal line, but Nelson was unable to make the catch.
The drop by Nelson propelled the Redskins to the Super Bowl XXII, which they ended up winning easily 42-10 over the Denver Broncos.