Despite the Minnesota Vikings' dreadful playoff loss to Green Bay on Saturday, this was still a season in which the Vikings exceeded expectations. The seven-game improvement over 2011 was the greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history. The last time the Vikings improved this much was in 1998, when they finished 15-1, an improvement from 9-7 in 1997.
The season started well, with an incredible overtime win against the Jaguars—a game that the Vikings would have lost in 2011. It got better when the Vikings were able to win a division game after going 0-6 last year. They finished the season strong, winning their last four games and earning the sixth seed in the playoffs.
Four of the Vikings' six losses came to teams that made the playoffs this season.
Here are 10 things we learned about the Vikings this season.