The Minnesota Vikings have come to embody the saying “close but no cigar.” The Vikings went to four Super Bowls in the '60s and '70s and lost all of them.
Minnesota thought 1998 was going to be their big year, but in reality they were about to succumb to one of the toughest losses in NFL playoff history.
After posting a 15-1 regular season record, the Vikings faced off against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game. In the final minutes of the game, the Vikings kicker Gary Anderson, who had not missed a field goal all year, missed a field goal that gave the Falcons a chance to come back.
The Falcons went to the Super Bowl and the game ended up as a punch line on How I Met Your Mother years later.
After Brett Favre’s career ended, the Vikings didn't have a quarterback to compliment one of the best running backs of all time, and it seems unlikely that anything will come of the Adrian Peterson era.