The Minnesota Vikings opened the season with consecutive division games on the road. After losing to the Detroit Lions in Week 1, they had a chance to even their record on the road against the Chicago Bears.
The Vikings used three second-half field goals from Blair Walsh to turn a 24-21 halftime deficit into a 30-24 lead with just over three minutes left in the game.
The Vikings defense had held quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense scoreless in the second half—all they needed was to come up with one more stop.
It didn't happen.
The defining moment came on a 3rd-and-10 from the Vikings' 16-yard line with 0:16 left in the game. Cutler connected with tight end Martellus Bennett for the touchdown and a 31-30 win for the Bears.
That moment would replay itself several times in the 2013 season, with the opposition scoring in the very last minute of the game to beat the Vikings.
In Week 3, it was a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer to tight end Jordan Cameron with 0:55 left in the game. The Browns won, 31-27.
In Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo connected on a seven-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Harris with 0:42 left in the game. The Cowboys won, 27-23.
In Week 14, quarterback Joe Flacco connected on a nine-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marlon Brown with 0:09 left, and the Ravens won a wild game in Baltimore, 29-26.
That's four wins the Vikings could have had—if only the defense could have come up with one more play in each of those games.