With Randall Cunningham, Cris Carter and Randy Moss leading a lethal air attack, the Vikings racked up a record-amount of points and coasted to a 15-1 regular season mark in 1998.
With a boisterous Metrodome crowd behind him, an NFC Championship win over the underdog Atlanta Falcons seemed imminent. That was especially true, considering the fact that Minnesota had won its last nine home games by an average of 23 points.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings appeared to have the game wrapped up. Leading by seven and at the Atlanta 20-yard line, they called on the ultra-reliable Gary Anderson for a field goal that would all but clinch a Super Bowl berth. Anderson’s kick went wide – his first miss of the season – and the Falcons had a second chance.
They took full advantage – and proceeded to stun the dome crowd. First, they tied the game with a Terance Mathis touchdown. Then, in overtime, Atlanta’s Morten Anderson was on line from 38 yards out. The 1998 Vikings squad remains one of the best to miss the Super Bowl.