Top 5 Metrodome (football) moments
October, 2, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
To coincide with an ESPN.com project on the Minnesota Twins’ departure from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, here are my top five football moments from the 27-year-old building:
Date: Sept. 26, 1993
We’ll call it: McMahon to Who?
What happened: With six seconds remaining, anonymous receiver Eric Guliford gets wide open against Green Bay and hauls in a 45-yard pass from Vikings quarterback Jim McMahon. The play sets up Fuad Reveiz for a 22-yard game-winning field goal. It’s Guliford’s only catch of the season.
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|Adrian Peterson broke the single-game rushing record in his rookie season.|
We’ll call it: Dancing the Dirty Bird
What happened: The best team in Vikings regular-season history gets upset in its march to the Super Bowl. The heavily favored Vikings lose to Atlanta on Morten Anderson’s field goal in overtime.
Date: Nov. 4, 2007
We’ll call it: All Day’s Day
What happened: Rookie tailback Adrian Peterson, nicknamed “AD” for “All Day,” sets an NFL record by rushing for 296 yards in a victory over San Diego. The record still stands.
Dates: Jan. 3, 1983. Nov. 30, 2008. Nov. 4, 2007.
We’ll call it: The Long and Long of It
What happened: On those respective dates, the Metrodome serves as the site of the longest run in NFL history, the longest pass (tie) in NFL history and the longest overall play in NFL history. Dallas tailback Tony Dorsett ran 99 yards in 1983, Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian caught a 99-yard pass from quarterback Gus Frerotte in 2008, and Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie caught a missed field goal and returned in 109 yards for a touchdown in 2007.
Date: Oct. 15, 1989
We’ll call it: Herschel Outruns His Shoe
What happened: On his first play from scrimmage following a franchise-altering trade, tailback Herschel Walker darts 47 yards -- the last 15 without a shoe. It is the longest run for the Vikings in two years, and unfortunately for them, one of the few highlights Walker produced in his Minnesota tenure.