Tuesday, May 18, 2010
BBAO: Chicago-Minnesota, 16 years ago
By Kevin Seifert
Stumbled onto an NFL Network production Monday night of the 1994 classic between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, one that ended in 33-27 Vikings victory. Cris Carter's 65-yard touchdown reception from Warren Moon won it for Minnesota in overtime.
A couple of things stuck out to me, including the fact that it was the Vikings' third overtime game of the season and the Bears' second. That's a lot. The teams would also meet exactly one month later in the playoffs, a 35-18 victory for the Bears.
Above all else, I thought it was cool to look back and see players of various eras on the field at the same time -- all while realizing the game was played an unbelievable 16 years ago. I always associate Bears place-kicker Kevin Butler with the 1985 team, but he was still with them nine years later. Meanwhile, we saw two key players on the Vikings' 1998 team -- Carter and fellow receiver Jake Reed -- preview their significant roles four years before the Vikings' offense would set NFL records.
Here's the box score from the game, courtesy Pro-Football Reference.
Continuing around the NFC North, circa 2010: