2017 Minnesota Vikings season

2017 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Zimmer
General manager Rick Spielman
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field U.S. Bank Stadium
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 29–24
Lost NFC Championship (Eagles) 7–38
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Uniform

The 2017 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 57th in the National Football League, and their fourth under head coach Mike Zimmer. With the team's home stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, scheduled to host Super Bowl LII at the end of the season, the Vikings attempted to make history as the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home field; in recording their best regular season record since 1998, they clinched a first-round bye for the first time since 2009 and became the eighth team in the Super Bowl era to qualify for the playoffs in a season in which their stadium hosted the Super Bowl. They defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round 29–24 on a walkoff play referred to as the "Minneapolis Miracle", but lost 38–7 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

Roster changes

Draft

2017 Minnesota Vikings draft
Draft order Player name Position College Contract Notes
Round Selection
114 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[upper-alpha 1]
241 Dalvin CookRBFlorida State4 years / $6.35 millionfrom Bengals[upper-alpha 2]
48 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[upper-alpha 2]
370 Pat ElfleinCOhio State4 years / $3.33 millionfrom NY Jets[upper-alpha 3]
79 Traded to the New York Jets[upper-alpha 3]
86 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[upper-alpha 4] from Dolphins[upper-alpha 5]
104 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[upper-alpha 6] from Chiefs[upper-alpha 4]
4109 Jaleel JohnsonDTIowafrom 49ers[upper-alpha 6]
120 Ben GedeonLBMichigan
128 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[upper-alpha 2]from Dolphins[upper-alpha 5]
132 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[upper-alpha 7]from Chiefs[upper-alpha 4]
139 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[upper-alpha 8]from Browns via Eagles[upper-alpha 7]
5160 Traded to the New York Jets[upper-alpha 3]
170 Rodney AdamsWRUSFfrom Chiefs[upper-alpha 8]
180 Danny IsidoraGMiamifrom Chiefs[upper-alpha 8]
6199 Traded to the Washington Redskins[upper-alpha 9]
201 Bucky HodgesTEVirginia Techfrom Washington[upper-alpha 9]
7219 Stacy ColeyWRMiamifrom Cleveland via 49ers[upper-alpha 6]
220 Ifeadi OdenigboDENorthwesternfrom San Francisco via Washington[upper-alpha 9]
230 Traded to the Washington Redskins[upper-alpha 9]from Eagles[upper-alpha 7]
232 Elijah LeeLBKansas State
245 Jack TochoCBN.C. Statefrom Chiefs[upper-alpha 4]

Draft trades

  1. The Vikings traded their first-round selection (14th overall) and 2018 fourth-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford.[1]
  2. 1 2 3 The Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round selections (48th and 128th overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Cincinnati's second-round selection (41st overall).[2]
  3. 1 2 3 The Vikings traded their third- and fifth-round selections (79th and 160th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for the Jets' third-round selection (70th overall).[2]
  4. 1 2 3 4 The Vikings traded their third-round selection (86th overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's third-, fourth-, and seventh-round selections (104th, 132nd and 245th overall).[2]
  5. 1 2 The Vikings traded their 2016 third-round selection to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Miami's third- and fourth-round selections (86th and 129th overall).[3]
  6. 1 2 3 The Vikings traded their third-round selection (104th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's fourth- and seventh-round selections (109th and 219th overall).[2]
  7. 1 2 3 The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (132nd overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's fourth- and seventh-round selections (139th and 230th overall).[2]
  8. 1 2 3 The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (139nd overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Kansas City's two fifth-round selections (170th and 180th overall).[2]
  9. 1 2 3 4 The Vikings traded their sixth- and seventh-round selections (199th and 230th overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for Washington's sixth- and seventh-round selections (201st and 220th overall).[2]
2017 Minnesota Vikings UDFA
PlayerPositionCollege
Wes LuntQBIllinois
Terrell NewbyRBNebraska
R.J. SheltonWRMichigan State
Josiah PriceTEMichigan State
Aviante CollinsOTTCU
Nick FettOTIowa State
Freddie TagaloaOTArizona
Tashawn BowerDELSU
Caleb KidderDEMontana
Sam McCaskillDEBoise State
Dylan BradleyDTSouthern Miss
Eric WilsonLBCincinnati
Shaan WashingtonLBTexas A&M
Horace RichardsonCBSMU
Tommy Armstrong Jr.SNebraska

Transactions

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
January 2, 2017Moritz BöhringerWR[RFC][4]
Kyle CarterTE
Cayleb JonesWR
Marquis LucasOT
Tre RobersonCB
Bishop SankeyRB
Sterling BaileyDT
Austin ShepherdOT
Cedric ThompsonS
March 8, 2017Jeremiah SirlesOT1 year / $690,000[5]
March 15, 2017Terence NewmanCB1 year / $3.25 million[6]
Adam ThielenWR3 years / $17 million[7]
March 24, 2017Brian RobisonDE2 years / $7.5 million[8]
Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
February 10, 2017Brandon FuscoGReleased[9]San Francisco 49ers
Mike HarrisG
March 6, 2017Chad GreenwayOLBRetired[10]
March 9, 2017Rhett EllisonTEUFANew York Giants[11]
Matt KalilOTCarolina Panthers[12]
Jeff LockePIndianapolis Colts[13]
March 10, 2017Charles JohnsonWRCarolina Panthers[14]
Captain MunnerlynCBCarolina Panthers[15]
March 11, 2017Audie ColeLBJacksonville Jaguars[16]
March 13, 2017Cordarrelle PattersonWR/KROakland Raiders[17]
March 14, 2017Andre SmithOTCincinnati Bengals
March 24, 2017Scott CrichtonDTReleased
May 4, 2017Marquis LucasOTWaived
Sterling BaileyDE
Cedric ThompsonS
May 16, 2017B. J. DuboseDTWaived[18]
May 17, 2017Toby JohnsonDTWaived
May 27, 2017Matt AsiataRBUFADetroit Lions
May 31, 2017Mitch MathewsWRWaived[19]
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
January 3, 2017Reid FragelOTKansas City Chiefs[RFC][20]
Marshall KoehnKMiami Dolphins
Taylor SymmankP
March 9, 2017Riley ReiffOTDetroit Lions5 years / $58.75 million[21]
March 10, 2017Mike RemmersOTCarolina Panthers5 years / $30 million[22]
March 14, 2017Datone JonesDEGreen Bay Packers1 year / $3.75 million[23]
March 16, 2017Latavius MurrayRBOakland Raiders3 years / $15.0 million[24]
March 30, 2017Terrell SinkfieldCBBC Lions (CFL)[25]
Mitch MathewsWRCleveland Browns
Nick TruesdellTECleveland Gladiators (AFL)
March 31, 2017Case KeenumQBLos Angeles Rams1 year / $2.0 million[26]
April 3, 2017Ryan QuigleyPArizona Cardinals1 year / $2.0 million[27]
May 10, 2017Michael FloydWRNew England Patriots1 year / $1.5 million
May 17, 2017Will SuttonDTChicago Bears

[28]

^[RFC] Denotes this is a reserve/future contract.

Staff

2017 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman – Zygi Wilf
  • Owner/President – Mark Wilf
  • Owner/Vice Chairman – Leonard Wilf
  • General Manager – Rick Spielman
  • Executive Vice President – Football Operations – Rob Brzezinski
  • Chief Operating Officer – Kevin Warren
  • Assistant General Manager – George Paton
  • Director of College Scouting – Jamaal Stephenson
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Ryan Monnens

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Mike Priefer
  • Assistant Special Teams – Ryan Ficken

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Athletic Trainer – Eric Sugarman
  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Mark Uyeyama
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Derik Keyes
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Reshard Langford
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Chaz Mahle

Final roster

2017 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 8 Inactive, 11 Practice squad

Preseason

Schedule

The Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 10.

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueNFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Buffalo Bills W 17–10 1–0 New Era Field Recap
2 August 18 at Seattle Seahawks L 13–20 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
3 August 27 San Francisco 49ers W 32–31 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 August 31 Miami Dolphins L 9–30 2–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at Buffalo Bills

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 14017
Bills 0 3 0710

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 3 0713
Seahawks 7 7 6020

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: August 18
  • Game time: 9:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 73 °F (23 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,550
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV: Fox-9
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 3: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 7 10731
Vikings 0 0 171532

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 4: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 7 16 0730
Vikings 0 6 039

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 31
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,409
  • Referee: Pete Morelli (135)
  • TV: Fox-9
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Regular season

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueNFL.com
recap
Attendance
1 September 11 New Orleans Saints W 29–19 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,606
2 September 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–26 1–1 Heinz Field Recap 65,971
3 September 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–17 2–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,390
4 October 1 Detroit Lions L 7–14 2–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,730
5 October 9 at Chicago Bears W 20–17 3–2 Soldier Field Recap 61,834
6 October 15 Green Bay Packers W 23–10 4–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,848
7 October 22 Baltimore Ravens W 24–16 5–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,751
8 October 29 at Cleveland Browns W 33–16 6–2 Twickenham Stadium
(London, England)
Recap 74,237
9 Bye
10 November 12 at Washington Redskins W 38–30 7–2 FedExField Recap 74,476
11 November 19 Los Angeles Rams W 24–7 8–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,809
12 November 23 at Detroit Lions W 30–23 9–2 Ford Field Recap 66,613
13 December 3 at Atlanta Falcons W 14–9 10–2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap 71,185
14 December 10 at Carolina Panthers L 24–31 10–3 Bank of America Stadium Recap 73,728
15 December 17 Cincinnati Bengals W 34–7 11–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,833
16 December 23 at Green Bay Packers W 16–0 12–3 Lambeau Field Recap 78,092
17 December 31 Chicago Bears W 23–10 13–3 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap 66,802

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 1: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 3 3 31019
Vikings 3 13 31029

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 609
Steelers 7 7 6626

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 3 0 14017
Vikings 7 14 10334

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 4: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 3 11014
Vikings 0 7 007

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,730
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich (52)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 5: at Chicago Bears

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 3 14320
Bears 2 0 7817

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 70 °F (21 °C)
  • Game attendance: 61,834
  • Referee: Jerome Boger (23)
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 6: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 6: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 0 10 0010
Vikings 0 14 3623

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 7: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 7: Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 3 3 3716
Vikings 3 6 9624

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

NFL London Games

Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 9 111033
Browns 6 7 3016

at Twickenham Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 56 °F (13 °C)
  • Game attendance: 74,237
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 10: at Washington Redskins

Week 10: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 21 7338
Redskins 10 7 31030

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

Week 11: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 11: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 0 007
Vikings 0 7 01724

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,809
  • Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Greg Olsen and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 12: at Detroit Lions

NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 13 7 7330
Lions 0 10 6723

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,613
  • Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 0714
Falcons 3 3 309

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 14: at Carolina Panthers

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 6 01124
Panthers 7 7 10731

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 0 077
Vikings 17 7 3734

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Week 16: at Green Bay Packers

Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 10 0 3316
Packers 0 0 000

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 17: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 7 0310
Vikings 7 9 7023

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 31
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,802
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad (4)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

Standings

Division

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Minnesota Vikings 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 382 252 W3
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 410 376 W1
Green Bay Packers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 320 384 L3
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 264 320 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[lower-alpha 1] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .461 .433 L1
2[lower-alpha 1] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .492 .447 W3
3[lower-alpha 2] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 .504 .460 L1
4[lower-alpha 2][lower-alpha 3] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[lower-alpha 3] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[lower-alpha 4] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .496 .368 W1
8[lower-alpha 4] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .444 L1
9[lower-alpha 4] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .488 .406 W2
11[lower-alpha 5] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .539 .357 L3
12[lower-alpha 5] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .512 .438 W5
14[lower-alpha 6] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .555 .375 W1
15[lower-alpha 6] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[lower-alpha 7]
  1. 1 2 Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago,
    LA Rams and Washington was 5–0, compared to Minnesota's 4–1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. 1 2 LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. 1 2 New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. 1 2 3 Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. 1 2 Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle
    was 2–3, compared to Washington's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. 1 2 Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Postseason

The Divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints was known as the Minneapolis Miracle. The Vikings would shut out the Siants 17-0 at halftime, but New Orleans would outscore Minnesota 24-6 in the second half, but a pass to Stefon Diggs from Case Keenum that went 61 yards down caused the Saints to fall short and the Vikings won 29-24.

The Vikings were the first Super Bowl host team to play in the Conference Championship game. Despite the Vikings scoring a touchdown on their opening drive to lead 7-0, they lost 38-7 in a large upset to the No. 1 seeded and eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, led by Case Keenum's close friend and former Rams teammate Nick Foles. Case Keenum's pick six to Patrick Robinson change the game; the rest of the game proved total domination from the Eagles, things tied up at 7 before the Eagles scored the next 31 points in the next three quarters. The Vikings have now lost their last six NFC Championship games and their NFC title drought increased to 42 years, a league's longest.

Schedule

Playoff roundDateOpponent (seed)ResultRecordVenueNFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 14, 2018 New Orleans Saints (4) W 29–24 1–0 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
NFC Championship January 21, 2018 at Philadelphia Eagles (1) L 7–38 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Game summaries

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#4) New Orleans Saints

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#4) New Orleans Saints at (#2) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 0 71724
Vikings 10 7 01229

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

NFC Championship: at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles

NFC Championship: (#2) Minnesota Vikings at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 007
Eagles 7 17 7738

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: January 21, 2018
  • Game time: 6:40 p.m. EST/5:40 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 47 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,596
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli (85)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

With their win against the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, Minnesota became the first team in the Super Bowl era to advance to the conference championship game the same year they hosted the Super Bowl. Despite going to Lincoln Financial Field as three-point favorites, primarily due to a general lack of confidence in Eagles second-string quarterback Nick Foles, the Vikings lost in a massive upset to the number 1 seeded Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 38–7. Although the Vikings took an early lead on their opening drive via a pass from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph, the Eagles leveled the scores on a 50-yard Patrick Robinson interception return before scoring a further 31 unanswered points over the final three quarters. This loss extended the Vikings NFC title drought to 42 seasons, the longest in the NFL.

Pro Bowl

Four Vikings players were elected to the Pro Bowl when the rosters were announced on December 19, 2017, with three-time selection Everson Griffen, two-time selection Xavier Rhodes and first-timer Adam Thielen all named as starters, while Griffen's fellow third-timer Anthony Barr was named on the bench at outside linebacker behind the Cardinals' Chandler Jones and the Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan.[29][30] Safety Harrison Smith was rated as the best safety in the league by Pro Football Focus over the course of the season, but was not included in the roster for the Pro Bowl, leading to some considering him to be one of the biggest snubs of the season.[31][32][33]

Smith was eventually named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster on January 22, after New York Giants safety Landon Collins withdrew due to injury. Kyle Rudolph was also included after Jimmy Graham pulled out with an injury, while Linval Joseph took the place of the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles' Fletcher Cox. Smith will be appearing in his third straight Pro Bowl, while Rudolph and Joseph are appearing in their second career Pro Bowls.[34] Barr and Griffen also pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to injury, replaced by Thomas Davis and Michael Bennett respectively.[35]

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Total
Passing yardsCase Keenum3,547
Passing touchdownsCase Keenum22
Rushing yardsLatavius Murray842
Rushing touchdownsLatavius Murray8
ReceptionsAdam Thielen91
Receiving yardsAdam Thielen1,276
Receiving touchdownsStefon Diggs
Kyle Rudolph
8
PointsKai Forbath130
Kickoff return yardsJerick McKinnon312
Punt return yardsMarcus Sherels372
TacklesEric Kendricks113
SacksEverson Griffen13.0
InterceptionsHarrison Smith5
Forced fumblesEverson Griffen3

Source: Minnesota Vikings' official website[36]

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense3,753234.611th
Rushing offense1,957122.37th
Total offense5,710356.911th
Passing defense3,078192.42nd
Rushing defense1,33783.62nd
Total defense4,415275.91st

Source: NFL.com.[37]

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