Football isn’t necessarily my favorite sport to watch. I’m personally more of a baseball fan with my devotion to the Minnesota Twins. To be fair, I have never been to an NFL Football game at any major stadium. One of my coworkers was selling her tickets to the Saturday, December 17th Vikings game versus The Colts. I jumped at the chance to see The Vikings live because I haven’t seen the new US Bank Stadium. Watching this game in person was incredible especially because The Minnesota Vikings broke an NFL record.
As the game started, The Vikings were having a rough time. At halftime, the score was 33-0 with The Vikings not being able to score anything. Fans were pissed! Our seats were in the season ticket holders section and there was a lot of swearing and frustration that could be heard. Being in this section was pretty entertaining. There was someone doing commentary in the back row of our section and his comments made us all laugh.
As the second half progressed, the same commentator would say “4 touchdowns to win” or “3 touchdowns to win”. Throughout the game, The Vikings kept scoring. The game started with “there’s no way The Vikings can come back from this” to “The Vikings have a chance.” The energy in the stadium increased as The Vikings kept scoring. Eventually, it got to the point where The Vikings scored a touchdown and the score was 36-34. The Vikings needed the two-point conversion to tie the game. There was silence in the stadium as we all watched what would happen. The Vikings did it and everyone cheered. It was time to move the game into overtime.
At this point, I’m sweaty and my heart is beating out of my chest. My Fit Bit recorded this as a workout for the day; that’s how energized I was. Overtime began and The Vikings won the coin toss. Winning the coin toss in overtime is crucial because if you score first, you win. However, The Vikings didn’t score when they had the ball. This meant The Colts had a chance to score. The Vikings stopped them and we got the ball back. At this point, fans are absolutely jumping up from their seats and standing to watch the game.
The Vikings kept moving the ball down the field which put them in field goal range. This was it. If The Vikings kicker made this field goal, we would win the game. If the kicker missed, The Colts would have another chance and that could cost us the game. It was maddening watching this play out, but then we saw the ball soar through the yellow goalposts. It was on the big screen at US Bank Stadium that we won! I was cheering and screaming in excitement. Fans in our row came over to high-five us. I couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t believe that I was at a game where The Vikings came back from 0 to win the game in overtime. I didn’t realize it was an NFL record until the announcers stated this in their commentary. On top of that, The Vikings won the NFC North Championship which meant that The Vikings were at the top of their division. This hasn’t happened since 2017.
As a side note, I wanted to know what record we surpassed. In 1993, The Houston Oilers came back to win the game in a 32-point comeback.
I’m in awe. I can’t believe I was at this game. This is something I will never forget.