For the primary time since Blair Walsh missed badly to the left on a 27-yard area-aim try within the waning seconds on a minus 6-diploma day at TCF Financial institution Stadium, the Vikings are again within the playoffs. They face New Orleans in a divisional recreation at three:forty p.m. Sunday at U.S. Financial institution Stadium.
“I feel everyone that was right here that yr has a bitter style of their mouth (from two years in the past), and we need to use that to our benefit only for the straightforward reality that is our first time within the playoffs since then,” operating again Jerick McKinnon stated Wednesday.
Minnesota gamers talked after the Jan. 10, 2016, wild-card spherical defeat to the Seahawks about returning to the playoffs the subsequent season, however that did not occur. The Vikings began 5-zero in 2016 however misplaced eight of their ultimate eleven video games to complete eight-eight.
Two years to attend for an additional postseason shot appears to have fired up the Vikings much more.
“That does,” receiver Jarius Wright stated. “We did not get an opportunity for revenge for ourselves final yr, so, you realize, hopefully this yr we will simply stack (wins) collectively.”
Minnesota gained the NFC North with an eleven-5 report in 2015, Mike Zimmer’s second season as coach. It was the second yr of a two-yr stint enjoying outdoor at TCF Financial institution Stadium whereas U.S. Financial institution Stadium was beneath development.
The Vikings led 9-zero getting into the fourth quarter on three area objectives by Walsh earlier than the Seahawks got here again with 10 factors.
“It did not drive my entire life,” Zimmer stated of the defeat. “I feel we’ve an excellent alternative to play in entrance of our residence followers (Sunday); hopefully they are going to be loud as all get out. They have been good in that (earlier) playoff recreation, nevertheless it was minus 6 levels. It’s going to be somewhat higher climate this time.”
The groups might be indoors Sunday, when there’s snow within the forecast with a excessive temperature of 14 levels and a low of minus 5. Zimmer joked concerning the huge doorways within the stadium maybe being open.
“If it is minus 2, we will have the doorways open in order that they should put on their lengthy johns,” Zimmer stated of the Saints. “No, they will not open the doorways. They’re afraid the pipes may freeze, after which we might have loads of points.”
The precise temperature two years in the past at kickoff tied the sport for the third-coldest in NFL historical past. A 12-mph wind created a wind-chill issue of minus 25.
“It was one of many coldest days of our lives,” Wright stated. “You noticed everyone’s beard freezing and water freezing (on the sideline), and it was loopy to play in.”
Requested how he remembers feeling after the…