The Minnesota Vikings were born in the year 1960 as an expansion team. They played their first season the following year in 1961. The Vikings announced themselves to the football instantly by qualifying for the playoffs in just their second season in the league. That early success set the tone for their franchise.
The Vikings enjoyed a lot of success in the late 60s and 70s. The Purple People Eaters era delivered some memorable moments as the Vikings went to four Super Bowls during that time. The ‘Purple People Eaters’ was a nickname given to the Vikings for their ferocious defense, led by Hall of Famers like Alan Page, Carl Eller, and Jim Marshall.
After a bit of a lull, the Vikings enjoyed another era of competitiveness. The 90s saw the Vikings play with some high-powered offenses, led by quarterbacks Randall Cunningham and later, Daunte Culpepper. Randy Moss joined the team during this period and formed a deadly receiving duo with Cris Carter. The Vikings enjoyed regular season success during this time, but postseason glory still remained elusive.
The Vikings then enjoyed a memorable season in 2009 with quarterback Brett Favre. The former Green Bay Packers legend decided to join the Vikings out of spite for his old club and almost led them to the Super Bowl. They lost the NFC Championship game to the New Orleans Saints during that season. Yet another Super Bowl chance gone begging.
In recent years, the Vikings have remained competitive. Under Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota-based team reached the NFC Championship game in 2017, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. They had some amazing players in QB Kirk Cousins and WR Stefon Diggs during that time. After losing Diggs to the Buffalo Bills, they lucked out by selecting WR Justin Jefferson in the 2020 NFL Draft.
How many Super Bowls have the Minnesota Vikings won?
The Minnesota Vikings haven’t won a Super Bowl yet. They have been to the Super Bowl four times, but have yet to touch the Lombardi Trophy. Their first bout with the title came in 1970. They then reached the Super Bowl three more times in the span of seven years but failed to attain glory.
Since the 70s, the Vikings haven’t made the Super Bowl, although they have had some memorable postseason moments. They hold a record of 0-4 in the title games.
How many Super Bowl appearances does the Minnesota Vikings have?
The Minnesota Vikings have appeared in four Super Bowls. All their appearances came in the 70s. Let’s take a closer look at each of those Super Bowls.
Super Bowl IV
The Minnesota Vikings came into Super Bowl IV with a record of 12-2. They were the firm favorites to win the game as the NFL was still considered as the superior league to the AFL. Their opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs, were heavy underdogs in that game. The Chiefs posted a record of 11-3 and were appearing in their second Super Bowl.
The Chiefs’ defense dominated the game as they held the Vikings to only 67 rushing yards and 7 points. They intercepted the ball three times and recovered two fumbles. The Vikings faltered under the wet conditions. Chiefs’ QB Len Dawson was named Super Bowl MVP for completing 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, with one interception. The Chiefs eventually won the game, 23-7.
Super Bowl VIII
The Minnesota Vikings played their second Super Bowl against the Miami Dolphins. This was the Dolphins’ third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Both these teams came into the game posting a 12-2 record. The Dolphins defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders to reach the Super Bowl, whereas the Vikings posted victories against the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dolphins dominated the game, scoring 24 unanswered points in three quarters. The Vikings managed to score in the fourth quarter, but the game was already out of their reach. Larry Csonka became the first running back to win the Super Bowl MVP as he ran for 145 yards in 33 carries. The Dolphins won Super Bowl VIII with a score-line of 24-7.
Super Bowl IX
Super Bowl IX saw the Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. This was the Vikings’ second consecutive appearance in the title game, and third overall.
The Steelers came into the game with a record of 10-3-1, whereas the Vikings had a record of 10-4. This was a game between two future Hall of Fame QBs in Terry Bradshaw and Fran Tarkenton. Their defenses were also considered two of the best in the league.
The first half was a defensive grind, with the only score being the first safety in Super Bowl history. The Steelers went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. The game opened up in the second half, but it was the defense that made the impact. The Steelers limited the Vikings to just nine first downs and 119 total offensive yards. Franco Harris was named Super Bowl MVP for his 158 rushing yards.
Super Bowl XI
The Oakland Raiders were the Minnesota Vikings’ opponents during Super Bowl XI. The Raiders came into the Super Bowl, posting a 13-1 record. The Vikings, on the other hand, had a record of 11-2-1. The Vikings became the first team to lose four Super Bowl games until the Denver Broncos lost their fifth in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Raiders dominated Super Bowl XI, gaining a Super Bowl record 429 yards. They also had a Super Bowl record of 288 yards in the first half. The Raiders led 16-0 in the first half and eventually won the game 32-14. Raiders’ WR Fred Biletnikoff won the Super Bowl MVP for catching 4 passes for 79 yards that set up three Raider touchdowns.
How many Super Bowls do the Minnesota Vikings win?
The Minnesota Vikings are yet to win a Super Bowl since their inception in 1960.
How many divisional trophies do the Minnesota Vikings have?
The Minnesota Vikings have won 20 divisional titles so far.
Viraj is a NFL writer for FirstSportz. A massive Joe Burrow and Bengals fan, he has been following the sport since a long time. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in Sports Management in the UK and tries to follow almost every sport. In his free time, Viraj loves to delve into the world of cinema. A cinephile at heart, he loves everything about the movies. You'll often find him listening to old Hindi songs.
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