Sep 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway gestures prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings will be squaring off for the first time in about four years, which is common for AFC/NFC games. Like the Detroit Lions, the Broncos do not see the Vikings often since games between the two teams have not picked up until the realignment back in 2002.
However, before then, it has been common as of recently that the Broncos and Vikings see each other within a certain period of time. The Broncos and Vikings have faced off eight times in the last 25 years. This is actually quite interesting since teams from the AFC and NFC did not begin the four year meetings until 2002.
The Minnesota Vikings have a slight edge in the series against the Broncos, winning seven of the 13 meetings the two teams have had since 1972. However, the Broncos have won three of the last five games, including two in a row.
The Broncos vs. Vikings series has had a lot of close games. In fact, except for a 42-21 Broncos win back in 1984, each of the 12 games that the two teams have faced off has been decided by no more than eight points. Both these teams appear to bring out the best in each other.
With so many close games, let us dive into the five most memorable games between the Denver Broncos and the Minnesota Vikings.
#5- September 29th, 1991
Perhaps one of the most underrated games in this series, the Denver Broncos traveled to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for an early season matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The game turned out to be a defensive battle for the majority, if not all, of the 60 minutes.
The Broncos and Vikings traded field goals in the first half to go into the locker rooms tied at three a piece. In the third quarter, the Vikings would take the lead on a 25 yard field goal.
Later in the third, the Broncos would take the lead for good when John Elway scrambles for a 17 yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 10-6 lead. David Treadwell’s 32 yard field goal would end the scoring as the Broncos win 13-6.
The game was most noted for the Broncos defense keeping the Vikings out of the end zone. They would also force three interceptions off of Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson. Herschel Walker would record 103 yards on the ground for the Vikings.
Gaston Green would top Walker that day as he rushed for 158 yards for the Denver Broncos.
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