"Miracle at the Met"
On the afternoon of December 14, 1980 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN, a successful Hail Mary helped lift the Vikings to an improbable comeback victory and into the playoffs. The game’s stakes were high: both teams – the 10-4 Browns and the 8-6 Vikings – would clinch a division title with a win. The Browns controlled the action, taking a 14-point fourth quarter lead. But the Vikings closed the gap to 1 and – on a final possession in which they had no timeouts and had to drive the length of the field – a beautifully-designed 34-yard lateral set up a final Minnesota chance from the Browns’ 46. With five seconds left, QB Tommy Kramer dropped back and threw a rainbow toward the right sideline and just shy of the end zone. The ball was tipped and caught in a crowd by WR Ahmad Rashad, who scored for a 28-23 Vikings victory and NFC Central championship. It was one of two TD catches for Rashad in a final quarter in which the Vikings scored 19 unanswered points; Kramer finished the game with 456 yards passing.