The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings are going to add another chapter of their bitter feud on Sept. 18. Before these two teams face off on ‘Sunday Night Football,’ relive some of the greatest moments of this historic NFL rivalry.
1. The 1961 Double Header
These two teams were destined to be bitter rivals. The Minnesota Vikings debuted as an expansion team in 1961, per Bleacher Report, and a scheduling error forced them to play the Green Bay Packers for two weeks in a row. With Vince Lombardi coaching them, the Packers dominated both matches, winning 33-7 and 28-10. Needless to say, the Vikings have never forgotten it.
2. Brett Favre Breaks Dan Marino’s Record – By Scoring On Minnesota
Sept. 30, 2007 is a date etched in the minds of Packers and Vikings fans. Going into the Week 4 clash, Brett Favre, 46, was poised to break Dan Marino’s, 55, record for most touchdowns thrown in a career. Minnesota couldn’t stop Brett, as the Packers QB connected with Greg Jennings, 32, for a 16-yard-pass, giving Brett touchdown #421. To add insult to injury, Green Bay would go on to win that game, 23-16.
3. Randy Moss Introduces Himself To Green Bay
Speaking of Dan and the Miami Dolphins, in 1998, the Packers were close to breaking another record, per ESPN. At 25 straight victories at Lambeau Field, they were two away from tying the Dolphins’ 27-game streak of consecutive home game wins. Enter Vikings rookie Randy Moss, 39. Randy caught five passes for two touchdowns in a 37-24 victory that shattered Green Bay’s dreams of breaking the record.
4. The Catch In 2000
While during a nail-biting edition of Monday Night Football on Nov. 6, 200, these two mortal enemies were locked in a 20-20 tie. Heading into overtime, Brett Favre threw a long pass towards Antonio Freeman, 44. Vikings cornerback, Cris Dishman, 51, was there to deflect the ball, but a diving Antonio somehow managed to keep the ball alive. After getting to his feet, he rushed towards the endzone, handing the Packers the 26-20 win.
5. Brett Favre Returns To Lambeau Field – While Wearing Purple
After 15 seasons with Green Bay, Brett retired from the NFL. Then, he came back. After a season with the New York Jets, Brett did the unthinkable: betray every Green Bay Packers fan by signing with Vikings.
On Nov. 1, 2009, Brett made his “homecoming,” returning to Lambeau Field but as a Viking. Win or lose, it was going to be emotional. Yet, even in a different uniform, Brett was Brett. His four touchdowns led to a 38-26 win against his ex-team.
Will this Sunday Night Football game add another epic moment to the rivalry? HollywoodLifers – who do you want to win this game? Green Bay or Minnesota?