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Vikings Still Facing Blackout; Jared Allen Resorts to Begging
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 2nd 2009 11:00PM by Bruce Ciskie (author feed)
Filed under: Eagles, Vikings, NFC East, NFC North, NFL Fans.

The Minnesota Vikings front office has been sweating bullets all week. They are trying like crazy to sell the remaining tickets for Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

At the start of the week, there were some 20,000 tickets left. By Wednesday, they were down to 11,000. The NFL’s blackout deadline of Thursday was extended, and the Vikings were down to 3,100 or so tickets by Friday.

They have until 3:30pm Central time Saturday to sell what’s left. If they do it, they’ll have accomplished it without leaning on a corporate buyout of the remaining seats. Here’s Vikings vice president of sales Steve Lacroix:
Knowing that they’re in a bit of a pickle, the Vikings called on resident loudmouth and cheapshot artist Jared Allen to, well, beg for help.Continue Reading

Behind Enemy Lines: Talking Wild Card With Eagles and Vikings Bloggers
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 10:20AM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Eagles, Vikings, NFC East, NFC North, NFL Fans I would’ve been happier if the Vikes hadn’t needed a 10-point comeback against the Giants’ second-stringers to win their last game. I think they’re shaky. I think Tarvaris Jackson’s performance was a bit of a mirage, since a lot of it came against some bad pass defenses. I get nervous every time Adrian Peterson touches the ball now, cause he keeps fumbling. I don’t think they’re exactly going into the playoffs with momentum.

I’d feel a lot better if the Eagles had won that “must win” game against the Redskins two weeks ago. These guys are clearly playing some good football right now, but I still think they’re short a couple of guys needed to make a Super Bowl run.

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Vikings Fans Buy 9,000 More Tickets, 11,000 Still To Go
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 31st 2008 1:26PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Vikings, NFL PlayoffsIn the past two days, the Minnesota Vikings have sold 9,000 tickets to Sunday’s Eagles’ playoff game. Normally that would be good news, but after nearly 45 percent of season ticket holders decided not to buy playoff tickets, the Vikings still have 11,000 tickets to sell.

If the Vikings don’t have those tickets sold by 3:30 p.m. CT tomorrow the game will be blacked out in Minnesota. Minnesota has requested an 24-hour extension, which will almost assuredly end up being approved even though it will likely go against previous NFL policy.

Earlier this year the NFL denied the Lions’ request for an extension when that team was 6,000 seats short of a sellout. It’s hard to believe that the Vikings will be dramatically closer than that by tomorrow.. There have been times in the past that the Vikings have been bailed out of a blackout by having the local television station buy the remaining tickets. It’s hard to imagine KMSP buying 5,000 or more tickets, but if the Vikings can sell a couple of more thousand, the chance to air the Vikings first playoff game in several years would be worth paying for 1,000 or 2,000 seats.

Whatever the situation, this is an embarrassment for the Vikings, especially as they continue to try to sell tickets while two other first-round games were near-instant sellouts. The Cardinals are have plenty of tickets left–6,500 at last count–but then everyone knows that Cardinals fans are some of the worst in the league, and for good reason.

Wild Card Week Preview
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 29th 2008 6:00PM by Shane Bacon (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Ravens, Vikings, NFL Playoffs

With the playoffs less than a week away, here is everything you need to know about Wild Card Weekend.

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals

— Saturday, Jan. 3, 4:30 PM EST
— University of Phoenix Stadium
— Atlanta, in a must-win against the Rams in Week 17 for a potential two seed, took care of business behind running back Michael Turner. The first-year Falcon had 208 yards and a touchdown in the 31-27 win over the Rams to secure a playoff bid. Arizona struggled down the stretch but won a lagging NFC West division that only had one team with a winning record.
— None
— Atlanta - 4-1. Arizona - 2-3.
— Atlanta taking down a hot Minnesota team in Week 16, 24-17. Arizona beat Dallas in Week 6, 30-24.
– For Atlanta, it is the rookie Matt Ryan. When the play-caller has a quarterback rating of 94 or higher, the Falcons are 8-1. For Arizona, it is the running game. With Edgerrin James being pushed out as the top back, Tim Hightower and J.J. Arrington have been asked to carry the load. Kurt Warner and his great receiving core will get theirs, so it is up to the running game to balance their offensive attack.
– In terms of least intimidating stadiums to play in, the one in Phoenix has to rack up. Living in the area, I know what Cardinals fans come to expect, and if the team falls behind 10-0 early, you can bet the Card hopefuls will be basically saying to one another, “No surprise here.” For Ryan, a playoff game is a different beast, but he has a pretty favorable match-up to get his feet wet. I think the Falcons go to Glendale and beat the Cardinals.
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Vikings Just a Little Short of a Sellout for Wild Card Weekend Against Eagles
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 29th 2008 9:25PM by Bruce Ciskie (author feed)
Filed under: Eagles, Vikings, NFC East, NFC North, NFL Fans, NFL Playoffs

The Minnesota Vikings completed a stirring rally from a 0-2 start Sunday by winning the NFC North. The division title was clinched on a dramatic last-second field goal by kicker Ryan Longwell.

For the success-starved supporters of this organization, seeing them clinch their first playoff berth in four years and win their first division title since 2000 had to be an exhilarating experience. It’s the kind of experience that leaves the paying customer wanting more. There’s no question that such a moment can lead to a huge surge in ticket sales for the upcoming home playoff game.

Unfortunately, the Vikings are a tad short of a sellout for Sunday’s game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Can’t be a big deal, though. I mean, the Vikings needed an extension from the NFL to avoid a blackout of their Week Three game against Carolina because they were 1,400 or so tickets short.

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Williams Wall Should Be Back for Eagles
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 30th 2008 8:01AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Eagles, Vikings, NFC North, NFL PlayoffsA broken shoulder blade sounds like a pretty severe injury, but Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams is trying to prove that it’s just a three-week speed bump for him.

Williams is planning to be back on the field Sunday when the Vikings face the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs. According to Big Pat, he no longer has any pain, although he has to show that he’s regained the strength in the shoulder.

Even if Williams’ isn’t at 100 percent, he’s one player who can help the team simply by getting on the field. Williams is big enough that even with one arm, he’ll help clog the middle and force the Eagles to junk their running game. Williams’ return would be especially important because there is a good chance Minnesota will be without starting defensive end Ray Edwards, who injured his knee against the Giants.

If Edwards is out, the Vikings will have to rely on Otis Grigsby and Brian Robison. Robison is a better pass rusher, while Grigsby may be a little bit better run defender, but neither of them can equal Edwards’ all-around ability.

Separating Playoff Contenders From Pretenders
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 30th 2008 8:30AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, Vikings, NFL PlayoffsWe all know that NFL records are not always created equal, and life isn’t fair.

That explains why the 11-5 Patriots are sitting at home while the 8-8 Chargers are preparing for the playoffs. But now that the playoff pairings have been set, it is pretty easy to get a quick and dirty look at which teams were tested during the regular season and which teams skated into the playoffs thanks to very forgiving schedules.

To get a better look at how the playoff teams matched up, I compiled each playoff team’s record against the other playoff teams. It’s a look that has some flaws–a win against the 8-8 Chargers counts while a win against the Patriots doesn’t, but it is a very good, and quick, way to see how many tough games each team played during the regular season.

So which teams earned their way and which ones snuck in? Well, the Dolphins shouldn’t be too proud, while the Eagles didn’t exactly back their way in, even if they had to win on Sunday to snag the NFC’s last wild card spot.Continue Reading

Vikings Win NFC North on Last-Second Field Goal, Will Host Cowboys-Eagles Winner
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 4:55PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Cowboys, Eagles, Vikings, NFL PlayoffsThe Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North on this Ryan Longwell 50-yard field goal as time expired:

Minnesota didn’t exactly set the world on fire, needing a last-second field goal to beat a Giants team that was basically phoning it in as it rested its top players for the playoffs. But when the Vikings needed quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to deliver down the stretch, he did: Jackson hit Bernard Berrian for a 54-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Vikings fans have to feel good about that.

Next weekend the Vikings will host the winner of this afternoon’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL Playoff Schedule: Times Set for Wild-Card Round of Playoffs
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 9:55PM by Tom Herrera (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Ravens, Vikings, NFL PlayoffsAbout an hour ago, we were still talking about the collapse of the Cowboys, Jets, et al. But life moves fast in the NFL and we’ve already got the schedule and times for next weekend’s wild-card round of the playoffs.

Check out the full slate of matchups below, and after the jump, make your predictions for which teams will bang out some big wins. I’m going with Falcons, Colts, Ravens and Vikings (though I was tempted pick all four road teams).

No. 5(11-5) at No. 4 (9-7, NFC West champs)
4:30 PM ET (NBC)

No. 5 (12-4) at No. 4 (8-8, AFC West champs)
8:00 PM ET (NBC)

No. 6 (11-5) at No. 3 (11-5, AFC East champs)
1:00 PM ET (CBS)

No. 6 (9-6-1) at No. 3 (10-6, NFC North champs)
4:30 PM ET (FOX)
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Vikings 20, Giants 19: Minnesota’s Finally Back In the Playoffs
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 11:31PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, Vikings, NFC East, NFC NorthIt’s time for Vikings fans to celebrate. Minnesota is in the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, and thanks to Ryan Longwell’s last-second game-winning field goal, Minnesota earned its way in, instead of relying on the Bears’ loss to back into the playoffs.

Adrian Peterson wrapped up his first rushing title, the Vikings finished with the league’s stingiest rushing defense and Tarvaris Jackson proved why he should be the team’s quarterback in the playoffs by leading a fourth-quarter comeback.

But while there’s a lot to celebrate for Vikings fans, there’s also some reasons to be concerned:

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