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The Minnesota Vikings are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings compete in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Prior to divisional realignment in 2002, they had been a member of the Central Division, also known as the Black & Blue Division.

Early History of the Vikings

Pro football in the Minneapolis - Saint Paul area (the "Twin Cities") began with the Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets, an NFL team that played intermittently in the 1920s-30s, but a new professional team in the area did not surface again until August 1959, when three Minneapolis businessmen were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League. Five months later, in January 1960, after significant pressure from the NFL, the ownership group forfeited its AFL membership and then was awarded the National Football League's 14th franchise with play to begin in 1961.

The team was officially named the Minnesota Vikings on September 27, 1960. The name is partly meant to reflect Minnesota's place as a center of Scandinavian American culture.

Minnesota Vikings Statistics

The Vikings have been one of the most successful NFL franchises. They currently have the fifth-highest winning percentage in the NFL. They are also one of only five NFL teams to win fifteen games during the regular season. The Vikings have won one NFL championship (pre-1970 AFL-NFL Merger), but subsequently lost 23-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. The Vikings were the first team to play in four Super Bowls, although they lost in all four. The Minnesota Vikings have won their division 18 times, third most among teams currently playing in the NFL and the most among current teams in their division. No team has as many NFC or AFC Championship game appearances as the Minnesota Vikings.

Recent Vikings Statistics

Minnesota began the 2006 season under Coach Childress and finished the year at 6-10. Despite a strong push in the middle of the 2007 season, winning five straight games, the Vikings lost their final two games to finish the season at 8-8, missing the playoffs.

In the 2008 season the Vikings clinched the NFC North championship by defeating the New York Giants 20-19 in Week 17. On January 4, 2009, the NFC North champion Vikings hosted the Philadelphia Eagles for the Wild Card round, their first home playoff game in eight years, but the Eagles defeated the Vikings, 26-14.

On August 18, 2009, veteran quarterback Brett Favre, who until 2007 played 16 years for division arch rival Green Bay Packers, signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Vikings, starting what many Vikings fans refer to as the "The Brett Favre Era". Favre helped the Vikings clinch the 2nd seed in the conference and a 1st round-bye. The Vikings played the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round on January 17, 2010, and won the game by a score of 34-3, advancing the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, the ninth in franchise history and the first since 2001. Minnesota was ousted in overtime, 31-28.


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