It took all they had. . .and more than he probably should have needed. . .for the Minnesota Vikings to beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 6 NFL action, but as the dust settled and the smoke cleared, the Vikings ended the day with one of the best days in terms of distance traveled in team history.
According to the Vikings public relations team, the 571 yards the Vikings racked up Sunday at Bank of America Stadium is the third-highest total in team history, and the most they have accumulated in 17 years.
Which two games did the Vikings rack up more yards than today? Glad you asked.
The highest yardage in team history was 622 yards in a 52-14 loss to the Baltimore Colts at Metropolitan Stadium on September 28, 1969. This game is also historic for the Vikings and for the NFL as a whole, because that was the game that saw Joe Kapp throw in seven touchdown passes, a mark that remains an NFL record to this day (although it has been tied several times over the years). ). Kapp threw for 449 yards that day, and two other quarterbacks also recorded passing yards that day (54 for Gary Cuozzo and 35 for Bob Lee). The Vikings also had 92 rushing yards in this contest.
The second highest total was seventeen years ago today in a Sunday night game between the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on October 17, 2004. Many Vikings fans will remember that. this game like the one where Randy Moss suffered a hamstring injury that would end up hampering him for much of the 2004 season, but even after his outing, the Vikings racked up a ton of yards. . .and points. The Vikings ended up winning this game 38-31 on the strength of 425 passing yards and five touchdowns from Daunte Culpepper, but the Vikings also managed to take 188 rushing yards (109 for Mewelde Moore, 66 for Moe Williams and 13 for Culpepper). That gave them a total of 605 yards, the second-largest yarding day in team history.
With so much footage put together. . .and how much Carolina’s offensive struggled for much of the day. . .It seems crazy to think the Vikings needed overtime to sideline the Panthers on Sunday afternoon. But, at the end of the day, they were victorious, although it might not have been a work of art from start to finish.