The Vikings are off to a 6-0 start, and that has some people thinking Super Bowl. But there’s a long way to go before we can start thinking about playoffs and home field advantage and Super Bowls.
In their quest to reach and win this year’s Super Bowl, the Vikings will face both teams from last year’s Super Bowl, a scheduling coincidence that has happened to the Vikings on occasion in the past. Minnesota travels to Pittsburgh this week to battle the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers and then the Purple heads to Arizona for a bout with defending NFC champion Arizona on December 6.
The last time the Vikings faced both teams from the previous Super Bowl came in 2001 when the team met Baltimore and the N.Y. Giants, participants in Super Bowl XXXV the season prior. That year, the Vikings beat the Giants but lost to Baltimore in the season finale.
In team history, the Vikings have played the defending AFC and NFC champions in the same season a total of 7 times – 1978, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1997, 1999 and 2001.
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