The Vikings suffered a disappointing and embarrassing 26-7 loss at Carolina on Sunday night. The loss was discouraging on many levels – QB Brett Favre and the offense never got going, the defense eventually relented in the 2nd half after an admirable performance during the first 2 quarters and a pair of starters were benched during the game for performance reasons.
Adding to the disappointment, though, was the fact that the Vikings had every reason to come out of the locker room at Bank of America Stadium firing on all cylinders. Just a few hours before kickoff in Carolina, the Vikings clinched their 2nd consecutive NFC North title by virtue of Green Bay’s loss at Pittsburgh and on Saturday night the New Orleans Saints fell at home to the Dallas Cowboys to leave open the possibility of the Vikings earning the #1 seed in the NFC.
But instead of seizing the moment, the Vikings issued a flat performance. Sunday night’s loss represents the Vikings 2nd in the last 3 weeks and also marks their 2nd consecutive poor performance in front of a national TV audience.
The loss drops the Vikings to 11-3 and now the Purple is just 1 game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the #2 seed in the NFC. This is disappointing because the Vikings entered their game against the Panthers with a chance to cut into the Saints hold on the #1 seed, but now the Vikings must win out to ensure that they can hold their own grip on the #2 seed.
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