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Looking Back At The 1st Win In Franchise History

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 19, 2010 – 9:06 am

Today is the Vikings 1st home game of the 2010 season and it comes just 2 days after the 50th anniversary of the Vikings 1st-ever regular season game and win.

It was on September 17, 1961 that the Vikings officially took the field in the NFL and they did it in fashion, defeating the vaunted Chicago Bears – featuring the Monsters of the Midway – by a score of 37-13 at Metropolitan Stadium in front of 32,236 enthusiastic and football-starving fans.

In his NFL debut, QB Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to lead the Vikings to victory, completing 17 of 23 passes for 250 yards and 4 TDs. K Mike Mercer scored the 1st points in team history with a 12-yard FG and Bob Schnelker scored the team’s 1st TD on a 14-yard pass from Tarkenton.

Hopefully the Vikings will enjoy a similar fate today in the team’s 1st home game of the 2010 season, without having to use a 2nd QB, of course.


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