For those who want to get your heart ripped out again and again and again:
And I am not so upset about the '98 championship, you have to remember we were pretty banged up after the Falcons game. Robert Smith would not have been able to play in the SB nor would have two of our starting LBers and I believe a CB. So we would have defintiely been the underdog playing the Broncos.
If you really want to talk aobut being cursed you have to go back to the '87 season. I believe the Vikes were the best eam in the league. We would hav ehad the best record in the league if it hadn't been for the strike. Minnesota didn't plan for the strike and fielded the worst scab team and we went 0-3. While Washington went 3-0, thus giving them home field advantage. Had we had home field advantage I believe we would have beat the Redakins and pounded and inferior Broncos team just like the Redskins. That is the NFCCG that really bugs me to this day.
And the stupid play calling you have the best WR in the game in Anthony Carter who can catch everything. and you throw a ball to a RB AND ON THE ONE YARD LINE, EVEN IF HE CATCHES THE MORON WAS SHORT OF THE GOAL LINE IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The 1998 game is not hard for me to watch, I taped the game and have watched it a few times since it happened. It really is unbelievable how everything went wrong. Everything went Atlanta's way, hollywood style. Most people like to blame Anderson for his miss, but it's not like it was a Norwood type situation. We still had a 7 point lead with 2 min to go. Griffiths dropped INT's haunt my memories more. He dropped them both on Atlanta's final game tying drive.
The first occurred at 1:55:00 in Dibbzz video above. The ball might have be slightly deflected by the WR but it looked like he got both hands on the ball. Unfortunately there were no replays. And at the 1:57:30 mark, he dropped a tipped pass in the EZ. He got both arms under the ball, but it slipped through. You could argue if Fuller hadn't tipped the ball in the first place, Rudd has an easy pick, but Fuller tipped it up over Rudd and into Griffiths hands. So in my mind, Griffith and the defense have always been more of a goat than Anderson for not being able to stop a nobody like Chris F'ing Chandler with a trip to the super bowl on the line. We have a history of making less than mediocre QB's look like Joe Montana. *bleep*ing zone defense.
wk 3 at Chiefs - game was canceled, and not including scab games the Chiefs finished 4-8
wk 4 vs Packers - regulars finished 3-8-1
wk 5 at Bears - regulars finished 9-3
wk 6 at Bucs - regulars finished 2-10
As you said, our scabs went 0-3 in that stretch, so we probably go 11-5 if the strike doesn't happen. It's hard to predict how the other teams would have done had their starters played out the season, but if you remove the scab games, the Vikings end up 8-4 and still end up with the 5th seed (only 5 teams made the playoffs back then). In fact without the scab games the NFC playoff picture ends up exactly the same. The 49ers are #1 at 10-2 (own tie breaker vs Saints), Bears are #2 at 9-3, Skins are #3 at 8-4, Saints #4 at 10-2, and Vikings are #5 at 8-4. So we still play the wildcard game at the Superdome and then travel to San Fran if we win.
As to your other theory about us beating the Skins if the NFCCG is played at the dome, again it's hard to say, but it would have been preferable. Although, we played the Skins at the dome in the final regular season game that season and lost 27-24 in OT. But I agree with you, WTF did we throw it to Nelson?!