I was at that game... and it ruined my Christmas
The Vikings and Ravens last regular season matchup came on Christmas day in 2005, in a nationally televised ESPN Sunday Night Football game. Despite a solid performance from Vikings starting QB Brad Johnson and a halftime lead, the Vikings fell to the Ravens 23-30.
Johnson threw for 248 yards on 25-of-36 passing and 2 TDs, finishing the day with a 107.2 passer rating. TE Jermaine Wiggins was JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite target on the day hauling in 7 balls for 43 yards a touchdown. WR Travis Taylor grabbed the other TD pass on a 13-yard strike from Johnson. Taylor finished the day with 3 catches for 40 yards. WR Troy Williamson was on the receiving end of JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s longest pass of the day, when the pair hooked up for a 56-yard completion.
RB Mewelde Moore was the Vikings lead rusher with 49 yards on 10 carries. Moore also had 42 yards on 4 receptions.
On defense SS Corey Chavous and current Vikings LB E.J. Henderson and DT Pat Williams tied for the team lead with 7 tackles apiece. FS Darren Sharper had 1-of-2 Vikings takeaways, picking off Kyle Boller in the 4th quarter. Sharper also added 6 tackles. LBs Raonall Smith and Sam Cowart tallied both of the Vi- kings sacks on the day. Current Vikings CB Antoine Winfield and DT Kevin Wil- liams had 4 and 3 tackles respectively and both notched a pass breakup.
K Paul Edinger connected on 3 of his FG attempts, hitting from 36, 40, and 46 yards. Edinger was also true on both his PATs, while P Chris Kluwe was able to pin the Ravens inside their own 20-yard line twice. Also making an impact on special teams was reserve RB Adimchinobe Echemandu, who forced a fumble on then Ravens KR Chester Taylor that was recovered by Smith to open the second half.