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Falcons vs. Vikings: a quick look at the series history

Fact: Jamal Anderson’s favorite animal is cow-bison hybrid called a “beefalo”

Running back Jamal Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images

The Falcons take on the Vikings tomorrow in a road game that doesn’t really matter. Sure, it will have some impact on their draft position. And sure, every game from here on out is the functional equivalent of a tryout for 2021 and beyond. But the Falcons are 0-5 and Dan Quinn will be missing from their sideline for the first time in half a decade. It’s depressing.

But you didn’t come here to commiserate. Let’s take a closer look at this series history!

The Vikings hold a commanding 20-11 in this series, and they’ve won 4 of the last 5 matchups. The series dates all the way back to December 4, 1966, a 20-13 Falcons victory, and only the second win in franchise history.

The most important game in this series is undoubtedly the one that led to “The Kick.” Let’s re-live that moment, because we all need some positivity in our lives right now. January 17, 1999 was not an ordinary day. With a single swing of his magical left foot, Mort Anderson changed the Falcons forever. His 38-yard field goal in overtime sent the Falcons to their first Super Bowl game, an accomplishment Falcons fans had patiently awaited for 32 decidedly mediocre years. And don’t forget, the Falcons weren’t supposed to win that game. It was supposed to be just another tune up for a Super Bowl favorite Vikings team that went 15-1 in the regular season, which is why the Falcons went in as 10.5 point underdogs. But Mort Anderson and the rest of the Falcons had a different outcome in mind. And with a little help from the Vikings, the Falcons made history that day. (No NFL team had ever gone 15-1 in the regular season and not won the Super Bowl.)

The latest game in this series was the Vikings’ 28-12 victory over the Falcons in Week 1 of the 2019 season. Matt Ryan threw 2 picks in that game and Ito Smith’s 31 rushing yards led the Falcons ground attack. Dalvin Cook carved up the Falcons defense, racking up 111 rushing yards and scoring twice on the ground.

Your thoughts about this series history, Falcoholics?