The Minnesota Vikings capped off a spectacularly memorable season Sunday night, with seven players helping lead the NFC to a dominating 62-35 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.
In a game that pits the best of the best of the National Football League, the NFC established itself as the dominant conference thanks largely to the play of Kyle Rudolph (the game’s MVP), Adrian Peterson, Jerome Felton, Blair Walsh, Jared Allen, Chad Greenway and Matt Kalil.
Does this prove that the Vikings are the best team in the NFL? Clearly.
There’s no better way to judge the NFL’s best players than by sending them to Hawaii to compete against the very best of their peers, because obviously you know that the competitive juices of the NFL stars will take over in that scenario and they will bring their best, leading to a scintillating display of football that makes for must-see viewing for football fans all over the world.
Rudlolph caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Felton — who did not have a single carry during the regular season for the Vikings — rushed for 18 yards and a TD. Peterson had a respectable 13 yards rushing. Chad Greenway was all over the field with four tackles. Jared Allen had just two tackles, but they were incredibly clutch stops. He also gave sideline reporter Doug Flutie a wedgie, which earned him some late MVP consideration.
Blair Walsh scored a tremendous 14 points, hitting eight extra points and two field goals.
This was just the latest highlight in a season full of them for Vikings fans. What better way to cap off a 10-6 season than by seeing their best players lead their conference to bragging rights?
Of course, Viking domination in the Pro Bowl is nothing new. Fran Tarkenton was 1965 Pro Bowl MVP. Ahmad Rashad was MVP in 1979. Randy Moss won 2000 MVP, and Peterson was the MVP of the 2008 classic.
Additionally, former Vikings Rich Gannon, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon and Eddie Murray also won Pro Bowl MVP awards, surely due in part to their Vikingness.
So go ahead Steelers and Cowboys fans, taunt us with your Super Bowl rings. Congrats Packers and 49ers on your titles — any team can win one game against another team.
As Vikings fans, we’ll take our team dominating the game that really matters.