Even former Vikings QB Tommy Kramer says ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ trumps ‘Miracle at the Met’
About 37 years before Sundays Minneapolis Miracle, there was the Miracle at the Met.
Through nearly four decades, former Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer has seen Hail Mary passes succeed in a similar fashion as his 46-yard touchdown heave to Ahmad Rashad at the end of the 1980 season, clinching a playoff spot at the old Metropolitan Stadium.
But not very often for the Vikings, a franchise accustomed to hearing curse annually tied to its playoff hopes.
Heh, Kramer exclaimed in a phone conversation Wednesday. Yeah, thats for damn sure.
Playoff demons were exorcised in an all-time classic, ending with receiver Stefon Diggs 61-yard touchdown catch and run and the first walk-off touchdown to ever end an NFL game in postseason regulation. Kramer watched the Vikings 29-24 NFC Divisional win over the Saints from Fargo, where he was making appearances and signing autographs.
Then the most improbable Vikings play happened since Kramer-to-Rashad clinched a playoff spot on Dec. 14, 1980.
Oh, it was unbelievable, Kramer said. Diggs did a hell of a job keeping his balance.
Circumstances of the two plays were eerily similar. Both drives started at their own 20-yard line (Sundays started with a false start). Both drives had fewer than half of a minute (25 seconds for these Vikings; 14 seconds for Kramers). Both offenses needed a touchdown to win the game and advance.
So does Case Keenums pass to Diggs stack up to the first Minneapolis miracle in a 28-23 win over the Browns?
I think so, especially because its a playoff game, Kramer said. Of course, the other one was, too, because we had to win it to get into the playoffs.
After Diggs heroics on Sunday, Kramer posted to his Twitter account: I think I speak on behalf of [Ahmad Rashad] and myself, we will gladly take the number 2 spot. Kramer isnt selling short his Hail Mary toss, figuring it was the more difficult play of the two.
Well, its tougher with a Hail Mary, I think, Kramer said. Because you know somebody can go up and hit the ball and knock it out of bounds or whatever. What [Diggs] play is, its like a fly pattern and he went around and balanced himself out and ran it all the way in.
Kramer had just one more thought: Hed like to be watching the Vikings play in the first-ever home Super Bowl on Feb. 4, when he and three more former Vikings Keith Millard, Robert Tate and Henry Thomas host a Super Bowl watch party in Duluth at the Pier B Resort Hotel.
Tell them to bring it on home to Minnesota, Kramer said.