However, Denver stormed back with 23 unanswered points. The game was featured as one of the NFL's Greatest Games as Andersen and Anderson. Falcons 30, Vikings 27 (OT) Minneapolis -- Jan. 17, 1999 -- Although Atlanta had captured the NFC West with an impressive 14-2 mark, the Vikings came into this game a prohibitive favorite. Leading 20–7 just before halftime, some would argue[weasel words] that the Vikings got greedy with their playcalling, as they called a deep pass play on third down, which led to a Cunningham fumble deep in Minnesota territory. Now desperate for points, Dallas tried to convert a fourth and 1 deep in their own territory, only to have Aikman get sacked by Miller for a 10-yard loss. After forcing another Atlanta punt, Stryzinski's 44-yard kick sent the ball back to the Vikings on … Miami managed to respond with a 76-yard scoring drive in which Dan Marino completed three passes to O. J. McDuffie for 45 yards. Shortly thereafter, the Falcons scored to cut the lead to 20–14.
But the Bills defense only allowed three yards over the next three plays and forced a punt. The 1998 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 38th in the National Football League. Dallas had a chance to score on their second drive when Tyrone Hughes returned an Arizona punt 11 yards to the Cowboys 38. After forcing another Atlanta punt, Stryzinski's 44-yard kick sent the ball back to the Vikings on their own 18-yard line with 1:17 left in the half. But safety Eugene Robinson intercepted a pass from Young and returned it 77 yards to the 49ers 20-yard line, leading to Morten Andersen's 29-yard field goal.
Their victory was especially satisfying against the Cowboys, who defeated them twice during the season (38–10 on opening day and 35–28 in week 11). Davis ran for 199 yards, caught a pass for seven yards, and scored two touchdowns. Then after forcing a punt, they took the lead by driving 48 yards and scoring with a 48-yard field goal by Richey. On the Falcons ensuing possession, linebacker Charles Haley deflected a pass from Chandler into the arms of defensive end Junior Bryant, who returned the interception four yards to the Falcons 36-yard line. 12 of their 15 wins came by a margin of at least 10 points. Later in the quarter, the 49ers drove deep into Falcons territory again, only to have Young throw an interception to William White, who returned the ball 14 yards with a personal foul on the 49ers adding another 15.
Other Notable Asst. Randall Cunningham unleashed four more touchdowns, three of them to Randy Moss. Then after forcing a punt, they moved the ball much faster, driving 66 yards in four plays, including John Elway's 33-yard completion to Ed McCaffrey, and scoring with Davis' second touchdown on a 20-yard burst. Metcalf had 66 kick return yards, 36 punt return yards, and two receptions for nine yards. Cris Carter added eight for 119 yards as the Vikings also intercepted Brett Favre three times; backup Doug Pederson took over and threw two scores in the fourth quarter, but they did nothing to assuage a 37–24 Vikings win. Both Young and Favre were intercepted twice. Chandler had one of the best games of his career, throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns.
Both teams took advantage of each other's turnovers and mistakes throughout the game. Two Cunningham touchdown throws put the Vikings up 24–17 until Alstott's score in the fourth proved the key to Tampa's 27–24 upset of the Vikings.
Favre threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, while Young passed for 182 yards and three scores. Quarterback Mark Brunell threw three touchdowns, but completed just 12 of 31 passes for 156 yards and was intercepted three times. The Vikings won 48–22. The Jets took the opening kickoff and drove deep into Denver territory, only to have John Hall miss a 42-yard field goal attempt. Troy Aikman threw for a career-high 455 yards and a score to Patrick Jeffers while Emmitt Smith ran in three scores; despite 513 total yards the Cowboys could not keep pace with the Vikings. A controversial decision in the game saw Vikings head coach Dennis Green instruct quarterback Randall Cunningham to take a knee on a third down deep in Viking territory with about 30 seconds remaining rather than risk having to punt back to Atlanta following their game-tying touchdown. It was the last playoff game at Texas Stadium until 2007.
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On special teams, Gary Anderson became the first placekicker in NFL history to convert every field goal and extra point he attempted. // ]]> Help | Press | Advertise With Us | Jobs | FOX Cincy | RSS | Site Map With just over two minutes to play in the third quarter, Atlanta was clinging on to a 23-7 lead. But as Flutie stepped up to make a throw, he lost the ball while being sacked by Miami's Trace Armstrong and lineman Shane Burton recovered the fumble. Overall, the Ravens coughed up five fumbles but the Vikings offense was largely held in check, with Gary Anderson booting six field goals and Randall Cunningham held to two touchdowns, one to Randy Moss. After forcing a punt, Miami went on another long field goal drive, this one covering 66 yards in 11 plays, including a 22-yard reception by Ed Perry and two pass interference calls against Buffalo for a total of 26 yards. The Vikings blew a chance at another touchdown when Moss dropped a pass in the end zone, but Anderson kicked another field goal to make the score 20–7. All Rights Reserved.
Running back Fred Taylor ran for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Jaguars won their first home playoff game in team history.
Miami then drove 57 yards in 16 plays to score on kicker Olindo Mare's 31-yard field goal.