Great Games – Randall Cunningham Powers The Vikings Over The Packers


Randall Cunningham had a great career in the National Football League and is known for being one of the most exciting players the league has ever seen. He is primarily remembered for his days with the Philadelphia Eagles, but some of his biggest numbers came after he became the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.

On October 5th, 1998, the Vikings were 4-0 and traveled to Lambeau Field to face the 4-0 Green Bay Packers. The game started out rather slowly and at the end of the first quarter the Vikings were up 3-0 thanks to a 33 yard field goal by Gary Anderson. The Packers evened things up with a 40 yard field goal from Ryan Longwell at the beginning of the second quarter and it was then that the scoring opened up. Randall Cunningham would hook up with Jake Reed on a 56 yard touchdown pass, but the Packers answered back when Roell Preston returned the ensuing kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. Cunningham would connect on another long score as rookie Randy Moss caught a 52 yard touchdown pass from him. He would then focus on a shorter pass and hit running back Robert Smith on a 24 yard touchdown throw. The Vikings would happily go into the lockerroom with a 24-10 lead.

The third quarter would be very similar to the first with the only scoring being a 25 yard field goal from Vikings kicker Gary Anderson. Anderson would add a 19 yard field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter to extend Minnesota’s lead to 30-10. Cunningham would throw his fourth and final touchdown pass then to Randy Moss on a play stretching 44 yards. The Packers would end the game with back to back touchdown passes from backup quarterback Doug Pederson, the first going for 11 yards to Tyrone Davis and the second going for 16 yards to Bill Schroeder. This made it closer, but the outcome was never in doubt as the Vikings rolled to a 37-24 victory.

Randall Cunningham’s stat line from that game was very impressive as he was not sacked one time, completed 20 of 32 passes, passed for 442 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Very impressive, indeed.

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