1998 Vikings make NFL’s 100 greatest teams, Cris Carter does not agree

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Thanksgiving of 1998 will always be remembered as the coming out party for Randy Moss and the Vikings: Although they were a good team heading into that game, the Thanksgiving destruction of the Cowboys was something different. Rookie Moss caught three passes and scored touchdowns on all of them, totaling 163 yards in the process. Cris Carter caught seven passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings led 21-6 just 12 minutes into the game and never looked back on their way to a 46-36 beatdown.

That Vikings team was recognized as one of the the No. 38 team in NFL history as part of the NFL’s celebration of its 100th season, but Carter says he doesn’t agree with that recognition.

“You talk about 100 years of football,” Carter said in the NFL’s video recognizing the team. “I don’t think that team will, like, go down as one of the greatest teams ever. It will go down as one of the biggest disappointments.”

Those Vikings were certainly a disappointment. After a 15-1 regular season, the Vikings blew out the Cardinals in the divisional round and then hosted the NFC Championship. The Vikings led for most of that game, but kicker Gary Anderson, who had gone 35-for-35 on field goals and 59-for-59 on extra points during the regular season, missed a game-sealing field goal before the Falcons came back and tied in the final minute of the fourth quarter, then won the game in overtime.

Should a team that didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl be considered the 38th best team in NFL history? Carter doesn’t think so.

97 responses to “1998 Vikings make NFL’s 100 greatest teams, Cris Carter does not agree

  1. Single game elimination tournaments are a crap shoot, especially with a game of poorly officiated rules of a sport that offers so few games due to recovery time.

    Why do we bother?

  2. Better than some of those Patriot teams that used horseshoes, rabbit foots, camera gear, ball pumps, and dumb opposing coaching decisions to somehow win a super bowl.

  3. I’m in the middle on it.
    If the qualifying criteria is making the super bowl, then you can only have teams of the last 53 years qualify?
    Then the 4 super bowl seasons of the Vikings are better than 1998 if that’s the criteria?

    No question it was the biggest letdown/choke season to me as a fan.
    But that team was dominant.

  4. I hear Jason Garrett compared to Jim Harbaiugh.
    In the same time frame, Harbaugh has a Super
    Bowl win and two AFC championships to
    Garrett’s three playoff appearances. Garrett
    supposedly has everything he needs to win,
    offense, defense: everything, but Harbaugh’s
    autonomy, the freedom to choose his own
    coaches, his own players, and run his team
    his way. Nobody since Jimmy Johnson has
    had autonomy under Jerry Jones, and Switzer
    is the only one to do anything in the playoffs,
    and that was with a staff and team that
    Johnson built.

    Jones won’t take the responsibility to coach
    the Cowboys, and he won’t let anybody else
    coach them either.

  5. Carter has lost his mind after losing his job. Or maybe losing his mind is why he lost his job. Either way, that team was all-time. Even if they did choke at the end.

  6. That Viking team was one powerful outfit. The year of the “alley oop” passes from Cunningham to Moss that marked the advent of the fast and tall NFL wide receiver. I remember it well because the Pack had allowed Eugene Robinson to leave via free agency with nobody to replace him (only Darren Sharper) – Packers defensive backfield lost the brains of the defensive backfield AND had (only Sharper or as I called him “Ole”) a guy who made a long career out of following receivers into the endzone and recovering fumbles other DB’s caused.

    The Vikes kicker took a lot of grief from Vikings fans since he missed the kick – fact is that Atlanta had NO business even being IN that game to force an OT.

    It was one of those gut-wrench losses for the Vikings and their fan base – I’ve gotta believe that being on the losing end of 4 World Championship games is more troubling.

  7. It was not just Gary Anderson. Randy Moss dropped a TD in this game and also dropped a pass up the left sidelines a couple plays before Anderson’s miss that would’ve been a first down and iced it. John Randle hurt his leg and couldn’t get any rush and was hurting the team instead of helping. On the game tying drive in the end zone Robert Griffith dropped the game winning INT that literally hit him right between the numbers. Denny Green then kneeled on it with over 40 seconds left and realistically only needing 30 yards or so for a FG. It was a combination of missed opportunities.

  8. That was a great team – despite what Cris “Get Off My Lawn” Carter thinks. More importantly, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all!

  9. I think it’s a testament to how great they were that no one remembers the Falcon team that beat them but everyone remembers the 98 Vikings even without a Superbowl. You have to consider them one of the top 5 offensive seasons of all time.

  10. Not only did they make the list, but they’re # 38!!! Ahead of the ’79 Steelers. Give me a break. A team that choked in the NFC title game and never won another thing should not be ranked higher than dozens of Super Bowl/championship winners.

  11. I agree that the 1998 team one of the best teams the Vikings had since I became a fan in 76. And sure, the season ended prematurely, which was a major disappointment. Still not as disappointing as losing all 4 Super Bowls, and never being included in any other “greatest teams” lists due to those defeats. And please STOP blaming Gary Andersen for the loss! NOT his fault at all! Sure they could have locked it up by going up two scores at that point, but they were still ahead by 7 and the defense fell apart. Gave up a late TD and still had the ball TWICE in OT and did nothing with it. Robert Smith did not take a snap in OT! Cunningham couldn’t do crap in OT. Missing wide open Moss twice. I loved watching that season. Surely it ended like every other Vikings season. With a loss. It goes with the territory. Us Vikings fans are used to it. Maybe that will change this year.

  12. Too much weight is placed on Super Bowl wins. I don’t think there is a rational argument to be made that the ’07 Giants were better than the ’07 Patriots just because they won the Super Bowl for example. That ’98 Vikings team was the beginning of the shift we’ve seen in the NFL to what it is today, and I’m saying that as a Packers fan who cheers for an 0-16 record from the Vikings every year.

  13. One of several reason people don’t like this guy and he didn’t get into the HOF first ballot.

    He’s a jerk.

  14. Why hasn’t anyone never blamed the Vikings defense for that loss instead of solely Gary Anderson?

    The missed FG did not cause the loss.

    The Vikings would have been crushed by Denver in the SB had they gone to Miami.

  15. This nonsense, and those weekly and basically all other player & staff awards etc, are partly for feeding the media and partly to spread the love around players, teams & owners – so they feel they’re relevant even when they miss out on silverware. And to salve their fans’ egos too.

  16. I agree with Carter which is rare…

    chokers don’t belong in the “Greatest” conversation

  17. i think i remember robert smith running out of bounds stopping the clock…that kept an additional 40 seconds on the clock, also randall cunningham turnover fumble before end of first half…to put all this on gary anderson is ridiculous.

  18. The Vikings would have been crushed by Denver in the SB had they gone to Miami.

    It would have been a much better game than the Falcons gave them. The Vikings just flat out choked in the NFC championship game. The better team did not win.

  19. I’ve seen some really good teams over the years that never won the Super Bowl. It’s not the only measuring stick.

  20. The goal of all teams every year is to win the Super Bowl, you can’t be a “great team” if you didn’t win a Super Bowl.

  21. The Vikings have never won a Championship. The one in 1969 is the equivalent to the NFC Championship. The Chiefs won the Superbowl that year. No Vikings team should ever be considered “Great” in history.

  22. Hard to disagree with Carter, honestly. I still remember staring at the TV in horror as they lost that game in OT. They pretty much destroyed everyone all year long. But boy, that sure was a lot of fun that season. Probably the most fun I’ve had being a longtime Vikings fan. Skol!

  23. There’s been many good, not great teams that got hot at the right time and won a Super Bowl. In my book a team that dominates throughout 16 games and beyond that maybe has some bad breaks or not their best game and gets tripped up in the playoffs is the better team. A lot of times those teams go on to win the Super Bowl. Sometimes they don’t. I still say that 18-1 Patriots team was their best of this era.

  24. The Vikings have plenty of epic losses in the history of their sorry franchise. What other NFL can claim both an 0-4 Superbowl record (Ok, the Bills) AND 0-5 in their last five NFL Conference championship games?

    So their 1998 team was dominant, that there is no doubt. But the 1998 shares the same fate as the 57 other Viking years in that they fell short of the prize, it’s in their DNA at this point.

  25. mammothfan says:
    November 28, 2019 at 9:13 am
    That broncos Vikings super bowl would’ve been epic.

    Like the other 4 Viking super bowls? Lol

    Denver would have won by 30 easily!

  26. I think that 14-2 Falcons team that season never gets recognized much, overshadowed by the team they defeated in the playoffs in Minnesota. No huge superstar names, but they went 14-2, went to the Super Bowl. But it is true, that Vikings team was great until that game

  27. Well we all know who is the number 1 team anyway The 1972 Miami Dolphins
    Location “Perfectville”
    Occupants. “1”
    One hundred years of football…..

  28. ogfogy says:
    November 28, 2019 at 9:12 am
    It was a fun team to watch and they put up a ton of points. But Cris is right. Regular season is for regular teams.
    —————-
    That game was the NFC championship game. Which means the Vikings did play 2 games in the post season.

  29. So Chris Carter could run and catch a football very well, but why does that mean he has anything worthwhile to say? Never have heard him say anything worthwhile.

  30. Two best teams in NFL history are the 2007 Patriots and the team that beat them in the Super Bowl by 3 points to deny them 19-0 just a few weeks after losing at home to the Patriots by the same margin to give the Patriots the only perfect regular season.

    They were mythological. The only team to dare to go 19-0. They also had to endure the fallout from Spygate, which really never even applied to THEIR season. They unwittingly exposed the gross imperfections of the 1972 Dolphins who sports journalists suddenly realized played only two teams with better-than-500 records — and they were both 8-6. Just think of what we thought of this year’s 8-0 Patriots before that Ravens game. Now they’re #4 in this year’s Power Rankings.

    That 2007 team beat some solid competitors. The 5-0 Cowboys in Dallas. The 8-0 Manning led Colts in Indianapolis. In the AFCCG they beat a Chargers team that was on an 8 game winning streak. They beat them in week 2 as well after the Chargers swore revenge for having been upset by New England as a 14-2 number 1 seed the previous year (and Ellis Hobbs danced on the Chargers logo). They beat a Ravens defense in Baltimore led by Rex Ryan and three former U of Miami alumns who dedicated the game to the recentlt fallen Miami teammate Sean Springs. They beat an Eagles team that swore revenge, taking advantage of the Spygate narrative to claim they were cheated out of their Super Bowl in 2004. They beat by 21 points a Steelers team, using a flea flicker to burn the very man who guaranteed victory. They beat the playoff bound Joe Gibbs coached Redskins 52-7 and the Bills 56-10. They went 5-0 against the State of New York before the Super Bowl, including a win over the eventual champion Giants in New York, coming back from a 28-16 halftime deficit to win 38-35.

    The Dolphins of 72 never had this gauntlet and never these thrillers against teams chomping at the bit to bring them down. I bet that 72 season was a snoozefest by comparison.

    The 2007 season was the stuff Literature is made of. The two best teams from that season should be rewarded accordingly. One dared be the only 19-0 team in history and the other crawled back from obscurity after narrowly averting an 0-3 start that might have doomed the season.

  31. phinatic1 says:
    November 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Well we all know who is the number 1 team anyway The 1972 Miami Dolphins
    Location “Perfectville”
    Occupants. “1”
    One hundred years of football…..
    ———————————————————————————–
    What a joke. On par with BYU winning a national title in football because they beat a 6-5 Michigan team in the holiday bowl. The Dolphins had the easiest schedule in football history that year facing two winning teams, and both of them were only 8-6.

  32. That Championship game against the Falcons was so great, I still get goosebumps when I think about it.
    And Gary Anderson’s missed kick, I just laugh and laugh every time I watch that replay.
    It belongs right up there with Favre’s interception against the Saints.
    Classic!!!

  33. Carter isn’t wrong. Futility is the middle name of the Vikings. The Vikings own the outright all-time NFL record for the most postseason losses in the history of the NFL. This includes all pre-merger teams when only eight teams played. You’d think there would be a lot of repeat losers back then. Nope. Vikings own it. The Vikings will need to win four SuperBowls in a row before the team with the second most postseason losses has any chance of wresting the infamous title from the Vikings. The frosting on the cake? They also own the all-time NFL record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances.

    The Packers have a new front office, new head coach, and a completely new offensive scheme. They still lead the division after twelve games. How is that possible? Now that Cousins is walking on water, don’t the Packers know the Vikings have the three best wide receivers on one team and the best running back in the NFL since Barry Sanders and a “most-vaunted” defense In the NFL for three years running? You mean, after all that, the Packers still lead the division after twelve games and playing a harder but nearly identical schedule? How is that possible?

  34. It was a prolific offense, but they were frontrunners and soft as baby poo. As soon as the Falcons challenged them they choked it away – not just the kicker, lots of players with drops, bad throws, bad coaching decisions, etc.

  35. Carter’s right. Now…if there was a Top 100 Biggest Choker Teams, that same 1998 Vikings team would be there. Along with the 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 2009, 2017, etc. And I’m sure there were more than that.

  36. Are we talking great or best? If it’s great, all Superbowl winners before non super bowl winners. It’s kinda like Brady and Manning. Everyone knows Manning is way better, Brady just had a better career due to his top ten defenses and coach, which makes him greater.

  37. Yes, the Vikings should have won. I was at that game. A series of mistakes happened at the worst time. But, to say they choked? The Falcons were 14-2 that season. They were no push overs.

  38. TribeOfOne says:
    November 28, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Everyone knows Manning is way better
    ————————————————————————————
    What was the deciding factor for you? Was it Manning’s 9 one and dones in the playoffs?

  39. amurdora says:
    November 28, 2019 at 7:55 am
    Too much weight is placed on Super Bowl wins. I don’t think there is a rational argument to be made that the ’07 Giants were better than the ’07 Patriots just because they won the Super Bowl for example. That ’98 Vikings team was the beginning of the shift we’ve seen in the NFL to what it is today, and I’m saying that as a Packers fan who cheers for an 0-16 record from the Vikings every year.

    This is great commentary. That Vikings three wide set of Moss, Carter, and Reed was unheard of and opened up the modern passing game. The stage was set the next season for Rams to draft Torry Holt and establish the greatest show on turf. That Viking team also eliminated the use of run stopping strong safeties.

  40. Flawless careen did have a bit of drug use in it. but he is right, never won the super bowl because his team wasn’t good enough, but then that’s always the case.

  41. Their failure to even reach Super Bowl XXXIII will always be viewed as a big disappointment and one can argue 38 is too high for that list, but the argument against the 1998 Vikings being at least one of the NFL’S top 100 teams is obviously not a great one to anyone seriously familiar with the league’s history.

  42. The Falcons are who we thought they are!!!
    if you want crown them then crown they asses but the Falcons ARE who we thought they are and we let them off the Hook!!!!

  43. He may be bitter, but it doesn’t mean he’s wrong. They should not be in the top 100 let alone #38.

  44. Wafflestomp and all you other cheesers you got it all wrong. Greatest choke of all time is Packers collapse at Seattle in the NFC Championship game. Leading 16-0 with less than 3 minutes to play the packers somehow managed to lose the game. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a game more…..so much so that I have the video on my phone. I watch it and share it often for others to enjoy. Too damn good

  45. Moss’ coming out party was earlier in that season, on MNF at Green Bay. The Packers hadn’t lost a home game in forever, and Moss torched them deep. That game was awesome.

    It’s a shame that season ended with such a thud. Cunningham/Moss vs. Elway/TD could have been a great super bowl.

  46. I don’t know why Carter is upset, 1: That Vikings team earned being on the list and 2: That lost is a joke anyways.

    Let’s start with the #1 spot. Since they included the Browns first season in tue AAFC and all…. I would say pound for pound the Browns 1948 team was the greatest in history. Undefeated(unlike the Dolphins against winning teams) but more than just undefeated THAT season they went on the biggest winning streak in football jistory going 25-0-2 from 1947-1949, winning their league championship every season.

    That said, I disagree that any team whose players have come foreward stating the owners had in house Steroid dealers posing as team physicians walking around the locker rooms juicing up every single player warrants being on this list, whose team “Doctor” was busted by the DEA having underground HGH amd Anabolic Steroids shipped to the team facilities so Pittsburg should be excluded from the Noll era through the Tomlin era.

    Likewise, Goodells pet team being almost wvery other entry should be excluded for regularly being caught cheating at every level of the game. If you need spy cameras. Wiretapped locker rooms, deflated footballs, and biased officials throwing games your way? You are the polar opposite of great. Period. End of discussion.

  47. The whole list is total garbage. ‘84 49ers the best SF team? They didn’t even have Jerry Rice lol. And I don’t believe in anointing ‘72 Dolphins best ever because they went 17-0. ‘07 Pats went 18-0 before losing. No way Mia and the ‘85 Bears the 2 best teams ever. Cowboys, Steelers, 49ers all had better teams even if they dropped a game or 2.

  48. Leatherface was right…Robert Smith kept going out of bounds which gave the Falcons an extra minute to tie the game after Anderson’s miss. The defence was terrible, but that extra minute of lost possession time, made the difference.

  49. 1969 and 1998 both deserve to be on the list no matter what Cris Carter says.Yeah they disappointed in the end but still a great team. Cris Carter isn’t even the best Carter wide receiver to play for the Vikings. Anthony Carter was a better wide out.

  50. lonniewarwick says:
    November 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Wafflestomp and all you other cheesers you got it all wrong. Greatest choke of all time is Packers collapse at Seattle in the NFC Championship game. Leading 16-0 with less than 3 minutes to play the packers somehow managed to lose the game. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a game more…..so much so that I have the video on my phone. I watch it and share it often for others to enjoy. Too damn good
    _________

    That loss to Seattle was disappointing as a Packer fan, that is true.
    Along with that there have been other blown opportunities in several other postseason games.
    Such is life as an NFL Football fan.

    But, after your favorite team reaches the ultimate pinnacle of the NFL, it kind of takes the sting out of some of those crushing defeats.
    And it honestly helps you appreciate them more.

    I’ve been alive long enough to cheer on the Packers to more NFL Championships than I care to admit.
    I’ve been to a couple of Super Bowls, with family and friends, and witnessed my team hoist the Lombardi trophy right in front of me.
    Enough memories to last a lifetime.

    Though I still harbor some disappointment when I think about GB’s collapse in Seattle several years ago, I realize that it will be all the sweeter when I celebrate their next Championship.
    Surely you must understand what I’m talking about.
    Who’s your favorite team again?

  51. inthroughtheoutdoor says:
    November 28, 2019 at 9:04 am

    The Vikings have never won a Championship. The one in 1969 is the equivalent to the NFC Championship.////

    Not a football fan I see or just a really dumb fan. In 1969 there were 2 football leagues the AFL & NFL, with no inter league games. So nothing like the equivalent NFC championship you mentioned. The Vikings are the last NFL champs before the merger. And the Chiefs were never NFL champs.

  52. The bottom line is, Carter is still upset that the defence blew the game.
    He was irate the next season as well, as the Viking defence allowed nearly 50 pts to the Rams in a playoff game. I still chuckle watching that playoff game, as Viking QB Jeff George, stands around watching his fumbles, ala Cam Newton, get recovered by the defence.

  53. fmc651 says:
    November 28, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    inthroughtheoutdoor says:
    November 28, 2019 at 9:04 am

    The Vikings have never won a Championship. The one in 1969 is the equivalent to the NFC Championship.////

    Not a football fan I see or just a really dumb fan. In 1969 there were 2 football leagues the AFL & NFL, with no inter league games. So nothing like the equivalent NFC championship you mentioned. The Vikings are the last NFL champs before the merger. And the Chiefs were never NFL champs.
    *****************
    The Vikings are the only fan base I know of who’s team lost a Super Bowl, yet they desperately try and cling to this idea that they won some kind of championship.
    They certainly are cute when they get their ponytails in a twist.

  54. I was also at that game, 50 yard line, front row. We were winning 21 to 0 until Cunningham threw an interception just b4 the half. I gave up my tickets after that year. I had tickets since 1971. I blamed the loss on Danny Greenfor taking a knee with 45 seconds left in the half. What a moron. I was ready to buy my tickets to Miami that day until the field goal was missed. There were mistakes during the game yes, but that field goal killed us. There was no way atlanta could have won the game if he had made it.

  55. Classic choke, sad. 2000 choke, sad. 2009 choke, sad. I will never buy their jersey. Have a 2nd,3rd even 4th team as a backup vikes fans. That skol thing is just stupid. Best of luck this year, maybe someday.

  56. You don’t know any Vikings fans if you think Vikings fans brag about the 1969 NFL championship.Just stating fact when trolls here make up a story about the same as NFC championship

  57. No chance. If you see interviews with Bronco’s players from the Era. Terrel Davis said they were so relieved the Vikings lost because they felt the Vikings were going to destroy them because the Denver CB’s couldn’t cover Reed, Moss, Carter & Robert Smith.

    The Vikings would’ve won that SB and it disgusts me to this day. You are an idiot also.

    nagyisterrible says:
    November 28, 2019 at 8:37 am
    The Vikings would have been crushed by Denver in the SB had they gone to Miami.

    It would have been a much better game than the Falcons gave them. The Vikings just flat out choked in the NFC championship game. The better team did not win.

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