With single game tickets for the 2015 season going on sale today, we thought we'd take a look back at the top five moments from last season at TCF Bank Staidum.
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5. Asiata Nets Hat Trick In Win vs. Redskins
Hats didn't fly from the stands but cheers did rain down at the University of Minnesota when Matt Asiata ran for three touchdowns in the second half against Washington. Each of Asiata's scores gave the Vikings the lead, and he followed the final one with a successful run on a two-point conversion. It was the second time Asiata scored three TDs in one game in 2014, helping him tie for third in the NFL with nine rushing TDs on the season.
4. Mike Zimmer Gets First Division Win To Wrap Up The Season
Mike Zimmer waited a long time to become a head coach, but his first season has been rated largely as a success because of the progress the Vikings made. A year with numerous challenges concluded with a gritty-as-sandpaper win against the Bears. Zimmer's first win in the NFC North included 14 tackles by Audie Cole and a 44-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen from Teddy Bridgewater, who presented a game ball to his coach.
3. Teddy Bridgewater Shines In Starting Debut
Bridgewater dazzled in his debut start during Week 4 against the Falcons. The first-round pick set team records for a rookie in his first start in: passing yards (317), completions (19) and rating (98.9). He led the first of a franchise-record-tying four comeback wins in the fourth quarter and became the third rookie in team history to win his first start.
2. Vikings Throw Block Party In Win vs. Panthers
Thielen became the fourth player in franchise history to block a punt and return it for a touchdown, corralling the ball and rising from the turf in a smooth motion before sprinting to the end zone. The 30-yard dash set a franchise record that lasted less than a full quarter because of the speed that Everson Griffen showed on a 43-yard return after recovering a block by Jasper Brinkley. It was the fifth time in league history for a team to return two blocked punts for TDs and second time for the feat to occur in the same half.
1. Jarius Wright's 87-Yard Overtime Touchdown vs. Jets
A smart decision before the snap sparked the electrifying finish. Bridgewater surveyed the Jets defense and correctly spotted an "all-out blitz." He checked into a play with a greater chance of working, and quickly fired to Wright, who smoothly snagged the pass, slipped a tackle and showcased his own jets, zooming down the Vikings sideline. Wright's catch-and-run became the third-longest reception in team history and the second-longest in overtime in NFL history.