This 12 months’s Christmas falls on a Friday and for followers of the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, they needn’t fear about being on the stadium when these two groups meet up in New Orleans for a uncommon Christmas Day NFL sport. Due to COVID-19, there won’t be what is often a large and noisy crowd at a Saints dwelling sport.
Subsequent Friday’s sport will likely be solely the 22nd in league historical past performed on December 25. The very first vacation sport was performed in 1971 and the final time two groups met on Christmas Day was again in 2017 when the league staged a doubleheader that noticed the Pittsburgh Steelers thrash the Houston Texans 34-6 and the Eagles edging the then Oakland Raiders 19-10.
That first sport 49 years in the past pit the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Minnesota Vikings in a divisional playoff sport which resulted in a 20-12 Dallas victory. Paradoxically, the Vikings are taking part in once more on December 25. However the Vikings haven’t performed in simply two Christmas Day video games, they’ve discovered themselves lacking out on celebrating with households at dwelling two different occasions (1989 & 2005). The Steelers have additionally performed in a number of December 25 video games in 2016 (31-27 over Baltimore) and that Texans sport three years in the past.
Probably the most factors scored by a group on Christmas Day had been by the then-San Diego Chargers who put up 42 on the Tennessee Titans in 2009 with a ultimate rating of 42-17. The most effective shootout sport needed to be that of the 31-30 sport wherein the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs outscored the Oakland Raiders on December 25, 2004, in Kansas Metropolis.
There was just one shutout on Christmas Day and the victims had been the Dallas Cowboys as they obtained blanked by the Titans 31-Zero in 2000. The bottom scoring affair got here in 1993 when solely two touchdowns had been scored by the Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers who each landed as soon as ultimately zone however a area aim by the Oilers was the distinction of their 10-7 victory.
There have been loads of shut video games as effectively just like the Jets beating the Dolphins 13-10 in 2006. 4 years in a while XMAS, the Arizona Cardinals edged the Dallas Cowboys 27-26. However one of many closest, most dramatic, and historic video games got here in 1971 as a part of a divisional playoff doubleheader with the Cowboys/Vikings matchup. It was the Miami Dolphins and Chiefs that was pressured into double additional time with the rating tied at 24.
That sport ended with a Miami win in OT when Garo Yepremian kicked a game-winning area aim in a second additional time interval. The sport turned the NFL’s longest within the historical past of the league and it was within the post-season. A few of the leaders in that loopy sport had been Ed Podolak who rushed for 85 yards and his teammate Wendell Hayes who added one other 100 on the bottom. For Kansas Metropolis huge receiver Elmo Wright had a giant day with simply three receptions however for 104 yards together with a 63-yarder.
On the flip aspect, Bob Griese tossed 35 passes finishing 20 good for 263 yards however he threw two interceptions. Out of the backfield, Larry Csonka rushed for 86 yards and a landing and the late Jim Kiick added 56 extra yards and one other dashing rating. However within the air, Paul Warfield was the sport’s main receiver with 140 yards on seven catches.
Given the world’s scenario proper now with COVID-19 subsequent week’s Christmas Day sport simply gained’t have the identical really feel as in previous video games. It is a precursor to the Tremendous Bowl which can restrict fan attendance. The complete record of Christmas Day video games is under with the house group in all CAPS.
1971: Dallas Cowboys 20 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12
1971: Miami Dolphins 27 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 24 (2 OT)
1989: MINNESOTA VIKINGS 29 Cincinnati Bengals 21
1993: Houston Oilers 10 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 7
1994: MIAMI DOLPHINS 27 Detroit Lions 20
1995: Dallas Cowboys 37 ARIZONA CARDINALS 13
1999: Denver Broncos 17 DETROIT LIONS 7
2000: TENNESSEE TITANS 31 Dallas Cowboys 0
2004: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 31 Oakland Raiders 30
2004: Denver Broncos 37 TENNESSEE TITANS 16
2005: Chicago Bears 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS 17
2005: BALTIMORE RAVENS 30 Minnesota Vikings 23
2006: Philadelphia Eagles 23 DALLAS COWBOYS 7
2006: New York Jets 13 MIAMI DOLPHINS 10
2009: San Diego Chargers 42 TENNESSEE TITANS 17
2010: ARIZONA CARDINALS 27 Dallas Cowboys 26
2011: GREEN BAY PACKERS 35 Chicago Bears 21
2016: PITTSBURGH STEELERS 31 Baltimore Ravens 27 #
2016: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 33 Denver Broncos 10 #
2017: Pittsburgh Steelers 34 HOUSTON TEXANS 6
2017: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 19 Oakland Raiders 10
2020: Minnesota Vikings vs NEW ORLEANS SAINTS