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February 24, 2018

1/17/2018 8:37:00 AM
Vikings beat the curse
Moments after Stefon Diggs made Sunday's unforgettable game-winning catch, Vikings fans across the state thought, "This can't be happening."
We rubbed our eyes, searched for flags and waited for the "official review." It was hard to relax until both teams left the field.
Our guys usually lose these games because of a missed field goal, or bad call. Right?
I barely remember the Vikings' first Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs, but I clearly recall the Super Bowl losses to Miami, Pittsburgh and Oakland. And, of course, there was the close playoff losses to Dallas, Washington, Atlanta and Seattle.
Clearly our fans are scarred. It seems every season we fret over "the curse." Unless its the Twins, we wonder how a negative fate will intervene.
That's why Sunday was special. It's why I called my dad after the game, just to share some laughs and talk about the win (he was about to call me, too). It's why our sons contacted us after the game.
In recent days, I've heard countless people say that they immediately called parents, children and siblings. One guy said, "My Dad is no longer alive, but when that play occurred, I thought of him right away and smiled."
Will this erase the scars, that familiar uneasy feeling? Probably not. But we will always remember the day the Vikes beat the Saints - and the curse.

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