The Minnesota Vikings yesterday (Sunday) moved a step closer to becoming the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl at its home venue after a thrilling 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.
The Viking’ U.S. Bank Stadium is due to host this year’s Super Bowl on February 4 and the team is now just one win away from creating history.
The Vikings will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game next Sunday for a place in the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game for the right to play Minnesota or Philadelphia.
Yesterday’s match saw the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs score a 61-yard touchdown with just seconds remaining to secure a dramatic win and keep the team’s chances of a fairytale end to the season alive.
The 66,000-seat U.S. Bank Stadium opened in July 2016 and has been praised for its unique design. The stadium was awarded hosting rights to this year’s Super Bowl back in May 2014 – two years before it had even opened.
Minnesota has staged the Super Bowl once before, with the now-demolished Metrodome having played host in 1992.