Stumbled onto an NFL Network production Monday night of the 1994 classic between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, one that ended in 33-27 Vikings victory. Cris Carter's 65-yard touchdown reception from Warren Moon won it for Minnesota in overtime.
A couple of things stuck out to me, including the fact that it was the Vikings' third overtime game of the season and the Bears' second. That's a lot. The teams would also meet exactly one month later in the playoffs, a 35-18 victory for the Bears.
Above all else, I thought it was cool to look back and see players of various eras on the field at the same time -- all while realizing the game was played an unbelievable 16 years ago. I always associate Bears place-kicker Kevin Butler with the 1985 team, but he was still with them nine years later. Meanwhile, we saw two key players on the Vikings' 1998 team -- Carter and fellow receiver Jake Reed -- preview their significant roles four years before the Vikings' offense would set NFL records.
Here's the box score from the game, courtesy Pro-Football Reference.
Continuing around the NFC North, circa 2010:
Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com addresses the contract status of receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Ray Edwards.
ESPNChicago.com offers five storylines for the Bears' veteran minicamp this weekend, including a status update on quarterback Jay Cutler's assimilation of the new offensive scheme.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hosted a charity event Monday night on the eve of the team's first organized team activity, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "It looks like the Green Bay Packers will begin their organized team activities without safety Atari Bigby, defensive end Johnny Jolly and cornerback Tramon Williams."
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and running back Jahvid Best were among the Detroit Lions rookies who showed up Monday for spring OTAs, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.
The pressure is on Suh, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.