The Minnesota Vikings have had several successful eras during the franchise’s storied history, including a run of dominance in their early years.
Throughout its first 62 NFL seasons, has the franchise ever won a Super Bowl?
Has Minnesota Won a Super Bowl?
Star players like John Randle, Cris Carter, and Fran Tarkenton have led the Vikings to great heights across their history, including four Super Bowl appearances.
Minnesota reached all four of those Super Bowls under legendary head coach Bud Grant, the first coming in Super Bowl 4 to cap off the 1969 season. The Vikings lost that game 23-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs but left the season with plenty of promise for the future.
The franchise’s second Super Bowl trip came at the end of the 1973 season when it took on the Miami Dolphins in the game’s eighth iteration, falling 24-7.
Minnesota returned again the next year in Super Bowl 9 but lost a 16-6 game to the Pittsburgh Steelers and fell to 0-3 in the league championship game. The Vikings again reached the season’s final game in Super Bowl 11 but took a 32-14 loss to the then-Oakland Raiders.
Ever since then, the Vikings have yet to qualify for another Super Bowl despite reaching the NFC Championship Game six more times.
They most recently reached the conference championship game in 2017 but fell 38-7 to the Philadelphia Eagles, which went on to win Super Bowl 52 that season.
Minnesota also lost to the eventual Super Bowl 44 champion New Orleans Saints in the 2009 season’s NFC title game and, before that, took a 30-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the 1999 conference title bout.
All of that has left Minnesota without a Super Bowl ring to its name.
Twelve of the NFL’s 32 franchises have never won a Super Bowl: the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Vikings, and Tennessee Titans.
The Vikings are tied with the Bills for the most Super Bowl appearances without a win at four, while the Bengals are the only other team without a ring to make at least three Super Bowls.
Vikings Still Aiming To End Drought
Minnesota remains in pursuit of breaking that drought this season, though it is certainly not among the league’s top contenders to win it all.
The Vikings have rattled off five straight wins heading into their Sunday Night Football clash with the Denver Broncos. Two of those have come with Joshua Dobbs as the primary quarterback after Kirk Cousins’ season-ending injury in Week 8.
While it seems unlikely that Dobbs and Minnesota could win the Super Bowl, the team’s current level of play could provide at least some optimism for its future prospects.