The Minnesota Vikings were first established as a franchise in 1961, and became known as the 'Vikings' due to Minnesota's place as a center of Scandinavian American culture. Though the Vikings started play in 1961, it wouldn't be until 1968 that the defensive unit, known as the 'Purple People Eaters' would lead the team to their first ever Central Division Title and playoff berth.
In 1969, the Vikings went 12-2, the best record in the NFL that season. With 12 straight victories, the Vikings held the longest single-season winning streak for 35 years. The Vikings would go on to win the NFL championship game against the Cleveland Browns, but would lose to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.
The early 1970's brought more good tidings for the Vikings. In 1970 and 1971, the Vikings would again head to the playoffs thanks to the enormous defense the team boasted. 1972 saw the team struggle, but in 1973, the team went all the way to their second Super Bowl appearance, losing to the Miami Dolphins 24-7. In 1977, the Vikings would play in their third Super Bowl in 4 years, but again would lose. This time, the Oakland Raiders put the Vikings on hold 32-14.
In 1982, the Vikings played their first game in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings have been playing in the Metrodome ever since. The 1980's was a decade of mixed success for the Vikings, as they had both winning and losing seasons. The biggest blunder of the team in the 1980's came in 1989, when the team traded draft picks for Herschel Walker of the Dallas Cowboys. Walker never lived up to expectations, and the draft picks acquired by the Cowboys gave them a big enough boost to go on to win 3 Super Bowls in the early to mid 1990's.
In 1998, the Vikings became the first NFL team to go 15-1 on the season and not proceed to play in the Super Bowl. Again in 1999 and 2000, the Vikings would go on to the playoffs yet again, but still could not beat the Super Bowl blues. To this day, the Vikings have yet to win a single Super Bowl contest. Throughout the rest of the 2000's, the Vikings have averaged only .500 wins.