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EAGAN, Minn. — Though few outside the Vikings organization seemed to think the team could beat the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card playoff round, the players themselves say they never doubted their chances. Two days after the team’s biggest win of the season, 26-20 in overtime, the Vikings are ready for another round of doubters as they prepare for the divisional round on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, who arguably present an even tougher hurdle for Vikings to clear.
EAGAN, Minn. -- While Vikings fans may have to wait until game time Sunday to find out which starters will play against the Chicago Bears, one inactive player is now certain, linebacker Eric Kendricks. He was ruled out officially on Friday, four days injuring his quad in the second quarter of the Vikings’ 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. He missed the entire week of practice.
EAGAN, Minn. — Heading into 2018’s season finale, the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears in a win-or-go-home game for the Vikings. All week, questions swirled around whether or not the Bears, who had already clinched the NFC North division championship, would rest their starters and keep them healthy for the playoffs. They didn’t, and they rolled over Minnesota 24-10 to end the Vikings’ season.
Although there was a fair share of disappointment, frustration and shock among Vikings players after their 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the doom and gloom displayed on social media and national television didn’t seep into the Minnesota locker room. The Vikings maintained there is time to right the ship, first on Sunday against the Chicago Bears and again the following week wherever the No. 6 seed opens the NFC playoffs.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Following a week of missed practices, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was officially ruled out Saturday, Dec. 21, for Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers. There is hope, however, for Cook’s backup Alexander Mattison, who is listed as questionable after practicing in a limited capacity for the first time on Saturday since he injured his suffered a high right ankle sprain against the Detroit Lions in Week 14.
EAGAN, Minn. — For the first time this season, it appears the Minnesota Vikings will start a running back other than Dalvin Cook, the NFL’s seventh-leading rusher with 1,135 yards. The Vikings’ leading rusher was held out of practice Friday for the second consecutive day. So was his backup, Alexander Mattison, who missed last Sunday’s victory in Los Angeles because of a high spring to his right ankle.
On Thursday night, Dec. 19, for the first time in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the No. 7-seeded Minnesota Gophers volleyball team will be considered an underdog heading into their Final Four semifinal match against defending national champion Stanford, this year’s No. 3 seed. Yet, for Gophers coach Hugh McCutcheon, it’s nothing new. “I feel like we’ve been an underdog most of the season,” he said. “We’ve had injuries, we’ve had all kinds of stuff we’ve been trying to manage. This has been a remarkable group, and they’ve dealt with all of that really well.”
MINNEAPOLIS -- For much of last Saturday’s NCAA tournament second-round match against Creighton, it looked as if the Minnesota Golden Gophers volleyball season was over. Down two match points in the fourth set against the unseeded Bluejays, visions of a disappointing, early end to an otherwise remarkable season crept into the minds of the Maturi Pavilion faithful, and even the players.
MINNEAPOLIS — Other than coach Hugh McCutcheon, there may not be a more influential voice in the Gophers volleyball team’s huddle than middle blocker Taylor Morgan.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Gophers volleyball team will play in the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. The No. 7 Gophers fended off two match points in the fourth set, rattling off four consecutive points to force a decisive fifth set against the Creighton Bluejays. Then, with the score knotted at eight, the resurgent Gophers rattled off seven of the next nine points to escape Maturi Pavilion with a 25-13, 19-25, 15-25, 26-24, 15-10 win.