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Randy Moss picks who would win if they faced each other: The 07 Patriots or the 98 Vikings

Randy Moss has been on two of the best teams to never win a Super Bowl, the 98 Vikings and the 07 Patriots.

In 1998 the Vikings scored a then record 556 points, the most points score by a team in the 90s. The Vikings led the league with 52 plays of 25+ yards. They had 22 offensive plays of 40+ yards; no other team had more than 16 plays of that length. The Vikings finished the season 15-1 and their only loss was to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-27. QB Randall Cunningham and WR Randy Moss connected 69 times for 1,313 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. The Vikings made it to the NFC Championship Game to face the 14-2, Atlanta Falcons. The Vikings were leading with two minutes left in the game, 27-20 and were looking to connect on a field goal attempt from 38 yards to put the game away, but kicker Gary Anderson, who was perfect on the season(35-35), missed the field goal attempt. The Falcons marched up the field to score a touchdown to tie the game. On third down, deep in Falcons territory, Head Coach, Dennis Green, opted to take a kneel down instead of risking a punt to Atlanta with 30 seconds left. The Vikings won the coin toss but did not score on their two offensive attempts, which lead to the Falcons winning with a field goal from 38 yards by Morten Andersen, 30-27. The game became known to some Vikings fan as the “Take a Knee Game”.

The 2007 Patriots broke the record held by the 98 Vikings of most points scored by a team in a season by scoring 589 points in a single season. The Patriots offense broke numerous records in 07, including touchdowns(75) and points differenteral. Tom Brady broke the single season record for TD passes with 50 and winning his first NFL MVP award. Randy Moss broke Jerry Rice’s single season record for TD catches, Moss caught a record 23 touchdowns. The Patriots were the first team to go 16-0 in NFL history and first team finishing the season undefeated since the 1972 Dolphins did it. The Patriots would fall short in the Super Bowl, however, Eli Manning threw the miracle pass-catch where WR David Tyree caught the pass on his helemet after Eli escaped from several Patriots trying to sack him. Eli found a wide out, Plaxico Burress for a TD with only 35 seconds left, and New England would lose 14-17.

Naturally the guys from “Around The League” on the NFL Network asked Randy Moss who would win the game if the 98 Vikings faced the 07 Patriots in a Redemption Bowl. Moss answered: “Woooo. I just think that the players today are a little bit more advanced as far as skill, and preparation, defenses and the scheme of things,” Probably the ’07 Pats would beat the ’98 V. Just the scheme of it, but if you take it all away, it will probably be a close game. But like I said, the game changes each and every year, players get bigger , they get stronger.”

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