We have three weeks before the Vikings host the Saints on Monday Night Football for the 2017 regular-season opener, so Vikings.com’s writers are taking a look each week at a “memorable Monday” in franchise history.
Minnesota is 27-32 all-time on MNF, and the Vikings are scheduled to play twice this season on the series that launched in 1970.
We’ll continue the series with one of Daunte Culpepper’s big performances during the 2004 season. Culpepper set a franchise MNF record for completions (37) and passed for 343 yards, which ranks second all-time in Vikings history on MNF. Despite the quarterback’s statistics, however, the Vikings struggled in the red zone and committed a costly turnover. Minnesota was unable to contain Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who ultimately helped Philadelphia walk away with a Week 2 victory on Sept. 20, 2004.
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Eagles 27, Vikings 16
Weather: Clear | Temp: 61 degrees Fahrenheit | Wind: NW 1 mph
Attendance: 67,676 | Time of game: 9:09 p.m. (ET)
PHI 7 3 7 10 | 27
MIN 3 3 3 7 | 16
The early season Monday Night Football contest turned out to be a battle of offenses that featured several long drives and limited flashy plays.
Minnesota started with possession and drove down the field in seven plays that included a 22-yard catch by Randy Moss. Philadelphia held the Vikings at the Eagles 24-yard line, forcing a Morten Andersen field goal that gave Minnesota an early lead.
The Eagles responded with a 12-play drive that resulted in McNabb finding tight end L.J. Smith for a touchdown to take the lead.
The Vikings second field goal came after a drive that included five completed passes of 10-plus yards by Culpepper. But Minnesota had three…