ST. PAUL - It didn't take long.
Before the decibel level at U.S. Bank Stadium dipped back into double digits. Before Stefon Diggs ran out of teammates to hug. Before Paul Allen regained his breath in the radio booth. Witnesses to Sunday's Minny Miracle were already asking if they had just witnessed the greatest game in Minnesota Vikings history.
Minnesota football fans have seen many epic moments, most of them tragic. Good Hail Marys and not-so-good Hail Marys. It's never been dull, from Met to Dome to Bank.
We had our list of the Vikings' greatest games ready to go last week. And here it is, with one late-breaking addition:
10. (tie) The Comebacks
1977 game vs. 49ers
1993 NFC wild-card playoff vs. Giants
2009 game vs. 49ers
The Vikings have had their fair share of memorable comebacks, but three stand out as historically significant.
Their fourth-quarter rally from a 17-point deficit at Met Stadium in 1977 signaled the arrival of star quarterback Tommy Kramer. FINAL: Vikings 28, 49ers 27
By scoring 10 points in the last 90 seconds to beat the Giants in 1997, the Vikings set the stage for their monster 1998 season. FINAL: Vikings 23, Giants 22
And Brett Favre's last second TD pass to Greg Lewis along the back of the end zone set the Vikings on the road to the 2009 NFC title game. FINAL: Vikings 27, 49ers 24
9. Mud Bowl
1977 NFC divisional playoff vs. Rams
Los Angeles was poised for revenge after watching the Vikings end their Super Bowl dreams in 1969, 1974 and 1976. The Rams were finally getting the Purple on their home turf, and the Vikings would have to play without injured quarterback Fran Tarkenton.
And then the rains came.
Three days of downpours turned the Los Angeles Coliseum field into a quagmire. That affected the high-flying Rams far more than the Bob Lee-led visitors.
Minnesota's veteran defense forced L.A. into three turnovers and shut out the Rams until the final minutes.
FINAL: Vikings 14, Rams 7
8. Fourth Crown
1976 NFC championship vs. Rams
One year earlier, the Rams felt they finally had the team that could win at frigid Met Stadium. And they started strong, driving down to the Minnesota goal line in the first quarter.
The Vikings' famed front four stood tall, forcing the Rams to settle for a field-goal attempt. It did not go well.
Minnesota had the league's best special-teams unit at the time, so it wasn't too surprising when Nate Allen blocked Tom Dempsey's chip-shot kick. The ball bounced directly to Bobby Bryant, who sprinted 90 yards for a touchdown.
The Rams never recovered.
FINAL: Vikings 24, Rams 13
7. Thanksgiving Air Show
1998 holiday game vs. Cowboys
The 10-1 Vikings were still a bit of a mystery around the country when they stepped into the national TV spotlight at Texas Stadium. That's when rookie sensation Randy Moss answered all questions.
Facing a team that had won three of the previous six Super Bowls, Randall Cunningham connected with Moss on touchdown bombs of 51, 56 and 56 yards. Throw in another 54-yard TD to Cris Carter, and you had a blowout that was nowhere near as close as the final score indicated.
One of the NFL's all-time greatest offenses had announced its presence. With authority.
FINAL: Vikings 46, Cowboys 36
6. A.C.Goes Wild
1987 NFC divisional playoff vs. 49ers
The Vikings' 8-7 record was misleading because of their 0-3 record with the strike-induced replacement players. But they were still considered to be no match for the Niners, who appeared destined for their third Super Bowl title of the '80s.
Enter Anthony Carter, the USFL refugee who transformed the Minnesota offense. One week after he scored two touchdowns in the Vikings' wild-card upset of New Orleans, Carter had the game of his life at Candlestick Park.
A.C. caught 10 passes from Wade Wilson for 227 yards, a mind-boggling total against the Niners' all-pro secondary. But no touchdowns. Kicker Chuck Nelson actually scored half of the Vikings' 36 points. That proved to be plenty.
FINAL: Vikings 36, 49ers 24
5. Back To Super
1973 NFC championship vs. Cowboys
The Vikings suffered only disappointment in the three seasons after their first Super Bowl loss. But their carousel of mediocre quarterbacks came to a halt when they traded to get back Fran Tarkenton from the Giants in 1972.
One year later, the scrambler combined with rookie sensation Chuck Foreman to lead the Vikings into the NFC finale at Texas Stadium. Once there, the Purple People Eaters took over.
The Minnesota defense dominated Roger Staubach and company, limiting Dallas to only 179 yards of total offense. The Vikings forced six turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Vikings rushed for more than 203 yards, completing a day of dominance on both sides of the ball.
FINAL: Vikings 27, Cowboys 10
4. Winning Start
1961 inaugural game vs. Bears
No NFL team's first-ever game produced a bigger upset. Facing a team that would go on to win the 1963 NFL championship, the Vikings took an early lead behind starting quarterback George Shaw.
But it didn't take long for first-year coach Norm Van Brocklin to tire of the veteran QB. So he inserted the rookie from Georgia, Francis Tarkenton, to replace Shaw.
What followed was four touchdown passes from No. 10, along with a touchdown run by No. 10. And a shocking 37-13 victory in the Vikings' Bloomington debut.
A couple of decades later, that same No. 10 was retired.
FINAL: Vikings 37, Bears 13
3. NFL Champions
1969 NFL championship vs. Browns
The Vikings were in their first NFL title game. For the Browns, it was their 11th in the past 20 years. But you couldn't tell that watching the blowout that ensued at the frigid Met.
Minnesota had routed Cleveland 51-3 during the regular season, and the rematch was only slightly more competitive.
Joe Kapp, Gene Washington and Dave Osborn scored touchdowns as the Vikings stomped out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter, and their all-pro defense made certain the Browns would never threaten.
Ever wonder how the Vikings were installed as 12-point favorites in their first Super Bowl? Watch the highlights of their only NFL championship game triumph, in the final days before the NFL-AFL merger.
FINAL: Vikings 27, Browns 7
2. Hail Mary II
1980 game vs. Browns
The Vikings needed a victory to clinch the NFC Central Division title. But they were trailing the Browns 23-22 with only 14 seconds left. And they were mired on their own 20-yard line.
What followed was the most shocking two-play combo in Vikings history.
First, Tommy Kramer connected with Joe Senser 10 yards downfield. The tight end lateraled to Ted Brown, and the running back advanced the ball another 24 yards. That left 46 yards, and five seconds, to go.
Kramer's next pass bounced off two Cleveland defenders, then conveniently landed in the arms of Ahmad Rashad, who was backpedaling in front of the corner of the end zone.
Rashad took one more step. Into history. And the Met exploded.
FINAL: Vikings 28, Browns 23
1. Minny Miracle
2017 NFC divisional playoff vs. Saints
What makes Sunday's epic the greatest? It was more than just Case Keenum's heave, Stefon Diggs' whirl and Marcus Williams' whiff.
Great games need to have great stakes, and it doesn't get much higher than a spot in a conference championship game. They also need to have a great ending, and only the Immaculate Reception, the Music City Miracle and The Catch compare to this one in the annals of NFL history.
What made this one legendary was how the Vikings dominated the first half, and the Saints controlled the second. For how the Saints captured the lead. And Kai Forbath took it back, and Wil Lutz took it back again.
The Vikings could very well win a Super Bowl on their home field in 19 days. They are not likely to play in a more thrilling game the rest of their lives.
FINAL: Vikings 29, Saints 24
Others receiving votes
2007 Chargers game (Adrian Peterson rushing record), 2004 NFC wild card playoff vs. Packers, 1974 NFC championship game vs. Rams, 2009 NFC divisional playoff vs. Cowboys..