The Minnesota Vikings dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on the way to a Week 15 playoff berth and NFC North division title.
On Sunday, the Vikings clinched their second division title in three years.
The return of starting offensive linemen Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers as well as tight end David Morgan sparked Minnesota’s offense in what turned out to be a decisive victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. But it was the return of another offensive player that electrified US Bank Stadium.
Teddy Bridgewater made his 2017 debut as he entered the huddle with just under 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. With the Vikings up 34-0, Bridgewater walked on to the field as an energetic ovation from the home crowd filled the air.
Chants of “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy” bounced off the concrete barriers, translucent roof and glass doors. Fans raised their arms to the sky in excitement and applauded in appreciation of number five’s homecoming. It sounded as if the Vikings had scored a touchdown. Bridgewater said later he could barely hear the play call.
The return did not yield the kind of performance Bridgewater had hoped for (he went 0-for-2 with an interception and had three kneel-downs for negative three yards), but it was the return Bridgewater fans had long envisioned, and the festive moment came to fruition Sunday.
Speaking of festive moments, here’s a recap of yesterday’s win over Cincinnati.