Long History Between Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams
This weekend will be the first time that Minnesota takes on the Rams since they relocated back to Los Angeles. The history includes two NFC Championship games.
The Rams moved from St. Louis back to Los Angeles after the 2015 season. When the Rams were in St. Louis, the two teams played just 10 times in 21 years. Minnesota held a 6-4 series advantage, but St. Louis won a NFC Divisional game in 2000 over the Vikings in that stretch.
Doesn't seem like a lot of history, but that's when the team was in St. Louis. Now that they're back in Los Angeles the books have been opened.
Minnesota and Los Angeles met 24 times between 1966 and 1992. The Vikings won the first meeting in 1966 35-7, and then Los Angeles went on to win the next three. Overall, Minnesota holds a 14-9-1 series advantage against the LA Rams.
Within those 24 games that were played, the two teams met six times in the NFC Playoffs. Minnesota, again, won five of the six games the two teams played in the postseason. That includes wins in the NFC Championship games 1974 and 1976. LA's lone postseason win over Minnesota was in 1978 in the NFC Divisional round.
This weekend's meeting between the two teams seems almost to be a throwback to their prior history. Both teams are currently 7-2 and near the top of the NFC standings. Ultimately, Sunday's game could be the difference later this year between a bye week in the playoffs and having to play in the Wild Card round.
Will history repeat itself on Sunday with the Vikings continuing to lead the series? We'll find out on Sunday.
Following this weekend's game, Minnesota will play Los Angeles again during the 2018 season based on the NFL schedule rotation.