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Scoggins: Vikings appreciated the London experience

  • Blog Post by: Chip Scoggins
  • September 29, 2013 - 9:32 PM

LONDON -- Just wrapped up our coverage of the Vikings 34-27 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. Stories, columns and videos should be posted online shortly.

It's 3:30 a.m. here and Mark and I have a taxi picking us up at 5 a.m. to begin our trek back to Minnesota. But first wanted to give you the Vikings reaction to the atmosphere inside Wembley tonight.

The announced attendance was 83,518. Both teams were well-represented in terms of fans. I don't know if it was 50-50, but the stadium was noisy all game.

"It was full of energy," Adrian Peterson said. "The fans went crazy. It was just a great atmosphere to play in."

It wasn't the same as a true home game at Mall of America Field, but the Vikings seemed genuinely appreciative of the atmosphere and the entire week they spent here.

"It made it an experience," quarterback Matt Cassel said. "The whole week that we've been here the fans have been tremendous, the people are tremendous and it really did feel like a home game here. All night long we were encouraged. The fans were into the game, and it was a great experience for us. Just being here at Wembley was really special."

Said Leslie Frazier: "The fan noise, we felt at times like we were almost back at Mall of America. It was noisy. There was a lot of purple in those stands, so it was terrific all the way around."

The Vikings are flying home tomorrow and the players have the rest of the bye week off. Frazier will hold his usual Monday press conference on Tuesday.

See you back home.

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