The top 25 Metrodome moments

  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 8:47 AM

From Morris to Jordan to Favre to Kirby. Here are some of the unforgettable things that happened on the field at the Dome.


CARLOS GONZALEZ ï November 4, 2007 ñ Minneapolis, MN ñ The Metrodome ñ NFL ñ Minnesota Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers ñ Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson scored on a 46-yard run in the fourth quarter. Adrian Peterson set an NFL single game rushing record with 296 total yards. Minnesota beat San Diego by a final score of 35-17.

1 Jack Morris’ 10-inning shutout and Gene Larkin’s RBI in the Twins’ 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, wrapping up a Series that baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent called “probably the greatest World Series ever.’’

1a Kirby Puckett’s incredible Game 6 performance of the 1991 Series: a home run to win the game in bottom of the 11th after making a leaping catch to save at least one run in the third inning. He also had an RBI triple and scored, plus a sacrifice fly, a single and a stolen base in what many believe was the greatest single-game performance by a Twin.

3 Game 7, 1987 World Series, because there’s always something magical about Minnesota’s first major pro sports championship, especially one achieved with six players — Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Frank Viola, Tom Brunansky, Tim Laudner and Randy Bush — who matured from a 102-loss rookie season in 1982.


4 The heartbreak of the 1998 NFC title game, when Gary Anderson, who during the regular season had become the first NFL kicker to make every attempt, missed a 38-yarder as the Vikings lost to Atlanta 30-27 in overtime. Fans thought the team that went 15-1 during the regular season was Super Bowl-bound.


5 The impromptu celebration at the Dome after the Twins’ 1987 American League Championship Series victory in Detroit. The late-night crowd filled up the place to welcome the team home, and many of the Minnesota players on that team say that night is their lasting memory of the postseason.


6 Adrian Peterson’s NFL single-game rushing record of 296 yards vs. San Diego on Nov. 4, 2007. Peterson had 30 carries and three touchdowns.


7 Michael Jordan’s 45-point night on Nov. 8, 1989, in the Wolves’ first regular-season home game in front of 35,427; the team set an NBA single-season attendance record at the time of 1,072,572.


8 Brett Favre’s first home game of 2009 when his last-second TD pass to Greg Lewis beat the 49ers 27-24.

9 Michigan’s 38-35 comeback victory over the Gophers in 2003 after the Wolverines trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter. Minnesota entered the game 6-0, and a victory just might have propelled the Gophers to their first Rose Bowl since 1962.


10 The Twins’ incredible Game 163 against Detroit in 2009, when they overcame deficits of 3-0 in the second inning and 5-4 in the 10th, winning 6-5 in the bottom of the 11th when Alexi Casilla’s single scored Carlos Gomez.


11 Dave Kingman’s towering pop fly that went through a vent hole in the Dome ceiling and never came down on May 4, 1984.

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