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After a 5-0 start during which their defense seemed impenetrable, the Minnesota Vikings have dropped eight of their last 10 games and are now in 3rd place in the NFC North division and have been eliminated from playoff contention with a disappointing 7-8 record.
Following the 2015 season, when six teams made it to 5-0, five teams made it to 6-0, three teams made it to both 7-0 and 8-0, two teams made it to both 9-0 and 10-0, and one team made it all the way to 14-0, the Minnesota Vikings were the only team this season to start off the season by winning their first five games and holding a 5-0 record.
In each of the past 22 NFL seasons, the team that has been last to lose their first game has at least made it to the playoffs. Because the Vikings will not be able to do so this season, they have become the first and only team since the 1993 New Orleans Saints to be the last team to lose their first game and fail to make the postseason.
Like the Vikings in 2016, the 1993 Saints also started off the 1993 season with a 5-0 record and were the final team to have their first loss handed to them. They ended the season with a 8-8 record and did not make the playoffs. Prior to this happening to the Vikings this season, the Saints were the only team that this had ever happened to in the 16-game regular season era, which began in the 1978 NFL season.
Because the Vikings will not make the postseason this season after starting 5-0 and being the final team to lose their first game this season, they will go down as one of the if not the biggest disappointments in NFL history that sustained one of the worst meltdowns in NFL history, particularly during the 16-game regular season era.