The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are currently members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL).
The Vikings have won their division 16 times, becoming both the first team play in and lose four Super Bowls.
Originally, the ownership group was to have a team in the American Football League, but withdrew from the AFL and agreed to join the NFL as a 1961 expansion team.
Prior to the 2006 season, the Vikings hired Brad Childress as their head coach. The Vikings started the season with two narrow victories, edging the Washington Redskins in Washington by a field goal, 19-16, and beating the Carolina Panthers at home, 16-13.