You might ask, why would you compare these hated rivals in two different years?
Well...That answer is simple my friend, they have something in common...They are the only two teams to ever lose in overtime of the NFC Championship game. Moreover, both were at Home. And both lost by a field goal.
So how similar were these two teams?
The 1998 Vikings were the most prolific offensive scoring attack in NFL history until this year. They averaged four TDs a game. They had an aging quarterback who everyone thought was past his prime, yet ended up throwing for 3500+ yards and 30+ TDs. (Randall Cunningham) They had a crafty veteran wideout who was accompanied by an explosive young gun. They could run the ball when they needed to, really never needed to, but still had a 1000+ yard rusher. They had one team who always seemed to have their number when they played each other. They also had an ageless kicker from South Africa who seemed to never be able to miss...
The 1998 Vikings were 2nd in the NFL in total offense, were 13th in total defense, and played on a field that was harder than a rock.
The 2007 Packers, on the other hand, were 4th in the NFL in total points. They averaged three TDs a game.
However, they had an aging QB who everyone thought was past his prime, yet still threw for 4000+ yards and 25+ TDs. They had a crafty veteran wideout and a young explosive wideout. They never seemed to need to trun the ball, but still had a 950+ yard rusher. They had one team that they just couldn't beat. Their kicker was a rookie with an atomic leg from Colorado.
The 2007 Packers were 2nd in total offense, 11th in total defense, and played on a field which had fan benches that were harder than rocks.
Each team played on their home turf in the NFC Championship game. The Vikings against a Falcons team who was getting their coach back for motivational support, the Packers a Giants team who's QB had been ridiculed the whole season for inconsistent play. The Packers got lucky with missed Field Goals in regulation. The Vikings were extremely unlucky with field goals in regulation. However, both games came down to the legs of Europeans in overtime, each one resulting in defeat.
The Vikings team at 15-1 definitely had a better year, but these teams were incredibly similar.