Vikings end a disappointing season with a 37-35 win over the Lions


January 4, 2021

Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone (23) dives forecextra yard in the second half against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Asked to reflect on the end of the Vikings' 2020 season on Sunday afternoon, Mike Zimmer closed his postgame news conference after a 37-35 win over the Lions at Ford Field with something of a valedictory statement.

"I'm proud of the way these guys went through all the [COVID-19] protocols and everything they had to do, and all the different changes that were made and the way we handled our business," he said. "The way they practiced. You know, it's frustrating that we had so many injuries, especially defensively. Guys opt out and [Danielle] Hunter and [Anthony] Barr and [Eric] Kendricks. Lot of times when you get injured players, it depends on who the injured players are. And we had a lot of really good ones get hurt this year. So we've got a lot of work to do. I've got a lot of work to do.

"In saying all that, I'll say two things: We probably weren't good enough of a football team this year to be in the playoffs. We weren't good enough defensively, obviously. But we missed a lot of guys. And the guys that ended up playing battled like crazy and we still had opportunities to win a few more games, probably. But, you know, with the turnover that we had, the injuries that we had on defense, we just weren't good enough. We fought like crazy and 7-9 is not great, but under the circumstances and everything that went on, maybe it's the best we could have done."


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