It was a game Minnesota Vikings fans would rather not remember — especially one fan whose night ended in senseless violence. But purple votaries, brimming with week-one optimism, battled heavy eyelids to watch their team start the season with a late-night Monday Night Football game. The spoiled fruits of their labor were a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and a mind-numbingly boring contest that ended after midnight.
The first half especially was a battle of ineptitude, or as ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe memed it, a dumpster fire.
And we go live to the Vikings/49ers game. pic.twitter.com/wRp9t4eufb
For Vikings fans the three-hour letdown was harder to watch than Legally Blonde 2, but produced some highly GIF-able moments. Here’s all you need to see from Monday’s game in short, repeatable snippets to expedite the pain.
Andrew Sendejo’s blocked field goal, which Marcus Sherels scooped and returned 45 yards, gave fans a reason not to curse, at least out of rage. But three plays and a botched Blair Walsh field goal later, angry four-letter words resumed.
GIF: Vikings block 49ers FG attempt, from the spidercam pic.twitter.com/nFUSraNjcw— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) September 15, 2015
Asserting his masculinity, Harrison Smith smokes Niners QB Colin Kaepernick.
Harrison Smith ya'll https://t.co/t1uKJt2vI2— Irish Turning Point (@TheIrishTP) September 15, 2015
Comeback-mode Adrian "Family Day" Peterson is so strong that we’re afraid to make a child-beating joke.
Little help, guys? pic.twitter.com/bAJdoOO4c5— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 15, 2015
It was the Vikings touchdown that got away. A handsy defender accosted Mike Wallace in the end zone while the refs were apparently bored to sleep.
Antoine Bethea totally didn't interfere with this Teddy dime to Wallace pic.twitter.com/3fJHR56p4x— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) September 15, 2015
The facepalm of all facepalms. Vikings lineman T.J. Clemmings helps sack Teddy Bridgewater.
HELP ME DUDE COME ON https://t.co/QPD1LogF1I— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 15, 2015
The Vikings were the highlight-reel victims of Carlos Hyde’s video-game spin move.
Alt angle of Carlos Hyde's ridiculous spin move. Spinning and scoring – it's what Buckeyes do. pic.twitter.com/RESIuXtAw8— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 15, 2015
A second Hyde TD was the dagger in our purple hearts.
So desperate for a reason to celebrate, this traitor in a Bridgewater jersey partied with the enemy. C'mon, buddy.
Vikings fan is now a 49ers fan. pic.twitter.com/YUAeu7wVpr— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) September 15, 2015
Embarrassingly, this is the face of the guy (49ers coach Jim Tomsula) who engineered a Vikings defeat.
GIF: When she finally takes you out of the friend zone pic.twitter.com/RGIQbMaiNt— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) September 15, 2015