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2/1/19 8:59 PM Quote
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys announced the passing of their former quarterback and assistant coach Wade Wilson. Wade died today on his 60th birthday.

My football watching memories of Wade Wilson:

12/1/85 Vikings @ Eagles

Down 23-0 in fourth quarter, Wilson led miracle comeback. Here's that sequence:

Allen Rice 7 pass from Wade Wilson---------------------MIN 7 - PHI 23----8:27 left
Willie Teal 65 yard defensive fumble return----- -----MIN 14 PHI 23----6:01 left
Anthony Carter 36 pass from Wade Wilson-----------MIN 21 PHI 23----3:58 left
Anthony Carter 42 pass from Wade Wilson-----------MIN 28 PHI 23----1:11 left

Vikings won 28-23.

The late explosion set an NFL record for a fourth quarter comeback win.

The 36 yard TD pass came on a 3rd and 10 after Joey Browner recovered a John Spagnola fumble at the Eagles 36.

The 42 yard TD pass came on a 4th and 5.

Did you know?

The scoring receptions by Anthony Carter which came in the last 3:58 of regulation time was the latest point at which a player caught two touchdown passes to overcome a two possession deficit in an NFL game.

That record was broken by Santana Moss of the Redskins on 9/19/05 when Moss caught TD passes of 39 yards (on 4th and 15) with 3:55 remaining and 70 yards with 2:44 left. (2 TD receptions by same receiver to overcome two possession deficit in last 3:55)

That 14-13 win by Washington in Dallas was the only time a team coached by Bill Parcells had lost a game when his team had a 4th quarter lead of 13 or more points. Previously, Parcells was 77-0 when leading by 13 or more in the 4th quarter, mostly with Bill Belichick as his defensive coordinator. On that night in 2005, Mike Zimmer was Parcells' defensive coordinator.

NFC Wild Card Playoff Round

Minnesota @ New Orleans

Line: Saints -6.5

Leading the Saints 24-10 at the New Orleans 44 yard line, the Vikings are out of Chuck Nelson's field goal range with time to run just one more play before halftime. The Hail Mary is called as the Vikes go for the jugular.

Wade Wilson airs it out. The well thrown ball finds Minnesota receiver Hassan Jones, who wins the battle for the ball in the end zone and there's your dagger. Vikings take 31-10 halftime lead and score the only 13 points in the second half against the demoralized Saints. Vikings 44 Saints 10.

120.6 passer rating for "Whiskey" Wilson.

Divisional Playoffs

Minnesota @ San Francisco

Line: 49ers -11.0

Wade Wilson and the Vikings stun the 49ers in Candlestick park 36-24 as Wilson connected 10 times to big play receiver Anthony Carter, who set a playoff record with 227 yards in receptions.

Early in the game, Wilson helped the Vikes to a 10-3 lead by firing a well placed bullet between a pair of 49er defenders and into the hands of Minnesota tight end Carl "Hanoi" Hilton. 7 yard TD pass.

Minnesota did not sit on their lead, as offensive coordinator Bob Schnelker called for the deep ball in the second half of the game, Carter coming down with a 63 yard reception. That's when I knew the Vikings would win the game.

95.0 passer rating for Wade Wilson.
In 1988, Whiskey quarterbacked a Vikings team that could win a Super Bowl in game simulation. The '88 Vikes were a statistically dominant team on defense, and Wade led the offense by completing passes at a 61.4 percent rate, best in the league.

In 1992 Wade played for the Atlanta Falcons of Jerry Glanville and adapted well to the "Red Gun" or "Run & Shoot" offense. He was part of an interesting quarterback split featuring Chris Miller, Billy Joe Tolliver and himself. All three attempted more than 130 passes. Wilson posted a 68.1 completion rate. His S-O-M QB card features a flat pass column GUESSED RIGHT fully loaded with completions except for the "10" spot. He threw for 13 touchdowns, that 8 percent TD rate easily the best of the three Falcons quarterbacks.

Wade was a fine athlete. Not only did he have a good arm, but he could scoot. In 1993 at age 34 with the Saints, the veteran QB rushed 31 times for 230 yards with a long of 44. A 7.4 yard rush average.

Whiskey's 1993 Must Run Column (variable dice roll used)

2. +44
3. +28
4. +20
5. +16
6. +10
7. +8
8. +5
9. +4
10 +3
11 0
12 -3

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