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Relive the Metrodome’s most famous football moments, some are even fond Vikings memories

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Ask football fans what they'll remember most about the Metrodome, and the top two answers generally are Gary Anderson's missed field goal for the Vikings in the NFC championship game in January of 1999 and the roof collapsing from the snow a few years ago.

Yay, Metrodome.

The last game at the Metrodome this Sunday won't draw as many tears and produce as many fond memories as Candlestick Park's closing did. Chris Berman isn't going to spend a week gushing about the grand old history of the Metrodome, like he did for the 49ers' last home game. Vikings fans probably won't weep too much either.

The biggest football moment, almost unanimously, is Anderson's miss. He was perfect through the 1998 season, the Vikings were 15-1, and on the verge of going to the Super Bowl with a win against Atlanta. His missed field goal in the fourth quarter allowed the Falcons to tie the game and win in overtime.

Then there was the scene out of a science-fiction movie in 2010, when a huge snowstorm caused the Metrodome's roof to collapse, and the Vikings to move the rest of their home games that season to the University of Minnesota.

And if you want a third historic moment that will make Vikings fans shake their heads, Dallas' Tony Dorsett pulled off the only 99-yard run from scrimmage in NFL history in the Metrodome.

But that doesn't mean the Metrodome – the only venue to host a World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and MLB All-Star Game – has been all bad for Vikings fans. You play in a place for 32 years, you're going to have some fond memories.

Two involve Adrian Peterson. In the first, he broke the NFL's single-game rushing record against San Diego with 296 yards (a game that also featured Antonio Cromartie setting an unbreakable record for longest play in NFL history with a 109-yard return of a missed field goal).

Then came an epic game against the Packers last season, in which Peterson broke the 2,000-yard mark, cemented his MVP award and helped the Vikings clinch a playoff spot in a thrilling win.

There were also many great Randy Moss moments, but the best might have come in his first game. Moss scored two long touchdowns in his NFL debut at the Metrodome. It was a sign of things to come.

Cris Carter had career reception No. 1,000 at the Metrdome, on a touchdown against Detroit in 2000.

Brett Favre also had a brief time when the Metrodome was his home, and he produced one of the NFL's great finishes, hitting Greg Lewis for a 32-yard score with two seconds left to beat the 49ers in 2009.

So it hasn't been all bad for the Vikings at the Metrodome. But if a change in venues (Minnesota's new stadium will be on the same site and ready for 2016; the Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota for two seasons while it is built) means a change in luck for the longtime losing franchise, there's not a fan in Minnesota who will object.

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