The Atlanta Falcons honored Hall of Famer Morten Andersen after the first quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

That seemed fitting.

The most memorable kick of Andersen's long career came in the NFC championship game during the 1998 season. He booted a 38-yarder in overtime to give the Falcons a thrilling 30-27 victory over heavily favored Vikings, sending Atlanta to its first Super Bowl.

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Even though Minnesota is a four-time loser in the Super Bowl, that NFC title game is still remembered as perhaps the most painful defeat in franchise history. The Vikings went 15-1 during the regular season, set a league scoring record and had not lost at the Metrodome all season.

Andersen played a total of eight seasons with the Falcons and set NFL records for games (382),  points (2,544) and field goals (565). This year, be became only the second pure kicker to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, following Jan Stenerud. 

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