Vikings defense celebrates a fumble recovery against the 49ers Photo Credit: ESPN

One of the best NFL trends of the past decade or so is defensive players coming together to celebrate in the end zone after a takeaway.

Offensive players get to celebrate after every first down, touchdown, etc. Why should they get to have all the fun?

Monday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers was the latest and possibly greatest example of defensive team celebrations.

As San Francisco crossed into the Red Zone on their first drive, Vikings safety Harrison Smith forced a fumble on 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey. Vikings defensive end Dean Lowry grabbed it, and the celebration ensued.

That’s right. The Vikings picked up linebacker Brian Asamoah and had the entire defense limbo underneath him. As far as team celebrations go, it’s hard to remember one quite this hands-on and fun.

In a league where it seems like you can’t even breathe after a big play in fear of a taunting penalty, it’s always a blast to see things like this not only happen, but be actively encouraged by the league’s social media platforms.

There were plenty of reactions on social media following the celebration,

First, Oklahoma Football made sure to shout out Asamoah, the former Sooner.

Stanford shouted out defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, who was one of the players holding Asamoah up.

One fan wondered if it was the year’s best celebration. Yes, it is.

Another deemed it one of the best in NFL history.

[NFL on Twitter]