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1974 Minnesota Vikings season


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974_Minnesota_Vikings_season
Updated: 2017-06-19T02:45Z
1974 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record10–4
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finish

Won NFC Divisional Playoff (Cardinals) 30–14
Won NFC Championship Game (Rams) 14–10

Lost Super Bowl IX (vs. Steelers) 6–16

The 1974 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League. The Vikings won the NFC Central as they finished with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses. The Vikings defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 30–14 in the NFC divisional playoff game, and the Los Angeles Rams, 14–10 to win their second consecutive NFC championship. Both games were at home. The Vikings lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl IX, 16–6 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, becoming the first team to lose consecutive Super Bowls.

Offseason

1974 Draft

=Pro Bowler
1974 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
RoundChoiceOverall
11717Fred McNeillLinebackerUCLAfrom Falcons[a]
2525Steve RileyOffensive TackleUSC
2329John HollandWide ReceiverTennessee Statefrom Chargers[b]
2551Matt BlairLinebackerIowa State
31264Steve CraigTight EndNorthwesternfrom Packers via Chargers[b]
2577Scott AndersonCenterMissouri
4886Mike TownsendDefensive BackNotre Damefrom Saints[c]
25103Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[d]
516120Jim FergusonDefensive BackStanfordfrom Broncos[e]
24128Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[h]from Rams[g]
25129Traded to the Baltimore Colts[f]
625155Mark KellarRunning BackNorthern Illinois
725181Fred TabronRunning BackSouthwest Missouri State
825207Berl SimmonsKickerTexas Christian
924232Sam McCullumWide ReceiverMontana State
1025259Barry ReedRunning BackPeru State
1125285Dave BooneDefensive EndEastern Michigan
1225311Randy PoltiDefensive BackStanford
1325337Gary KellerDefensive TackleUtah
1425363Alan DixonRunning BackHarding
1525389Kurt WachtlerDefensive TackleSt. John's
1625415John GoebelRunning BackSt. Thomas
1725441Earl GarrettDefensive BackBoston State
^[a] Atlanta traded their 1st round selection (17th overall) and QB Bob Berry to Minnesota for QB Bob Lee and LB Lonnie Warwick.
^[b] San Diego traded their 2nd round selection (29th overall) and a 3rd round selection (64th overall) to Minnesota for LB Carl Gersbach and RB Clinton Jones.
^[c] New Orleans traded their 4th round selection (86th overall) and 1973 6th round selection to Minnesota for TE Bob Brown.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (103rd overall) to Cincinnati for OG Steve Lawson.
^[e] Denver traded their 5th round selection (120th overall) and WR Rod Sherman to Minnesota for WR Gene Washington.
^[f] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (129th overall) to Baltimore for DB Charlie Stukes on July 23, 1973.
^[g] Los Angeles traded their 5th round selection (128th overall) to Minnesota for DB Charlie Stukes on August 28, 1973.
^[h] Minnesota traded this 5th round selection (128th overall) to Philadelphia for LB Ron Porter.

Roster

1974 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule[1]

GameDateOpponentResultRecordGame siteAttendance
1September 15at Green Bay PackersW 32–171–0Lambeau Field56,267
2September 22at Detroit LionsW 7–62–0Tiger Stadium49,703
3September 29Chicago BearsW 11–73–0Metropolitan Stadium46,217
4October 6at Dallas CowboysW 23–214–0Texas Stadium57,847
5October 13Houston OilersW 51–105–0Metropolitan Stadium48,006
6October 20Detroit LionsL 16–205–1Metropolitan Stadium47,807
7October 27New England PatriotsL 14–175–2Metropolitan Stadium48,177
8November 3at Chicago BearsW 17–06–2Soldier Field33,343
9November 11at St. Louis CardinalsW 28–247–2Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium50,183
10November 17Green Bay PackersL 7–197–3Metropolitan Stadium47,924
11November 24at Los Angeles RamsL 17–207–4Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum90,266
12December 1New Orleans SaintsW 29–98–4Metropolitan Stadium44,202
13December 7Atlanta FalconsW 23–109–4Metropolitan Stadium47,105
14December 14at Kansas City ChiefsW 35–1510–4Arrowhead Stadium35,480

Game summaries

Week 1: at Green Bay Packers

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings3713932
Packers0100717

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), Wind 16 mph
  • Game attendance: 56,267
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 2: at Detroit Lions

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings07007
Lions03036

at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), Wind 15 mph
  • Game attendance: 49,703
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 3: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Bears00077
Vikings263011

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: September 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), Wind 11 mph
  • Game attendance: 46,217
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings3107323
Cowboys7001421

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: October 6
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), Wind 12 mph
  • Game attendance: 57,847
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 5: vs. Houston Oilers

Week 5: Houston Oilers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Oilers307010
Vikings161471451

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), Wind 9 mph
  • Game attendance: 48,006
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 6: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 6: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Lions067720
Vikings0313016

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 38 °F (3 °C), Wind 10 mph
  • Game attendance: 47,807
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 7: vs. New England Patriots

Week 7: New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Patriots370717
Vikings0001414

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), Wind 10 mph
  • Game attendance: 48,177
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 8: at Chicago Bears

Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings307717
Bears00000

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), Wind 13 mph
  • Game attendance: 33,343
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 9: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week 9: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings1407728
Cardinals7100724

at Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: Monday, November 11
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), Wind 12 mph
  • Game attendance: 50,183
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 10: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 10: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Packers0631019
Vikings00077

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 33 °F (1 °C), Wind 8 mph
  • Game attendance: 47,924
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings0170017
Rams0601420

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), Wind 8 mph
  • Game attendance: 90,266
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints

Week 12: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Saints36009
Vikings6631429

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), Wind 11 mph
  • Game attendance: 44,202
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 13: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1234Total
Falcons070310
Vikings736723

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: Saturday, December 7
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 28 °F (−2 °C), Wind 10 mph
  • Game attendance: 47,105
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Week 14: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1234Total
Vikings01471435
Chiefs390315

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: Saturday, December 14
  • Game time: 2:45 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), Wind 13 mph
  • Game attendance: 35,480
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Minnesota Vikings1040.7144–28–3310195W3
Detroit Lions770.5003–36–5256270L1
Green Bay Packers680.4293–34–7210206L3
Chicago Bears4100.2862–44–7152279L2

Playoffs

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
NFC Divisional PlayoffDecember 21, 1974St. Louis CardinalsW 30–14Metropolitan Stadium
48,150
Conference ChampionshipDecember 29, 1974Los Angeles RamsW 14–10Metropolitan Stadium
48,444
Super Bowl IXJanuary 12, 1975N Pittsburgh SteelersL 6–16Tulane Stadium
80,997

NFC Divisional Playoff

St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
1234Total
Cardinals070714
Vikings0716730

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

NFC Championship

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings
1234Total
Rams030710
Vikings070714

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information
Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Super Bowl IX

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings
1234Total
Steelers027716
Vikings00066

at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: January 12, 1975
  • Game time: 2:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: Overcast, 51 °F (11 °C), wind 17 mph, relative humidity 72%
  • Game attendance: 80,997
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis, and Don Meredith
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Awards, records, and honors

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsFran Tarkenton2,598
Passing TouchdownsFran Tarkenton17
Rushing YardsChuck Foreman777
Rushing TouchdownsChuck Foreman9
Receiving YardsJim Lash631
Receiving TouchdownsChuck Foreman6
PointsChuck Foreman90
Kickoff Return YardsBrent McClanahan549
Punt Return YardsJackie Wallace191
InterceptionsNate Wright6

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 26)
Passing Offense2,755 Yards196.8 YPG2nd
Rushing Offense1,856 Yards132.6 YPG15th
Total Offense4,611 Yards329.4 YPG3rd
Passing Defense2,302 Yards164.4 YPG18th
Rushing Defense1,605 Yards114.6 YPG5th
Total Defense3,907 Yards279.1 YPG10th

References

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