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1980 Minnesota Vikings season


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Minnesota_Vikings_season
Updated: 2017-06-16T20:15Z
1980 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
General managerMike Lynn
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Divisional Playoff (at Eagles) 16-31

The 1980 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 20th year in the National Football League's 61st season. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. The Vikings won the NFC Central division, winning the tiebreaker with Detroit, who also had a 9–7 record.

The most dramatic game of the season came in a Week 15 home game against Cleveland, with Minnesota at 8–6. The Vikings came back from a fourteen-point deficit to come within 23–22, with only 0:05 left on the clock from Cleveland's 46-yard line. (The Vikings had missed two field goals and two extra points during the game.) Quarterback Tommy Kramer threw a hail mary pass which was caught by Ahmad Rashād at the two yard line. Rashād backed into the end zone to give Minnesota a 28–23 win with no time left.[1][2]

Offseason

1980 Draft

1980 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft orderPlayer namePositionCollegeNotes
RoundChoiceOverall
199Doug MartinDefensive TackleWashington
2230Willie TealDefensive BackLouisiana Statefrom 49ers[a]
1139Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[a]
3965Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[a]
1268Brent BoydCenterUCLAfrom Saints[b]
4992Dennis JohnsonLinebackerUSC
511121Doug PaschalRunning BackNorth Carolina
12122Paul JonesRunning BackCaliforniafrom Saints[b]
610148Ray YakavonisDefensive EndEast Stroudsburg (PA)
79175Henry JohnsonLinebackerGeorgia Tech
811205Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[c]
911233Dennis MosleyRunning BackIowaoriginally Bills pick[d]
109259Kenny BrownWide ReceiverNebraska
1111289Sam HarrellRunning BackEast Carolina
1210316Thomas LaneDefensive BackFlorida A&M
^[a] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (39th overall) and 3rd round selection (65th overall) to San Francisco to move up 9 spots to the 30th overall selection and make this pick.
^[b] New Orleans traded their 3rd round selection (68th overall) and 5th round selection (122nd overall) to Minnesota for RB Steve Riley.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (205th overall) to Seattle for DL Steve Niehaus.
^[d] Minnesota originally chose 232nd overall but passed allowing Buffalo to move up and Minnesota to choose 233rd overall.

Roster

1980 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

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
1September 7, 1980Atlanta FalconsW 24–23Met Stadium
44,773
2September 14, 1980Philadelphia EaglesL 42–7Met Stadium
46,460
3September 21, 1980at Chicago BearsW 34–14Soldier Field
59,983
4September 28, 1980at Detroit LionsL 27–7Silverdome
80,291
5October 5, 1980Pittsburgh SteelersL 23–17Met Stadium
47,583
6October 12, 1980Chicago BearsW 13–7Met Stadium
46,751
7October 19, 1980at Cincinnati BengalsL 14–0Riverfront Stadium
44,487
8October 26, 1980at Green Bay PackersL 16–3Lambeau Field
56,191
9November 2, 1980at Washington RedskinsW 39–14RFK Stadium
52,060
10November 9, 1980Detroit LionsW 34–0Met Stadium
46,264
11November 16, 1980Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 38–30Met Stadium
46,032
12November 23, 1980Green Bay PackersL 25–13Met Stadium
47,234
13November 30, 1980at New Orleans SaintsW 23–20Superdome
30,936
14December 7, 1980at Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 21–10Tampa Stadium
65,649
15December 14, 1980Cleveland BrownsW 28–23Met Stadium
42,202
16December 21, 1980at Houston OilersL 20–16Astrodome
51,064

Game summaries

Week 15

1234Total
Browns763723
Vikings0091928
  • Date: December 14
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium • Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 23°F • Wind 12
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones & Len Dawson

Trailing 23–9 entering the fourth quarter the Vikings came back and won on a desperation Hail Mary pass from quarterback Tommy Kramer to wide receiver Ahmad Rashād to clinch the NFC Central Division title in what became known as the "Miracle at the Met".

Playoffs

WeekDateOpponentResultVenueAttendance
DivisionalJanuary 3, 1981at Philadelphia EaglesL 31–16Veterans Stadium
68,434

Standings

NFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Minnesota Vikings(3)970.5635–38–4317308L1
Detroit Lions970.5635–39–5334272W2
Chicago Bears790.4385–37–5304264W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers5101.3441–6–14–7–1271341L3
Green Bay Packers5101.3443–4–14–7–1231371L4

Statistics

Team leaders

CategoryPlayer(s)Value
Passing YardsTommy Kramer3,582
Passing TouchdownsTommy Kramer19
Rushing YardsTed Brown912
Rushing TouchdownsTed Brown8
Receiving YardsAhmad Rashād1,095
Receiving TouchdownsJoe Senser7
PointsRick Danmeier81
Kickoff Return YardsEddie Payton1,184
Punt Return YardsEddie Payton251
InterceptionsJohn Turner6

League rankings

CategoryTotal yardsYards per gameNFL rank
(out of 28)
Passing Offense3,688 Yards230.5 YPG3rd
Rushing Offense1,642 Yards102.6 YPG27th
Total Offense5,330 Yards333.1 YPG11th
Passing Defense3,400 Yards212.5 YPG24th
Rushing Defense2,456 Yards153.5 YPG25th
Total Defense5,856 Yards366.0 YPG26th

References

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