1974 Minnesota Vikings season

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1974 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish

Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 30–14
Won Conference Championship (Rams) 14–10

Lost Super Bowl IX (Steelers) 16–6
Timeline
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< 1973 1975 >

1974 was the 14th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 55th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings won the NFC Central as they finished with a record of 10 wins and four losses. The Vikings defeated the St. Louis Football 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. However, 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.[1]

Offseason[edit]

1974 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1974 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 17 17 Fred McNeill Linebacker UCLA from Falcons[a]
25 25 Steve Riley Defensive Tackle USC
2 3 29 John Holland Wide Receiver Tennessee State from Chargers[b]
25 51 Matt Blair Linebacker Iowa State
3 12 64 Steve Craig Tight End Northwestern from Packers via Chargers[b]
25 77 Scott Anderson Center Missouri
4 8 86 Mike Townsend Defensive Back Notre Dame from Saints[c]
25 103 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[d]
5 16 120 Jim Ferguson Defensive Back Stanford from Broncos[e]
24 128 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[h] from Rams[g]
25 129 Traded to the Baltimore Colts[f]
6 25 155 Mark Kellar Running Back Northern Illinois
7 25 181 Fred Tabron Running Back Southwest Missouri State
8 25 207 Berl Simmons Kicker Texas Christian
9 24 232 Sam McCullum Wide Receiver Montana State
10 25 259 Barry Reed Running Back Peru State
11 25 285 Dave Boone Defensive End Eastern Michigan
12 25 311 Randy Polti Defensive Back Stanford
13 25 337 Gary Keller Defensive Tackle Utah
14 25 363 Alan Dixon Running Back Harding
15 25 389 Kurt Wachtler Defensive Tackle St. John's
16 25 415 John Gobel Running Back St. Thomas
17 25 441 Earl Garrett Defensive Back Boston 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.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Vikings points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 15 at Green Bay Packers Win 32 17 1–0
56,267
2 Sept. 22 at Detroit Lions Win 7 6 2–0
49,703
3 Sept. 29 Chicago Bears Win 11 7 3–0
46,217
4 Oct. 6 at Dallas Cowboys Win 23 21 4–0
57,847
5 Oct. 13 Houston Oilers Win 51 10 5–0
48,006
6 Oct. 20 Detroit Lions Loss 16 20 5–1
47,807
7 Oct. 27 New England Patriots Loss 14 17 5–2
48,177
8 Nov. 3 at Chicago Bears Win 17 0 6–2
33,343
9 Nov. 11 at St. Louis Cardinals Win 28 24 7–2
50,183
10 Nov. 17 Green Bay Packers Loss 7 19 7–3
47,924
11 Nov. 24 at Los Angeles Rams Loss 17 20 7–4
90,266
12 Dec. 1 New Orleans Saints Win 29 9 8–4
44,202
13 Dec. 7 Atlanta Falcons Win 23 10 9–4
47,105
14 Dec. 14 at Kansas City Chiefs Win 35 15 10–4
35,480

[2]

Season summary[edit]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Vikings 0 7 0 0 7
Lions 0 3 0 3 6

[3]


Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 10 7 3 23
Cowboys 7 0 0 14 21

[4]


Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 10 4 0 .714 4–2 8–3 310 195
Detroit Lions 7 7 0 .500 3–3 6–5 256 270
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 3–3 4–7 210 206
Chicago Bears 4 10 0 .286 2–4 4–7 152 279

1974 Minnesota Vikings Roster[edit]

Offense Defense / Special Teams
Fran Tarkenton QB Grady Alderman OT Roy Winston LB Joe Blahak DB
Bob Berry QB Ron Yary OT Amos Martin LB Terry Brown DB
Bill Brown RB Steve Riley OT Fred McNeill LB Bobby Bryant DB
Chuck Foreman RB Charlie Goodrum OT Jeff Siemon LB Randy Poltl DB
Ed Marinaro RB Mick Tingelhoff C Wally Hilgenberg LB Paul Krause DB
Brent McClanahan RB Scott Anderson C Matt Blair LB Larry Marshall DB
Dave Osborn RB Steve Lawson OG Dave Boone DE Jackie Wallace DB
Oscar Reed RB Andy Maurer OG Carl Eller DE Jeff Wright DB
John Gilliam WR Milt Sunde OG Bob Lurtsema DE Nate Wright DB
John Holland WR Ed White OG Jim Marshall DE
Jim Lash WR Doug Kingsriter TE Alan Page DT Mike Eischeid K
Sam McCullum WR Stu Voigt TE Gary Larsen DT Fred Cox K
Steve Craig TE Doug Sutherland DT

Playoffs[edit]

NFC: Minnesota Vikings 30, St. Louis Cardinals 14[edit]

Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 7 14
Vikings 0 7 16 7 30

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

NFC Championship: Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10[edit]

Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 0 7 10
Vikings 0 7 0 7 14

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Super Bowl IX[edit]

Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers (AFC) 0 2 7 7 16
Vikings (NFC) 0 0 0 6 6

at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

References[edit]