1976 Minnesota Vikings season

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1976 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 11–2–1
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Won NFC Divisional Playoff
Won NFC Championship
Lost Super Bowl XI
Timeline
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< 1975 1977 >

1976 was the 16th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 57th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of 11 wins, two losses, and one tie. They lost Super Bowl XI to the Oakland Raiders 32–14. As of 2014, this has been the last Super Bowl appearance by the franchise.

Offseason[edit]

1976 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 25 25 James White Defensive Tackle Oklahoma State
2 26 54 Sammy White Wide Receiver Grambling
3 25 85 Wes Hamilton Guard Tulsa
4 26 118 Leonard Willis Wide Receiver Ohio State
5 9 133 Steve Wagner Defensive Back Wisconsin from Falcons[a]
25 149 Keith Bernette Running Back Boston College
6 24 180 Terry Egerdahl Defensive Back Minnesota-Duluth
7 24 206 Larry Brune Defensive Back Rice
8 26 235 Traded to the New England Patriots[b]
9 25 262 Isaac Hagins Wide Receiver Southern
10 24 289 Bill Salmon Quarterback Northern Iowa
11 25 316 Steve Kracher Running Back Montana State
12 26 345 Robert Sparks Defensive Back San Francisco State
13 25 372 Gary Paulson Defensive End Colorado State
14 26 401 Jeff Stapleton Offensive Tackle Purdue
15 25 428 Ron Groce Running Back Macalester
16 26 457 Randy Hickel Defensive Back Montana State
17 25 484 Dick Lukowski Defensive Tackle West Virginia
^[a] Atlanta traded their 5th round selection (133rd overall) to Minnesota for RB Oscar Reed.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (235th overall) and 1977 6th round selection (166th overall) to New England for OL Doug Dumler.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 at New Orleans Saints W 40–9
58,156
2 September 19, 1976 Los Angeles Rams T 10–10 (OT)
47,310
3 September 26, 1976 at Detroit Lions W 10–9
77,292
4 October 4, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–6
47,809
5 October 10, 1976 Chicago Bears W 20–19
47,614
6 October 17, 1976 New York Giants W 24–7
46,508
7 October 24, 1976 at Philadelphia Eagles W 31–12
56,233
8 October 31, 1976 at Chicago Bears L 14–13
53,602
9 November 7, 1976 Detroit Lions W 31–23
46,735
10 November 14, 1976 Seattle Seahawks W 27–21
45,087
11 November 21, 1976 at Green Bay Packers (Milw) W 17–10
53,104
12 November 29, 1976 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–16
56,775
13 December 5, 1976 Green Bay Packers W 20–9
43,700
14 December 11, 1976 at Miami Dolphins W 29–7
46,543

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 18, 1976 Washington Redskins W 35–20
47,221
Conference Championship December 26, 1976 Los Angeles Rams W 24–13
47,191
Super Bowl January 9, 1977 N Oakland Raiders L 32–14
100,421

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Minnesota Vikings(2) 11 2 1 .821 5–1 9–2 305 176
Chicago Bears 7 7 0 .500 4–2 7–5 253 216
Detroit Lions 6 8 0 .429 2–4 5–7 262 220
Green Bay Packers 5 9 0 .357 1–5 4–8 218 299

Final roster[edit]

1976 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics
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Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Fran Tarkenton 2,961
Passing Touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 17
Rushing Yards Chuck Foreman 1,155
Rushing Touchdowns Chuck Foreman 13
Receiving Yards Sammy White 906
Receiving Touchdowns Sammy White 10
Points Fred Cox 89
Kickoff Return Yards Leonard Willis 552
Punt Return Yards Leonard Willis 207
Interceptions Nate Wright 7

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 2,855 Yards 203.9 YPG 4th
Rushing Offense 2,003 Yards 143.1 YPG 18th
Total Offense 4,858 Yards 347.0 YPG 6th
Passing Defense 1,575 Yards 112.5 YPG 1st
Rushing Defense 2,096 Yards 149.7 YPG 17th
Total Defense 3,671 Yards 262.2 YPG 6th

References[edit]