1977 Minnesota Vikings season

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1977 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 9–5
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs
Lost Conference Championship
Timeline
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< 1976 1978 >

1977 was the 17th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 58th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and five losses. Quarterback Fran Tarkenton was injured with a broken leg in week 9 and missed the rest of the season.

Offseason[edit]

1977 Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice Overall
1 27 27 Tommy Kramer Quarterback Rice
2 27 55 Dennis Swilley Guard Texas A&M
3 27 83 Tom Hannon Linebacker San Diego State
4 27 111 Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[a]
5 26 138 Ken Moore Tight End Northern Illinois
6 27 166 Traded to the New England Patriots[b]
7 27 194 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[c]
8 27 222 Clint Strozier Defensive Back USC
9 27 250 Scott Studwell Linebacker Illinois
10 27 278 Dan Beaver Kicker Illinois
11 27 306 Keith Hartwig Wide Receiver Arizona
12 27 335 Jim Kelleher Running Back Colorado
^[a] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (111th overall) to Seattle for RB Ahmad Rashād.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (166th overall) and 1976 8th round selection (235th overall) to New England for OL Doug Dumler.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (194th overall) to Cincinnati for TE Orlando Nelson.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 Dallas Cowboys L 16–10 (OT)
47,678
2 September 24, 1977 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 9–3
66,272
3 October 2, 1977 Green Bay Packers W 19–7
47,143
4 October 9, 1977 Detroit Lions W 14–7
45,860
5 October 16, 1977 Chicago Bears W 22–16 (OT)
47,708
6 October 24, 1977 at Los Angeles Rams L 35–3
62,414
7 October 30, 1977 at Atlanta Falcons W 14–7
59,257
8 November 6, 1977 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–7
47,066
9 November 13, 1977 Cincinnati Bengals W 42–10
45,371
10 November 20, 1977 at Chicago Bears L 10–7
49,563
11 November 27, 1977 at Green Bay Packers W 13–6
56,267
12 December 4, 1977 San Francisco 49ers W 28–27
40,745
13 December 11, 1977 at Oakland Raiders L 35–13
52,771
14 December 17, 1977 at Detroit Lions W 30–21
78,572

Game summaries[edit]

Week 10: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 7 0 7
Bears 0 10 0 0 10

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
Second Quarter
  • CHI – Walter Payton 1-yard run (Bob Thomas kick) – Bears 7–0
  • CHI – Bob Thomas 37-yard field goal – Bears 10–0
Third Quarter
Vikings
Bears

Week 11: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 13 0 0 13
Packers 6 0 0 0 6


Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 26, 1977 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–7
62,538
Conference Championship January 1, 1978 at Dallas Cowboys L 23–6
61,968

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Minnesota Vikings(3) 9 5 0 .643 6–1 8–4 255 253
Chicago Bears(4) 9 5 0 .643 6–1 8–4 231 227
Detroit Lions 6 8 0 .429 2–5 4–7 183 252
Green Bay Packers 4 10 0 .286 2–5 4–8 134 219
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 12 0 .143 0–4 2–11 103 223

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Fran Tarkenton 1,734
Passing Touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 9
Rushing Yards Chuck Foreman 1,112
Rushing Touchdowns Chuck Foreman 6
Receiving Yards Sammy White 760
Receiving Touchdowns Sammy White 9
Points Chuck Foreman
Sammy White
54
Kickoff Return Yards Manfred Moore 524
Punt Return Yards Manfred Moore 277
Interceptions Bobby Bryant 4

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 2,368 Yards 169.1 YPG 6th
Rushing Offense 1,821 Yards 130.1 YPG 21st
Total Offense 4,189 Yards 299.2 YPG 14th
Passing Defense 1,581 Yards 112.9 YPG 3rd
Rushing Defense 2,218 Yards 158.4 YPG 21st
Total Defense 3,799 Yards 271.4 YPG 11th