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

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. 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
=Pro Bowler
1974 Minnesota Vikings 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[2][edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Record Game site Attendance
1 September 15 at Green Bay Packers W 32–17 1–0 Lambeau Field 56,267
2 September 22 at Detroit Lions W 7–6 2–0 Tiger Stadium 49,703
3 September 29 Chicago Bears W 11–7 3–0 Metropolitan Stadium 46,217
4 October 6 at Dallas Cowboys W 23–21 4–0 Texas Stadium 57,847
5 October 13 Houston Oilers W 51–10 5–0 Metropolitan Stadium 48,006
6 October 20 Detroit Lions L 16–20 5–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,807
7 October 27 New England Patriots L 14–17 5–2 Metropolitan Stadium 48,177
8 November 3 at Chicago Bears W 17–0 6–2 Soldier Field 33,343
9 November 11 at St. Louis Cardinals W 28–24 7–2 Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium 50,183
10 November 17 Green Bay Packers L 7–19 7–3 Metropolitan Stadium 47,924
11 November 24 at Los Angeles Rams L 17–20 7–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 90,266
12 December 1 New Orleans Saints W 29–9 8–4 Metropolitan Stadium 44,202
13 December 7 Atlanta Falcons W 23–10 9–4 Metropolitan Stadium 47,105
14 December 14 at Kansas City Chiefs W 35–15 10–4 Arrowhead Stadium 35,480

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 7 13 9 32
Packers 0 10 0 7 17

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[edit]

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 0 0 7
Lions 0 3 0 3 6

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[edit]

Week 3: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 7 7
Vikings 2 6 3 0 11

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[edit]

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 10 7 3 23
Cowboys 7 0 0 14 21

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[edit]

Week 5: Houston Oilers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 3 0 7 0 10
Vikings 16 14 7 14 51

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[edit]

Week 6: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 6 7 7 20
Vikings 0 3 13 0 16

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[edit]

Week 7: New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 7 0 7 17
Vikings 0 0 0 14 14

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[edit]

Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 7 7 17
Bears 0 0 0 0 0

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[edit]

Week 9: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 0 7 7 28
Cardinals 7 10 0 7 24

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[edit]

Week 10: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 6 3 10 19
Vikings 0 0 0 7 7

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[edit]

Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 17 0 0 17
Rams 0 6 0 14 20

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[edit]

Week 12: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 6 0 0 9
Vikings 6 6 3 14 29

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[edit]

Week 13: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 3 10
Vikings 7 3 6 7 23

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[edit]

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 14 7 14 35
Chiefs 3 9 0 3 15

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[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 10 4 0 .714 4–2 8–3 310 195 W3
Detroit Lions 7 7 0 .500 3–3 6–5 256 270 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 3–3 4–7 210 206 L3
Chicago Bears 4 10 0 .286 2–4 4–7 152 279 L2

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
NFC Divisional Playoff December 21, 1974 St. Louis Cardinals W 30–14 Metropolitan Stadium
48,150
Conference Championship December 29, 1974 Los Angeles Rams W 14–10 Metropolitan Stadium
48,444
Super Bowl IX January 12, 1975 N Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–16 Tulane Stadium
80,997


NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 7 14
Vikings 0 7 16 7 30

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

NFC Championship[edit]

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 0 7 10
Vikings 0 7 0 7 14

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information
Second Quarter
Fourth Quarter

Super Bowl IX[edit]

Main article: Super Bowl IX
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 2 7 7 16
Vikings 0 0 0 6 6

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

Final 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

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Fran Tarkenton 2,598
Passing Touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 17
Rushing Yards Chuck Foreman 777
Rushing Touchdowns Chuck Foreman 9
Receiving Yards Jim Lash 631
Receiving Touchdowns Chuck Foreman 6
Points Chuck Foreman 90
Kickoff Return Yards Brent McClanahan 549
Punt Return Yards Jackie Wallace 191
Interceptions Nate Wright 6

League rankings[edit]

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 26)
Passing Offense 2,755 Yards 196.8 YPG 2nd
Rushing Offense 1,856 Yards 132.6 YPG 15th
Total Offense 4,611 Yards 329.4 YPG 3rd
Passing Defense 2,302 Yards 164.4 YPG 18th
Rushing Defense 1,605 Yards 114.6 YPG 5th
Total Defense 3,907 Yards 279.1 YPG 10th

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Denver Broncos would lose consecutive Super Bowls in 1986 and 1987, and the Buffalo Bills would lose four in a row, in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.
  2. ^ http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1974-min