1976 Minnesota Vikings season

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1976 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachBud Grant
General managerMike Lynn
OwnerMax Winter
Home fieldMetropolitan Stadium
Results
Record11–2–1
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishWon NFC Divisional Playoff (Redskins) 35–20
Won NFC Championship Game (Rams) 24–13
Lost Super Bowl XI (vs. Raiders) 14–32

The 1976 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 16th in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with an 11–2–1 record to give them their eighth NFC Central division title. They beat the Washington Redskins 35–20 in the divisional round of the playoffs, followed by a 24–13 win over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship, before losing 32–14 to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI. As of 2018, this was the last Super Bowl appearance by the franchise.

Offseason[edit]

1976 Draft[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1976 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line – Buddy Ryan



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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

None.


Practice squad None.


Rookies in italics
{{{active}}} Active, {{{inactive}}} Inactive, {{{PS}}} Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[2]
1 July 31 at Miami Dolphins L 3–16 0–1 Miami Orange Bowl 39,939
2 August 7 at Kansas City Chiefs W 13–10 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium 32,851
3 August 16 at Cleveland Browns L 7–31 1–2 Cleveland Stadium 44,336
4 August 22 Cincinnati Bengals W 23–17 2–2 Metropolitan Stadium 43,784
5 August 28 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–16 3–2 Metropolitan Stadium 46,512
6 September 5 at Denver Broncos L 17–30 3–3 Mile High Stadium 52,129

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 12 at New Orleans Saints W 40–9 1–0 Louisiana Superdome 58,156
2 September 19 Los Angeles Rams T 10–10 (OT) 1–0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,310
3 September 26 at Detroit Lions W 10–9 2–0–1 Silverdome 77,292
4 October 4 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–6 3–0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,809
5 October 10 Chicago Bears W 20–19 4–0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 47,614
6 October 17 New York Giants W 24–7 5–0–1 Metropolitan Stadium 46,508
7 October 24 at Philadelphia Eagles W 31–12 6–0–1 Veterans Stadium 56,233
8 October 31 at Chicago Bears L 13–14 6–1–1 Soldier Field 53,602
9 November 7 Detroit Lions W 31–23 7–1–1 Metropolitan Stadium 46,735
10 November 14 Seattle Seahawks W 27–21 8–1–1 Metropolitan Stadium 45,087
11 November 21 at Green Bay Packers W 17–10 9–1–1 Milwaukee County Stadium 53,104
12 November 29 at San Francisco 49ers L 16–20 9–2–1 Candlestick Park 56,775
13 December 5 Green Bay Packers W 20–9 10–2–1 Metropolitan Stadium 43,700
14 December 11 at Miami Dolphins W 29–7 11–2–1 Orange Bowl 46,543

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 13 17 7340
Saints 0 3 609

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • NO – Rich Szaro 45-yard field goal. Vikings 13–3.
  • MIN – Brent McClanahan 5-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 20–3.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 24-yard field goal. Vikings 23–3.
  • MIN – Sammy White 47-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 30–3.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 6-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 37–3.
  • NO – Tony Galbreath 1-yard run (kick failed). Vikings 37–9.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 35-yard field goal. Vikings 44–9.

Week 2[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 234Total
• Vikings 0 037 10
Lions 0 036 9
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Pontiac Silverdome
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 77,292
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 4[edit]

1 234Total
Steelers 6 000 6
• Vikings 0 7010 17

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Week 5[edit]

1 234Total
Bears 0 0136 19
• Vikings 7 1003 20
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 47,614
  • Game weather: 48°F; wind 8

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Week 6[edit]

1 234Total
Giants 0 700 7
• Vikings 10 707 24
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 46,508
  • Game weather: 37°F; wind 6

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Week 7[edit]

1 234Total
• Vikings 0 71014 31
Eagles 0 903 12
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Veterans Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 56,233
  • Game weather: 48°F; wind 8

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Week 8[edit]

Week 9[edit]

1 234Total
Lions 3 677 23
• Vikings 7 3714 31
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 46,735
  • Game weather: 28°F; wind 16

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Week 10[edit]

1 234Total
Seahawks 7 077 21
• Vikings 7 767 27
  • Date: November 14
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 45,087
  • Game weather: 24°F; wind 8

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Week 11[edit]

1 234Total
• Vikings 3 707 17
Packers 3 070 10

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Week 12[edit]

Week 13[edit]

1 234Total
Packers 6 003 9
• Vikings 0 3314 20
  • Date: December 5
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 43,700
  • Game weather: 18°F; wind 7

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Week 14[edit]

1 234Total
• Vikings 0 15140 29
Dolphins 0 007 7
  • Date: December 11
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 46,543
  • Game weather: 77°F; wind 21

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Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(2) 11 2 1 .821 5–1 9–2 305 176 W2
Chicago Bears 7 7 0 .500 4–2 7–5 253 216 L1
Detroit Lions 6 8 0 .429 2–4 5–7 262 220 L2
Green Bay Packers 5 9 0 .357 1–5 4–8 218 299 W1

Playoffs[edit]

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

Divisional[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#4) Washington Redskins at (#1) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 0 31420
Vikings 14 7 14035

at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

Conference Championship[edit]

1 234Total
Rams 0 0130 13
• Vikings 7 377 24
  • Date: December 26
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 47,191
  • Game weather: 19°F; wind 12
  • Television network: CBS

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Super Bowl[edit]

1 234Total
• Raiders 0 16313 32
Vikings 0 077 14

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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
(out of 28)
Passing offense 2,855 203.9 4th
Rushing offense 2,003 143.1 18th
Total offense 4,858 347.0 6th
Passing defense 1,575 112.5 1st
Rushing defense 2,096 149.7 17th
Total defense 3,671 262.2 6th

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