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1973 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12-2
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27-20

Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 27-10
Lost Super Bowl VIII (Dolphins) 24-7

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1972 1974

The 1973 Minnesota Vikings season was their 13th year of play in the National Football League. The Vikings regained the NFC Central title after a disappointing 7-7 record the previous season, as they finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses. The Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins, 27-20, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at home and went on to upset the Dallas Cowboys, 27-10, in Irving, Texas to win the NFC Championship, before losing Super Bowl VIII to the Miami Dolphins, 24-7 at Rice Stadium in Houston.

Off seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 12 Chuck Foreman Running Back University of Miami
2 34 Jackie Wallace Defensive Back University of Arizona
3 65 Jim Lash Wide Receiver Northwestern University
4 80 Mike Wells Quarterback University of Illinois
5 118 Brent McClanahan Running Back Arizona State University
6 139 Doug Kingsriter Tight End University of Minnesota
6 143 Fred Abbott Linebacker University of Florida
7 168 Josh Brown Running Back Texas State
8 196 Craig Darling Tackle Iowa
9 221 Larry Dibbles Defensive End New Mexico
10 236 Randy Lee Defensive Back Tulane
10 246 Dave Mason Defensive Back University of Nebraska
11 274 Geary Murdock Guard Iowa State
12 299 Alan Spencer Wide Receiver Pittsburg State
13 324 Ron Just Guard Minot State
14 352 Eddie Bishop Defensive Back Southern
15 377 Tony Chandler Running Back Missouri Valley
16 402 Larry Smiley Defensive End Texas Southern
17 429 Dave Winfield Tight End University of Minnesota
[1]

Following college, Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in three different sports. The San Diego Padres selected him as an outfielder with the fourth overall pick in the MLB draft. In basketball, both the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Utah Stars (ABA) drafted him. Although he never played college football, the Minnesota Vikings selected Winfield in the 17th round of the NFL draft. He is currently one of two players ever to be drafted by three professional sports (the other being Dave Logan).[2]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 16 Oakland Raiders W 24-16 Metropolitan Stadium
44,818
2 September 23 at Chicago Bears W 22-13 Soldier Field
52,035
3 September 30 Green Bay Packers W 11-3 Metropolitan Stadium
48,176
4 October 7 at Detroit Lions W 23-9 Tiger Stadium
49,549
5 October 14 at San Francisco 49ers W 17-13 Candlestick Park
56,438
6 October 21 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-21 Metropolitan Stadium
47,478
7 October 28 Los Angeles Rams W 10-9 Metropolitan Stadium
47,787
8 November 4 Cleveland Browns W 26-3 Metropolitan Stadium
46,722
9 November 11 Detroit Lions W 28-7 Metropolitan Stadium
47,911
10 November 19 at Atlanta Falcons L 20-14 Atlanta Stadium
56,519
11 November 25 Chicago Bears W 31-13 Metropolitan Stadium
46,430
12 December 2 at Cincinnati Bengals L 27-0 Riverfront Stadium
57,859
13 December 8 at Green Bay Packers W 31-7 Lambeau Field
53,830
14 December 16 at New York Giants W 31-7 Yale Bowl
70,041

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 296 168 W-2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .464 271 247 L-1
Green Bay Packers 5 7 2 .429 202 259 W-1
Chicago Bears 3 11 0 .214 195 334 L-6

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Divisional December 22 Washington Redskins W 27-20 Metropolitan Stadium
45,475
Conference Championship December 30 at Dallas Cowboys W 27-10 Texas Stadium
60,272
Super Bowl VIII January 13 Miami Dolphins L 24-7 Rice Stadium
71,882

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