1974 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 10-4
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

Timeline
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1973 1975

1974 was the 14th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 55th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings won the NFC Central as they finished with a record of 10 wins and four losses. The Vikings defeated the St. Louis Football 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.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Game Date Opponent Result Score Record Attendance
1 Sept. 15 at Green Bay Win 32-17 1-0
56,267
2 Sept. 22 at Detroit Win 7-6 2-0
49,703
3 Sept. 29 Chicago Win 11-7 3-0
46,217
4 Oct. 6 at Dallas Win 23-21 4-0
57,847
5 Oct. 13 Houston Win 51-10 5-0
48,006
6 Oct. 20 Detroit Loss 16-20 5-1
47,807
7 Oct. 27 New England Loss 14-17 5-2
48,177
8 Nov. 3 at Chicago Win 17-0 6-2
33,343
9 Nov. 11 at St. Louis Win 28-24 7-2
50,183
10 Nov. 17 Green Bay Loss 7-19 7-3
47,924
11 Nov. 24 at Los Angeles Loss 17-20 7-4
90,266
12 Dec. 1 New Orleans Win 29-9 8-4
44,202
13 Dec. 7 Atlanta Win 23-10 9-4
47,105
14 Dec. 14 at Kansas City Win 35-15 10-4
35,480

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Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 10 4 0 .714 310 195
Detroit Lions 7 7 0 .500 256 270
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 210 206
Chicago Bears 4 10 0 .286 152 279

Roster[edit | edit source]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

NFC: Minnesota Vikings 30, St. Louis Cardinals 14[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 7 14
Vikings 0 7 16 7 30



|date= December 21 |stadium= Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota |time= 12:00 p.m. CST |weather= Template:Convert/°F, flurries |TV= CBS |TVAnnouncers= Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Johnny Unitas |attendance= 48,150 |referee= Chuck Heberling |scoring=

  • Scoring
    • STL - Thomas 13 pass from Hart (Bakken kick)STL 7-0
    • MIN - Gilliam 16 pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick)7-7
    • MIN - field goal Cox 37 MIN 10-7
    • MIN - Wright 20 fumble return (Cox kick)MIN 17-7
    • MIN - Gilliam 38 pass from Tarkenton (kick failed) MIN 23-7
    • MIN - Foreman 4 run (Cox kick) MIN 30-7
    • STL - Metcalf 11 run (Bakken kick) MIN 30-14

NFC Championship: Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 0 7 10
Vikings 0 7 0 7 14



|date= December 29, 1974 |stadium= Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota |time= 12:00 p.m. CST |weather= Template:Convert/°F, sunny |TV= CBS |TVAnnouncers= Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier and Bart Starr |attendance= 48,444 |referee= Tommy Bell |scoring=

  • Scoring
    • MIN - Lash 29 pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MIN 7-0
    • LA - field goal Ray 27 MIN 7-3
    • MIN - Osborn 4 run (Cox kick)MIN 14-3
    • LA - Jackson 44 pass from Harris (Ray kick)MIN 14-10

Super Bowl IX[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers (AFC) 0 2 7 7 16
Vikings (NFC) 0 0 0 6 6



|stadium= Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana |date= January 12, 1975 |time= 5:30 p.m. CST |TV= NBC |TVAnnouncers= Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis and Don Meredith |referee= Bernie Ulman |attendance= 80,997


Awards, records, and honors[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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