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1997 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Dennis Green
Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish Won NFC Wild Card Playoff
Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
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1996 1998

1997 was the 37th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 78th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. Their record was good enough to qualify for a wild card berth. In the wild card round against the New York Giants, the Vikings came back from a 22-13 deficit with 90 seconds to play to defeat the Giants 23-22. It was their first playoff victory since 1988 and their first under head coach Dennis Green. In the Divisional round, the Vikings were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers, 38-22.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front Office
  • Chairman of the Board – John Skoglund
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Roger Headrick

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Foge Fazio
  • Defensive Line – John Levra
  • Inside Linebackers – Tom Olivadotti
  • Outside Linebackers – Trent Walters
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jeff Friday

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 31 at Buffalo Bills W 34-13
79,139
2 September 7 at Chicago Bears W 27-24
59,263
3 September 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 28-14
63,697
4 September 21 at Green Bay Packers L 38-32
60,115
5 September 28 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-19
55,149
6 October 5 at Arizona Cardinals W 20-19
45,550
7 October 12 Carolina Panthers W 21-14
62,625
8 Bye week
9 October 26 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10-6
66,815
10 November 2 New England Patriots W 23-18
62,917
11 November 9 Chicago Bears W 29-22
63,443
12 November 16 at Detroit Lions L 38-15
68,910
13 November 23 at New York Jets L 23-21
70,131
14 December 1 Green Bay Packers L 27-11
64,001
15 December 7 at San Francisco 49ers L 28-17
55,761
16 December 14 Detroit Lions L 14-13
60,982
17 December 21 Indianapolis Colts W 39-28
54,107

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Green Bay Packers 1330.813422282
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625299263
Detroit Lions 970.563379306
Minnesota Vikings 970.563354359
Chicago Bears 4120.250263421

RosterEdit

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 27 at New York Giants W 23-22
77,497
Division January 3 at San Francisco 49ers L 38-22
65,018

Awards and recordsEdit

  • David Palmer, NFL Kickoff Return Leader

ReferencesEdit

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