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1976 Minnesota Vikings season

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1976 Minnesota Vikings season

1976 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 11-2-1
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Won NFC Divisional Playoff
Won NFC Championship
Lost Super Bowl XI
Previous season      Next season
< 1975      1977 >

1976 was the 16th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 57th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of 11 wins, two losses, and one tie. They lost Super Bowl XI to the Oakland Raiders 32-14. As of 2012, this has been the last Super Bowl appearance by the franchise.


1976 Draft

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 25 25 James White Defensive Tackle Oklahoma State
2 26 54 Sammy White Wide Receiver Grambling
3 25 85 Wes Hamilton Guard Tulsa
4 26 118 Leonard Willis Wide Receiver Ohio State
5 9 133 Steve Wagner Defensive Back Wisconsin from Falcons[a]
25 149 Keith Bernette Running Back Boston College
6 24 180 Terry Egerdahl Defensive Back Minnesota-Duluth
7 24 206 Larry Brune Defensive Back Rice
8 26 235 Traded to the New England Patriots[b]
9 25 262 Isaac Hagins Wide Receiver Southern
10 24 289 Bill Salmon Quarterback Northern Iowa
11 25 316 Steve Kracher Running Back Montana State
12 26 345 Robert Sparks Defensive Back San Francisco State
13 25 372 Gary Paulson Defensive End Colorado State
14 26 401 Jeff Stapleton Offensive Tackle Purdue
15 25 428 Ron Groce Running Back Macalester
16 26 457 Randy Hickel Defensive Back Montana State
17 25 484 Dick Lukowski Defensive Tackle West Virginia
^[a] Atlanta traded their 5th round selection (133rd overall) to Minnesota for RB Oscar Reed.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (235th overall) and 1977 6th round selection (166th overall) to New England for OL Doug Dumler.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 at New Orleans Saints W 40-9
2 September 19, 1976 Los Angeles Rams T 10-10 (OT)
3 September 26, 1976 at Detroit Lions W 10-9
4 October 4, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17-6
5 October 10, 1976 Chicago Bears W 20-19
6 October 17, 1976 New York Giants W 24-7
7 October 24, 1976 at Philadelphia Eagles W 31-12
8 October 31, 1976 at Chicago Bears L 14-13
9 November 7, 1976 Detroit Lions W 31-23
10 November 14, 1976 Seattle Seahawks W 27-21
11 November 21, 1976 at Green Bay Packers (Milw) W 17-10
12 November 29, 1976 at San Francisco 49ers L 20-16
13 December 5, 1976 Green Bay Packers W 20-9
14 December 11, 1976 at Miami Dolphins W 29-7


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 18, 1976 Washington Redskins W 35-20
Conference Championship December 26, 1976 Los Angeles Rams W 24-13
Super Bowl January 9, 1977 N Oakland Raiders L 32-14


Template:1976 NFC Central standings

Final roster

Template:NFL final roster

Awards and records



Template:Navbox season by team

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