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1980 Minnesota Vikings season

1980 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 9–7
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional
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< 1979      1981 >

The 1980 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 20th year in the National Football League's 61st season. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. The Vikings won the NFC Central division, winning the tiebreaker with Detroit, who also had a 9-7 record.

The most dramatic game of the season came in a Week 15 home game against Cleveland, with Minnesota at 8-6. The Vikings came back from a fourteen-point deficit to come within 23-22, with only 0:05 left on the clock from Cleveland's 46-yard line. (The Vikings had missed two field goals and two extra points during the game.) Quarterback Tommy Kramer threw a hail mary pass which was caught by Ahmad Rashād at the two yard line. Rashād backed into the end zone to give Minnesota a 28-23 win with no time left.[1][2]


1980 Draft

Main article: 1980 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 9 9 Doug Martin Defensive Tackle Washington
2 2 30 Willie Teal Defensive Back Louisiana State from 49ers[a]
11 39 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[a]
3 9 65 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers[a]
12 68 Brent Boyd Center UCLA from Saints[b]
4 9 92 Dennis Johnson Linebacker USC
5 11 121 Doug Paschal Running Back North Carolina
12 122 Paul Jones Running Back California from Saints[b]
6 10 148 Ray Yakavonis Defensive End East Stroudsburg (PA)
7 9 175 Henry Johnson Linebacker Georgia Tech
8 11 205 Traded to the Seattle Seahawks[c]
9 11 233 Dennis Mosley Running Back Iowa originally Bills pick[d]
10 9 259 Kenny Brown Wide Receiver Nebraska
11 11 289 Sam Harrell Running Back East Carolina
12 10 316 Thomas Lane Defensive Back Florida A&M
^[a] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (39th overall) and 3rd round selection (65th overall) to San Francisco to move up 9 spots to the 30th overall selection and make this pick.
^[b] New Orleans traded their 3rd round selection (68th overall) and 5th round selection (122nd overall) to Minnesota for RB Steve Riley.
^[c] Minnesota traded their 8th round selection (205th overall) to Seattle for DL Steve Niehaus.
^[d] Minnesota originally chose 232nd overall but passed allowing Buffalo to move up and Minnesota to choose 233rd overall.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 Atlanta Falcons W 24-23
2 September 14, 1980 Philadelphia Eagles L 42-7
3 September 21, 1980 at Chicago Bears W 34-14
4 September 28, 1980 at Detroit Lions L 27-7
5 October 5, 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers L 23-17
6 October 12, 1980 Chicago Bears W 13-7
7 October 19, 1980 at Cincinnati Bengals L 14-0
8 October 26, 1980 at Green Bay Packers L 16-3
9 November 2, 1980 at Washington Redskins W 39-14
10 November 9, 1980 Detroit Lions W 34-0
11 November 16, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 38-30
12 November 23, 1980 Green Bay Packers L 25-13
13 November 30, 1980 at New Orleans Saints W 23-20
14 December 7, 1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21-10
15 December 14, 1980 Cleveland Browns W 28-23
16 December 21, 1980 at Houston Oilers L 20-16

Game summaries

Week 15

1 234Total
Browns 7 637 23
Vikings 0 0919 28
  • Date: December 14
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium • Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 23°F • Wind 12
  • Television network: NBC

Trailing 23-9 entering the fourth quarter the Vikings came back and won on a desperation Hail Mary pass from quarterback Tommy Kramer to wide receiver Ahmad Rashad to clinch the NFC Central Division title in what became known as the "Miracle at the Met".


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 3, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles L 31-16


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