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1974 Minnesota Vikings season

1974 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 10-4
Division 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

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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, becoming the first team to lose consecutive Super Bowls.[1]


1974 Draft

Main article: 1974 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 17 17 Fred McNeill Linebacker UCLA from Falcons[a]
25 25 Steve Riley Defensive Tackle USC
2 3 29 John Holland Wide Receiver Tennessee State from Chargers[b]
25 51 Matt Blair Linebacker Iowa State
3 12 64 Steve Craig Tight End Northwestern from Packers via Chargers[b]
25 77 Scott Anderson Center Missouri
4 8 86 Mike Townsend Defensive Back Notre Dame from Saints[c]
25 103 Traded to the Cincinnati Bengals[d]
5 16 120 Jim Ferguson Defensive Back Stanford from Broncos[e]
24 128 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[h] from Rams[g]
25 129 Traded to the Baltimore Colts[f]
6 25 155 Mark Kellar Running Back Northern Illinois
7 25 181 Fred Tabron Running Back Southwest Missouri State
8 25 207 Berl Simmons Kicker Texas Christian
9 24 232 Sam McCullum Wide Receiver Montana State
10 25 259 Barry Reed Running Back Peru State
11 25 285 Dave Boone Defensive End Eastern Michigan
12 25 311 Randy Polti Defensive Back Stanford
13 25 337 Gary Keller Defensive Tackle Utah
14 25 363 Alan Dixon Running Back Harding
15 25 389 Kurt Wachtler Defensive Tackle St. John's
16 25 415 John Gobel Running Back St. Thomas
17 25 441 Earl Garrett Defensive Back Boston State
^[a] Atlanta traded their 1st round selection (17th overall) and QB Bob Berry to Minnesota for QB Bob Lee and LB Lonnie Warwick.
^[b] San Diego traded their 2nd round selection (29th overall) and a 3rd round selection (64th overall) to Minnesota for LB Carl Gersbach and RB Clinton Jones.
^[c] New Orleans traded their 4th round selection (86th overall) and 1973 6th round selection to Minnesota for TE Bob Brown.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (103rd overall) to Cincinnati for OG Steve Lawson.
^[e] Denver traded their 5th round selection (120th overall) and WR Rod Sherman to Minnesota for WR Gene Washington.
^[f] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (129th overall) to Baltimore for DB Charlie Stukes on July 23, 1973.
^[g] Los Angeles traded their 5th round selection (128th overall) to Minnesota for DB Charlie Stukes on August 28, 1973.
^[h] Minnesota traded this 5th round selection (128th overall) to Philadelphia for LB Ron Porter.

Regular season


Game Date Opponent Result Vikings points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 15 at Green Bay Packers Win 32 17 1-0
2 Sept. 22 at Detroit Lions Win 7 6 2-0
3 Sept. 29 Chicago Bears Win 11 7 3-0
4 Oct. 6 at Dallas Cowboys Win 23 21 4-0
5 Oct. 13 Houston Oilers Win 51 10 5-0
6 Oct. 20 Detroit Lions Loss 16 20 5-1
7 Oct. 27 New England Patriots Loss 14 17 5-2
8 Nov. 3 at Chicago Bears Win 17 0 6-2
9 Nov. 11 at St. Louis Cardinals Win 28 24 7-2
10 Nov. 17 Green Bay Packers Loss 7 19 7-3
11 Nov. 24 at Los Angeles Rams Loss 17 20 7-4
12 Dec. 1 New Orleans Saints Win 29 9 8-4
13 Dec. 7 Atlanta Falcons Win 23 10 9-4
14 Dec. 14 at Kansas City Chiefs Win 35 15 10-4

Season summary

Week 2

1 234Total
• Vikings 0 700 7
Lions 0 303 6


Week 4

1 234Total
Vikings 3 1073 23
Cowboys 7 0014 21



Template:1974 NFC Central standings

1974 Minnesota Vikings Roster



 Fran Tarkenton QB

 Grady Alderman OT

 Roy Winston LB

 Joe Blahak DB

 Bob Berry QB

 Ron Yary OT

 Amos Martin LB

 Terry Brown DB

 Bill Brown RB

 Steve Riley OT

 Fred McNeill LB

 Bobby Bryant DB

 Chuck Foreman RB

 Charlie Goodrum OT

 Jeff Siemon LB

 Randy Poltl DB

 Ed Marinaro RB

 Mick Tingelhoff C

 Wally Hilgenberg LB

 Paul Krause DB

 Brent McClanahan RB

 Scott Anderson C

 Matt Blair LB

 Larry Marshall DB

 Dave Osborn RB

 Steve Lawson OG

 Dave Boone DE

 Jackie Wallace DB

 Oscar Reed RB

 Andy Maurer OG

 Carl Eller DE

 Jeff Wright DB

 John Gilliam WR

 Milt Sunde OG

 Bob Lurtsema DE

 Nate Wright DB

 John Holland WR

 Ed White OG

 Jim Marshall DE


 Jim Lash WR

 Doug Kingsriter TE

 Alan Page DT

 Mike Eischeid K

 Sam McCullum WR

 Stu Voigt TE

 Gary Larsen DT

 Fred Cox K


 Steve Craig TE

 Doug Sutherland DT




NFC: Minnesota Vikings 30, St. Louis Cardinals 14

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 7 0714
Vikings 0 7 16730

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

NFC Championship: Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 3 0710
Vikings 0 7 0714

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Date: December 29, 1974
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. Boxscore

Super Bowl IX

Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers (AFC) 0 2 7716
Vikings (NFC) 0 0 066

at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

Awards, records, and honors


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