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List of Minnesota Vikings seasons

The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team playing in the National Football League (NFL). They are members of the North Division in the National Football Conference (NFC). The team was established in 1959, when three Minneapolis businessmen – Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter – were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League (AFL).[1] In January 1960, the ownership group, along with Bernie Ridder, forfeited its AFL membership and was awarded the NFL's 14th franchise, with play to begin in 1961.[1]

Since the franchise's inception, the Vikings have completed 52 seasons of play in the NFL. The team won one NFL Championship in 1969, and was the last team crowned NFL champions before the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The franchise has been conference champions three times since the merger, but has never won the Super Bowl. The Vikings have been divisional champions 18 times, most among current members of their division. Minnesota has played 804 regular and post-season games and has appeared in the post-season 27 times.[2]

The team's worst season was 1962, when it won two games and lost eleven (a .154 winning percentage).[3] Their worst season since the NFL changed to a 16-game schedule was in 1984 and 2011, when they could only manage a 3–13 record.[4] The best regular-season record was achieved in 1998, when the Vikings went 15–1, but kicker Gary Anderson, who had gone 35-for-35 in field goal attempts during the regular season, missed a 38-yard attempt with less than three minutes remaining in the NFC Championship Game.[5] With an overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Vikings became the first 15–1 team in NFL history not to reach the Super Bowl.[6]

Key

BBA Bert Bell Award
COY NFL Coach of the Year Award
CPY NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
DPY NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award
GSH George S. Halas Trophy
MOY Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
MVP NFL Most Valuable Player Award
OPY NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award
OROY NFL Rookie of the Year Award
PBMVP Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player Award
ROY UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year
UPINFC UPI NFC Player of the Year

Seasons

NFL champions
(1920–1969)
Super Bowl champions
(1967–present)
Conference champions
(1967–present)°
Division champions
(1967–present)*
Wild card berth
(1970–present)§
NFL
season
Team
season
League Conference Division Regular season Post-season results Awards Ref
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1961 1961 NFL Western
7th 3 11 0 [7]
1962 1962 NFL Western 6th 2 11 1 [3]
1963 1963 NFL Western T-4th 5 8 1 Paul Flatley (ROY) [8][9]
1964 1964 NFL Western T-2nd 8 5 1 Fran Tarkenton (PBMVP) [4][10]
1965 1965 NFL Western 5th 7 7 0 [11]
1966 1966 NFL Western T-6th 4 9 1 [12]
1967 1967 NFL Western Central 4th 3 8 3 [13]
1968 1968 NFL Western Central* 1st* 8 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 24–14 [14]
1969 1969 NFL Western° Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 23–20
Won NFL Championship (1) (Browns) 27–7
Lost Super Bowl IV (Chiefs) 23–7
Bud Grant (COY) [15][16]
1970 1970 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 17–14 [17]
1971 1971 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 20–12 Carl Eller (GSH)
Alan Page (MVP, DPY, UPINFC)
[18][19][20][21]
1972 1972 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 7 0 [22]
1973 1973 NFL NFC° Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27–20
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Super Bowl VIII (Dolphins) 24–7
Chuck Foreman (OROY)
Alan Page (GSH)
[23][24][25]
1974 1974 NFL NFC° Central* 1st* 10 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 30–14
Won Conference Championship (Rams) 14–10
Lost Super Bowl IX (Steelers) 16–6
[26]
1975 1975 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs[a] (Cowboys) 17–14 Fran Tarkenton (MVP, BBA, UPINFC, OPY) [21][27][28]
1976 1976 NFL NFC° Central* 1st* 11 2 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 35–20
Won Conference Championship (Rams) 24–13
Lost Super Bowl XI (Raiders) 32–14
Chuck Foreman (UPINFC)
Sammy White (ROY, OROY)
[24][29][30]
1977 1977 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 9 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 14–7
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys) 23–6
[31]
1978[b] 1978 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 8 7 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 34–10 Ahmad Rashad (PBMVP) [10][32]
1979 1979 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 [33]
1980 1980 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 9 7 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Eagles) 31–16 [34]
1981 1981 NFL NFC Central 4th 7 9 0 [35]
1982[c] 1982 NFL NFC 4th 5 4 0 Won First Round (Falcons) 30–24
Lost Second Round (Redskins) 21–7
[36]
1983 1983 NFL NFC Central 4th 8 8 0 [37]
1984 1984 NFL NFC Central 5th 3 13 0 [38]
1985 1985 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 [39]
1986 1986 NFL NFC Central 2nd 9 7 0 Tommy Kramer (CPY) [40][41]
1987[d] 1987 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 8 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 44–10
Won Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 36–24
Lost Conference Championship (Redskins) 17–10
[42]
1988 1988 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 28–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 34–9
[43]
1989 1989 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 10 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 41–13 Keith Millard (DPY, UPINFC) [21][44]
1990 1990 NFL NFC Central 5th 6 10 0 [45]
1991 1991 NFL NFC Central 3rd 8 8 0 [46]
1992 1992 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 24–7 Chris Doleman (UPINFC)
Dennis Green (COY)
[21][47][48]
1993 1993 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 17–10 [49]
1994 1994 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Bears) 35–18 [50]
1995 1995 NFL NFC Central 4th 8 8 0 [51]
1996 1996 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 40–15 [52]
1997 1997 NFL NFC Central 4th§ 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 23–22
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 38–22
[53]
1998 1998 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 15 1 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 41–21
Lost Conference Championship (Falcons) 30–27 (OT)
Randall Cunningham (BBA)
Dennis Green (COY)
Randy Moss (OROY)
[24][48][54][55]
1999 1999 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 49–37
Cris Carter (MOY)
Randy Moss (PBMVP)
[10][48][56]
2000 2000 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 34–16
Lost Conference Championship (Giants) 41–0
[57]
2001 2001 NFL NFC Central 4th 5 11 0 [58]
2002 2002 NFL NFC North 2nd 6 10 0 [59]
2003 2003 NFL NFC North 2nd 9 7 0 [60]
2004 2004 NFL NFC North 2nd§ 8 8 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 31–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Eagles) 27–14
[61]
2005 2005 NFL NFC North 2nd 9 7 0 [62]
2006 2006 NFL NFC North 3rd 6 10 0 [63]
2007 2007 NFL NFC North 2nd 8 8 0 Adrian Peterson (OROY, PBMVP) [10][24][64]
2008 2008 NFL NFC North* 1st* 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 26–14 Adrian Peterson (BBA) [65]
2009 2009 NFL NFC North* 1st* 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 34–3
Lost Conference Championship (Saints) 31–28 (OT)
Percy Harvin (OROY) [66]
2010 2010 NFL NFC North 4th 6 10 0 Madieu Williams (MOY) [67]
2011 2011 NFL NFC North 4th 3 13 0 [68]
2012 2012 NFL NFC North 2nd§ 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 24–10 Kyle Rudolph (PBMVP)
Adrian Peterson (BBA, MVP, OPY)
[69]
Total[f] 426 355 9 Regular season record through 2012
19 27 Playoff record through 2012
445 382 9 Regular season and playoffs


Footnotes

  • a The Vikings were defeated on a desperation touchdown pass thrown by Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach with less than a minute left in the game. Staubach coined the phrase "Hail Mary pass", referring to his toss, and the game itself became known as The Hail Mary.[70]
  • b The NFL expanded from a 14-game regular season schedule to 16 beginning in 1978.[71]
  • c The 1982 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 9 due to a players' strike.[72] For playoff seedings, division standings were ignored and the league used a 16-team tournament format for the season.[73]
  • d The 1987 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 15 due to a players' strike.[74]
  • f The "finish", "wins", "losses", and "ties" columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.

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