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1973 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Bud Grant
General Manager Jim Finks
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27–20
Won NFC Championship (at Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Super Bowl VIII (vs. Dolphins) 7–24
Timeline
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1972 1974

The 1973 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 13th in the National Football League. With a 12–2 record, the Vikings regained the NFC Central title after having gone 7–7 the previous year. They started the season 9–0 and looked a threat to the previous year's Dolphins' record of a perfect season before losing to the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals in their next three games. Their narrow 10–9 win over the Los Angeles Rams constituted the last time until 1997 that the last two unbeaten NFL teams played each other.[1]

The Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins 27–20 in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at home and went on to upset the Dallas Cowboys 27–10 in Irving, Texas to win the NFC Championship, before losing 24–7 to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII at Rice Stadium in Houston.

OffseasonEdit

1973 DraftEdit

Pro Bowler
1973 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Overall
1 12 Chuck Foreman Running back Miami
2 34 Jackie Wallace Defensive back Arizona from Cardinals[a]
40 Traded to the New York Giants[b]
3 65 Jim Lash Wide receiver Northwestern
4 80 Mike Wells (quarterback) Quarterback Illinois from Eagles[c]
89 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[e] from Vikings[d] via Cardinals[a]
5 118 Brent McClanahan Running back Arizona State
6 139 Doug Kingsriter Tight end Minnesota from Saints[f]
143 Fred Abbott Linebacker Florida
7 168 Josh Brown Running back Texas State
8 196 Craig Darling Tackle Iowa
9 221 Larry Dibbles Defensive end New Mexico
10 236 Randy Lee Defensive back Tulane from Eagles[g]
246 Dave Mason Defensive back Nebraska
11 274 Geary Murdock Guard Iowa State
12 299 Alan Spencer Wide receiver Pittsburg State
13 324 Ron Just Guard Minot State
14 352 Eddie Bishop Defensive back Southern
15 377 Tony Chandler Running back Missouri Valley
16 402 Larry Smiley Defensive end Texas Southern
17 429 Dave Winfield Tight end Minnesota n/a[h]
^[a] The Vikings traded quarterback Gary Cuozzo to St. Louis in exchange for St. Louis' second- and fourth-round selections (34th and 89th overall) and wide receiver John Gilliam.
^[b] The Vikings traded their second-round selection (40th overall), 1972 first-round selection (24th overall), quarterback Norm Snead, wide receiver Bob Grim and running back Vince Clements to the New York Giants for quarterback Fran Tarkenton.
^[c] The Vikings traded quarterback Bill Cappleman to Philadelphia in exchange for Philadelphia's fourth-round selection (80th overall).
^[d] The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (89th overall), linebacker Mike McGill and defensive back Dale Hackbart to St. Louis for tight end Bob Brown and cornerback Nate Wright.
^[e] The Vikings traded their fourth-round selection (89th overall) to Kansas City in exchange for punter Mike Eischeid.
^[f] The Vikings traded tight end Bob Brown to New Orleans in exchange for New Orleans' sixth-round selection (139th overall) and 1974 fourth-round selection (86th overall).
^[g] The Vikings traded linebacker Bill Cody to Philadelphia in exchange for Philadelphia's tenth-round selection (236th overall).
^[h] Following college, Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in three different sports. The San Diego Padres selected him as an outfielder with the fourth overall pick in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft. In basketball, both the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Utah Stars (ABA) drafted him. Although he never played college football, the Minnesota Vikings selected Winfield in the 17th round of the NFL draft. He is currently one of three players ever to be drafted by three professional sports (the others being Dave Logan and Mickey McCarty).[2]

RosterEdit

1973 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
54 Active, 4 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1]
1August 11 Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–6 1–0 Metropolitan Stadium 46,619
2August 18 at Kansas City Chiefs W 13–10 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium 72,676
3August 25 at Oakland Raiders W 34–10 3–0 Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, CA) 57,515
4August 31 Miami Dolphins W 20–17 4–0 Metropolitan Stadium46,619
5September 8 at San Diego Chargers W 24–16 5–0 San Diego Stadium 42,007

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 16 Oakland Raiders W 24–16 1–0 Metropolitan Stadium 44,818
2 September 23 at Chicago Bears W 22–13 2–0 Soldier Field 52,035
3 September 30 Green Bay Packers W 11–3 3–0 Metropolitan Stadium 48,176
4 October 7 at Detroit Lions W 23–9 4–0 Tiger Stadium 49,549
5 October 14 at San Francisco 49ers W 17–13 5–0 Candlestick Park 56,438
6 October 21 Philadelphia Eagles W 28–21 6–0 Metropolitan Stadium 47,478
7 October 28 Los Angeles Rams W 10–9 7–0 Metropolitan Stadium 47,787
8 November 4 Cleveland Browns W 26–3 8–0 Metropolitan Stadium 46,722
9 November 11 Detroit Lions W 28–7 9–0 Metropolitan Stadium 47,911
10 November 19 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–20 9–1 Atlanta Stadium 56,519
11 November 25 Chicago Bears W 31–13 10–1 Metropolitan Stadium 46,430
12 December 2 at Cincinnati Bengals L 0–27 10–2 Riverfront Stadium 57,859
13 December 8 at Green Bay Packers W 31–7 11–2 Lambeau Field 53,830
14 December 16 at New York Giants W 31–7 12–2 Yale Bowl 70,041

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week 1: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 13 3 0

16

Vikings 10 0 7 7

24

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • OAK – George Blanda 16-yard field goal. Vikings 10–3.
  • OAK – George Blanda 25-yard field goal. Vikings 10–6.
  • OAK – George Atkinson 63-yard punt return (George Blanda kick). Raiders 13–10.

Third quarter

  • OAK – George Blanda 9-yard field goal. Raiders 16–10.
  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 9-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 17–16.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Bill Brown 6-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 24–16.

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Week 2: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 13 0 9

22

Bears 7 3 0 3

13

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • CHI – Mac Percival 31-yard field goal. Bears 10–0.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 41-yard field goal. Bears 10–3.
  • MIN – John Beasley 3-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Tied 10–10.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 25-yard field goal. Vikings 13–10.

Third quarter

  • None.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 14-yard field goal. Vikings 16–10.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 11-yard field goal. Vikings 19–10.
  • CHI – Mac Percival 12-yard field goal. Vikings 19–13.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 35-yard field goal. Vikings 22–13.

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Week 3: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week 3: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 3 0 0

3

Vikings 0 5 3 3

11

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • None.

Second quarter

  • GB – Chester Marcol 42-yard field goal. Packers 3–0.
  • MIN – MacArthur Lane tackled in end zone for a safety. Packers 3–2.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 22-yard field goal. Vikings 5–3.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 13-yard field goal. Vikings 8–3.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 14-yard field goal. Vikings 11–3.

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Week 4: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 6 0 3

23

Lions 3 3 3 0

9

at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 49,549
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Ed Marinaro 12-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 7–0.
  • MIN – Ed Marinaro 8-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 14–0.
  • DET – Errol Mann 37-yard field goal. Vikings 14–3.

Second quarter

  • DET – Errol Mann 15-yard field goal. Vikings 14–6.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 38-yard field goal. Vikings 17–6.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 37-yard field goal. Vikings 20–6.

Third quarter

  • DET – Errol Mann 33-yard field goal. Vikings 20–9.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 27-yard field goal. Vikings 23–9.

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Week 5: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 0 3

17

49ers 3 3 7 0

13

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 1-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 14–3.
  • SF – Bruce Gossett 41-yard field goal. Vikings 14–6.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 22-yard field goal. Vikings 17–13.

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Week 6: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week 6: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 7 7

21

Vikings 7 7 7 7

28

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIN – John Gilliam 24-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 21–7.
  • PHI – Lee Bouggess 2-yard run (Tom Dempsey kick). Vikings 21–14.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 5-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 28–14.
  • PHI – Charle Young 17-yard run (Tom Dempsey kick). Vikings 28–21.

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Week 7: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week 7: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 3

9

Vikings 3 7 0 0

10

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 15-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • LA – David Ray 35-yard field goal. Vikings 10–6.

Fourth quarter

  • LA – David Ray 47-yard field goal. Vikings 10–9.

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Week 8: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week 8: Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 0 0

3

Vikings 3 6 7 10

26

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • CLE – Don Cockroft 27-yard field goal. Browns 3–0.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 16-yard field goal. Tied 3–3.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 23-yard field goal. Vikings 6–3.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 33-yard field goal. Vikings 9–3.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Oscar Reed 3-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 16–3.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Stu Voigt 7-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 23–3.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 41-yard field goal. Vikings 26–3.

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Week 9: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week 9: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 0 0 0

7

Vikings 7 7 14 0

28

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • None.

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Week 10: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week 10: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 0 7

14

Falcons 0 17 3 0

20

at Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • None.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • ATL – Nick Mike-Mayer 49-yard field goal. Falcons 20–7.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Bill Brown 2-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 20–14.

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Week 11: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week 11: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 3 7

13

Vikings 3 7 14 7

31

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 41-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0.
  • CHI – Mirro Roder 43-yard field goal. Tied 3–3.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 2-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 10–3.

Third quarter

  • CHI – Mirro Roder 24-yard field goal. Vikings 10–6.
  • MIN – John Gilliam 54-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 17–6.
  • MIN – Fran Tarkenton 8-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 24–6.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – John Gilliam 30-yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 31–6.
  • CHI – Earl Thomas 29-yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick). Vikings 31–13.

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The day of this game was declared "Karl Kassulke Day" in honor of former Viking safety Karl Kassulke, who was left paralyzed in a motorcycle accident just before the beginning of training camp.[5]

Week 12: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week 12: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 0 0

0

Bengals 0 10 10 7

27

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

First quarter

  • None.

Second quarter

  • CIN – Horst Muhlmann 22-yard field goal. Bengals 3–0.
  • CIN – Lemar Parrish 23-yard fumble return (Horst Muhlmann kick). Bengals 10–0.

Third quarter

  • CIN – Essex Johnson 40-yard run (Horst Muhlmann kick). Bengals 17–0.
  • CIN – Horst Muhlmann 38-yard field goal. Bengals 20–0.

Fourth quarter

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Week 13: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 14 3 0

31

Packers 0 0 0 7

7

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 50-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 21–0.
  • MIN – John Gilliam 20-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 28–0.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 15-yard field goal. Vikings 31–0.

Fourth quarter

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Week 14: at New York GiantsEdit

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 10 0 14

31

Giants 0 0 0 7

7

at Yale Bowl, New Haven, Connecticut

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 30 °F (−1 °C)
  • Game attendance: 70,041
  • Referee: John McDonough
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 22-yard field goal. Vikings 10–0.
  • MIN – Terry Brown 63-yard interception return (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 17–0.

Third quarter

  • None.

Fourth quarter

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StandingsEdit

Template:1973 NFC Central standings

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
NFC Divisional Playoff December 22, 1973 Washington Redskins W 27–20 1–0 Metropolitan Stadium 45,475
Conference Championship December 30, 1973 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–10 2–0 Texas Stadium 60,272
Super Bowl VIII January 13, 1974 Miami Dolphins L 7–24 2–1 Rice Stadium 71,882

NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

NFC Divisional Playoff: Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 3 10

20

Vikings 0 3 7 17

27

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

  • None.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • MIN – Bill Brown 2-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 10–7.
  • WAS – Curt Knight 52-yard field goal. Tied 10–10.

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – Curt Knight 42-yard field goal. Redskins 13–10.
  • MIN – John Gilliam 28-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 17–13.
  • MIN – John Gilliam 6-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 24–13.
  • WAS – Roy Jefferson 28-yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick). Vikings 24–20.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 30-yard field goal. Vikings 27–20.

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Minnesota scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-10 deficit, including two touchdowns in a span of 1:05.

Both offenses struggled in the first quarter. The Vikings were completely unable to move the ball, finishing the quarter without any first downs, while Washington kicker Curt Knight missed two field goal attempts. One miss was from 49 yards and the other from 17, spoiling an impressive drive that saw the Redskins drive from their own 14 to inside the Vikings 10-yard line.

Minnesota finally managed to get rolling in the second quarter, with a 50-yard completion from Tarkenton to running back Oscar Reed setting up Fred Cox's 19-yard field goal. But with 3:30 left in the half, Vikings defensive back Bobby Bryant fumbled a punt return that was recovered by Redskins running back Bob Brunet on the Minnesota 21-yard line. Billy Kilmer then completed a 17-yard pass to Charley Taylor before Larry Brown scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Redskins a 7–3 lead. Minnesota responded with a drive into field goal range, but Mike Bass intercepted a pass from Tarkenton to maintain Washington's lead going into halftime.

The Vikings then took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 79 yards, including a 46-yard run by Reed, to score on fullback Bill Brown's 2-yard rushing touchdown. To make matters worse for Washington, star cornerback Pat Fischer suffered cracked ribs on the drive and was replaced by Speedy Duncan, an 11-year veteran who normally only played as a kick returner. Still, the Redskins managed to take back the lead with Knight's two third-quarter field goals, first tying a playoff record from 52 yards, and the second from 46 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter.[6]

Now facing a 13-10 fourth quarter deficit, the Vikings stormed back with two quick touchdowns. First they drove 71 yards in 8 plays to score on Tarkenton's pass to John Gilliam, who beat single coverage by Duncan for a 28-yard touchdown catch. Then on the first play of Washington's ensuing drive, Nate Wright intercepted a pass from Kilmer and returned it 26 yards to the Redskins 8-yard line, setting up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tarkenton to Gilliam that made the score 24-13. With 5:28 left, Washington got back to within four points, getting good field position due to Ken Stone blocking a Vikings punt and converting it into Kilmer's 28-yard touchdown pass to Roy Jefferson. But the Vikings managed to burn up 4 minutes with their ensuing drive, finishing it off with a 30-yard Cox field goal that gave them a 27-20 lead. The Redskins had less than two minutes to drive for a tying touchdown, and ended up turning the ball over on downs at the Vikings 42-yard line.

Tarkenton completed 16/28 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Reed had 17 carries for 95 yards and caught four passes for 76. Brown rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 13 yards.

“Sometimes they’re not concentrating on me,” said Oscar Reed, in reference to his big plays in the game. “Since early in the season they’ve been keying on Chuck Foreman. I’m not the world’s greatest pass catcher or runner, but given a little room, I’ll use what I’ve got.”[7]

NFC Championship GameEdit

NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 7 7 10

27

Cowboys 0 0 10 0

10

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Game information

First quarter

  • MIN – Fred Cox 44-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Chuck Foreman 5-yard run (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 10–0.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Bobby Bryant 63-yard interception return (Fred Cox kick). Vikings 24–10.
  • MIN – Fred Cox 34-yard field goal. Vikings 27–10.

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The Vikings forced four interceptions and recovered two fumbles in the second half while also holding Dallas to 152 total yards en route to a 27–10 victory over the Cowboys.

With the loss of running back Calvin Hill and defensive tackle Bob Lilly to injuries, Dallas' offense could not get anything going. Minnesota jumped to a 10–0 lead by halftime with a Fred Cox field goal and an 86-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Chuck Foreman. The touchdown drive included Fran Tarkenton's completions to tight end Stu Voigt for gains of 16 and 7 yards, a 2-yard run by Foreman on 4th-and-1, and a 12-yard scramble by Tarkenton himself.

What followed would be an amazingly sloppy second half in which both teams combined for 10 turnovers. Three minutes into the third quarter, Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach threw an interception to Bobby Bryant on the Vikings 2-yard line. But the Cowboys defense forced a punt and Golden Richards returned it 63 yards for a touchdown, cutting the score to 10–7. Tarkenton quickly struck back, throwing a 54-yard touchdown pass to John Gilliam, who managed to outrun single coverage by Cowboys future Hall of Fame defensive back Mel Renfro. Dallas responded with Toni Fritsch's 17-yard field goal which cut the lead to 17–10.

Then a wave of turnovers began. On the ensuing possession, Dallas got a huge opportunity to score when Charlie Waters forced a fumble from Foreman that safety Cliff Harris recovered on the Minnesota 37. However, the Vikings took the ball right back when Staubach threw a pass that was deflected into the arms of linebacker Jeff Siemon. An even better scoring chance awaited the Cowboys at the end of the Vikings' next drive, as Tarkenton threw an interception to Waters on the Minnesota 24. But Dallas fared no better this time, losing the ball again when Jim Marshall knocked it out of Staubach's hand as he wound up for a pass, and defensive lineman Gary Larsen recovered it. The offensive futility continued with Minnesota, as their next drive ended with a fumbled handoff exchange between Tarkenton and Foreman that Dallas lineman Larry Cole recovered on the Vikings 47-yard line.

A few plays later, Dallas faced 3rd-and-3 with 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Staubach attempted a pass to Bob Hayes near the right sideline, but Bryant intercepted the pass and raced 63 yards for a touchdown that put the Vikings up 24–10. Then on Dallas' next drive, Staubach tried to connect with Drew Pearson, but a devastating hit by Nate Wright caused the ball to bounce off his hands and into the arms of defensive back Jeff Wright, who returned the ball 13 yards to set up Cox's 34-yard game clinching field goal.[8]

Both teams combined for a net total of just 163 passing yards. Tarkenton completed only 10/21 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown with one interception, while also rushing for 16 yards. Staubach had one of the worst postseason performances of his career, completing just 10/21 passes for 89 yards and throwing four interceptions, though he did rush for 30 yards. Foreman was the top offensive performer of the day with 76 rushing yards and four receptions for 28, while fullback Oscar Reed added 18 carries for 75 yards and an 8-yard catch.

Super Bowl VIIIEdit

Super Bowl VIII: Minnesota Vikings vs. Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings (NFC) 0 0 0 7

7

Dolphins (AFC) 14 3 7 0

24

at Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Fran Tarkenton 2,113
Passing touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 15
Rushing yards Chuck Foreman 801
Rushing touchdowns Chuck Foreman 4
Receiving yards John Gilliam 907
Receiving touchdowns John Gilliam 8
Points Fred Cox 96
Kickoff return yards Brent McClanahan 410
Punt return yards Bobby Bryant 140
Interceptions Bobby Bryant 7

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 26)
Passing offense 1,956 139.7 14th
Rushing offense 2,275 162.5 6th
Total offense 4,231 302.2 7th
Passing defense 1,894 135.3 12th
Rushing defense 1,974 141.0 11th
Total defense 3,868 276.3 12th

ReferencesEdit

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