1973 Minnesota Vikings season
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.
|1973 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Bud Grant|
|General manager||Jim Finks|
|Home field||Metropolitan Stadium|
|Division 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
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.
- ^[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).
|1973 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
|1||August 11||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 10–6||1–0||Metropolitan Stadium||46,619|
|2||August 18||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 13–10||2–0||Arrowhead Stadium||72,676|
|3||August 25||at Oakland Raiders||W 34–10||3–0||Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, CA)||57,515|
|4||August 31||Miami Dolphins||W 20–17||4–0||Metropolitan Stadium||46,619|
|5||September 8||at San Diego Chargers||W 24–16||5–0||San Diego Stadium||42,007|
|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|
- Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
Week 1: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit
Week 2: at Chicago BearsEdit
Week 3: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit
Week 4: at Detroit LionsEdit
- Date: October 7
- Game time: 3:00 p.m. CDT
- Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), Wind 8 mph
- Game attendance: 49,549
- Referee: Bob Frederic
Week 5: at San Francisco 49ersEdit
Week 6: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit
Week 8: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit
Week 9: vs. Detroit LionsEdit
Week 10: at Atlanta FalconsEdit
Week 11: vs. Chicago BearsEdit
Week 12: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit
Week 13: at Green Bay PackersEdit
Week 14: at New York GiantsEdit
- Date: December 16
- Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
- Game weather: 30 °F (−1 °C)
- Game attendance: 70,041
- Referee: John McDonough
|Green Bay Packers||5||7||2||.429||1–4–1||4–6–1||202||259||W1|
|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 Championship GameEdit
Super Bowl VIIIEdit
|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|
|Kickoff return yards||Brent McClanahan||410|
|Punt return yards||Bobby Bryant||140|
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank|
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