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1974 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 55th year with the National Football League and the 15th season in St. Louis. The Cardinals scored 285 points while the defense gave up 218 points, en route to the NFC East Championship.[1]

1974 St. Louis Cardinals season
Head coachDon Coryell
OwnerBill Bidwill
Home fieldBusch Memorial Stadium
Results
Record10–4
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost NFC Divisional Playoff
Pro BowlersT Dan Dierdorf
QB Jim Hart
RB Terry Metcalf
WR Mel Gray
CB Roger Wehrli

The 10–4 Cardinals qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1948 when the franchise was based in Chicago. It was the Cardinals first winning season since 1970 when the Cardinals went 8–5–1.[1] Although the Cardinals and the Washington Redskins finished with identical 10–4 records, the Cardinals won the NFC East title, because of their two victories over Washington that season.

The Cardinals won their first seven games, and were at least tied for first place from Week One to the end of the regular season.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

RosterEdit

St. Louis Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Hall of Fame GameEdit

  • St. Louis Cardinals 21, Buffalo Bills 13 [1]

[2]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15, 1974 Philadelphia Eagles W 7–3
40,322
2 September 22, 1974 at Washington Redskins W 17–10
53,888
3 September 29, 1974 Cleveland Browns W 29–7
43,472
4 October 6, 1974 at San Francisco 49ers W 34–9
48,675
5 October 13, 1974 Dallas Cowboys W 31–28
49,885
6 October 20, 1974 at Houston Oilers W 31–27
26,371
7 October 27, 1974 Washington Redskins W 23–20
49,410
8 November 3, 1974 at Dallas Cowboys L 14-17
64,146
9 November 11, 1974 Minnesota Vikings L 24–28
50,183
10 November 17, 1974 at Philadelphia Eagles W 13–3
61,982
11 November 24, 1974 at New York Giants W 23–21
40,615
12 December 1, 1974 Kansas City Chiefs L 13–17
41,863
13 December 8, 1974 at New Orleans Saints L 0-14
57,152
14 December 15, 1974 New York Giants W 26–14
47,414

Game summariesEdit

Week 11 at GiantsEdit

St. Louis Cardinals (8–2) at New York Giants (2–8)
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 6 0 71023
Giants 0 7 7721

at Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C) • Wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)
  • Game attendance: 40,615[3]
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com

Week 14Edit

1 234Total
Giants 0 1400 14
• Cardinals 0 0206 26

[4]

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 7–1 8–3 285 218 W1
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 5–3 8–3 320 196 W2
Dallas Cowboys 8 6 0 .571 4–4 6–5 297 235 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 7 0 .286 3–5 5–6 242 217 W3
New York Giants 2 12 0 .143 1–7 1–10 195 299 L6

PostseasonEdit

NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

  • Minnesota Vikings 30, St. Louis Cardinals 14 [5]
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 7 14
Vikings 0 7 16 7 30

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • TV: CBS
  • Attendance: 44,626

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Jim Hart, NFC Leader, Touchdown Passes, 20 Passes [6]

MilestonesEdit

  • Terry Metcalf, 2000 Combined Net Yards (718 Rush Yards, 377 Pass Receiving Yards, 340 Punt Return Yards, 623 Kick Return Yards) [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 299
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369
  3. ^ "The Yale Bowl and the Giants". Newsday. September 5, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ "1974 NFL Playoffs – www.football.com". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 451
  7. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 443