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1977 Minnesota Vikings

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9-5-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.6, Offense: -1.0, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 231 points (16.5/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 227 points (16.2/g), 13th.
 Differential of 4 points (0.3/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-6.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (9-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan
 Other Notable Asst.: Buddy Ryan (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Max Winter
General Manager Mike Lynn
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 231 4189 933 4.5 46 24 9 245 228 388 2368 19 22 5.6 126 510 1821 9 3.6 110
Team Defense 227 3799 890 4.3 29 13 13 212 149 312 1581 15 16 4.6 80 548 2218 11 4.0 119
Lg Rank Offense 16 14 23 27 14 3 6 4 20 11 13 21 21 21
Lg Rank Defense 13 11 23 16 7 4 3 18 21 4 20 21 10 21

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore L OT 0-1 Dallas Cowboys 10 16 20 294 138 156 5 16 297 166 131 1
2 Sat September 24 boxscore W 1-1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 3 17 315 211 104 3 8 138 34 104 3
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-1 Green Bay Packers 19 7 24 325 131 194 8 208 127 81
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 3-1 Detroit Lions 14 7 13 314 256 58 3 19 281 222 59 1
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W OT 4-1 Chicago Bears 22 16 22 396 201 195 2 17 303 133 170 2
6 Mon October 24 boxscore L 4-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 3 35 16 206 108 98 3 21 397 114 283
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 5-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 14 7 17 357 212 145 5 10 212 78 134 2
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 5-3 St. Louis Cardinals 7 27 16 237 130 107 3 23 459 143 316 4
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 6-3 Cincinnati Bengals 42 10 30 423 216 207 3 13 248 187 61 2
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 6-4 @ Chicago Bears 7 10 11 188 102 86 4 18 366 23 343 2
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 7-4 @ Green Bay Packers 13 6 12 218 60 158 2 9 169 61 108 4
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 8-4 San Francisco 49ers 28 27 18 309 257 52 5 19 243 47 196 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 8-5 @ Oakland Raiders 13 35 11 214 147 67 7 17 306 124 182 3
14 Sat December 17 boxscore W 9-5 @ Detroit Lions 30 21 18 393 199 194 1 14 172 122 50 3
Playoffs
Division Mon December 26 boxscore W 10-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 7 14 189 45 144 14 267 118 149 3
ConfChamp Sun January 1 boxscore L 10-6 @ Dallas Cowboys 6 23 12 214 148 66 4 16 328 158 170 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Fran Tarkenton 37 QB 9 9 6-3-0 155 258 60.1% 1734 9 3.5 14 5.4 59 6.7 5.0 11.2 192.7 69.2 22 232 5.36 3.76 7.9 1 2
19 Bob Lee 31 qb 5 4 3-1-0 42 72 58.3% 522 4 5.6 4 5.6 48 7.3 5.9 12.4 104.4 76.3 7 47 6.01 4.75 8.9
9 Tommy Kramer 22 qb 6 1 0-1-0 30 57 52.6% 425 5 8.8 4 7.0 69 7.5 6.1 14.2 70.8 77.0 6 45 6.03 4.76 9.5 1 1
22 Paul Krause 35 FS 14 14 1 1 100.0% 11 1 100.0 0 0.0 11 11.0 31.0 11.0 0.8 152.1 0 0 11.00 31.00 0.0
Team Total 28.4 14 9-5-0 228 388 58.8% 2692 19 4.9 22 5.7 69 6.9 5.4 11.8 192.3 72.7 35 324 5.60 4.16 8.3 2 3
Opp Total 14 149 312 47.8% 1835 15 4.8 16 5.1 5.9 4.54 12.3 131.1 61.0 30 254 4.6 3.4 8.8

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
44 Chuck Foreman* 27 RB 14 14 270 1112 6 51 4.1 79.4 19.3 38 308 8.1 3 31 2.7 22.0 1420 9 9
33 Brent McClanahan 26 FB 14 14 95 324 1 18 3.4 23.1 6.8 34 276 8.1 2 23 2.4 19.7 600 3 7
48 Sammy Johnson 25 14 0 55 217 2 26 3.9 15.5 3.9 4 21 5.3 0 8 0.3 1.5 238 2 0
35 Robert Miller 24 14 0 46 152 0 14 3.3 10.9 3.3 27 246 9.1 0 25 1.9 17.6 398 0 2
10 Fran Tarkenton 37 QB 9 9 15 6 0 8 0.4 0.7 1.7 6 0 3
19 Bob Lee 31 qb 5 4 12 -8 0 7 -0.7 -1.6 2.4 -8 0 1
9 Tommy Kramer 22 qb 6 1 10 3 0 8 0.3 0.5 1.7 3 0 3
39 Mark Kellar 25 14 0 7 15 0 9 2.1 1.1 0.5 15 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad 28 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 51 681 13.4 2 48 3.6 48.6 681 2 2
85 Sammy White* 23 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 760 18.5 9 69 2.9 54.3 760 9 2
83 Stu Voigt 29 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 212 10.6 1 24 1.4 15.1 212 1 0
38 Bob Tucker 32 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 109 12.1 2 29 1.1 13.6 109 2 0
26 Bob Grim 32 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 65 21.7 0 23 0.2 4.6 65 0 3
84 Steve Craig 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.0 14 0 0
Team Total 28.4 14 510 1821 9 51 3.6 130.1 36.4 228 2692 11.8 19 69 16.3 192.3 4513 28 36
Opp Total 14 548 2218 11 4.0 158.4 39.1 149 1581 10.6 15 10.6 112.9 3799 26 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
36 Manfred Moore 27 KR/PR 12 0 47 277 0 28 5.9 24 524 0 48 21.8 801
26 Bob Grim 32 14 0 11 69 0 44 6.3 1 4 0 4 4.0 138
85 Sammy White* 23 WR 14 14 7 113 0 36 16.1 873
35 Robert Miller 24 14 0 5 66 0 20 13.2 464
33 Brent McClanahan 26 FB 14 14 4 90 0 32 22.5 690
39 Mark Kellar 25 14 0 3 37 0 16 12.3 52
67 Dennis Swilley 22 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 28.4 14 58 346 0 44 6.0 45 834 0 48 18.5 5693
Opp Total 14 42 507 1 12.1 48 999 2 20.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
12 Neil Clabo 25 P 14 0 83 3302 69 0 39.8
14 Fred Cox 39 K 14 0 7 3 6 4 4 1 17 8 47.1%% 29 25 86.2%%
Team Total 28.4 14 7 3 6 4 4 1 17 8 47.1%% 29 25 86.2%% 83 3302 69 0 39.8
Opp Total 14 17 7 41.2%% 29 26 89.7%% 92 3514 38.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
44 Chuck Foreman* 27 RB 14 14 0 9 2 3 0
33 Brent McClanahan 26 FB 14 14 0 7 2 0 0
10 Fran Tarkenton 37 QB 9 9 0 3 2 -14 0
20 Bobby Bryant 33 RCB 14 14 4 44 0 41 0
43 Nate Wright 30 LCB 14 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 27 1
59 Matt Blair* 27 LLB 14 13 1 18 0 18 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Bob Grim 32 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
9 Tommy Kramer 22 qb 6 1 0 3 0 -3 0
36 Manfred Moore 27 KR/PR 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
50 Jeff Siemon* 27 MLB 14 13 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 0
85 Sammy White* 23 WR 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
23 Jeff Wright 28 SS 14 14 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0
25 Nate Allen 29 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Paul Krause 35 FS 14 14 2 25 0 25 0
54 Fred McNeill 25 RLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Robert Miller 24 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad 28 WR 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
72 James White 24 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
21 Joe Blahak 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Doug Dumler 27 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Charles Goodrum 27 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
58 Wally Hilgenberg 35 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Bob Lee 31 qb 5 4 0 1 0 0 0
88 Alan Page 32 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
78 Steve Riley 25 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
55 Scott Studwell 23 lb 14 2 1 4 0 4 0
67 Dennis Swilley 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 Mick Tingelhoff 37 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
29 Phil Wise 28 13 0 1 4 0 4 0
Team Total 28.4 14 16 109 0 41 0 0 36 25 13 1 1
Opp Total 14 35 23 10

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
44 Chuck Foreman* 27 RB 14 14 6 3 9 54
85 Sammy White* 23 WR 14 14 9 9 54
14 Fred Cox 39 K 14 0 25 8 49
33 Brent McClanahan 26 FB 14 14 1 2 3 18
48 Sammy Johnson 25 14 0 2 2 12
28 Ahmad Rashad 28 WR 14 14 2 2 12
38 Bob Tucker 32 8 0 2 2 12
59 Matt Blair* 27 LLB 14 13 1 1 6
83 Stu Voigt 29 TE 14 14 1 1 6
43 Nate Wright 30 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
81 Carl Eller 35 LDE 14 14 1 2
Team Total 28.4 14 9 19 1 1 30 25 8 1 231
Opp Total 14 11 15 1 2 1 26 7 227

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 DAL L, 10-16 1 18 pass Chuck Foreman 18 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
2 1977-09-24 @ TAM W, 9-3 3 31 pass Chuck Foreman 31 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
3 1977-10-02 GNB W, 19-7 1 16 pass Sammy White 16 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
4 1977-10-02 GNB W, 19-7 2 3 rush Chuck Foreman 3 yard rush
5 1977-10-02 GNB W, 19-7 4 2 rush Sammy Johnson 2 yard rush
6 1977-10-09 DET W, 14-7 1 12 pass Sammy White 12 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
7 1977-10-09 DET W, 14-7 1 50 pass Sammy White 50 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1977-10-16 CHI W, 22-16 1 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
9 1977-10-16 CHI W, 22-16 5 11 pass Stu Voigt 11 yard pass from Paul Krause
10 1977-10-30 @ ATL W, 14-7 2 54 pass Sammy White 54 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
11 1977-10-30 @ ATL W, 14-7 4 6 pass Bob Tucker 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
12 1977-11-06 STL L, 7-27 3 9 pass Sammy White 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
13 1977-11-13 CIN W, 42-10 1 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
14 1977-11-13 CIN W, 42-10 2 6 pass Chuck Foreman 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
15 1977-11-13 CIN W, 42-10 3 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1977-11-13 CIN W, 42-10 4 6 pass Brent McClanahan 6 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Fred Cox kick)
17 1977-11-13 CIN W, 42-10 4 5 rush Brent McClanahan 5 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
18 1977-11-13 CIN W, 42-10 4 1 rush Sammy Johnson 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1977-11-20 @ CHI L, 7-10 3 10 blocked punt Matt Blair 10 yard blocked punt return (Fred Cox kick)
20 1977-11-27 @ GNB W, 13-6 2 40 pass Sammy White 40 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
21 1977-12-04 SFO W, 28-27 3 15 pass Brent McClanahan 15 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
22 1977-12-04 SFO W, 28-27 4 8 pass Ahmad Rashad 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Fred Cox kick)
23 1977-12-04 SFO W, 28-27 4 8 pass Bob Tucker 8 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Fred Cox kick)
24 1977-12-04 SFO W, 28-27 4 69 pass Sammy White 69 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Fred Cox kick)
25 1977-12-11 @ OAK L, 13-35 2 27 fumble Nate Wright 27 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
26 1977-12-11 @ OAK L, 13-35 4 11 pass Sammy White 11 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
27 1977-12-17 @ DET W, 30-21 1 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
28 1977-12-17 @ DET W, 30-21 2 48 pass Ahmad Rashad 48 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
29 1977-12-17 @ DET W, 30-21 3 29 pass Sammy White 29 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
30 1977-12-17 @ DET W, 30-21 3 5 rush Chuck Foreman 5 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 DAL W, 16-10 4 7 pass Preston Pearson 7 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
2 1977-09-18 DAL W, 16-10 5 4 rush Roger Staubach 4 yard rush
3 1977-10-02 GNB L, 7-19 1 95 pass Steve Odom 95 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Chester Marcol kick)
4 1977-10-09 DET L, 7-14 3 8 pass Luther Blue 8 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1977-10-16 CHI L, 16-22 2 9 pass Bo Rather 9 yard pass from Bob Avellini
6 1977-10-16 CHI L, 16-22 3 2 pass Greg Latta 2 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
7 1977-10-24 @ RAM W, 35-3 1 7 rush Pat Haden 7 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
8 1977-10-24 @ RAM W, 35-3 2 2 pass Charle Young 2 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
9 1977-10-24 @ RAM W, 35-3 2 9 pass Harold Jackson 9 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
10 1977-10-24 @ RAM W, 35-3 3 1 rush John Cappelletti 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
11 1977-10-24 @ RAM W, 35-3 4 44 rush Wendell Tyler 44 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
12 1977-10-30 @ ATL L, 7-14 2 49 pass Greg McCrary 49 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1977-11-06 STL W, 27-7 1 2 pass Terry Metcalf 2 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1977-11-06 STL W, 27-7 2 4 pass Wayne Morris 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1977-11-06 STL W, 27-7 2 21 rush Wayne Morris 21 yard rush
16 1977-11-06 STL W, 27-7 3 11 rush Terry Metcalf 11 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1977-11-13 CIN L, 10-42 2 94 pass Billy Brooks 94 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
18 1977-11-20 @ CHI W, 10-7 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
19 1977-11-27 @ GNB L, 6-13 1 3 rush David Whitehurst 3 yard rush
20 1977-12-04 SFO L, 27-28 2 2 rush Delvin Williams 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
21 1977-12-04 SFO L, 27-28 3 80 kickoff Dave Williams 80 yard kickoff return (Ray Wersching kick)
22 1977-12-04 SFO L, 27-28 3 5 rush Delvin Williams 5 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
23 1977-12-11 @ OAK W, 35-13 1 2 rush Mark van Eeghen 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
24 1977-12-11 @ OAK W, 35-13 1 10 pass Cliff Branch 10 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
25 1977-12-11 @ OAK W, 35-13 1 2 fumble Willie Hall 2 yard fumble return (Errol Mann kick)
26 1977-12-11 @ OAK W, 35-13 3 32 pass Cliff Branch 32 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
27 1977-12-11 @ OAK W, 35-13 4 2 pass Carl Garrett 2 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
28 1977-12-17 @ DET L, 21-30 1 20 pass David Hill 20 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1977-12-17 @ DET L, 21-30 3 98 kickoff Eddie Payton 98 yard kickoff return (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
30 1977-12-17 @ DET L, 21-30 4 87 punt Eddie Payton 87 yard punt return (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)