List of Minnesota Vikings seasons

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The Vikings have played at U.S. Bank Stadium since 2016.

The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team playing in the National Football League (NFL). The Vikings compete in the NFL as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. 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 54 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 19 times, most among current members of their division. Minnesota has played 804 regular and post-season games and has appeared in the post-season 28 times.[2]

The team's worst season was 1962, when it won two games, lost eleven, and tied one (a .179 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)§
Franchise records according to Pro-Football Reference.com[7]
NFL
season
Team
season
League Conference Division Regular season Post-season results Awards Head coaches
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1961 1961 NFL Western
7th 3 11 0 Norm Van Brocklin
1962 1962 NFL Western 6th 2 11 1 Norm Van Brocklin
1963 1963 NFL Western T-4th 5 8 1 Paul Flatley (ROY)[8] Norm Van Brocklin
1964 1964 NFL Western T-2nd 8 5 1 Fran Tarkenton (PBMVP)[9] Norm Van Brocklin
1965 1965 NFL Western 5th 7 7 0 Norm Van Brocklin
1966 1966 NFL Western T-6th 4 9 1 Norm Van Brocklin
1967 1967 NFL Western Central 4th 3 8 3 Bud Grant
1968 1968 NFL Western Central* 1st* 8 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Colts) 14–24 Bud Grant
1969 1969 NFL Western° Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 23–20
Won NFL Championship (Browns) 27–7
Lost Super Bowl IV (vs. Chiefs) 7–23
Bud Grant (COY)[10] Bud Grant
1970 1970 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 14–17 Bud Grant
1971 1971 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 12–20 Carl Eller (GSH)[11]
Alan Page (MVP, DPY, UPINFC)[12][13]
Bud Grant
1972 1972 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 7 0 Bud Grant
1973 1973 NFL NFC° Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27–20
Won Conference Championship (at Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Super Bowl VIII (vs. Dolphins) 7–24
Chuck Foreman (OROY)[14]
Alan Page (GSH)[15]
Bud Grant
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 (vs. Steelers) 6–16
Bud Grant
1975 1975 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 12 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs[a] (Cowboys) 14–17 Fran Tarkenton (MVP, BBA, UPINFC, OPY)[12][16] Bud Grant
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 (vs. Raiders) 14–32
Chuck Foreman (UPINFC)[17]
Sammy White (ROY, OROY)[14]
Bud Grant
1977 1977 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 9 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 14–7
Lost Conference Championship (at Cowboys) 6–23
Bud Grant
1978[b] 1978 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 8 7 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 10–34 Ahmad Rashād (PBMVP)[9] Bud Grant
1979 1979 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 Bud Grant
1980 1980 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 9 7 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 16–31 Bud Grant
1981 1981 NFL NFC Central 4th 7 9 0 Bud Grant
1982[c] 1982 NFL NFC 4th 5 4 0 Won First Round (Falcons) 30–24
Lost Second Round (at Redskins) 7–21
Bud Grant
1983 1983 NFL NFC Central 4th 8 8 0 Bud Grant
1984 1984 NFL NFC Central 5th 3 13 0 Les Steckel
1985 1985 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 Bud Grant
1986 1986 NFL NFC Central 2nd 9 7 0 Tommy Kramer (CPY)[18] Jerry Burns
1987[d] 1987 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 8 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 44–10
Won Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 36–24
Lost Conference Championship (at Redskins) 10–17
Jerry Burns
1988 1988 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 28–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 9–34
Jerry Burns
1989 1989 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 10 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 13–41 Keith Millard (DPY, UPINFC)[12] Jerry Burns
1990 1990 NFL NFC Central 5th 6 10 0 Jerry Burns
1991 1991 NFL NFC Central 3rd 8 8 0 Jerry Burns
1992 1992 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 7–24 Chris Doleman (UPINFC)[12]
Dennis Green (COY)[19]
Dennis Green
1993 1993 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 10–17 Dennis Green
1994 1994 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Bears) 18–35 Dennis Green
1995 1995 NFL NFC Central 4th 8 8 0 Dennis Green
1996 1996 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 15–40 Dennis Green
1997 1997 NFL NFC Central 4th§ 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 23–22
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 22–38
Dennis Green
1998 1998 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 15 1 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 41–21
Lost Conference Championship (Falcons) 27–30 (OT)
Randall Cunningham (BBA)[20]
Dennis Green (COY)[19]
Randy Moss (OROY)[14]
Dennis Green
1999 1999 NFL NFC Central 2nd§ 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 37–49
Cris Carter (MOY)[19]
Randy Moss (PBMVP)[9]
Dennis Green
2000 2000 NFL NFC Central* 1st* 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 34–16
Lost Conference Championship (at Giants) 0–41
Dennis Green
2001 2001 NFL NFC Central 4th 5 11 0 Dennis Green (5–10)
Mike Tice (0–1)
2002 2002 NFL NFC North 2nd 6 10 0 Mike Tice
2003 2003 NFL NFC North 2nd 9 7 0 Mike Tice
2004 2004 NFL NFC North 2nd§ 8 8 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 31–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 14–27
Mike Tice
2005 2005 NFL NFC North 2nd 9 7 0 Mike Tice
2006 2006 NFL NFC North 3rd 6 10 0 Brad Childress
2007 2007 NFL NFC North 2nd 8 8 0 Adrian Peterson (OROY,[14] PBMVP)[9] Brad Childress
2008 2008 NFL NFC North* 1st* 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 14–26 Adrian Peterson (BBA) Brad Childress
2009 2009 NFL NFC North* 1st* 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 34–3
Lost Conference Championship (at Saints) 28–31 (OT)
Percy Harvin (OROY) Brad Childress
2010 2010 NFL NFC North 4th 6 10 0 Madieu Williams (MOY) Brad Childress (3–7)
Leslie Frazier (3–3)
2011 2011 NFL NFC North 4th 3 13 0 Leslie Frazier
2012 2012 NFL NFC North 2nd§ 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 10–24 Kyle Rudolph (PBMVP)
Adrian Peterson (BBA, MVP, OPY)
Leslie Frazier
2013 2013 NFL NFC North 4th 5 10 1 Leslie Frazier
2014 2014 NFL NFC North 3rd 7 9 0 Mike Zimmer
2015 2015 NFL NFC North* 1st* 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 9–10 Mike Zimmer
2016 2016 NFL NFC North 3rd 8 8 0 Mike Zimmer
Total[f] 457 387 10 Regular season record through 2016
19 28 Playoff record through 2016
476 415 10 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".[21]
  • b The NFL expanded from a 14-game regular season schedule to 16 beginning in 1978.[22]
  • c The 1982 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 9 due to a players' strike.[23] For playoff seedings, division standings were ignored and the league used a 16-team tournament format for the season.[24]
  • d The 1987 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 15 due to a players' strike.[25]
  • 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.

References

General
Inline citations
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  2. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Team Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "1962 Minnesota Vikings". 
  4. ^ "1964 Minnesota Vikings". 
  5. ^ Freeman, Mike (18 January 1999). "N.F.L. Conference Championships; Belief Is the Margin of Victory As Falcons Dance Off to Miami". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Wilner, Barry (26 September 1999). "Final Four of 1998 Losing At a Rapid Pace in 1999". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Minnesota Vikings". Pro-Football Reference. 
  8. ^ Shrake, Edwin (September 28, 1964). "Now The Nfl's Toddlers Run With The Big Men". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c d 2009 ESPN Sports Almanac. Ballantine Books. 2008. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-345-51172-0. 
  10. ^ "AP NFL Coach of the Year". Associated Press. ESPN. January 4, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Carl Eller Biography". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d 2009 ESPN Sports Almanac, p. 278.
  13. ^ "Alan Page Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Vikings' Peterson voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year". Associated Press. National Football League. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  15. ^ Olderman, Murray (January 11, 1974). "Page Takes Halas Trophy". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved August 8, 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Fran Tarkenton Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  17. ^ 2009 ESPN Sports Almanac, pp. 278–279.
  18. ^ "Tommy Kramer Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c "History: All-Time Honors". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Randall Cunningham Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Chat transcript with Roger Staubach". Pro Football Hall of Fame. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  22. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (18 May 2009). "Schedule expansion gaining momentum". ESPN. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  23. ^ Forbes, Gordon (8 June 2001). "'82 strike changed salary dealings forever". USA Today. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  24. ^ Wong, Glenn M. (2008). The Comprehensive Guide to Careers in Sports. Jones & Bartlett. p. 97. ISBN 0-7637-2884-5. 
  25. ^ Staudohar, Paul D.; Mangan, J. A. (1991). The Business of Professional Sports. University of Illinois Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-252-06161-6. A major difference between this strike and the earlier one was that each team rostered a squad of strikebreakers so that only one regular season game had to be canceled. 
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