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1969 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12-2
Place 1st NFL Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 23-20
Won NFL Championship (1) (Browns) 27-7
Lost Super Bowl IV (Chiefs) 23-7
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1968 1970

1969 was the ninth year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 50th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings again won the NFL Central Division title, as finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses, plus playoff wins over the Los Angeles Rams in the Western Conference Championship Game, as well as the Cleveland Browns in the last NFL Championship Game ever played in the pre-merger era, before losing the Super Bowl to the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs in the final professional football game played between any two teams before the two leagues merged.

The Vikings are the last team to win the NFL Championship prior to the league's merger with the American Football League. The season will was chronicled on September 25 for America's Game: The Missing Rings, as one of the five greatest NFL teams to never win the Super Bowl.

Contents

Offseason

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NFL Draft

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
2 39 Ed White Guard California
2 43 Volly Murphy Flanker Texas-El Paso
4 95 Mike McCaffrey Linebacker California
5 106 Jim Barnes Guard Arkansas
5 112 Mike O'Shea Wide Receiver Utah St.
5 121 Cornelius Davis Running Back Kansas State
6 148 Marion Bates Defensive Back Texas Southern
8 199 Harris Wood Flanker Washington
9 225 Tom Fink Guard Minnesota
10 253 Tom McCauley Defensive Back Wisconsin
11 277 Brian Dowling Quarterback Yale
12 303 Noel Jenke Linebacker Minnesota
13 329 Jim Moylan Defensive Tackle Texas Tech
14 355 Tommy Head Center Southwest Texas State
15 381 Eugene Mosley Tight End Jackson State
17 433 Wendell Housley Running Back Texas A&M

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Regular season

The Vikings, led by head coach Bud Grant, entered the game with an NFL best 12-2 regular season record, leading the older league in total points scored (379) and fewest points allowed (133). They had scored 50 or more points in three different games. They had 12 straight victories, the longest single-season winning streak in 35 years,[2] and became the first modern NFL expansion team to win an NFL championship. Their defense, considered the most intimidating in the NFL, was anchored by a defensive line nicknamed the "Purple People Eaters", consisting of defensive tackles Gary Larsen and Alan Page, and defensive ends Carl Eller and Jim Marshall. The secondary was led by defensive backs Bobby Bryant (8 interceptions, 97 return yards), Earsell Mackbee (6 interceptions, 100 return yards), and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Krause (5 interceptions, 82 return yards, 1 touchdown).

On offense, quarterback Joe Kapp was known for his superb leadership and his running ability, both throwing on the run and running for extra yards. And when Kapp did take off and run, instead of sliding when he was about to be tackled like most quarterbacks, he lowered his shoulder and went right at the tackler. This style of play earned him the nickname "Indestructible". In the NFL Championship Game against Cleveland Browns, he collided with linebacker Jim Houston while running for a first down, and Houston had to be helped off the field after the play ended. Also, Kapp was known for being an extremely unselfish leader: when he was voted the Vikings' Most Valuable Player, he turned the award down and said that every player on the team was equally valuable.

Running back Dave Osborn was the team's top rusher with 643 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 236 yards and another touchdown. In the passing game, Pro Bowl wide receiver Gene Washington averaged 21.1 yards per catch by recording 821 yards and 9 touchdowns of off just 39 receptions. Wide receiver John Henderson caught 34 passes for 553 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Vikings offensive line was anchored by Pro Bowlers Grady Alderman and Mick Tingelhoff.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 21, 1969 at New York Giants L 24-23
2 September 28, 1969 Baltimore Colts W 52-14
3 October 5, 1969 Green Bay Packers W 19-7
4 October 12, 1969 at Chicago Bears W 31-0
5 October 19, 1969 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27-10
6 October 26, 1969 Detroit Lions W 24-10
7 November 2, 1969 Chicago Bears W 31-14
8 November 9, 1969 Cleveland Browns W 51-3
9 November 16, 1969 at Green Bay Packers W 9-7
10 November 23, 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers W 52-14
11 November 27, 1969 at Detroit Lions W 27-0
12 December 7, 1969 at Los Angeles Rams W 20-13
13 December 14, 1969 San Francisco 49ers W 10-7
14 December 21, 1969 at Atlanta Falcons L 10-3

Standings

Western Conference
Central Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 379 133
Detroit Lions 9 4 1 .692 259 188
Green Bay Packers 8 6 0 .571 269 221
Chicago Bears 1 13 0 .071 210 339

Roster

Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends Greg Hoffman 6'2" 415 Bench Press 105

Offensive Linemen

Chris Kosicki 6'3" 285 Bench Press 465 Mike Carringi 6'5" 275 Bench Press 395 Taylor Pearson 6'2" 245 bench Press 405

Defensive Linemen DE

Linebackers

Defensive Backs CB

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Postseason

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result
Division December 27, 1969 Los Angeles Rams W 23-20
Conference Championship January 4, 1970 Cleveland Browns W 27-7
Super Bowl January 11, 1970 N Kansas City Chiefs L 23-7

NFL Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 0 7 7
Vikings 14 10 3 0 27

Minnesota Vikings 27, Cleveland Browns 7

Scoring

  • MIN - Kapp 7 run (Cox kick)
  • MIN - Washington 75 pass from Kapp (Cox kick)
  • MIN - FG Cox 30
  • MIN - Osborn 20 run (Cox kick)
  • MIN - FG Cox 32
  • CLE - Collins 3 pass from Nelsen (Cockroft kick)

Super Bowl IV

Quarter Time Team Drive Scoring Information Score
Length Plays Time MIN KC
1 6:52 KC 42 8 4:06 FG: Jan Stenerud 48 yards 0 3
2 13:20 KC 55 8 4:48 FG: Jan Stenerud 32 yards 0 6
2 7:52 KC 27 4 2:13 FG: Jan Stenerud 25 yards 0 9
2 5:34 KC 19 6 1:47 TD: Mike Garrett 5 yard run (Jan Stenerud kick) 0 16
3 4:32 MIN 69 10 4:34 TD: Dave Osborn 4 yard run (Fred Cox kick) 7 16
3 1:22 KC 82 6 3:10 TD: Otis Taylor 46 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick) 7 23

Awards and records

  • Led NFL, Points Scored (379)

Milestones

References

  1. ^ "1969 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. http://www.webcitation.org/5iTIkZWUf. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
  2. ^ "Super Bowl IV," Super Bowl I-X Collector's Set. NFL Productions, LLC, 2003
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Capitol Century Coastal Central
Dallas Cleveland Atlanta Chicago
New Orleans NY Giants Baltimore Detroit
Philadelphia Pittsburgh Los Angeles Green Bay
Washington St. Louis San Francisco Minnesota
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Related: 1969 AFL Season

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