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1971 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 20–12
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1970 1972

1971 was the 11th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings won the NFC Central title as they finished with a record of 11 wins and three losses, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys at home, 20–12, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

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Offseason

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NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position College
1 (24) Leo Hayden Running back Ohio State
3 (76) Eddie Hackett Wide receiver Alcorn A&M
4 (102) Vince Clements Running back Connecticut
7 (180) Gene Mack Linebacker Texas-El Paso
8 (208) John Farley Defensive end Johnson C. Smith
9 (232) Tim Sullivan Running back Iowa
10 (258) Chris Morris Guard Indiana
11 (284) Mike Walker Linebacker Tulane
12 (310) Reggie Holmes Defensive back Wisconsin–Stout
13 (336) Benny Fry Center Houston
14 (362) Jim Gallagher Linebacker Yale
15 (388) Jeff Wright Defensive back Minnesota
16 (413) Greg Edmonds Wide receiver Penn State
17 (439) Ken Duncan Punter Tulsa

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Results Venue
Final score Team record
1 September 20 at Detroit Lions W 16–13 1–0 Tiger Stadium
2 September 26 Chicago Bears L 20–17 1–1 Metropolitan Stadium
3 October 3 Buffalo Bills W 19–0 2–1 Metropolitan Stadium
4 October 10 at Philadelphia Eagles W 13–0 3–1 Veterans Stadium
5 October 17 at Green Bay Packers W 24–13 4–1 Lambeau Field
6 October 25 Baltimore Colts W 10–3 5–1 Metropolitan Stadium
7 October 31 at New York Giants W 17–10 6–1 Yankee Stadium
8 November 7 San Francisco 49ers L 13–9 6–2 Metropolitan Stadium
9 November 14 Green Bay Packers W 3–0 7–2 Metropolitan Stadium
10 November 21 at New Orleans Saints W 23–10 8–2 Tulane Stadium
11 November 28 Atlanta Falcons W 24–7 9–2 Metropolitan Stadium
12 December 5 at San Diego Chargers L 30–14 9–3 San Diego Stadium
13 December 11 Detroit Lions W 29–10 10–3 Metropolitan Stadium
14 December 19 at Chicago Bears W 27–10 11–3 Soldier Field

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Venue
Division December 25 Dallas Cowboys L 20–12 Texas Stadium

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 11 3 0 .786 245 139 W-2
Detroit Lions 7 6 1 .538 341 286 L-3
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 185 276 L-5
Green Bay Packers 4 8 2 .333 274 298 L-1

Awards, records, and honors

All-Pros

First Team

Pro Bowlers

League leaders

  • Bob Lee – Most punts (89), most punting yards (3515)
  • Charlie West – Longest interception return (89 yards)
  • Alan Page – Most safeties (2)

References

AFC East Central West NFC East Central West
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1971 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl VI

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