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1973 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 12-2
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27-20

Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 27-10
Lost Super Bowl VIII (Dolphins) 24-7

Timeline
Previous season Next season
1972 1974

The 1973 Minnesota Vikings season was their 13th year of play in the National Football League. The Vikings regained the NFC Central title, as they finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses. The Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins, 27-20, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at home and went on to upset the Dallas Cowboys, 27-10, in Irving, Texas to win the NFC Championship, before losing Super Bowl VIII to the Miami Dolphins, 24-7 at Rice Stadium in Houston.

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Offseason

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NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 12 Chuck Foreman Running Back University of Miami
2 34 Jackie Wallace Defensive Back University of Arizona
3 65 Jim Lash Wide Receiver Northwestern University
4 80 Mike Wells Quarterback University of Illinois
5 118 Brent McClanahan Running Back Arizona State University
6 139 Doug Kingsriter Tight End University of Minnesota
6 143 Fred Abbott Linebacker University of Florida
7 168 Josh Brown Running Back Texas State
8 196 Craig Darling Tackle Iowa
9 221 Larry Dibbles Defensive End New Mexico
10 236 Randy Lee Defensive Back Tulane
10 246 Dave Mason Defensive Back University of Nebraska
11 274 Geary Murdock Guard Iowa State
12 299 Alan Spencer Wide Receiver Pittsburg State
13 324 Ron Just Guard Minot State
14 352 Eddie Bishop Defensive Back Southern
15 377 Tony Chandler Running Back Missouri Valley
16 402 Larry Smiley Defensive End Texas Southern
17 429 Dave Winfield Tight End University of Minnesota

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Following college, Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in three different sports. The San Diego Padres selected him as an outfielder with the fourth overall pick in the MLB draft. In basketball, both the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Utah Stars (ABA) drafted him. Although he never played college football, the Minnesota Vikings selected Winfield in the 17th round of the NFL draft. He is currently one of two players ever to be drafted by three professional sports (the other being Dave Logan).[2]

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 16, 1973 Oakland Raiders W 24-16
2 September 23, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 22-13
3 September 30, 1973 Green Bay Packers W 11-3
4 October 7, 1973 at Detroit Lions W 23-9
5 October 14, 1973 at San Francisco 49ers W 17-13
6 October 21, 1973 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-21
7 October 28, 1973 Los Angeles Rams W 10-9
8 November 4, 1973 Cleveland Browns W 26-3
9 November 11, 1973 Detroit Lions W 28-7
10 November 19, 1973 at Atlanta Falcons L 20-14
11 November 25, 1973 Chicago Bears W 31-13
12 December 2, 1973 at Cincinnati Bengals L 27-0
13 December 8, 1973 at Green Bay Packers W 31-7
14 December 16, 1973 at New York Giants W 31-7

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 296 168 W-2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .464 271 247 L-1
Green Bay Packers 5 7 2 .429 202 259 W-1
Chicago Bears 3 11 0 .214 195 334 L-6

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result
Division December 22, 1973 Washington Redskins W 27-20
Conference Championship December 30, 1973 at Dallas Cowboys W 27-10
Super Bowl January 13, 1974 N Miami Dolphins L 24-7

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