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1982 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Metrodome
Record 5-4
Place 4th NFC
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Round
Previous season Next season
1981 1983

1982 was the 22nd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 63rd regular season of the National Football League. It was also Minnesota's first season of play in the newly constructed Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and the Vikings did not disappoint by starting their new stadium's history with a 17-10 win over Tampa Bay in the season opener. A close loss to Buffalo on the road followed.

The season was then interrupted by a 57-day player's strike that reduced the NFL regular season to nine games. Upon resumption of play in November, the Vikings went 4-3 to close out the abbreviated regular season and closed the campaign with a 5-4 record.

As three of Minnesota's losses were to AFC opponents, their 4-1 conference record put them at the top of a logjam of teams with similar records in the playoff seedings. In 1982, the NFL took the top eight teams from each conference regardless of division record for playoff consideration. The Vikings earned the #4 seed based on this tiebreaker and home field advantage in round one.

In their opening round playoff game, the Vikings took on the Atlanta Falcons. The game was a back-and-forth affair that saw Minnesota take a 13-7 halftime lead, only to see the Falcons retake the lead late in the final period on a 41-yard field goal by Mick Luckhurst. With just under two minutes remaining, the Vikings began a game-winning drive that culminated in a Ted Brown 5-yard TD run to win the game and send the Vikings on to round two.

In the second round, the Vikings were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins, 21-7, at RFK Stadium. The Vikings trailed 14-0 after one quarter. Ted Brown's TD run in the second period cut it to 14-7, but Joe Theismann hit Alvin Garrett late in the quarter with an 18-yard TD strike to make it 21-7. Neither team scored in the second half.

QB Tommy Kramer threw for 2,037 yards and 15 TD's in the short season. RB Ted Brown had 515 yards to lead all rushers, and WR Sammy White tallied 503 yards and 5 TD's to lead receivers.

LB Matt Blair anchored the Vikings defense and also made the 1982 Pro Bowl.




NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 12, 1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17-10
2 September 16, 1982 at Buffalo Bills L 23-22
3 November 21, 1982 at Green Bay Packers L 26-7
4 November 28, 1982 Chicago Bears W 35-7
5 December 5, 1982 at Miami Dolphins L 22-14
6 December 12, 1982 Baltimore Colts W 13-10
7 December 19, 1982 at Detroit Lions W 34-31
8 December 26, 1982 New York Jets L 42-14
9 January 3, 1983 Dallas Cowboys W 31-27


Week Date Opponent Result
Wildcard January 9, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 30-24
Division January 15, 1983 at Washington Redskins L 21-7


Washington Redskins 8 1 0 .889 190 128
Dallas Cowboys 6 3 0 .667 226 145
Green Bay Packers 5 3 1 .611 226 169
Minnesota Vikings 5 4 0 .556 187 198
Atlanta Falcons 5 4 0 .556 183 199
St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 135 170
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 4 0 .556 158 178
Detroit Lions 4 5 0 .444 181 176
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250


Qualified for playoffs

Awards, records, and honors


  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 294
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1982 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XVII


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