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2002 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Tice
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 6-10
Place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2001 2003

2002 was the 42nd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 83rd regular season of the National Football League.

On January 10, 2002, Mike Tice was named the sixth Head Coach in Vikings history. Tice was the third of the six Vikings head coaches to be promoted from within the team's coaching ranks but was the first to have actually played for the Vikings. The Vikings dropped their opening game in Chicago 27-23 after blowing a 20-10 halftime lead. Most games during the season were like that. They started out the games strong, but ended up struggling down the stretch. They were winless on the road in 2001 but did win two road games in 2002. They won in New Orleans 32-31 on a touchdown pass to Randy Moss and a two-point conversion with just a few seconds left on the clock in Week 15 and 38-36 in Detroit in Week 17. The team struggled to a 6-10 record but won their last three games.

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Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 8, 2002 at Chicago Bears L 27-23
2 September 15, 2002 Buffalo Bills L 45-39
3 September 22, 2002 Carolina Panthers L 21-14
4 September 29, 2002 at Seattle Seahawks L 48-23
5 Bye
6 October 13, 2002 Detroit Lions W 31-24
7 October 20, 2002 at New York Jets L 20-7
8 October 27, 2002 Chicago Bears W 25-7
9 November 3, 2002 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 38-24
10 November 10, 2002 New York Giants L 27-20
11 November 17, 2002 Green Bay Packers W 31-21
12 November 24, 2002 at New England Patriots L 24-17
13 December 1, 2002 Atlanta Falcons L 30-24
14 December 8, 2002 at Green Bay Packers L 26-22
15 December 15, 2002 at New Orleans Saints W 32-31
16 December 21, 2002 Miami Dolphins W 20-17
17 December 29, 2002 at Detroit Lions W 38-36

Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 398 328 L-1
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 390 442 W-3
Chicago Bears 4 12 0 .250 281 379 L-2
Detroit Lions 3 13 0 .188 306 451 L-8

2002 Draft results

Round Pick Name Position College
1 (7) Bryant McKinnie Offensive Tackle Miami
2 (38) Raonall Smith Linebacker Washington State
3 (70) Willie Offord Strong Safety South Carolina
4 (105) Brian Williams Cornerback North Carolina State
4 (132) Ed Ta'amu Offensive Guard Utah
6 (177) Nick Rogers Linebacker Georgia Tech
7 (218) Chad Beasley Offensive Tackle Virginia Tech

Uniform combinations

AFC East North South West East North South West NFC
Buffalo Baltimore Houston Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta Arizona
Miami Cincinnati Indianapolis Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Carolina St. Louis
New England Cleveland Jacksonville Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans San Francisco
NY Jets Pittsburgh Tennessee San Diego Washington Minnesota Tampa Bay Seattle
2002 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXVII
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