1997 Minnesota Vikings Season
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1997 Minnesota Vikings Season
1997 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coachDennis Green
Home fieldHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record9-7
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishWon NFC Wild Card Playoff (at Giants) 23-22
Lost NFC Divisional Playoff (at 49ers) 22-38

The 1997 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 37th in the National Football League and their sixth under head coach Dennis Green. The team finished with a 9-7 record and qualified for a wild card berth in the playoffs. In the wild card round against the New York Giants, the Vikings came back from a 22-13 deficit with 90 seconds to play to win 23-22, their first playoff victory since 1988. In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated 38-22 by the San Francisco 49ers.

Vikings defensive tackle John Randle led the league in sacks with 15.5. Wide receiver Cris Carter's 13 touchdown receptions also were most in the league.

Before the season, the Vikings acquired Randall Cunningham after a year out of the game, a move that reunited Cunningham with his former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Cris Carter.

Offseason

1997 Draft

Undrafted free agents

1997 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Todd Bouman Quarterback St. Cloud State
Duane Butler Defensive Back Illinois State

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance [1] Notes
1 July 26 Seattle Seahawks W 28-26 1-0 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, OH) 23,846 Hall of Fame Game
2 August 2 St. Louis Rams W 26-6 2-0 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 36,971
3 August 8 at Buffalo Bills L 3-19 2-1 Rich Stadium 32,559
4 August 16 at Cincinnati Bengals L 13-37 2-2 Cinergy Field 44,316
5 August 22 San Diego Chargers W 28-22 3-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 44,300

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 August 31 at Buffalo Bills W 34-13 1-0 Rich Stadium 79,139
2 September 7 at Chicago Bears W 27-24 2-0 Soldier Field 59,263
3 September 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 28-14 2-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,697
4 September 21 at Green Bay Packers L 38-32 2-2 Lambeau Field 60,115
5 September 28 Philadelphia Eagles W 28-19 3-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 55,149
6 October 5 at Arizona Cardinals W 20-19 4-2 Sun Devil Stadium 45,550
7 October 12 Carolina Panthers W 21-14 5-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 62,625
8 Bye
9 October 26 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10-6 6-2 Houlihan's Stadium 66,815
10 November 2 New England Patriots W 23-18 7-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 62,917
11 November 9 Chicago Bears W 29-22 8-2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 63,443
12 November 16 at Detroit Lions L 38-15 8-3 Silverdome 68,910
13 November 23 at New York Jets L 23-21 8-4 Giants Stadium 70,131
14 December 1 Green Bay Packers L 27-11 8-5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 64,001
15 December 7 at San Francisco 49ers L 28-17 8-6 3Com Park 55,761
16 December 14 Detroit Lions L 14-13 8-7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 60,982
17 December 21 Indianapolis Colts W 39-28 9-7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,107

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2)Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 422 282 W5
(4)Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 299 263 W1
(5)Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 379 306 W2
(6)Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 354 359 W1
Chicago Bears 4 12 0 .250 263 421 L1

Postseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
Wildcard December 27 at New York Giants W 23-22 1-0 Giants Stadium 77,497
Division January 3 at San Francisco 49ers L 38-22 1-1 3Com Park 65,018

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Brad Johnson 3,036
Passing touchdowns Brad Johnson 20
Rushing yards Robert Smith 1,266
Rushing touchdowns Robert Smith 6
Receiving yards Jake Reed 1,138
Receiving touchdowns Cris Carter 13
Points Cris Carter 84
Kickoff return yards David Palmer 711
Punt return yards David Palmer 444
Tackles Robert Griffith 114
Sacks John Randle 15.5
Interceptions Dewayne Washington 4
Forced fumbles Derrick Alexander 3

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 30)
Passing offense 3,313 207.1 14th
Rushing offense 2,041 127.6 6th
Total offense 5,354 334.6 8th
Passing defense 3,704 231.5 29th
Rushing defense 1,983 123.9 23rd
Total defense 5,687 355.4 29th

Personnel

Staff

[1]

Final roster

References

  1. ^ 2009 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 251. Archived from the original on 2010-12-24. Retrieved .

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