The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team playing in the National Football League (NFL). The Vikings compete in the NFL as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The team was established in 1959, when three Minneapolis businessmen – Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter – were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League (AFL). In January 1960, the ownership group forfeited its AFL membership and, along with Bernie Ridder and Ole Haugsrud, was awarded the NFL's 14th franchise, with play to begin in 1961.
Since the franchise's inception, the Vikings have completed 56 seasons of play in the NFL. The team won one NFL Championship in 1969, and was the last team crowned NFL champions before the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The franchise has been conference champions three times since the merger, but has never won the Super Bowl. The Vikings have been divisional champions 20 times, most among current members of their division. Minnesota has played 820 regular and post-season games and has appeared in the post-season 30 times.
The team's worst season was 1962, when it won two games, lost eleven, and tied one (a .179 winning percentage). Their worst seasons since the NFL changed to a 16-game schedule were in 1984 and 2011, when they could only manage a 3–13 record. The best regular-season record was achieved in 1998, when the Vikings went 15–1, but kicker Gary Anderson, who had gone 35-for-35 in field goal attempts during the regular season, missed a 38-yard attempt with less than three minutes remaining in the NFC Championship Game. With an overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Vikings became the first 15–1 team in NFL history not to reach the Super Bowl.
|BBA||Bert Bell Award|
|COY||NFL Coach of the Year Award|
|CPY||NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award|
|DPY||NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award|
|GSH||George S. Halas Trophy|
|MOY||Walter Payton Man of the Year Award|
|MVP||NFL Most Valuable Player Award|
|OPY||NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award|
|OROY||NFL Rookie of the Year Award|
|PBMVP||Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player Award|
|ROY||UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year|
|UPINFC||UPI NFC Player of the Year|
|Super Bowl champions
|Wild card berth|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Post-season results||Awards||Head coach(es)|
|1961||1961||NFL||Western||7th||3||11||0||Norm Van Brocklin|
|1963||1963||NFL||Western||T-4th||5||8||1||Paul Flatley (ROY)|
|1964||1964||NFL||Western||T-2nd||8||5||1||Fran Tarkenton (PBMVP)|
|1968||1968||NFL||Western||Central*||1st*||8||6||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Colts) 24–14|
|1969||1969||NFL†||Western°||Central*||1st*||12||2||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 23–20
Won NFL Championship (Browns) 27–7†
Lost Super Bowl IV (vs. Chiefs) 23–7
|Bud Grant (COY)|
|1970||1970||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||12||2||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 17–14|
|1971||1971||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||11||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 20–12||Carl Eller (GSH)|
Alan Page (MVP, DPY, UPINFC)
|1973||1973||NFL||NFC°||Central*||1st*||12||2||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 27–20
Won NFC Championship (at Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Super Bowl VIII (vs. Dolphins) 24–7
|Chuck Foreman (OROY)|
Alan Page (GSH)
|1974||1974||NFL||NFC°||Central*||1st*||10||4||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 30–14
Won NFC Championship (Rams) 14–10
Lost Super Bowl IX (vs. Steelers) 16–6
|1975||1975||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||12||2||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs[a] (Cowboys) 17–14||Fran Tarkenton (MVP, BBA, UPINFC, OPY)|
|1976||1976||NFL||NFC°||Central*||1st*||11||2||1||Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 35–20
Won NFC Championship (Rams) 24–13
Lost Super Bowl XI (vs. Raiders) 32–14
|Chuck Foreman (UPINFC)|
Sammy White (ROY, OROY)
|1977||1977||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||9||5||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 14–7
Lost NFC Championship (at Cowboys) 23–6
|1978[b]||1978||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||8||7||1||Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 34–10||Ahmad Rashād (PBMVP)|
|1980||1980||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||9||7||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 31–16|
|1982[c]||1982||NFL||NFC||4th||5||4||0||Won First Round (Falcons) 30–24
Lost Second Round (at Redskins) 21–7
|1986||1986||NFL||NFC||Central||2nd||9||7||0||Tommy Kramer (CPY)||Jerry Burns|
|1987[d]||1987||NFL||NFC||Central||2nd§||8||7||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 44–10
Won Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 36–24
Lost NFC Championship (at Redskins) 17–10
|1988||1988||NFL||NFC||Central||2nd§||11||5||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 28–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 34–9
|1989||1989||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||10||6||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 41–13||Keith Millard (DPY, UPINFC)|
|1992||1992||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 24–7||Chris Doleman (UPINFC)
Dennis Green (COY)
|1993||1993||NFL||NFC||Central||2nd§||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 17–10|
|1994||1994||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Bears) 35–18|
|1996||1996||NFL||NFC||Central||2nd§||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Cowboys) 40–15|
|1997||1997||NFL||NFC||Central||4th§||9||7||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 23–22
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 38–22
|1998||1998||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||15||1||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 41–21
Lost NFC Championship (Falcons) 30–27 (OT)
|Randall Cunningham (BBA)|
Dennis Green (COY)
Randy Moss (OROY)
|1999||1999||NFL||NFC||Central||2nd§||10||6||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 27–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 49–37
|Cris Carter (MOY)|
Randy Moss (PBMVP)
|2000||2000||NFL||NFC||Central*||1st*||11||5||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 34–16
Lost NFC Championship (at Giants) 41–0
|2001||2001||NFL||NFC||Central||4th||5||11||0||Dennis Green (5–10)|
Mike Tice (0–1)
|2004||2004||NFL||NFC||North||2nd§||8||8||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 31–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 27–14
|2007||2007||NFL||NFC||North||2nd||8||8||0||Adrian Peterson (OROY, PBMVP)|
|2008||2008||NFL||NFC||North*||1st*||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 26–14||Adrian Peterson (BBA)|
|2009||2009||NFL||NFC||North*||1st*||12||4||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 34–3
Lost NFC Championship (at Saints) 31–28 (OT)
|Percy Harvin (OROY)|
|2010||2010||NFL||NFC||North||4th||6||10||0||Madieu Williams (MOY)||Brad Childress (3–7)|
Leslie Frazier (3–3)
|2012||2012||NFL||NFC||North||2nd§||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 24–10||Kyle Rudolph (PBMVP)|
Adrian Peterson (BBA, MVP, OPY)
|2015||2015||NFL||NFC||North*||1st*||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 10–9|
|2017||2017||NFL||NFC||North*||1st*||13||3||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Saints) 29–24
Lost NFC Championship (at Eagles) 38–7
|2019||2019||NFL||NFC||North||2nd§||10||6||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 26–20 (OT)
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 27–10
|Total[f]||488||403||11||Regular season record through 2019|
|21||30||Playoff record through 2019|
|509||433||11||Regular season and playoffs|
- a The Vikings were defeated on a desperation touchdown pass thrown by Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach with less than a minute left in the game. Staubach coined the phrase "Hail Mary pass", referring to his toss, and the game itself became known as "The Hail Mary".
- b The NFL expanded from a 14-game regular season schedule to 16 beginning in 1978.
- c The 1982 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 9 due to a players' strike. For playoff seedings, division standings were ignored and the league used a 16-team tournament format for the season.
- d The 1987 NFL season was shortened from 16 regular season games to 15 due to a players' strike.
- f The "finish", "wins", "losses", and "ties" columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
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A major difference between this strike and the earlier one was that each team rostered a squad of strikebreakers so that only one regular season game had to be canceled.