The Minnesota Vikings under third year head coach Bud Grant took a major step up in 1969 to dominate the National Football League, They won 12 consecutive games sandwiched between losses to New York and Atlanta, However with a dominant defense and quarterback in Joe Kapp who wasn’t pretty on the field but who would do anything for the victory as the Vikings steamrolled to Super Bowl IV before falling 23-7 to Kansas City, This is a look back at some of these top moments in 1969.
September 28, 1969 Metropolitan Stadium Blookington, MN: Minnesota Vikings 52 Baltimore Colts 14: In one of his best games as a quarterback in the National Football League Joe Kapp and his Vikings offensive mates unleased a flurry of points against the vaunted Colts defense. Joe Kapp torched them for seven touchdowns tying a record at the time that was held by Adrian Burk, Y,A, Tittle,and George Blanda. One ironic thing about this accomplishment was that Burk was one of the game officials on this day. Kapp began his assault on Baltimore by hitting Dave Osborn from 18 yards out and a bomb to Gene Washiington from 83 yards in the first quarter.
In the second quarter Kapp hit Bob Grim from 21 yards and Kent Kramer from 13 yards out for two other touchdowns in the quarter, Fred Cox added a 40-yard field goal making the score 31-7 at the half. In the third quarter Kapp hit Washington again fron 42 yards away and John Beasley from a yard out. Kapp’s seventh and final touchdown occurred in the fourth quarter when he hit Jim Lindsay from 15 yards out.
The lone Baltimore scores came in the second quarter when Earl Morrall hit Tom Matte on a pass of 42 yards and in the third when Matte scored a rushing touchdown from the four. Kapp in addition to his seven touchdown passes threw for 449 yards passing in the game. The Vikings offense accumulated 622 yards in total offense against the Colts once dominant defense. The Vikings defense also intercepted Johnny Unitas and Morrall three times on the day.
November 9, 1969 Metropolitan Stadium Bloomington, MN Minnesota 51 Cleveland 3: in a showdown of division leaders on this early November afternoon the Vikings demolished the Browns. Three Joe Kapp touchdown passes and three Fred Cox field goals proved more than enough for the Vikings this afternoon. The only Cleveland score happened in the second quarter when Don Cockroft kicked 28-yard field goal.
Kapp threw three touchdown passes to Gene Washington of 16, 10, and 1 for the Vikings. While Dave Osborn added a rushing touchdown from the one in the third quarter, In the fourth quarter Clint Jones ran one in from the one and Jim Lindsay added another rushing touchdown from the two to complete the scoring on the day. Cox kicked field goals of 32, 28, and 32 yards on the afternoon to go along with his six extra points. Cleveland quarterbacks Bill Nelson and Jerry Rhome threw four interceptions on the day as well.
November 16, 1969 County Stadium Milwaukee, WI Minnesota 9 Green Bay 7: Fred Cox did all of the scoring for the Vikings in this defensive battle kicking field goals of 10, 12, and 20 yards on the day. Doug Hart of the Packers intercepted a Kapp pass racing 85 yards for the touchdown to give the Packers a 7-3 lead at half time. Two Packers field goal attempts where missed on the afternoon by Mike Mercer including one that was blocked. The Vikings defense contributed to the cause by intercepting Packers quarterback Bart Starr twice on the day stalling drives, This game completed a season sweep of the once dominant Packers which virtually eliminated them from playoff contention in 1969,
After this game it left the Vikings 8-1 mark on the season which left them a virtual lock to make the playoffs in 1969 and the early favorites for Super Bowl IV.
1969 Minnesota Vikings John Scahefer
Missing RIngs The 1969 Minnesota Vikings by NFL Films