Minnesota Vikings (11-2) 31, Green Bay Packers (4-7-2) 7
Saturday December 8th 1973 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The playoff-bound Vikings, led by two Fran Tarkenton touchdown passes and the running of rookie Chuck Foreman, showed no mercy for numerous Green Bay mistakes, crushing the Packers 31-7. The Vikings, rebounding from the first shutout loss in 11 years a week earlier, scored touchdowns following a fumble recovery, an interception, a short punt and a blocked field goal and then added a field goal after another interception. John Brockington provided the only real cause for joy among the Packers by rushing for 124 yards in 27 carries to climb over the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in as many years as a pro - a feat never before accomplished in the NFL. Brockington, who received a standing ovation when it was announced, has 1,002 yards with one game to go. But the hero of the game as far as the Vikings were concerned was CB Bobby Bryant who intercepted three Jerry Tagge passes and returned one of them 46 yards for a touchdown. Bryant's runback came came in the first quarter less than a minute after the Vikes took a 7-0 lead on a 21-yard TD pass from Tarkenton to Stu Voigt. That score came after Brockington fumbled the ball on his first cary of the game and Jeff Siemon recovered on the Packer 46 midway through the first period. The Vikings made it 21-0 with 4:50 gone in the second period when Foreman bolted 50 yards for a TD on the first play following a 23-yard Green Bay punt. Foreman, a leading candidate for rookie of the year honors, finished the day with 100 yards in 19 carries to give him 785 for the season. Minnesota increased its margin to 28-0 when Tarkenton connected with John Gilliam on a 20-yard scoring strike with 26 seconds left in the half. The score capped a 59-yard drive after Alan Page blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt by Chester Marcol. The Vikings finished their scoring midway through the third period when Fred Cox booted a 15-yard field goal, while the Packers finally got on the scoreboard when Jim Del Gaizo, replacing Tagge, passed 17 yards to rookie Barry Smith with less than two minutes left in the game. Tarkenton, who didn't play the second half, completed 8 of 12 passes for 79 yards.
MINNESOTA - 14 14  3  0 - 31
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 -  7
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   10            17
Rush-yards-TDs          37-138-1      36-152-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  10-19-91-2-014-32-159-1-4
Sacked-yards                 1-8          1-11
Net pass yards                83           148
Total yards                  221           300
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           1-1
Turnovers                      0             5
Penalties-yards             2-10          4-37
SCORING
1st - MIN - Stu Voight, 21-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
1st - MIN - Bobby Bryant, 46-yard interception return (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 14-0
2nd - MIN - Chuck Foreman, 50-yard run (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 21-0
2nd - MIN - John Gilliam, 20-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 28-0
3rd - MINN - Cox, 15-yard field goal MINNESOTA 31-0
4th - GB - B.Smith, 17-yard pass from De Gaizo (Marcol kick) MINNESOTA 31-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 27-124, MacArthur Lane 8-26, Jerry Tagge 1-2
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 19-100 1 TD, Oscar Reed 8-18, Bill Brown 3-11, Brent McClanahan 5-8, Dave Osborn 2-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 25-10-98 3 INT, Jim Del Gaizo 7-4-61 1 TD 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 12-8-79 2 TD, Bob Berry 7-2-12
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barry Smith 4-55 1 TD, Rich McGeorge 3-43, MacArthur Lane 2-1, Paul Staroba 1-23, Perry Williams 1-14, Leland Glass 1-8, John Brockington 1-8, Jon Staggers 1-7
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 3-21, John Gilliam 2-33 1 TD, Oscar Reed 2-4, Stu Voight 1-21 1 TD, Carroll Dale 1-9, Bill Brown 1-3