Minnesota Vikings (11-1) 24, Green Bay Packers (3-9) 3
Sunday December 7th 1975 (at Minnesota)
(MINNESOTA) - The ageless Merlin of the National Football League, Sir Francis Tarkenton, continues to work his magic and the Minnesota Vikings march to music with their seventh division championship in eight years already tucked away. "Tarkenton is just a brilliant quarterback," said Green Bay LB Jim Carter following the Vikings 24-3 victory over the Packers. Green Bay played Minnesota WR John Gilliam man-to-man and played strong against the pass to running backs Chuck Foreman and Ed Marinaro, but Tarkenton needed little time to exploit the Packer strategy. Tarkenton went to work on Packer CB Perry Smith, who was assigned to cover the speedy Gilliam. "I don't think anyone can handle Gilliam one-on- one," said the 35 year-old Tarkenton, who completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns, including two to Gilliam. "I don't know why they didn't give him (Smith) any help," said Gilliam, who caught TD passes covering 18 and 37 yards. "It was stupid " Gilliam caught 7 passes for 83 yards and his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season. Green Bay's only score came on a 22-yard field goal by Joe Danelo in the first period after a Packer drive bogged down after reaching the Minnesota 4.
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0  0 -  3
MINNESOTA - 14 10  0  0 - 24
                       GREEN BAY     MINNESOTA
First downs                    6            19
Rush-yards-TDs           20-51-0      42-161-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  11-30-93-0-3 23-36-235-3-0
Sacked-yards                3-22           1-9
Net pass yards                71           226
Total yards                  122           387
Fumbles-lost                 2-0           3-0
Turnovers                      3             0
Penalties-yards             5-45          7-41
SCORING
1st - MIN - John Gilliam, 18-yd pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
1st - MIN - Chuck Foreman, 32-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 14-0
1st - GB - Danelo, 22-yard field goal MINNESOTA 14-3
2nd - MINN - Gilliam, 37-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 21-3
2nd - MINN - Cox, 37-yard field goal MINNESOTA 24-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Willard Harrell 9-34, John Brockington 10-13, Barty Smith 1-4
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 13-64, Ed Marinaro 6-24, Robert Miller 8-24, Dave Osborn 7-23, Brent McClanahan 6-19, Fran Tarkenton 1-7, Bob Berry 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - John Hadl 28-11-93 3 INT, Don Milan 2-0-0
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 30-20-211 3 TD, Bob Berry 6-3-24
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Rich McGeorge 3-47, Willard Harrell 3-21, Ken Payne 2-8, Barry Smith 1-15, Eric Torkelson 1-3, John Brockington 1-(-1)
MINNESOTA - John Gilliam 7-83 2 TD, Chuck Foreman 6-81 1 TD, Stu Voight 3-28, Ed Marinaro 3-22, Clint Haselrig 2-28, Robert Miller 1-(-3), Dave Osborn 1-(-4)