Minnesota Vikings (9-1-1) 17, Green Bay Packers (4-7) 10
Sunday November 21st 1976 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - Fran Tarkenton threw two scoring passes, including an 11-yarder to Ahmad Rashad 44 seconds into the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Vikings intercepted four passes to beat the Green Bay Packers 17-10 and clinch their fourth straight NFC Central title. The Vikings drove 88 yards for the winning score after the Packers had tied the game on John Brockington's one-yard run as Minnesota won its eighth divisional crown in nine years. DT Mike McCoy recovered a fumbled snap to set up Green Bay's only first half score, a 23-yard field goal by Chester Marcol. Later in the first quarter, Minnesota's Nate Allen picked off a pass at the Vikings 45 and, nine plays later Fred Cox tied the score with a 41-yard field goal. Dropped passes plagued both teams for most of the first half, although the Vikings penetrated to the Packers 32 midway through the second quarter. Then, however, LB Fred Carr blocked Cox' 48-yard field goal attempt. Later in the game, Carr blocked a 33-yard attempt - his sixth block and the Packers' eighth this season. With just 1:58 left in the second quarter, Tarkenton took charge and led the Vikings 48 yards to the Green Bay 4. With six seconds left, Tarkenton scrambled, then hit Robert Miller with a touchdown pass and the Vikings led 10-3. Tarkenton, throwing mainly to his backs, threw 29 passes in the first half, completing 15 for 115 yards. Overall, he hit on 23 of 43 for 180 yards. Carlos Brown, making the first start filling in for Lynn Dickey, completed 11 of 25 passes for 82 yards. He threw three interceptions, two of them tipped by receivers.
MINNESOTA -  3  7  0  7 - 17
GREEN BAY -  3  0  7  0 - 10
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   17            13
Rush-yards-TDs          30-100-0      38-146-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 23-43-180-2-0 12-27-100-0-4
Sacked-yards                3-29          4-18
Net pass yards               151            82
Total yards                  251           228
Fumbles-lost                 4-2           0-0
Turnovers                      2             4
Penalties-yards             2-25          4-25
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - MINN - Fred Cox, 41-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - MINN - Robert Miller, 4-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 10-3
3rd - GB - Brockington, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) TIED 10-10
4th - MINN - Ahmad Rashad, 11-yard pass from Tarkenton (Cox kick) MINNESOTA 17-10
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 13-51 1 TD, Willard Harrell 8-42, Eric Torkelson 10-36, Carlos Brown 5-11, Dave Osborn 2-6
MINNESOTA - Chuck Foreman 19-84, Sammy Johnson 1-7, Robert Miller 2-5, Brent McClanahan 3-4, Fran Tarkenton 5-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Carlos Brown 25-11-82 3 INT, David Beverly 1-1-18, Willard Harrell 1-0-0 1 INT
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 43-23-180 2 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 3-29, Ollie Smith 2-27, Eric Torkelson 2-11, Charlie Hall 1-18, Melvin Jackson 1-8, Rich McGeorge 1-7, Willard Harrell 1-6, John Brockington 1-(-6)
MINNESOTA - Robert Miller 9-63 1 TD, Chuck Foreman 5-39, Stu Voight 4-28, Ahmad Rashad 3-37 1 TD, Sammy White 1-7, Brent McClanahan 1-6