1963 Minnesota Vikings season
|1963 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Norm Van Brocklin|
|General manager||Bert Rose|
|Home field||Metropolitan Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1963 season was the Minnesota Vikings' third in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with a 5–8–1 record. Five wins in a season represented the most in the franchise's three-year history. 22-year-old Paul Flatley of Northwestern University was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year, a first for the fledgling franchise.
|Hall of Famer|
- ^[a] Minnesota traded their 6th round selection (72nd overall) to Cleveland for CB Tom Franckhauser, OT Errol Linden, TE Charley Ferguson, and PK Fred Cox.
- ^[b] Minnesota traded their 7th round selection (87th overall) to the New York Giants for DE/LB Jim Leo.
|1963 Minnesota Vikings final roster|
|1||August 10||San Francisco 49ers||W 43–28||1–0||Multnomah Stadium (Portland, OR)||20,837|
|2||August 17||at Los Angeles Rams||W 27–3||2–0||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||42,966|
|3||August 25||New York Giants||W 17–16||3–0||Metropolitan Stadium||29,815|
|4||August 31||Philadelphia Eagles||L 27–34||3–1||Hershey Stadium (Hershey, PA)||15,861|
|5||September 6||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 35–0||4–1||Busch Stadium||30,842|
|1||September 15||at San Francisco 49ers||W 24–20||1–0||Kezar Stadium||30,781|
|2||September 22||Chicago Bears||L 7–28||1–1||Metropolitan Stadium||33,923|
|3||September 29||San Francisco 49ers||W 45–14||2–1||Metropolitan Stadium||28,567|
|4||October 6||St. Louis Cardinals||L 14–56||2–2||Metropolitan Stadium||30,220|
|5||October 13||Green Bay Packers||L 28–37||2–3||Metropolitan Stadium||42,567|
|6||October 20||at Los Angeles Rams||L 24–27||2–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||30,555|
|7||October 27||at Detroit Lions||L 10–28||2–5||Tiger Stadium||44,509|
|8||November 3||Los Angeles Rams||W 21–13||3–5||Metropolitan Stadium||33,567|
|9||November 10||at Green Bay Packers||L 7–28||3–6||City Stadium||42,327|
|10||November 17||Baltimore Colts||L 34–37||3–7||Metropolitan Stadium||33,136|
|11||November 24||Detroit Lions||W 34–31||4–7||Metropolitan Stadium||28,763|
|12||December 1||at Chicago Bears||T 17–17||4–7–1||Wrigley Field||47,249|
|13||December 8||at Baltimore Colts||L 10–41||4–8–1||Memorial Stadium||54,122|
|14||December 15||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 34–13||5–8–1||Franklin Field||57,403|
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||11||2||1||.846||9–2–1||369||206||W2|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||9||0||.357||5–7||210||350||L2|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||12||0||.143||1–11||198||391||L5|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
For the first time, the Vikings had starters in the East–West Pro Bowl, played January 12, 1964, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and won by the West squad. Halfback Tommy Mason, linebacker Rip Hawkins and tackle Grady Alderman each were voted to start on the West team coached by the Chicago Bears' George Halas.
Wide receiver Paul Flatley, who led the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, was named as the 1963 Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI) and The Sporting News (TSN).
|Passing yards||Fran Tarkenton||2,311|
|Passing touchdowns||Fran Tarkenton||15|
|Rushing yards||Tommy Mason||763|
|Rushing touchdowns||Tommy Mason||7|
|Receiving yards||Paul Flatley||867|
|Receiving touchdowns||Paul Flatley||4|
|Kickoff return yards||Bill Butler||713|
|Punt return yards||Bill Butler||220|
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank|
(out of 14)
- "1963 All Pro Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 4, 2016.