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The 1987 season was the 27nd year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 68th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and seven losses.


NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
14 Minnesota Vikings D.J. Dozier Running Back Penn State

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 13, 1987 Detroit Lions W 34-19
2 September 20, 1987 at Los Angeles Rams W 21-16
3 October 4, 1987 Green Bay Packers L 23-16
4 October 11, 1987 at Chicago Bears L 27-7
5 October 18, 1987 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20-10
6 October 26, 1987 Denver Broncos W 34-27
7 November 1, 1987 at Seattle Seahawks L 28-17
8 November 8, 1987 Los Angeles Raiders W 31-20
9 November 15, 1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23-17
10 November 22, 1987 Atlanta Falcons W 24-13
11 November 26, 1987 at Dallas Cowboys W 44-38
12 December 6, 1987 Chicago Bears L 30-24
13 December 13, 1987 at Green Bay Packers L 16-10
14 December 20, 1987 at Detroit Lions W 17-14
15 December 26, 1987 Washington Redskins L 27-24


NFC Central
Chicago Bears 11 4 0 .733 356 282
Minnesota Vikings 8 7 0 .533 336 335
Green Bay Packers 5 9 1 .367 255 300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 11 0 .267 286 360
Detroit Lions 4 11 0 .267 269 384


QuarterbacksRunning Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends
Offensive Linemen

Defensive LinemenDE

Defensive BacksCB

Special Teams
Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics


NFC Wildcard Playoff Game

  • Minnesota Vikings 44, New Orleans Saints 10

at Louisiana Superdomemarker, New Orleans, Louisianamarker

In the Saints' first playoff game in history, the Vikings dominated the game by recording 2 sacks, forcing 4 turnovers, and allowing only 149 yards.

NFC Divisional Playoff Game

  • Minnesota Vikings 36, San Francisco 49ers 24 on January 9, 1988 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

Jerry Rice set a single-season record for the 49ers with 22 touchdown receptions. This was an amazing feat when you consider that he achieved this goal in only 12 regular season contests (due to the players' strike). This record was later broken by Randy Moss in 2007 when he caught 23 touchdown passes in 16 games (originally, Randy played with the Vikings from 1998-2005)

NFC Championship Game

  • Washington Redskins 17, Minnesota Vikings 10

at RFK Stadiummarker, Washington, D.C.marker

In a defensive battle, the Redskins played a little better by limiting the Vikings to only 76 rushing yards and forcing 8 sacks. Washington scored first on a 98-yard drive that was capped by running back Kelvin Bryant's 42-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Doug Williams. However, Minnesota tied the game before halftime with quarterback Wade Wilson's 23-yard touchdown pass to Leo Lewis. In the third quarter, Redskins linebacker Mel Kaufman returned an interception 10 yards to the Minnesota 17-yard line to set up kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh's 28-yard field goal. In the final period, Vikings kicker Chuck Nelson made an 18-yard field goal to tie the game, 10-10. The Redskins then marched 70 yards to score on Williams' 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Gary Clark to take the lead, 17-10, with 5:06 remaining in the game. Minnesota then advanced to the Washington 6-yard line, but Wilson's fourth down pass, intended for running back Darrin Nelson in the end zone, was batted away from him by cornerback Darrell Green with 52 seconds remaining and the Redskins ran out the clock.


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