The 1961 Minnesota Vikings season was the first year of season play for the expansion franchise and the 42nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of three wins and eleven losses under head coach Norm Van Brocklin. The team's first ever regular season game was a victory against divisional rivals the Chicago Bears, 37–13. In that game, rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to toss 4 touchdown passes and ran for another. The Vikings' defense surrendered 5.41 rushing yards-per-attempt in 1961, the fifth-most of all time.

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  • La stagione NFL 1961 coincise con la stagione di debutto dei Minnesota Vikings nella Lega come expansion team. I Vikings, che furono la 14ª squadra in ordine cronologico a far parte della NFL, guidati da Norm Van Brocklin, capo-allenatore anch'egli al debutto (fino alla stagione precedente aveva infatti ricoperto il ruolo di quarterback per i Philadelphia Eagles, ebbero il loro battesimo il 27 dicembre 1960 al Metropolitan Stadium contro i Chicago Bears che riuscirono sorprendentemente a piegare per 37-13 grazie ad una maiuscola prestazione del proprio quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, che passò per 250 yard, lanciò per 4 e corse per 1 touchdown: quarterback titolare era l'ex New York Giants George Shaw, il quale però infortunandosi nel primo quarto lasciò campo libero al giovane Tarkenton che con i numeri sopracitati segnò uno dei debutti più impressionanti nella storia della NFL. Destinati ad entrare nella storia della franchigia anche il kicker Mike Mercer, che con un field goal dalle 12 yards mise a segno i primi punti della franchigia, e Bob Schnelker, che mise a segno il primo touchdown della franchigia su passaggio di 14 yards di Tarkenton. Tuttavia, nel prosieguo della stagione, i Vikings non riuscirono a ripetersi e chiusero l'annata con un record negativo di 3 vittorie e 11 sconfitte, riuscendo a cogliere solo altre due vittorie, una contro i Baltimore Colts e l'altra contro i Los Angeles Rams (entrambe al Metropolitan Stadium), che valse loro il settimo ed ultimo posto nella NFL Western e la conseguente esclusione dai playoff. (it)
  • The 1961 Minnesota Vikings season was the first year of season play for the expansion franchise and the 42nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of three wins and eleven losses under head coach Norm Van Brocklin. The team's first ever regular season game was a victory against divisional rivals the Chicago Bears, 37–13. In that game, rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to toss 4 touchdown passes and ran for another. The Vikings' defense surrendered 5.41 rushing yards-per-attempt in 1961, the fifth-most of all time. (en)
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  • ;First quarter *MIN – Mike Mercer 12-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0. ;Second quarter *MIN – Bob Schnelker 14-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 10–0. *CHI – Rick Casares 3-yard run . Vikings 10–6. ;Third quarter *MIN – Jerry Reichow 29-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 17–6. *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 2-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 24–6. ;Fourth quarter *MIN – Fran Tarkenton 2-yard run . Vikings 31–6. *MIN – Dave Middleton 2-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 37–6. *CHI – Willie Galimore 10-yard pass from Bill Wade . Vikings 37–13.
  • ;First quarter *LA – Jon Arnett 3-yard run . Rams 7–0. *LA – Ollie Matson 15-yard run . Rams 14–0. *MIN – Gordie Smith 29-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Rams 14–7. ;Second quarter *LA – Danny Villanueva 16-yard field goal. Rams 17–7. *MIN – Mike Mercer 34-yard field goal. Rams 17–10. ;Third quarter *MIN – Fran Tarkenton 52-yard run . Tied 17–17. ;Fourth quarter *LA – Tommy Wilson 14-yard run . Rams 24–17. *LA – Joe Marconi 7-yard run . Rams 31–17.
  • ;First quarter *SF – J. D. Smith 6-yard run . 49ers 7–0. *SF – R. C. Owens 40-yard pass from John Brodie . 49ers 14–0. ;Second quarter *SF – C. R. Roberts 1-yard run . 49ers 21–0. *MIN – Tommy Mason 9-yard run . 49ers 21–7. *SF – Tommy Davis 42-yard field goal. 49ers 24–7. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 17-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . 49ers 24–14. ;Third quarter *SF – J. D. Smith 15-yard run . 49ers 31–14. *MIN – Gordie Smith 71-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . 49ers 31–21. ;Fourth quarter *SF – John Brodie 16-yard run . 49ers 38–21. *MIN – Fran Tarkenton 1-yard run . 49ers 38–28.
  • ;First quarter *GB – Paul Hornung 1-yard run . Packers 7–0. *GB – Ron Kramer 10-yard pass from Paul Hornung . Packers 14–0. ;Second quarter *GB – Jim Taylor 8-yard pass from Bart Starr . Packers 21–0. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 19-yard pass from George Shaw . Packers 21–7. ;Third quarter *MIN – Mike Mercer 13-yard field goal. Packers 21–10. ;Fourth quarter *GB – Max McGee 23-yard pass from Bart Starr . Packers 28–10.
  • ;First quarter *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 81-yard punt return . Vikings 7–0. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 30-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 14–0. *CHI – Angelo Coia 62-yard pass from Billy Wade . Vikings 14–7. ;Second quarter *CHI – Willie Galimore 8-yard run . Tied 14–14. *CHI – Mike Ditka 2-yard pass from Billy Wade . Bears 21–14. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 11-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Tied 21–21. ;Third quarter *CHI – Angelo Coia 16-yard pass from Billy Wade . Bears 28–21. *CHI – Roger LeClerc 17-yard field goal. Bears 31–21. *CHI – Mike Ditka 30-yard pass from Billy Wade . Bears 38–21. *MIN – Gordie Smith 10-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Bears 38–28. *CHI – Charlie Bivins 30-yard run . Bears 45–28. ;Fourth quarter *MIN – Jerry Reichow 24-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Bears 45–35. *CHI – Willie Galimore 60-yard run . Bears 52–35.
  • ;First quarter *SF – Bob Waters 6-yard run . 49ers 7–0. *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 13-yard run . Tied 7–7. ;Second quarter *MIN – Jerry Reichow 42-yard pass from George Shaw . Vikings 14–7. *MIN – Mike Mercer 24-yard field goal. Vikings 17–7. *SF – Billy Kilmer 1-yard run . Vikings 17–14. ;Third quarter *SF – Billy Kilmer 2-yard run . 49ers 21–17. *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 32-yard run . Vikings 24–21. *SF – Tommy Davis 12-yard field goal. Tied 24–24. ;Fourth quarter *SF – Billy Kilmer 5-yard run . 49ers 31–24. *SF – Billy Kilmer 20-yard run . 49ers 38–24.
  • ;First quarter *MIN – Mike Mercer 13-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 23-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 10–0. ;Second quarter *DET – Nick Pietrosante 1-yard run . Vikings 10–7. *DET – Terry Barr 18-yard pass from Earl Morrall . Lions 14–10. ;Third quarter *DET – Jim Martin 15-yard field goal. Lions 17–10. *DET – Gail Cogdill 37-yard pass from Earl Morrall . Lions 23–10. ;Fourth quarter *DET – Terry Barr 9-yard pass from Earl Morrall . Lions 30–10. *DET – Joe Schmidt 8-yard interception return . Lions 37–10.
  • ;First quarter *DAL – Amos Marsh 6-yard run . Cowboys 7–0. ;Second quarter *DAL – Don Meredith 20-yard run . Cowboys 14–0. *MIN – Tommy Mason 4-yard run . Cowboys 14–7. ;Third quarter * None. ;Fourth quarter *DAL – Amos Marsh 20-yard pass from Don Meredith . Cowboys 21–7.
  • ;First quarter * None. ;Second quarter *DET – Jim Ninowski 7-yard run . Lions 7–0. ;Third quarter *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 2-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Tied 7–7. *DET – Jim Martin 43-yard field goal. Lions 10–7. ;Fourth quarter *DET – Jim Martin 23-yard field goal. Lions 13–7.
  • ;First quarter *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 17-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 7–0. ;Second quarter *MIN – Tommy Mason 1-yard run . Vikings 14–0. *LA – Ollie Matson 69-yard run . Vikings 14–7. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 51-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 21–7. *LA – Red Phillips 10-yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski . Vikings 21–14. ;Third quarter *LA – Dick Bass 73-yard run . Tied 21–21. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 9-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 28–21. *MIN – Ray Hayes 2-yard run . Vikings 35–21. ;Fourth quarter *MIN – Gordie Smith 12-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 42–21.
  • ;First quarter *MIN – Mike Mercer 20-yard field goal. Vikings 3–0. *BAL – Lenny Moore 72-yard pass from Johnny Unitas . Colts 7–3. ;Second quarter *MIN – A. D. Williams 7-yard pass from George Shaw . Vikings 10–7. *BAL – Lenny Moore 4-yard run . Colts 14–10. *MIN – Mike Mercer 26-yard field goal. Colts 14–13. ;Third quarter *BAL – Lenny Morre 17-yard pass from Lamar McHan . Colts 21–13. *MIN – Mike Mercer 10-yard field goal. Colts 21–16. *MIN – Jerry Reichow 23-yard pass from George Shaw . Vikings 23–21. ;Fourth quarter *BAL – Lenny Morre 23-yard pass from Johnny Unitas . Colts 28–23. *MIN – Ray Hayes 4-yard run . Vikings 30–28. *BAL – Steve Myhra 37-yard field goal. Colts 31–30. *MIN – Mike Mercer 29-yard field goal. Vikings 33–31. *BAL – Steve Myhra 52-yard field goal. Colts 34–33.
  • ;First quarter *GB – Boyd Dowler 78-yard pass from Bart Starr . Packers 7–0 *GB – Paul Hornung 14-yard field goal. Packers 10–0. ;Second quarter *MIN – Fran Tarkenton 1-yard run . Packers 10–7. *GB – Paul Hornung 18-yard field goal. Packers 13–7. ;Third quarter *GB – Paul Hornung 13-yard field goal. Packers 16–7. ;Fourth quarter *GB – Paul Hornung 16-yard field goal. Packers 19–7. *GB – Jim Taylor 3-yard run . Packers 26–7. *GB – Dan Currie 21-yard interception return . Packers 33–7.
  • ;First quarter *MIN – Mel Triplett 1-yard run . Vikings 7–0. ;Second quarter *BAL – Alex Hawkins 2-yard run . Tied 7–7. *MIN – Hugh McElhenny 1-yard run . Vikings 14–7. *BAL – Lenny Moore 3-yard run . Tied 14–14. ;Third quarter *BAL – Steve Myhra 37-yard field goal. Colts 17–14. *MIN – Dave Middleton 57-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton . Vikings 21–17. ;Fourth quarter *BAL – Steve Myhra 38-yard field goal. Vikings 21–20. *MIN – Fran Tarkenton 1-yard run . Vikings 28–20.
  • ;First quarter *DAL – Billy Howton 12-yard pass from Don Meredith . Cowboys 7–0. ;Second quarter *DAL – Don Perkins 3-yard run . Cowboys 14–0 ;Third quarter *DAL – Frank Clarke 23-yard pass from Eddie LeBaron . Cowboys 21–0. ;Fourth quarter *DAL – Frank Clarke 52-yard pass from Don Meredith . Cowboys 28–0.
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  • ;Top passers * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 12/19, 156 yards, TD * LA – Frank Ryan – 6/16, 59 yards ;Top rushers * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 11 rushes, 99 yards, TD * LA – Ollie Matson – 8 rushes, 64 yards, TD ;Top receivers * MIN – Gordie Smith – 2 rec, 49 yards, TD * LA – Jon Arnett – 2 rec, 36 yards
  • ;Top passers *BAL – Johnny Unitas – 14/31, 138 yards * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 11/18, 179 yards, TD ;Top rushers * BAL – Joe Perry – 19 rushes, 100 yards * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 11 rushes, 58 yards, TD ;Top receivers * BAL – Raymond Berry – 8 rec, 86 yards * MIN – Dave Middleton – 3 rec, 76 yards, TD
  • ;Top passers * GB – Bart Starr – 9/19, 206 yards, TD * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 15/24, 130 yards ;Top rushers * GB – Tom Moore – 16 rushes, 159 yards * MIN – Hugh McElhenny – 11 rushes, 57 yards ;Top receivers * GB – Boyd Dowler – 2 rec, 100 yards, TD * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 5 rec, 50 yards
  • ;Top passers * DAL – Don Meredith – 8/16, 124 yards, 2 TD * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 10/21, 151 yards ;Top rushers * DAL – Don Perkins – 19 rushes, 73 yards, TD * MIN – Mel Triplett – 9 rushes, 44 yards ;Top receivers * DAL – Frank Clarke – 3 rec, 91 yards, 2 TD * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 4 rec, 74 yards
  • ;Top passers * MIN – George Shaw – 9/18, 119 yards, TD * GB – Bart Starr – 18/24, 311 yards, 2 TD ;Top rushers * MIN – Hugh McElhenny – 12 rushes, 99 yards * GB – Paul Hornung – 12 rushes, 70 yards, TD ;Top receivers * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 4 rec, 52 yards, TD * GB – Boyd Dowler – 5 rec, 121 yards
  • ;Top passers * SF – John Brodie – 11/14, 209 yards * MIN – George Shaw – 7/17, 85 yards, TD ;Top rushers * SF – Billy Kilmer – 20 rushes, 115 yards, 4 TD * MIN – Hugh McElhenny – 10 rushes, 81 yards ;Top receivers * SF – Monty Stickles – 5 rec, 102 yards * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 2 rec, 54 yards, TD
  • ;Top passers * DET – Earl Morrall – 13/17, 154 yards, 3 TD * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 13/24, 116 yards, TD ;Top rushers * DET – Earl Morrall – 7 rushes, 62 yards * MIN – Tommy Mason – 3 rushes, 36 yards ;Top receivers * DET – Terry Barr – 8 rec, 97 yards, 2 TD * MIN – Dave Middleton – 3 rec, 60 yards
  • ;Top passers * CHI – Bill Wade – 6/10, 109 yards, TD * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 17/23, 250 yards, 4 TD ;Top rushers * CHI – Willie Galimore – 12 rushes, 47 yards * MIN – Mel Triplett – 8 rushes, 26 yards ;Top receivers * CHI – Johnny Morris – 4 rec, 92 yards * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 3 rec, 103 yards, TD
  • ;Top passers * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 16/24, 277 yards, 2 TD * SF – John Brodie – 14/24, 246 yards, TD ;Top rushers * MIN – Tommy Mason – 14 rushes, 62 yards, TD * SF – J. D. Smith – 28 rushes, 168 yards, 2 TD ;Top receivers * MIN – Gordie Smith – 3 rec, 123 yards, TD * SF – R. C. Owens – 5 rec, 138 yards, TD
  • ;Top passers * MIN – George Shaw – 17/30, 208 yards, 2 TD *BAL – Johnny Unitas – 13/27, 284 yards, 2 TD ;Top rushers * MIN – Tommy Mason – 10 rushes, 45 yards * BAL – Johnny Unitas – 2 rushes, 26 yards ;Top receivers * MIN – Ray Hayes – 4 rec, 69 yards * BAL – Lenny Moore – 5 rec, 143 yards, 3 TD
  • ;Top passers * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 15/34, 141 yards, TD * DET – Jim Ninowski – 8/20, 157 yards ;Top rushers * MIN – Mel Triplett – 7 rushes, 53 yards * DET – Dan Lewis – 12 rushes, 52 yards ;Top receivers * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 4 rec, 69 yards * DET – Jim Gibbons – 6 rec, 84 yards
  • ;Top passers * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 12/22, 161 yards, 4 TD * CHI – Bill Wade – 23/34, 355 yards, 4 TD ;Top rushers * MIN – Mel Triplett – 15 rushes, 121 yards * CHI – Willie Galimore – 13 rushes, 97 yards, 2 TD ;Top receivers * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 6 rec, 90 yards, 3 TD * CHI – Mike Ditka – 8 rec, 102 yards, 2 TD
  • ;Top passers * LA – Zeke Bratkowski – 12/23, 153 yards, TD * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 21/30, 252 yards, 4 TD ;Top rushers * LA – Dick Bass – 8 rushes, 113 yards, TD * MIN – Ray Hayes – 18 rushes, 123 yards, TD ;Top receivers * LA – Ollie Matson – 4 rec, 75 yards * MIN – Jerry Reichow – 6 rec, 112 yards, 2 TD
  • ;Top passers * MIN – Fran Tarkenton – 8/24, 117 yards * DAL – Don Meredith – 12/22, 163 yards, TD ;Top rushers * MIN – Mel Triplett – 9 rushes, 57 yards * DAL – Don Perkins – 17 rushes, 108 yards ;Top receivers * MIN – A. D. Williams – 4 rec, 78 yards * DAL – Don Perkins – 5 rec, 61 yards
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  • Week 7: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
  • Week 5: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
  • Week 6: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
  • Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears – Game summary
  • Week 1: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
  • Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
  • Week 12: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
  • Week 11: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
  • Week 4: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
  • Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Colts – Game summary
  • Week 9: Baltimore Colts at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
  • Week 2: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
  • Week 8: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
  • Week 10: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
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  • The 1961 Minnesota Vikings season was the first year of season play for the expansion franchise and the 42nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of three wins and eleven losses under head coach Norm Van Brocklin. The team's first ever regular season game was a victory against divisional rivals the Chicago Bears, 37–13. In that game, rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to toss 4 touchdown passes and ran for another. The Vikings' defense surrendered 5.41 rushing yards-per-attempt in 1961, the fifth-most of all time. (en)
  • La stagione NFL 1961 coincise con la stagione di debutto dei Minnesota Vikings nella Lega come expansion team. I Vikings, che furono la 14ª squadra in ordine cronologico a far parte della NFL, guidati da Norm Van Brocklin, capo-allenatore anch'egli al debutto (fino alla stagione precedente aveva infatti ricoperto il ruolo di quarterback per i Philadelphia Eagles, ebbero il loro battesimo il 27 dicembre 1960 al Metropolitan Stadium contro i Chicago Bears che riuscirono sorprendentemente a piegare per 37-13 grazie ad una maiuscola prestazione del proprio quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, che passò per 250 yard, lanciò per 4 e corse per 1 touchdown: quarterback titolare era l'ex New York Giants George Shaw, il quale però infortunandosi nel primo quarto lasciò campo libero al giovane Tarkenton che (it)
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