1969 NFL Championship Game
The 1969 NFL Championship Game was the 37th and final championship game played prior to the AFL-NFL Merger. The winner of the game played in Super Bowl IV against the champion of the American Football League. The Minnesota Vikings became the only team that had joined the league during the AFL era to win a pre-merger NFL championship by defeating the Cleveland Browns 27-7. The Browns were making their second straight appearance and fourth in the 1960s. The game was played January 4, 1970 at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota.
Although not as severe as the "Ice Bowl" the weather conditions were bitterly cold with a temperature of 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Cleveland LB Jim Houston suffered frostbite during the game and was hospitalized.
Minnesota had gone 12–2 during the regular season, including a 51–3 defeat of the Browns, and had defeated the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 in the Western Conference championship a week earlier at Met Stadium. The Vikings were coached by Bud Grant and led on offense by quarterback Joe Kapp and WR Gene Washington. The defense allowed only 133 points (9.50 per game) during the regular season and was led by the front four line known as the Purple People Eaters.
Cleveland had gone 10–3–1 during regular season and had defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-14 for the Eastern Conference title. The Browns were coached by Blanton Collier. Bill Nelsen was the starting quarterback and Gary Collins and Paul Warfield were star wide receivers for the team.
- Date: January 4
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- TV: CBS
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- First Quarter
- MIN - Joe Kapp 7-yard run (Fred Cox kick) - Vikings 7-0
- MIN - Gene Washington 75-yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick) - Vikings 14-0
- Second Quarter
- MIN - Fred Cox 30-yard field goal - Vikings 17-0
- MIN - Dave Osborn 20-yard run (Fred Cox kick) - Vikings 24-0
- Third Quarter
- MIN - Fred Cox 32-yard field goal - Vikings 27-0
- Fourth Quarter
 Chuck Heaton, "Vikings Repulse Browns, 27–7", Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 4, 1970, Browns history database retrieved December 12, 2007