The victory meant they finished the season at 15-1, only third team to do so. Both the others - the San Francisco 49ers, in 1984, and the Chicago Bears, the following year - won the Super Bowl that season. Minnesota's lone loss was at Tampa Bay, 27-24.
Minnesota's Gary Anderson completed the NFL's first perfect season for a kicker with 35 successful field goals and 59 extra points. His points total of 164 was a record tally for a kicker, beating Mark Moseley's 161 for the '83 Redskins.