Record-Seekers vs. 49ers

The Vikings' defensive playmaking ability allowed them to set a number of franchise marks for a game and a season.


  • The Vikings defense tied a team record for most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season. Kevin Williams' 18-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter against San Francisco gave the Vikings six for the season, tying the franchise's 1992 mark. So far in 2007, Kevin Williams has two and Chad Greenway, Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith and Antoine Winfield have one each.

  • The Vikings defense tied a team record with eight defensive touchdowns in a season. That tied the 1992 mark and bested the seven touchdowns the Vikings defense had had 1994 and 1988.

  • The Vikings tied a team record for most defensive points scored in a season with 50. They have eight touchdowns and a safety, the same way they scored 50 points in 1992. The 1988 Vikings defense had 46 points with seven touchdowns and two safeties.

  • The Vikings' first touchdown – Williams' 18-yard interception return – with 14 seconds elapsed is the second quickest score in team history. They scored with 13 seconds elapsed in 2005, when Daunte Culpepper completed a touchdown pass to Travis Taylor on Sept. 25 against the New Orleans Saints.

  • Kevin Williams' interception was the fourth of his career, a record for a Vikings defensive lineman. Chris Doleman had three interceptions from 1987-93 and 1999 with the Vikings.

  • Williams' interception also tied a team record for the most in a season (two) by a defensive lineman. Tim Newton also had two in 1985.

  • Williams' interception return tied a team record for the most career defensive touchdowns (interceptions and fumble recoveries) by a Viking. He now has four – two each way in his five-year Vikings career, tying him with safety Orlando Thomas (2-2), cornerback Dewayne Washington (3-1), safety Joey Browner (3-1), cornerback Bobby Bryant (3-1), safety Paul Krause (2-2) and cornerback Ed Sharockman (3-1).

  • Chester Taylor's 84-yard touchdown run was the third longest in team history. He also owns the team record with a 95-yard touchdown run against Seattle in 2006. Michael Bennett is in second place with an 85-yard run against Tampa Bay in 2002.

  • Pat Williams and Kevin Williams tied a team record for most interceptions in a game by defensive linemen and set the record for most by defensive tackles. Randy Holloway and Doug Martin, both defensive ends, also combined for two against Detroit in 1982.

  • Pat Williams intercepted his first pass as a Viking, his first since Dec. 5, 2004 with the Buffalo Bills.

  • Chris Kluwe set a team record for the most punts of 50 or more yards in a season with his 53-yard punt. That gave him 23 punts of at least 50 yards this season, besting his previous mark of 22 from last year, which was tied with Mitch Berger from 2000.

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