The Vikings, depending, as usual, upon defense, clinched the NFC Central Division title Saturday by beating Detroit 29-10. The Minnesota offense gained only 134 yards, but interceptions, a blocked punt and the recovery of a blocked field-goal attempt wiped out the Lions. It is probably not true that a Viking linebacker came off the field and told Gary Cuozzo, the quarterback of the moment, "See if you can hold them," but it may be.
On Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs, depending, as usual, upon circus catches by Otis Taylor and field goals by Jan Stenerud, just squeezed by Oakland 16-14, thereby winning the AFC Western title for themselves and also assuring Miami of a playoff berth. The Dallas Cowboys won the championship of New York City by defeating the Giants 42-14; the week before they had whipped the Jets 52-10. Dallas seems to have grown steadily stronger as Quarterback Roger Staubach matures with game experience and it could win the NFC title and the Super Bowl.
On the West Coast the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers are a hairbreadth apart with a week to go and there seems to be little to choose between them.
Super Bowl? A Dallas-Baltimore replay is not unlikely.