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1947 Baltimore Colts

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in AAFC East Division  · 1947 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 167 points (11.9/g), 8th of 8 in the AAFC. Allowed 377 points (26.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of -210 points (-15.0/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 1.8-12.2.

Coach: Cecil Isbell (2-11-1)

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

Team Info

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 167 3498 769 4.5 47 23 11 161 177 352 2337 13 24 6.6 85 417 1161 7 2.8 65
Team Defense 377 4456 810 5.5 39 25 6 183 124 239 1791 17 14 7.5 59 571 2665 29 4.7 118
Lg Rank Offense 8 7 7 7 5 1 3 7 6 7 7 8 8 8
Lg Rank Defense 7 6 3 1 6 1 2 3 8 4 8 7 7 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-0 Brooklyn Dodgers 16 7 9 170 111 59 5 8 118 19 99 3
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 14 8 109 144 -35 4 18 343 84 259 2
3 Sun September 21 boxscore L 1-2 @ Cleveland Browns 0 28 14 297 159 138 6 11 295 122 173 1
4 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-3 New York Yankees 7 21 14 264 189 75 5 10 231 120 111 5
5 Sun October 5 boxscore T 1-3-1 San Francisco 49ers 28 28 17 400 241 159 3 15 382 217 165 5
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 1-4-1 @ Buffalo Bills 15 20 13 266 197 69 1 14 335 96 239
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 1-5-1 Los Angeles Dons 10 38 7 184 136 48 4 10 245 117 128 3
8 Sun October 26 boxscore L 1-6-1 @ Los Angeles Dons 0 56 5 95 43 52 2 18 467 275 192 1
9 Sun November 2 boxscore L 1-7-1 @ New York Yankees 21 35 9 250 236 14 1 11 348 62 286 2
11 Fri November 7 boxscore L 1-8-1 @ Chicago Rockets 21 27 17 348 274 74 2 7 201 53 148 1
11 Sun November 16 boxscore L 1-9-1 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 14 21 10 330 255 75 2 11 280 52 228 1
12 Sun November 23 boxscore L 1-10-1 Buffalo Bills 14 33 11 240 143 97 3 16 325 93 232 4
13 Sun November 30 boxscore W 2-10-1 Chicago Rockets 14 7 17 318 109 209 5 13 315 239 76 5
14 Sun December 7 boxscore L 2-11-1 Cleveland Browns 0 42 10 186 101 85 4 21 559 225 334 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Bud Schwenk 30 QB 14 2 168 327 51.4% 2236 13 4.0 20 6.1 72 6.8 4.9 13.3 159.7 61.2 0 0
Ernie Case 28 qb 14 10 4 11 36.4% 49 0 0.0 1 9.1 0 4.5 0.4 12.3 3.5 13.1 0 0
John Galvin 27 P 13 1 3 6 50.0% 34 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 5.7 5.7 11.3 2.6 67.4 0 0
Steve Nemeth 25 qb 4 1 2 6 33.3% 18 0 0.0 2 33.3 0 3.0 -12.0 9.0 4.5 2.8 0 0
Lamar Davis 26 e 13 2 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Billy Hillenbrand 25 KR/LH/PR 13 13 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 26.7 14 177 352 50.3% 2337 13 3.7 24 6.8 72 6.6 4.3 13.2 166.9 55.6 0 0
Opp Total 14 124 239 51.9% 1791 17 7.1 14 5.9 7.5 6.28 14.4 127.9 75.8 0 0 7.5 6.3 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Bus Mertes 28 FB 14 10 95 321 2 0 3.4 22.9 6.8 2 28 14.0 0 0 0.1 2.0 349 2 0
Billy Hillenbrand 25 KR/LH/PR 13 13 66 204 2 0 3.1 15.7 5.1 39 702 18.0 7 0 3.0 54.0 906 9 0
Frankie Sinkwich 27 b 8 2 55 208 0 0 3.8 26.0 6.9 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.4 211 0 0
John Wright 27 13 0 38 113 0 0 3.0 8.7 2.9 113 0 0
Johnny Vardian 26 RH 14 5 35 57 0 0 1.6 4.1 2.5 16 280 17.5 1 0 1.1 20.0 337 1 0
Andy Dudish 26 hb 14 4 28 30 1 0 1.1 2.1 2.0 7 130 18.6 1 0 0.5 9.3 160 2 0
Rudy Mobley 26 hb 14 2 26 90 1 0 3.5 6.4 1.9 11 121 11.0 1 0 0.8 8.6 211 2 0
Bud Schwenk 30 QB 14 2 25 58 1 0 2.3 4.1 1.8 58 1 0
Ray Terrell 28 rh 10 5 21 20 0 0 1.0 2.0 2.1 6 21 3.5 0 0 0.6 2.1 41 0 0
Jim Castiglia 29 fb 2 2 9 18 0 0 2.0 9.0 4.5 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.5 5.0 28 0 0
Blondy Black 27 5 0 5 39 0 0 7.8 7.8 1.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.2 1.4 46 0 0
Lamar Davis 26 e 13 2 3 14 0 0 4.7 1.1 0.2 46 515 11.2 2 0 3.5 39.6 529 2 0
Buzz Trebotich 27 2 0 3 -4 0 0 -1.3 -2.0 1.5 -4 0 0
Hub Bechtol 21 LE 14 12 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 17 167 9.8 1 0 1.2 11.9 166 1 0
Armand Cure 28 1 0 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -1.0 2.0 -1 0 0
Lamar Blount 27 e 5 3 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.4 0.2 -2 0 0
Ernie Case 28 qb 14 10 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
John Galvin 27 P 13 1 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 -4 0 0
Steve Nemeth 25 qb 4 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.3 0.3 1 0 0
Elmer Madar 27 RE 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 53 6.6 0 0 0.9 5.9 53 0 0
Sig Sigurdson 29 e 8 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 104 13.0 0 0 1.0 13.0 104 0 0
Ralph Jones 25 e 6 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 23 7.7 0 0 0.5 3.8 23 0 0
Gorham Getchell 27 e 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 17 8.5 0 0 0.3 2.1 17 0 0
Gil Meyer 27 e 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 3 0 0
Team Total 26.7 14 417 1161 7 1 2.8 82.9 29.8 169 2189 13.0 13 10 12.1 156.4 3350 20 0
Opp Total 14 571 2665 29 4.7 190.4 40.8 124 1791 14.4 17 8.9 127.9 4456 46 50

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Billy Hillenbrand 25 KR/LH/PR 13 13 13 201 0 0 15.5 18 466 1 96 25.9 1573
Andy Dudish 26 hb 14 4 5 121 0 0 24.2 8 184 0 0 23.0 465
Johnny Vardian 26 RH 14 5 5 66 0 0 13.2 6 128 0 0 21.3 531
Ray Terrell 28 rh 10 5 1 18 0 18 18.0 9 204 0 0 22.7 263
Ernie Case 28 qb 14 10 2 18 0 0 9.0 4 104 0 0 26.0 122
Rudy Mobley 26 hb 14 2 5 74 0 0 14.8 1 18 0 18 18.0 303
Frankie Sinkwich 27 b 8 2 1 15 0 15 15.0 5 118 0 0 23.6 344
Lamar Davis 26 e 13 2 1 33 0 33 33.0 2 44 0 0 22.0 606
John Galvin 27 P 13 1 2 38 0 0 19.0 34
Hub Bechtol 21 LE 14 12 1 13 0 13 13.0 179
Barry French 25 LG 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Elmer Madar 27 RE 9 6 1 14 0 14 14.0 67
Buzz Trebotich 27 2 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 13
Team Total 26.7 14 33 546 0 33 16.5 59 1356 1 96 23.0 5252
Opp Total 14 46 1890 1 41.1 38 846 1 22.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
John Galvin 27 P 13 1 66 2377 0 2 36.0
Augie Lio 29 K/RG 10 9 8 3 37.5%% 20 19 95.0%%
Ernie Case 28 qb 14 10 1 1 100.0%% 1 1 100.0%% 5 152 0 1 30.4
Steve Nemeth 25 qb 4 1 1 0.0%% 1 1 100.0%% 3 126 0 0 42.0
Frankie Sinkwich 27 b 8 2 4 167 0 0 41.8
Team Total 26.7 14 10 4 40.0%% 22 21 95.5%% 78 2822 0 3 36.2
Opp Total 14 12 3 25.0%% 53 50 94.3%% 56 2299 41.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Johnny Vardian 26 RH 14 5 3 48 0 0 0
Ernie Case 28 qb 14 10 2 56 0 0 0
Rudy Mobley 26 hb 14 2 2 8 0 0 0
Hub Bechtol 21 LE 14 12 1 7 0 7 0
Lamar Davis 26 e 13 2 1 12 0 12 0
Billy Hillenbrand 25 KR/LH/PR 13 13 1 48 0 48 0
Joe Kodba 25 c 13 3 1 2 0 2 0
Floyd Konetsky 27 e 6 1 1 15 0 15 0
Ray Terrell 28 rh 10 5 1 12 0 12 0
John Wright 27 13 0 1 5 0 5 0
Team Total 26.7 14 14 213 0 48 0
Opp Total 14 50 25

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Billy Hillenbrand 25 KR/LH/PR 13 13 2 7 1 10 60
Augie Lio 29 K/RG 10 9 19 3 28
Lamar Davis 26 e 13 2 2 2 12
Andy Dudish 26 hb 14 4 1 1 2 12
Bus Mertes 28 FB 14 10 2 2 12
Rudy Mobley 26 hb 14 2 1 1 2 12
Hub Bechtol 21 LE 14 12 1 1 6
Jim Castiglia 29 fb 2 2 1 1 6
Bud Schwenk 30 QB 14 2 1 1 6
Johnny Vardian 26 RH 14 5 1 1 6
Ernie Case 28 qb 14 10 1 1 4
Steve Nemeth 25 qb 4 1 1 1
Team Total 26.7 14 7 13 1 1 22 21 4 1 165
Opp Total 14 29 17 1 1 1 4 50 3 377

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1947-09-07 BDA W, 16-7 1 fumble Jim Castiglia yard fumble return
2 1947-09-07 BDA W, 16-7 3 96 kickoff Billy Hillenbrand 96 yard kickoff return (Steve Nemeth kick)
3 1947-09-14 @ SFO L, 7-14 2 3 rush Rudy Mobley 3 yard rush (Ernie Case kick)
4 1947-09-28 NYY L, 7-21 2 5 rush Bus Mertes 5 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
5 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 1 51 pass Billy Hillenbrand 51 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
6 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 2 64 pass Billy Hillenbrand 64 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
7 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 3 3 pass Lamar Davis 3 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
8 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 3 8 rush Billy Hillenbrand 8 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
9 1947-10-12 @ BUF L, 15-20 2 6 rush Bud Schwenk 6 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
10 1947-10-19 LAD L, 10-38 1 58 pass Billy Hillenbrand 58 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
11 1947-11-02 @ NYY L, 21-35 2 21 pass Billy Hillenbrand 21 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
12 1947-11-02 @ NYY L, 21-35 3 72 pass Johnny Vardian 72 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
13 1947-11-02 @ NYY L, 21-35 4 13 pass Billy Hillenbrand 13 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
14 1947-11-07 @ CHR L, 21-27 1 5 pass Lamar Davis 5 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
15 1947-11-07 @ CHR L, 21-27 4 31 rush Billy Hillenbrand 31 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
16 1947-11-07 @ CHR L, 21-27 4 29 pass Rudy Mobley 29 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
17 1947-11-16 @ BDA L, 14-21 2 70 pass Andy Dudish 70 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
18 1947-11-16 @ BDA L, 14-21 4 12 pass Hub Bechtol 12 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
19 1947-11-23 BUF L, 14-33 2 17 pass Billy Hillenbrand 17 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
20 1947-11-23 BUF L, 14-33 4 1 rush Andy Dudish 1 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
21 1947-11-30 CHR W, 14-7 1 13 rush Bus Mertes 13 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
22 1947-11-30 CHR W, 14-7 4 16 pass Billy Hillenbrand 16 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1947-09-07 BDA L, 7-16 1 5 rush Glenn Dobbs 5 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
2 1947-09-14 @ SFO W, 14-7 1 1 rush Norm Standlee 1 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
3 1947-09-14 @ SFO W, 14-7 3 3 rush Norm Standlee 3 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
4 1947-09-21 @ CLE W, 28-0 1 2 rush Marion Motley 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
5 1947-09-21 @ CLE W, 28-0 1 23 interception Tom Colella 23 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
6 1947-09-21 @ CLE W, 28-0 1 6 rush Bill Boedeker 6 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
7 1947-09-21 @ CLE W, 28-0 2 1 rush Bob Cowan 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
8 1947-09-28 NYY W, 21-7 1 4 rush Spec Sanders 4 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
9 1947-09-28 NYY W, 21-7 1 5 rush Spec Sanders 5 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
10 1947-09-28 NYY W, 21-7 2 34 pass Harry Burrus 34 yard pass from Spec Sanders (Harvey Johnson kick)
11 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 1 4 rush Norm Standlee 4 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
12 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 2 36 pass Earle Parsons 36 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
13 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 4 45 pass Johnny Strzykalski 45 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
14 1947-10-05 SFO T, 28-28 4 62 pass Earle Parsons 62 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
15 1947-10-12 @ BUF W, 20-15 2 2 rush Chet Mutryn 2 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
16 1947-10-12 @ BUF W, 20-15 3 31 pass Al Baldwin 31 yard pass from George Ratterman (Chet Mutryn kick)
17 1947-10-12 @ BUF W, 20-15 4 8 rush Chet Mutryn 8 yard rush
18 1947-10-19 LAD W, 38-10 2 23 pass John Kimbrough 23 yard pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1947-10-19 LAD W, 38-10 2 13 rush Chuck Fenenbock 13 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1947-10-19 LAD W, 38-10 3 2 rush John Kimbrough 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
21 1947-10-19 LAD W, 38-10 4 7 pass Bob Reinhard 7 yard pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Ben Agajanian kick)
22 1947-10-19 LAD W, 38-10 4 55 interception Walt Heap 55 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
23 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 1 19 rush Chuck Fenenbock 19 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
24 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 2 10 rush Harry Clarke 10 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 2 12 rush John Kimbrough 12 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
26 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 3 8 pass John Kimbrough 8 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
27 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 3 14 pass Sugarfoot Anderson 14 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
28 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 4 4 pass Burr Baldwin 4 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
29 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 4 8 pass Walt Heap 8 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
30 1947-10-26 @ LAD W, 56-0 4 1 rush John Kimbrough 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
31 1947-11-02 @ NYY W, 35-21 1 79 kickoff Bruce Alford 79 yard kickoff return (Harvey Johnson kick)
32 1947-11-02 @ NYY W, 35-21 1 3 rush Spec Sanders 3 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
33 1947-11-02 @ NYY W, 35-21 3 5 rush Spec Sanders 5 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
34 1947-11-02 @ NYY W, 35-21 4 56 rush Spec Sanders 56 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
35 1947-11-02 @ NYY W, 35-21 4 53 punt Buddy Young 53 yard punt return (Harvey Johnson kick)
36 1947-11-07 @ CHR W, 27-21 2 13 rush Fred Evans 13 yard rush (John Rokisky kick)
37 1947-11-07 @ CHR W, 27-21 2 1 fumble Max Morris 1 yard fumble return (John Rokisky kick)
38 1947-11-07 @ CHR W, 27-21 2 82 interception Bill Bass 82 yard interception return (John Rokisky kick)
39 1947-11-16 @ BDA W, 21-14 2 4 rush Mickey Colmer 4 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
40 1947-11-16 @ BDA W, 21-14 3 28 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 28 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
41 1947-11-16 @ BDA W, 21-14 4 3 rush Mickey Colmer 3 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
42 1947-11-23 BUF W, 33-14 1 3 rush Chet Mutryn 3 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
43 1947-11-23 BUF W, 33-14 2 45 interception Buckets Hirsch 45 yard interception return
44 1947-11-23 BUF W, 33-14 3 56 pass Marty Comer 56 yard pass from George Ratterman
45 1947-11-23 BUF W, 33-14 3 2 rush Julie Rykovich 2 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
46 1947-11-23 BUF W, 33-14 4 3 rush Chet Mutryn 3 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
47 1947-11-30 CHR L, 7-14 3 10 pass John Harrington 10 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
48 1947-12-07 CLE W, 42-0 1 11 pass Edgar Jones 11 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
49 1947-12-07 CLE W, 42-0 1 8 pass Dante Lavelli 8 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
50 1947-12-07 CLE W, 42-0 2 1 rush Edgar Jones 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
51 1947-12-07 CLE W, 42-0 3 36 pass Lew Mayne 36 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
52 1947-12-07 CLE W, 42-0 3 18 pass Bill Lund 18 yard pass from Cliff Lewis (Lou Groza kick)
53 1947-12-07 CLE W, 42-0 4 63 rush Bill Lund 63 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)