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1956 Baltimore Colts

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.0, Offense: 2.0, Defense: -5.0, SoS: 1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (22.5/g), 4th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 322 points (26.8/g), 11th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-7.2.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (5-7-0)

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
 Training Camp: McDaniel College (Western Maryland College) (Westminster, Maryland)

Team Info

Principal Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
President/General Manager Don Kellett

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 270 4123 747 5.5 32 14 11 216 158 279 1921 14 18 6.1 99 432 2202 21 5.1 106
Team Defense 322 4176 769 5.4 28 15 14 238 165 297 2260 22 13 7.0 115 447 1916 16 4.3 109
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 6 9 6 6 6 5 3 5 7 2 2 2
Lg Rank Defense 11 11 9 5 11 9 12 12 12 11 5 7 9 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Bears 28 21 21 359 231 128 1 19 291 137 154 1
2 Sat October 6 boxscore L 1-1 Detroit Lions 14 31 10 206 138 68 4 25 465 247 218 2
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-2 @ Green Bay Packers 33 38 17 330 124 206 4 19 371 187 184 1
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ Chicago Bears 27 58 13 278 148 130 5 26 477 268 209 2
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-3 Green Bay Packers 28 21 16 418 100 318 3 14 273 253 20 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 3-3 @ Cleveland Browns 21 7 11 310 5 305 14 264 129 135 4
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-4 @ Detroit Lions 3 27 15 356 298 58 2 26 393 153 240 1
8 Sun November 25 boxscore W 4-4 Los Angeles Rams 56 21 29 574 316 258 2 23 423 260 163 7
9 Sun December 2 boxscore L 4-5 San Francisco 49ers 17 20 22 302 150 152 4 16 360 240 120 2
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 4-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 31 16 286 124 162 1 24 336 140 196 1
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 4-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 30 22 336 104 232 2 20 303 138 165 2
12 Sun December 23 boxscore W 5-7 Washington Redskins 19 17 24 368 183 185 4 12 220 108 112 2

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
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 3-4-0 110 198 55.6% 1498 9 4.5 10 5.1 54 7.6 6.2 13.6 124.8 74.0 0 0
14 George Shaw 23 qb 5 5 2-3-0 45 75 60.0% 645 3 4.0 7 9.3 49 8.6 5.2 14.3 129.0 62.4 0 0
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 1 4 25.0% 8 1 25.0 1 25.0 8 2.0 -4.3 8.0 0.7 39.6 0 0
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 2 2 100.0% 59 1 50.0 0 0.0 40 29.5 39.5 29.5 19.7 158.3 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 5-7-0 158 279 56.6% 2210 14 5.0 18 6.5 54 7.9 6.0 14.0 184.2 72.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 165 297 55.6% 2463 22 7.4 13 4.4 8.3 7.80 14.9 205.3 89.4 25 203 7.0 6.6 7.8

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
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 178 858 8 43 4.8 71.5 14.8 26 189 7.3 0 22 2.2 15.8 1047 8 3
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 86 649 8 79 7.5 54.1 7.2 11 102 9.3 1 27 0.9 8.5 751 9 5
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 49 182 2 21 3.7 16.5 4.5 16 216 13.5 2 49 1.5 19.6 398 4 4
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR/LH 12 0 44 215 2 31 4.9 17.9 3.7 11 177 16.1 1 30 0.9 14.8 392 3 0
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 28 155 1 34 5.5 12.9 2.3 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 156 1 4
26 Royce Womble 25 12 0 20 72 0 12 3.6 6.0 1.7 9 180 20.0 2 43 0.8 15.0 252 2 0
14 George Shaw 23 qb 5 5 20 63 0 19 3.2 12.6 4.0 63 0 0
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 5 7 0 3 1.4 0.6 0.4 7 0 0
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 1
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 2 0 0
84 Jim Mutscheller 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 715 16.3 6 53 3.7 59.6 715 6 0
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 601 16.2 2 54 3.1 50.1 601 2 1
87 Lloyd Colteryahn 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 29 9.7 0 16 1.0 9.7 29 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 432 2202 21 79 5.1 183.5 36.0 158 2210 14.0 14 54 13.2 184.2 4412 35 18
Opp Total 12 447 1916 16 4.3 159.7 37.3 165 2260 13.7 22 13.8 188.3 4176 38 23

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
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 27 233 1 90 8.6 9 206 0 34 22.9 441
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 8 38 0 15 4.8 10 129 0 21 12.9 918
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR/LH 12 0 16 379 0 42 23.7 771
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 7 148 0 35 21.1 546
80 Dick Nyers 22 5 0 2 16 0 16 8.0 3 69 0 35 23.0 85
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 5 10 0 7 2.0 9
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 3 40 0 18 13.3 47
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 2 38 0 25 19.0 1085
36 Bill Pellington 29 LLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
68 Alex Sandusky 24 RG 11 11 1 24 0 24 24.0 24
25 Don Shula 26 LDH 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
63 Art Spinney 29 LG 11 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
Team Total 25.5 12 42 297 1 90 7.1 54 1043 0 42 19.3 5752
Opp Total 12 39 1443 2 37.0 43 1015 1 23.6

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
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 13 3 23.1%% 10 8 80.0%% 33 1276 56 0 38.7
79 Tom Feamster 26 12 0 3 0.0%% 26 24 92.3%%
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 25 953 54 0 38.1
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 2 1 50.0%%
Team Total 25.5 12 16 3 18.8%% 38 33 86.8%% 58 2229 56 0 38.4
Opp Total 12 19 8 42.1%% 43 40 93.0%% 56 2492 44.5

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
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 4 63 0 42 0 0 1 2 17 0
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 0 5 1 0 0
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 0 4 2 0 0
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 0 4 0 0 0
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 2 13 0 8 0 0 0 2 15 0
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
67 Doug Eggers 26 RLB 12 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0
61 Jack Patera 23 12 0 2 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Jesse Thomas 28 LS 11 0 2 36 0 23 0 0 0 1 25 1
65 Bill Koman 22 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
36 Bill Pellington 29 LLB 12 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Don Shula 26 LDH 12 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 0
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
89 Gino Marchetti* 29 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Dick Nyers 22 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 George Radosevich 28 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 13 134 0 42 0 0 18 19 63 1
Opp Total 12 36 23 8

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
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 8 1 9 54
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 8 8 48
84 Jim Mutscheller 26 RE 12 0 6 6 36
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 2 2 4 24
79 Tom Feamster 26 12 0 24 24
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR/LH 12 0 2 1 3 18
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 8 3 17
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 2 2 12
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 1 1 2 12
26 Royce Womble 25 12 0 2 2 12
40 Jesse Thomas 28 LS 11 0 1 1 6
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 1 1 6
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 1 1
Team Total 25.5 12 21 14 1 1 1 38 33 3 270
Opp Total 12 16 22 2 1 2 40 8 322

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 CHI W, 28-21 2 5 pass Lenny Moore 5 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
2 1956-09-30 CHI W, 28-21 2 37 pass Royce Womble 37 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
3 1956-09-30 CHI W, 28-21 3 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
4 1956-09-30 CHI W, 28-21 3 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
5 1956-10-06 DET L, 14-31 1 3 rush L.G. Dupre 3 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
6 1956-10-06 DET L, 14-31 3 49 pass L.G. Dupre 49 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
7 1956-10-14 @ GNB L, 33-38 1 9 rush Lenny Moore 9 yard rush
8 1956-10-14 @ GNB L, 33-38 2 8 pass L.G. Dupre 8 yard pass from Lenny Moore (Bert Rechichar kick)
9 1956-10-14 @ GNB L, 33-38 2 10 rush Lenny Moore 10 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
10 1956-10-14 @ GNB L, 33-38 3 90 punt Carl Taseff 90 yard punt return
11 1956-10-14 @ GNB L, 33-38 4 25 fumble Jesse Thomas 25 yard fumble return (Tom Feamster kick)
12 1956-10-21 @ CHI L, 27-58 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
13 1956-10-21 @ CHI L, 27-58 2 56 rush Lenny Moore 56 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
14 1956-10-21 @ CHI L, 27-58 3 96 field goal Carl Taseff 96 yard field goal return (Tom Feamster kick)
15 1956-10-21 @ CHI L, 27-58 4 36 pass Jim Mutscheller 36 yard pass from Johnny Unitas
16 1956-10-28 GNB W, 28-21 2 7 pass Jim Mutscheller 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
17 1956-10-28 GNB W, 28-21 2 43 pass Raymond Berry 43 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
18 1956-10-28 GNB W, 28-21 2 72 rush Lenny Moore 72 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
19 1956-10-28 GNB W, 28-21 4 79 rush Lenny Moore 79 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
20 1956-11-11 @ CLE W, 21-7 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
21 1956-11-11 @ CLE W, 21-7 4 70 rush Lenny Moore 70 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
22 1956-11-11 @ CLE W, 21-7 4 12 rush L.G. Dupre 12 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
23 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 1 4 rush Billy Vessels 4 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
24 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 1 1 rush Johnny Unitas 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
25 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 2 43 pass Royce Womble 43 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
26 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 2 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
27 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 2 13 pass Jim Mutscheller 13 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
28 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 2 43 pass Jim Mutscheller 43 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
29 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 4 4 rush Billy Vessels 4 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
30 1956-11-25 RAM W, 56-21 4 19 pass Billy Vessels 19 yard pass from Gary Kerkorian (Tom Feamster kick)
31 1956-12-02 SFO L, 17-20 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
32 1956-12-02 SFO L, 17-20 3 3 rush Alan Ameche 3 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
33 1956-12-09 @ RAM L, 7-31 2 3 pass Jim Mutscheller 3 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
34 1956-12-16 @ SFO L, 17-30 1 4 rush Lenny Moore 4 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
35 1956-12-16 @ SFO L, 17-30 3 31 pass Raymond Berry 31 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick)
36 1956-12-23 WAS W, 19-17 2 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush
37 1956-12-23 WAS W, 19-17 4 7 rush Lenny Moore 7 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
38 1956-12-23 WAS W, 19-17 4 53 pass Jim Mutscheller 53 yard pass from Johnny Unitas

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 CHI L, 21-28 1 6 pass Bobby Watkins 6 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
2 1956-09-30 CHI L, 21-28 3 51 punt Perry Jeter 51 yard punt return (George Blanda kick)
3 1956-09-30 CHI L, 21-28 4 42 pass Harlon Hill 42 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
4 1956-10-06 DET W, 31-14 1 11 pass Don McIlhenny 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
5 1956-10-06 DET W, 31-14 1 56 pass Dorne Dibble 56 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
6 1956-10-06 DET W, 31-14 2 7 rush Bobby Layne 7 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
7 1956-10-06 DET W, 31-14 4 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
8 1956-10-14 @ GNB W, 38-33 1 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
9 1956-10-14 @ GNB W, 38-33 2 32 pass Gary Knafelc 32 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
10 1956-10-14 @ GNB W, 38-33 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
11 1956-10-14 @ GNB W, 38-33 3 9 pass Gary Knafelc 9 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
12 1956-10-14 @ GNB W, 38-33 3 42 interception Bobby Dillon 42 yard interception return (Fred Cone kick)
13 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 2 6 rush Rick Casares 6 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 2 37 pass Harlon Hill 37 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
15 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 2 68 pass Harlon Hill 68 yard pass from Ed Brown
16 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 3 13 rush Rick Casares 13 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 3 59 interception J.C. Caroline 59 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
18 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 4 4 pass Bill McColl 4 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
19 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 4 9 pass Gene Schroeder 9 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
20 1956-10-21 @ CHI W, 58-27 4 9 pass Bill McColl 9 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
21 1956-10-28 GNB L, 21-28 1 66 pass Billy Howton 66 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
22 1956-10-28 GNB L, 21-28 3 5 rush Tobin Rote 5 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
23 1956-10-28 GNB L, 21-28 4 7 pass Billy Howton 7 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
24 1956-11-11 @ CLE L, 7-21 1 27 pass Ray Renfro 27 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Lou Groza kick)
25 1956-11-18 @ DET W, 27-3 1 5 rush Leon Hart 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
26 1956-11-18 @ DET W, 27-3 3 4 pass Dave Middleton 4 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
27 1956-11-18 @ DET W, 27-3 3 5 rush Gene Gedman 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
28 1956-11-25 RAM L, 21-56 1 103 kickoff Tommy Wilson 103 yard kickoff return (Les Richter kick)
29 1956-11-25 RAM L, 21-56 3 58 pass Bob Boyd 58 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
30 1956-11-25 RAM L, 21-56 4 9 pass Bob Boyd 9 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
31 1956-12-02 SFO W, 20-17 2 9 pass Billy Wilson 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
32 1956-12-02 SFO W, 20-17 3 4 rush Joe Perry 4 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
33 1956-12-02 SFO W, 20-17 4 77 pass Billy Wilson 77 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
34 1956-12-09 @ RAM W, 31-7 1 8 rush Joe Marconi 8 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
35 1956-12-09 @ RAM W, 31-7 1 2 rush Billy Wade 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
36 1956-12-09 @ RAM W, 31-7 4 4 rush Joe Marconi 4 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
37 1956-12-09 @ RAM W, 31-7 4 1 rush Norm Van Brocklin 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
38 1956-12-16 @ SFO W, 30-17 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
39 1956-12-16 @ SFO W, 30-17 4 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
40 1956-12-16 @ SFO W, 30-17 4 67 punt Joe Arenas 67 yard punt return (Gordie Soltau kick)
41 1956-12-16 @ SFO W, 30-17 4 17 pass Billy Wilson 17 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
42 1956-12-23 WAS L, 17-19 2 35 pass Steve Meilinger 35 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
43 1956-12-23 WAS L, 17-19 3 22 pass Tommy Runnels 22 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)