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1959 Baltimore Colts

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9-3-0, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.0, Offense: 10.6, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 374 points (31.2/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 251 points (20.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of 123 points (10.2/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 8.6-3.4.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (9-3-0)

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


Team Info

Principal Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
President/General Manager Don Kellett
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 374 4458 833 5.4 23 9 24 267 196 375 2753 33 14 6.9 148 435 1705 13 3.9 95
Team Defense 251 3899 695 5.6 49 9 12 195 171 351 2342 13 40 6.3 118 325 1557 16 4.8 65
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 3 2 7 6 8
Lg Rank Defense 7 8 1 12 3 12 10 3 1 7 1 4 10 10

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 21 9 19 339 222 117 19 334 179 155 5
2 Sat October 3 boxscore L 1-1 Chicago Bears 21 26 19 257 183 74 3 13 265 155 110 2
3 Sun October 11 boxscore W 2-1 @ Detroit Lions 31 24 20 409 245 164 3 16 292 102 190 5
4 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 7 18 330 208 122 2 18 340 237 103 6
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-1 Green Bay Packers 38 21 25 309 191 118 2 16 344 205 139 6
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-2 Cleveland Browns 31 38 28 426 381 45 3 22 397 200 197 2
7 Sun November 8 boxscore L 4-3 @ Washington Redskins 24 27 19 367 271 96 2 16 278 222 56 1
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 5-3 @ Green Bay Packers 28 24 23 509 317 192 2 22 455 237 218 3
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-3 San Francisco 49ers 45 14 29 439 168 271 3 3 133 98 35 4
10 Sun November 29 boxscore W 7-3 Los Angeles Rams 35 21 23 396 208 188 1 16 374 282 92 4
11 Sat December 5 boxscore W 8-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 34 14 25 395 260 135 1 13 254 139 115 6
12 Sat December 12 boxscore W 9-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 45 26 19 282 99 183 1 21 433 286 147 5
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 27 boxscore W 10-3 New York Giants 31 16 13 280 207 73 16 323 205 118 3

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*+ 26 QB 12 12 9-3-0 193 367 52.6% 2899 32 8.7 14 3.8 71 7.9 7.9 15.0 241.6 92.0 1 1
17 Ray Brown 23 RS 12 0 1 4 25.0% 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 3.5 3.5 14.0 1.2 41.7
24 Lenny Moore*+ 26 RH 12 0 2 3 66.7% 25 1 33.3 0 0.0 13 8.3 15.0 12.5 2.1 131.9
45 L.G. Dupre 27 4 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 26.9 12 9-3-0 196 375 52.3% 2938 33 8.8 14 3.7 71 7.8 7.9 15.0 244.8 92.1 1 1
Opp Total 12 171 351 48.7% 2497 13 3.7 40 11.4 7.1 2.73 14.6 208.1 45.1 19 155 6.3 2.2 5.1

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 26 FB 12 0 178 679 7 26 3.8 56.6 14.8 13 129 9.9 1 30 1.1 10.8 808 8 3
24 Lenny Moore*+ 26 RH 12 0 92 422 2 31 4.6 35.2 7.7 47 846 18.0 6 71 3.9 70.5 1268 8 4
26 Mike Sommer 25 8 0 61 227 2 53 3.7 28.4 7.6 7 111 15.9 0 56 0.9 13.9 338 2 1
31 Billy Pricer 25 12 0 34 128 0 16 3.8 10.7 2.8 2 3 1.5 0 4 0.2 0.3 131 0 1
19 Johnny Unitas*+ 26 QB 12 12 29 145 2 21 5.0 12.1 2.4 145 2 6
45 L.G. Dupre 27 4 0 23 54 0 21 2.3 13.5 5.8 6 47 7.8 1 18 1.5 11.8 101 1 0
25 Alex Hawkins 22 LH 11 0 12 44 0 11 3.7 4.0 1.1 44 0 0
43 Hal Lewis 24 12 0 4 2 0 2 0.5 0.2 0.3 3 54 18.0 0 25 0.3 4.5 56 0 1
17 Ray Brown 23 RS 12 0 2 4 0 3 2.0 0.3 0.2 4 0 0
82 Raymond Berry*+ 26 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 66 959 14.5 14 55 5.5 79.9 959 14 0
84 Jim Mutscheller 29 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 699 15.9 8 40 3.7 58.3 699 8 2
87 Jerry Richardson 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 81 11.6 3 15 0.6 7.4 81 3 1
86 Dave Sherer 22 P 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.8 9 0 1
Team Total 26.9 12 435 1705 13 53 3.9 142.1 36.3 196 2938 15.0 33 71 16.3 244.8 4643 46 22
Opp Total 12 325 1557 16 4.8 129.8 27.1 171 2342 13.7 13 14.3 195.2 3899 29 18

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
47 Johnny Sample 23 KR/PR/rs 12 5 22 129 0 25 5.9 17 457 0 50 26.9 586
23 Carl Taseff 31 LDH 12 0 15 104 0 25 6.9 104
26 Mike Sommer 25 8 0 8 166 0 25 20.8 504
31 Billy Pricer 25 12 0 6 66 0 25 11.0 197
43 Hal Lewis 24 12 0 2 31 0 23 15.5 87
44 Bert Rechichar 29 10 0 2 39 0 27 19.5 39
20 Milt Davis 30 RDH 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
25 Alex Hawkins 22 LH 11 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 65
79 Sherman Plunkett 26 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
66 Don Shinnick 24 RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.9 12 38 233 0 25 6.1 38 792 0 50 20.8 5668
Opp Total 12 33 1269 0 38.5 46 950 0 20.7

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
65 Steve Myhra 25 K 12 0 17 6 35.3%% 51 50 98.0%%
86 Dave Sherer 22 P 12 0 51 2132 60 0 41.8
17 Ray Brown 23 RS 12 0 2 97 55 0 48.5
44 Bert Rechichar 29 10 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 26.9 12 18 6 33.3%% 51 50 98.0%% 53 2229 60 0 42.1
Opp Total 12 22 12 54.5%% 31 29 93.5%% 50 2235 44.7

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
20 Milt Davis 30 RDH 11 0 7 119 1 57 0
80 Andy Nelson+ 26 LS 12 0 6 33 1 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Don Shinnick 24 RLB 12 0 7 70 0 23 0
19 Johnny Unitas*+ 26 QB 12 12 0 6 1 0 0
17 Ray Brown 23 RS 12 0 5 89 0 44 0 0 0 1 3 0
24 Lenny Moore*+ 26 RH 12 0 0 4 1 0 0
36 Bill Pellington 32 LLB 12 0 4 99 1 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Johnny Sample 23 KR/PR/rs 12 5 1 10 0 10 0 0 1 3 0 0
52 Dick Szymanski 27 MLB 12 12 5 24 1 15 0
76 Gene Lipscomb*+ 28 RDT 12 0 1 49 0 49 0 0 0 3 0 0
23 Carl Taseff 31 LDH 12 0 2 60 0 33 0 0 1 1 15 0
35 Alan Ameche 26 FB 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
84 Jim Mutscheller 29 RE 12 0 0 2 1 5 0
50 Buzz Nutter 28 C 12 0 0 0 3 0 0
43 Hal Lewis 24 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
86 Dave Sherer 22 P 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
70 Art Donovan 34 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 L.G. Dupre 27 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Alex Hawkins 22 LH 11 0 0 0 1 4 0
89 Gino Marchetti*+ 32 LDE 12 0 1 1 0 1 0
64 Marv Matuszak 28 11 0 1 23 0 23 0
60 George Preas 26 RT 12 0 0 0 1 5 0
31 Billy Pricer 25 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
87 Jerry Richardson 23 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
26 Mike Sommer 25 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.9 12 40 577 4 57 0 0 22 22 32 0
Opp Total 12 23 18 9

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
82 Raymond Berry*+ 26 LE 12 0 14 14 84
65 Steve Myhra 25 K 12 0 50 6 68
35 Alan Ameche 26 FB 12 0 7 1 8 48
24 Lenny Moore*+ 26 RH 12 0 2 6 8 48
84 Jim Mutscheller 29 RE 12 0 8 8 48
87 Jerry Richardson 23 11 0 3 3 18
26 Mike Sommer 25 8 0 2 2 12
19 Johnny Unitas*+ 26 QB 12 12 2 2 12
20 Milt Davis 30 RDH 11 0 1 1 6
45 L.G. Dupre 27 4 0 1 1 6
80 Andy Nelson+ 26 LS 12 0 1 1 6
36 Bill Pellington 32 LLB 12 0 1 1 6
52 Dick Szymanski 27 MLB 12 12 1 1 6
23 Carl Taseff 31 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.9 12 13 33 4 1 51 50 6 374
Opp Total 12 16 13 2 29 12 251

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-27 DET W, 21-9 3 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
2 1959-09-27 DET W, 21-9 3 18 pass Raymond Berry 18 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
3 1959-09-27 DET W, 21-9 4 40 pass Jim Mutscheller 40 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
4 1959-10-03 CHI L, 21-26 4 7 pass Raymond Berry 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
5 1959-10-03 CHI L, 21-26 4 4 pass Jim Mutscheller 4 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
6 1959-10-03 CHI L, 21-26 4 13 pass Jim Mutscheller 13 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
7 1959-10-11 @ DET W, 31-24 1 68 pass Lenny Moore 68 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
8 1959-10-11 @ DET W, 31-24 2 39 pass Jim Mutscheller 39 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
9 1959-10-11 @ DET W, 31-24 3 33 interception Andy Nelson 33 yard interception return (Steve Myhra kick)
10 1959-10-11 @ DET W, 31-24 4 53 pass Raymond Berry 53 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
11 1959-10-18 @ CHI W, 21-7 1 11 rush Alan Ameche 11 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
12 1959-10-18 @ CHI W, 21-7 4 25 pass Lenny Moore 25 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
13 1959-10-18 @ CHI W, 21-7 4 2 pass L.G. Dupre 2 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
14 1959-10-25 GNB W, 38-21 2 8 pass Raymond Berry 8 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
15 1959-10-25 GNB W, 38-21 2 3 rush Alan Ameche 3 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
16 1959-10-25 GNB W, 38-21 3 3 pass Alan Ameche 3 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
17 1959-10-25 GNB W, 38-21 3 30 interception Bill Pellington 30 yard interception return (Steve Myhra kick)
18 1959-10-25 GNB W, 38-21 3 2 pass Raymond Berry 2 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
19 1959-11-01 CLE L, 31-38 2 3 pass Lenny Moore 3 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
20 1959-11-01 CLE L, 31-38 3 8 pass Jerry Richardson 8 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
21 1959-11-01 CLE L, 31-38 4 10 pass Raymond Berry 10 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
22 1959-11-01 CLE L, 31-38 4 5 pass Jim Mutscheller 5 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
23 1959-11-08 @ WAS L, 24-27 3 19 pass Jim Mutscheller 19 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
24 1959-11-08 @ WAS L, 24-27 4 4 pass Jim Mutscheller 4 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
25 1959-11-08 @ WAS L, 24-27 4 12 pass Jerry Richardson 12 yard pass from Lenny Moore (Steve Myhra kick)
26 1959-11-15 @ GNB W, 28-24 1 26 rush Lenny Moore 26 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
27 1959-11-15 @ GNB W, 28-24 2 7 pass Raymond Berry 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
28 1959-11-15 @ GNB W, 28-24 2 10 pass Raymond Berry 10 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
29 1959-11-15 @ GNB W, 28-24 4 24 pass Jim Mutscheller 24 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
30 1959-11-22 SFO W, 45-14 2 1 rush Johnny Unitas 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
31 1959-11-22 SFO W, 45-14 2 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
32 1959-11-22 SFO W, 45-14 2 21 pass Raymond Berry 21 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
33 1959-11-22 SFO W, 45-14 3 3 pass Lenny Moore 3 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
34 1959-11-22 SFO W, 45-14 4 31 rush Lenny Moore 31 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
35 1959-11-22 SFO W, 45-14 4 2 rush Alan Ameche 2 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
36 1959-11-29 RAM W, 35-21 1 7 rush Alan Ameche 7 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
37 1959-11-29 RAM W, 35-21 1 3 rush Mike Sommer 3 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
38 1959-11-29 RAM W, 35-21 2 55 pass Raymond Berry 55 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
39 1959-11-29 RAM W, 35-21 2 12 rush Alan Ameche 12 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
40 1959-11-29 RAM W, 35-21 3 17 pass Lenny Moore 17 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
41 1959-12-05 @ SFO W, 34-14 1 7 pass Raymond Berry 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
42 1959-12-05 @ SFO W, 34-14 2 57 interception Milt Davis 57 yard interception return (Steve Myhra kick)
43 1959-12-05 @ SFO W, 34-14 3 12 rush Johnny Unitas 12 yard rush
44 1959-12-05 @ SFO W, 34-14 4 13 pass Raymond Berry 13 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
45 1959-12-05 @ SFO W, 34-14 4 64 pass Lenny Moore 64 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
46 1959-12-12 @ RAM W, 45-26 1 53 rush Mike Sommer 53 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
47 1959-12-12 @ RAM W, 45-26 2 7 pass Raymond Berry 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
48 1959-12-12 @ RAM W, 45-26 3 11 pass Raymond Berry 11 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
49 1959-12-12 @ RAM W, 45-26 4 9 pass Jerry Richardson 9 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
50 1959-12-12 @ RAM W, 45-26 4 15 interception Dick Szymanski 15 yard interception return (Steve Myhra kick)
51 1959-12-12 @ RAM W, 45-26 4 99 field goal Carl Taseff 99 yard field goal return (Steve Myhra kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-27 DET L, 9-21 3 7 rush Dan Lewis 7 yard rush
2 1959-10-03 CHI W, 26-21 1 33 interception Richie Petitbon 33 yard interception return
3 1959-10-03 CHI W, 26-21 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
4 1959-10-03 CHI W, 26-21 2 35 pass Harlon Hill 35 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
5 1959-10-11 @ DET L, 24-31 2 14 pass Howard Cassady 14 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Wayne Walker kick)
6 1959-10-11 @ DET L, 24-31 2 18 pass Howard Cassady 18 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Wayne Walker kick)
7 1959-10-11 @ DET L, 24-31 3 4 pass Howard Cassady 4 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Wayne Walker kick)
8 1959-10-18 @ CHI L, 7-21 3 30 rush Willie Galimore 30 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
9 1959-10-25 GNB L, 21-38 2 55 rush Lew Carpenter 55 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
10 1959-10-25 GNB L, 21-38 3 81 pass Max McGee 81 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Paul Hornung kick)
11 1959-10-25 GNB L, 21-38 4 4 pass Boyd Dowler 4 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Paul Hornung kick)
12 1959-11-01 CLE W, 38-31 2 70 rush Jim Brown 70 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
13 1959-11-01 CLE W, 38-31 2 17 rush Jim Brown 17 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
14 1959-11-01 CLE W, 38-31 3 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
15 1959-11-01 CLE W, 38-31 3 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
16 1959-11-01 CLE W, 38-31 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1959-11-08 @ WAS W, 27-24 2 19 pass Joe Walton 19 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
18 1959-11-08 @ WAS W, 27-24 4 22 pass Joe Walton 22 yard pass from Ed Sutton (Sam Baker kick)
19 1959-11-08 @ WAS W, 27-24 4 17 pass Bill Anderson 17 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
20 1959-11-15 @ GNB L, 24-28 3 2 rush Jim Taylor 2 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
21 1959-11-15 @ GNB L, 24-28 3 20 pass Jim Taylor 20 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
22 1959-11-15 @ GNB L, 24-28 4 3 rush Jim Taylor 3 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
23 1959-11-22 SFO L, 14-45 2 4 rush Joe Perry 4 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
24 1959-11-22 SFO L, 14-45 3 30 interception Jerry Mertens 30 yard interception return (Tommy Davis kick)
25 1959-11-29 RAM L, 21-35 2 72 pass Del Shofner 72 yard pass from Billy Wade (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1959-11-29 RAM L, 21-35 2 2 rush Billy Wade 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1959-11-29 RAM L, 21-35 3 7 pass Tommy Wilson 7 yard pass from Billy Wade (Lou Michaels kick)
28 1959-12-05 @ SFO L, 14-34 2 66 rush J.D. Smith 66 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
29 1959-12-05 @ SFO L, 14-34 4 21 pass Hugh McElhenny 21 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Tommy Davis kick)
30 1959-12-12 @ RAM L, 26-45 1 1 rush Joe Marconi 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
31 1959-12-12 @ RAM L, 26-45 3 27 rush Jon Arnett 27 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)