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1961 Baltimore Colts

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.1, Offense: 0.9, Defense: 0.3, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (21.6/g), 7th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 307 points (21.9/g), 10th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.4/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 6.9-7.1.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (8-6-0)

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 302 4922 921 5.3 42 13 15 274 232 438 2803 17 29 6.0 135 456 2119 17 4.6 124
Team Defense 307 3782 820 4.6 24 8 14 232 161 351 1913 18 16 4.8 110 418 1869 17 4.5 108
Lg Rank Offense 7 2 9 4 2 1 3 10 13 8 5 3 3 4
Lg Rank Defense 10 1 14 14 6 3 1 4 14 1 7 10 11 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 Los Angeles Rams 27 24 19 326 113 213 2 21 308 123 185 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 Detroit Lions 15 16 7 186 103 83 4 15 248 64 184 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 Minnesota Vikings 34 33 16 366 284 82 5 21 261 137 124
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 7 45 18 289 136 153 8 25 357 146 211 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 @ Chicago Bears 10 24 20 362 256 106 1 14 284 194 90 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 3-3 @ Detroit Lions 17 14 18 313 225 88 4 11 208 132 76 1
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 3-4 Chicago Bears 20 21 19 372 292 80 2 17 341 199 142 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 4-4 Green Bay Packers 45 21 29 407 218 189 3 10 225 64 161 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 4-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 20 28 21 354 138 216 2 19 275 116 159 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 5-5 St. Louis Cardinals 16 0 24 406 227 179 1 8 129 49 80 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 6-5 @ Washington Redskins 27 6 20 415 208 207 4 7 97 63 34 3
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 7-5 San Francisco 49ers 20 17 18 346 192 154 3 17 309 161 148 3
13 Sat December 9 boxscore L 7-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 34 24 414 142 272 2 22 385 203 182
14 Sat December 16 boxscore W 8-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 27 24 21 366 269 97 1 25 355 262 93 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* 28 QB 14 14 8-6-0 229 420 54.5% 2990 16 3.8 24 5.7 72 7.1 5.3 13.1 213.6 66.1 3 4
14 Lamar McHan 29 7 0 3 15 20.0% 28 1 6.7 4 26.7 17 1.9 -8.8 9.3 4.0 22.2
24 Lenny Moore*+ 28 FL 13 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0
40 Bobby Boyd 24 LCB/PR 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 27.0 14 8-6-0 232 438 53.0% 3018 17 3.9 29 6.6 72 6.9 4.7 13.0 215.6 60.3 3 4
Opp Total 14 161 351 45.9% 2320 18 5.1 16 4.6 6.6 5.58 14.4 165.7 65.9 51 407 4.8 3.9 12.7

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
34 Joe Perry 34 FB 13 0 168 675 3 27 4.0 51.9 12.9 34 322 9.5 1 27 2.6 24.8 997 4 3
24 Lenny Moore*+ 28 FL 13 0 92 648 7 54 7.0 49.8 7.1 49 728 14.9 8 72 3.8 56.0 1376 15 1
25 Alex Hawkins 24 HB 11 0 86 379 4 39 4.4 34.5 7.8 20 158 7.9 1 22 1.8 14.4 537 5 3
19 Johnny Unitas* 28 QB 14 14 54 190 2 18 3.5 13.6 3.9 190 2 9
32 Mark Smolinski 22 14 0 31 98 0 14 3.2 7.0 2.2 9 100 11.1 1 25 0.6 7.1 198 1 3
27 Tom Matte 22 8 0 13 54 0 11 4.2 6.8 1.6 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 1.0 62 0 0
26 Mike Sommer 27 4 0 6 10 0 9 1.7 2.5 1.5 1 31 31.0 0 31 0.3 7.8 41 0 0
14 Lamar McHan 29 7 0 4 1 0 7 0.3 0.1 0.6 1 0 0
45 Jerry Hill 22 1 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 4.0 1.0 4 0 0
46 Jim Welch 23 14 0 1 60 1 60 60.0 4.3 0.1 60 1 0
82 Raymond Berry* 28 SE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 75 873 11.6 0 44 6.3 72.8 873 0 0
84 Jim Mutscheller 31 TE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 370 18.5 2 45 1.7 30.8 370 2 0
28 Jimmy Orr 26 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 357 19.8 4 64 1.4 27.5 357 4 0
85 Dee Mackey 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 66 16.5 0 19 0.3 4.7 66 0 0
52 Dick Szymanski 29 C 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 5 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 456 2119 17 60 4.6 151.4 32.6 232 3018 13.0 17 72 16.6 215.6 5137 34 21
Opp Total 14 418 1869 17 4.5 133.5 29.9 161 1913 11.9 18 11.5 136.6 3782 35 19

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
43 Lenny Lyles 25 KR 14 0 28 672 0 64 24.0 672
40 Bobby Boyd 24 LCB/PR 14 0 18 173 0 46 9.6 173
20 Bob Harrison 23 RS 13 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 11 250 0 34 22.7 266
23 Carl Taseff 33 7 0 5 39 0 23 7.8 39
46 Jim Welch 23 14 0 5 146 0 50 29.2 206
25 Alex Hawkins 24 HB 11 0 4 20 0 9 5.0 557
80 Andy Nelson 28 LS 14 0 4 19 0 12 4.8 19
32 Mark Smolinski 22 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 3 27 0 23 9.0 227
27 Tom Matte 22 8 0 2 50 0 30 25.0 112
88 Ken Gregory 24 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
72 Joe Lewis 25 11 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
85 Dee Mackey 27 14 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 72
64 Marv Matuszak 30 mlb 14 5 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 27.0 14 33 269 0 46 8.2 53 1182 0 64 22.3 6588
Opp Total 14 17 248 1 14.6 57 1552 0 27.2

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 27 K 14 0 39 21 53.8%% 34 33 97.1%%
73 Tom Gilburg 23 P 14 0 42 1804 61 0 43.0
Team Total 27.0 14 39 21 53.8%% 34 33 97.1%% 42 1804 61 0 43.0
Opp Total 14 26 16 61.5%% 37 37 100.0%% 64 2650 41.4

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
19 Johnny Unitas* 28 QB 14 14 0 9 2 0 0
25 Alex Hawkins 24 HB 11 0 0 3 2 0 0
66 Don Shinnick 26 RLB 14 0 2 15 0 15 0 0 0 3 0 0
47 Gary Glick 31 RCB 11 0 4 18 0 10 0
20 Bob Harrison 23 RS 13 0 3 43 0 27 0
36 Bill Pellington 34 MLB 14 0 3 9 0 4 0
34 Joe Perry 34 FB 13 0 0 3 0 0 0
32 Mark Smolinski 22 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
40 Bobby Boyd 24 LCB/PR 14 0 2 0 0 0 0
55 Jackie Burkett 25 LLB 14 0 1 23 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 Lenny Lyles 25 KR 14 0 0 1 1 4 0
23 Carl Taseff 33 7 0 1 15 0 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Ordell Braase 29 RDE 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Wiley Feagin 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Gino Marchetti*+ 34 LDE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
24 Lenny Moore*+ 28 FL 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
60 George Preas 28 RT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Palmer Pyle 24 LG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Billy Ray Sr. Smith 26 RDT 14 0 0 0 1 6 0
52 Dick Szymanski 29 C 14 0 0 0 1 4 0
Team Total 27.0 14 16 123 0 27 0 0 21 16 14 0 1
Opp Total 14 27 19 11

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
65 Steve Myhra 27 K 14 0 33 21 96
24 Lenny Moore*+ 28 FL 13 0 7 8 15 90
25 Alex Hawkins 24 HB 11 0 4 1 5 30
28 Jimmy Orr 26 13 0 4 4 24
34 Joe Perry 34 FB 13 0 3 1 4 24
84 Jim Mutscheller 31 TE 12 0 2 2 12
19 Johnny Unitas* 28 QB 14 14 2 2 12
32 Mark Smolinski 22 14 0 1 1 6
46 Jim Welch 23 14 0 1 1 6
89 Gino Marchetti*+ 34 LDE 14 0 1 2
Team Total 27.0 14 17 17 34 33 21 1 302
Opp Total 14 17 18 1 1 37 16 307

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 RAM W, 27-24 1 38 rush Lenny Moore 38 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
2 1961-09-17 RAM W, 27-24 2 2 pass Lenny Moore 2 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
3 1961-09-17 RAM W, 27-24 3 8 rush Johnny Unitas 8 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
4 1961-09-24 DET L, 15-16 4 8 pass Lenny Moore 8 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
5 1961-10-01 MIN W, 34-33 1 72 pass Lenny Moore 72 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
6 1961-10-01 MIN W, 34-33 2 4 rush Lenny Moore 4 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
7 1961-10-01 MIN W, 34-33 3 17 pass Lenny Moore 17 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Steve Myhra kick)
8 1961-10-01 MIN W, 34-33 4 23 pass Lenny Moore 23 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
9 1961-10-08 @ GNB L, 7-45 2 1 rush Lenny Moore 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
10 1961-10-15 @ CHI L, 10-24 2 7 rush Johnny Unitas 7 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
11 1961-10-22 @ DET W, 17-14 2 9 rush Lenny Moore 9 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
12 1961-10-22 @ DET W, 17-14 4 1 rush Lenny Moore 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
13 1961-10-29 CHI L, 20-21 1 21 pass Joe Perry 21 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
14 1961-10-29 CHI L, 20-21 2 68 pass Lenny Moore 68 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
15 1961-10-29 CHI L, 20-21 3 1 rush Alex Hawkins 1 yard rush
16 1961-11-05 GNB W, 45-21 1 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
17 1961-11-05 GNB W, 45-21 2 4 pass Alex Hawkins 4 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
18 1961-11-05 GNB W, 45-21 2 38 pass Lenny Moore 38 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
19 1961-11-05 GNB W, 45-21 3 19 pass Jimmy Orr 19 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
20 1961-11-05 GNB W, 45-21 4 4 pass Jimmy Orr 4 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
21 1961-11-05 GNB W, 45-21 4 15 rush Joe Perry 15 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
22 1961-11-12 @ MIN L, 20-28 2 2 rush Alex Hawkins 2 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
23 1961-11-12 @ MIN L, 20-28 2 3 rush Lenny Moore 3 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
24 1961-11-19 STL W, 16-0 1 17 pass Lenny Moore 17 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
25 1961-11-26 @ WAS W, 27-6 1 10 pass Jim Mutscheller 10 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
26 1961-11-26 @ WAS W, 27-6 1 2 rush Alex Hawkins 2 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
27 1961-11-26 @ WAS W, 27-6 3 54 rush Lenny Moore 54 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
28 1961-12-03 SFO W, 20-17 1 1 rush Alex Hawkins 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
29 1961-12-03 SFO W, 20-17 4 41 pass Jimmy Orr 41 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
30 1961-12-09 @ RAM L, 17-34 1 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
31 1961-12-09 @ RAM L, 17-34 3 60 rush Jim Welch 60 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
32 1961-12-16 @ SFO W, 27-24 2 19 pass Mark Smolinski 19 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
33 1961-12-16 @ SFO W, 27-24 2 25 pass Jim Mutscheller 25 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
34 1961-12-16 @ SFO W, 27-24 3 20 pass Jimmy Orr 20 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 RAM L, 24-27 1 5 rush Zeke Bratkowski 5 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
2 1961-09-17 RAM L, 24-27 2 52 pass Carroll Dale 52 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
3 1961-09-17 RAM L, 24-27 2 32 pass Duane Allen 32 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
4 1961-09-24 DET W, 16-15 3 28 pass Terry Barr 28 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
5 1961-10-01 MIN L, 33-34 2 7 pass A.D. Williams 7 yard pass from George Shaw (Mike Mercer kick)
6 1961-10-01 MIN L, 33-34 3 23 pass Jerry Reichow 23 yard pass from George Shaw (Mike Mercer kick)
7 1961-10-01 MIN L, 33-34 4 4 rush Ray Hayes 4 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
8 1961-10-08 @ GNB W, 45-7 1 54 rush Paul Hornung 54 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
9 1961-10-08 @ GNB W, 45-7 2 1 rush Paul Hornung 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
10 1961-10-08 @ GNB W, 45-7 3 8 pass Paul Hornung 8 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
11 1961-10-08 @ GNB W, 45-7 3 1 rush Paul Hornung 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
12 1961-10-08 @ GNB W, 45-7 4 72 punt Willie Wood 72 yard punt return (Paul Hornung kick)
13 1961-10-08 @ GNB W, 45-7 4 3 rush Jim Taylor 3 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
14 1961-10-15 @ CHI W, 24-10 2 8 pass Johnny Morris 8 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
15 1961-10-15 @ CHI W, 24-10 4 84 pass Willie Galimore 84 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
16 1961-10-15 @ CHI W, 24-10 4 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
17 1961-10-22 @ DET L, 14-17 3 45 pass Gail Cogdill 45 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Wayne Walker kick)
18 1961-10-22 @ DET L, 14-17 3 35 pass Gail Cogdill 35 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Wayne Walker kick)
19 1961-10-29 CHI W, 21-20 2 19 pass Mike Ditka 19 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
20 1961-10-29 CHI W, 21-20 3 41 pass Johnny Morris 41 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
21 1961-10-29 CHI W, 21-20 4 5 rush Rick Casares 5 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
22 1961-11-05 GNB L, 21-45 1 21 rush Bart Starr 21 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
23 1961-11-05 GNB L, 21-45 2 17 rush Paul Hornung 17 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
24 1961-11-05 GNB L, 21-45 4 41 interception Jesse Whittenton 41 yard interception return (Paul Hornung kick)
25 1961-11-12 @ MIN W, 28-20 1 1 rush Mel Triplett 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
26 1961-11-12 @ MIN W, 28-20 2 1 rush Hugh McElhenny 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
27 1961-11-12 @ MIN W, 28-20 3 57 pass Dave Middleton 57 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
28 1961-11-12 @ MIN W, 28-20 4 1 rush Fran Tarkenton 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
29 1961-12-03 SFO L, 17-20 2 15 pass Monty Stickles 15 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
30 1961-12-03 SFO L, 17-20 4 3 rush J.D. Smith 3 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
31 1961-12-09 @ RAM W, 34-17 1 3 rush Dick Bass 3 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
32 1961-12-09 @ RAM W, 34-17 3 68 pass Carroll Dale 68 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
33 1961-12-09 @ RAM W, 34-17 4 8 pass Joe Marconi 8 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
34 1961-12-09 @ RAM W, 34-17 4 6 rush Joe Marconi 6 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
35 1961-12-16 @ SFO L, 24-27 1 35 pass R.C. Owens 35 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
36 1961-12-16 @ SFO L, 24-27 3 8 rush John Brodie 8 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
37 1961-12-16 @ SFO L, 24-27 4 20 pass R.C. Owens 20 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)