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1971 Baltimore Colts

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.4, Offense: 2.0, Defense: 8.5, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 313 points (22.4/g), 5th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 140 points (10.0/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 173 points (12.4/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.2-1.8.

Coach: Don McCafferty (10-4-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
General Manager Don Klosterman
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 313 4071 883 4.6 32 11 15 242 176 344 1922 10 21 5.2 104 512 2149 23 4.2 123
Team Defense 140 2852 746 3.8 41 13 11 166 185 361 1739 9 28 4.4 95 352 1113 8 3.2 60
Lg Rank Offense 5 12 8 2 6 17 21 24 13 19 2 5 2 10
Lg Rank Defense 2 1 6 19 1 16 2 1 2 3 1 1 5 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 New York Jets 22 0 16 319 66 253 1 7 118 75 43
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 Cleveland Browns 13 14 12 178 41 137 8 18 267 149 118 4
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-1 @ New England Patriots 23 3 24 358 222 136 2 9 151 62 89 1
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-1 @ Buffalo Bills 43 0 19 401 187 214 3 4 49 45 4 6
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-1 @ New York Giants 31 7 19 363 122 241 15 251 164 87 5
6 Mon October 25 boxscore L 4-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 3 10 16 276 147 129 3 9 153 86 67 1
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 21 19 383 312 71 2 14 181 155 26 2
8 Mon November 8 boxscore W 6-2 Los Angeles Rams 24 17 17 249 94 155 2 12 262 154 108 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-2 @ New York Jets 14 13 15 189 70 119 3 9 188 113 75 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 7-3 @ Miami Dolphins 14 17 14 268 168 100 3 16 249 81 168 1
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 8-3 @ Oakland Raiders 37 14 19 306 96 210 1 20 311 246 65 6
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 9-3 Buffalo Bills 24 0 16 310 130 180 2 8 182 106 76 6
13 Sat December 11 boxscore W 10-3 Miami Dolphins 14 3 19 225 121 104 14 247 151 96 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 10-4 New England Patriots 17 21 17 246 146 100 2 11 243 152 91 2
Playoffs
Division Sun December 26 boxscore W 11-4 @ Cleveland Browns 20 3 16 271 143 128 3 11 165 96 69 5
ConfChamp Sun January 2 boxscore L 11-5 @ Miami Dolphins 0 21 16 298 209 89 3 13 286 142 144 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
19 Johnny Unitas 38 qb 13 5 3-2-0 92 176 52.3% 942 3 1.7 9 5.1 35 5.4 3.4 10.2 72.5 52.3 15 129 4.26 2.45 7.9
15 Earl Morrall 37 QB 14 9 7-2-0 84 167 50.3% 1210 7 4.2 12 7.2 64 7.2 4.9 14.4 86.4 58.2 11 89 6.30 4.05 6.2 1 0
41 Tom Matte 32 RB 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 12 -6.00 -6.00 50.0
Team Total 26.6 14 10-4-0 176 344 51.2% 2152 10 2.9 21 6.1 64 6.3 4.1 12.2 153.7 55.0 27 230 5.18 3.17 7.3 1 0
Opp Total 14 185 361 51.2% 2027 9 2.5 28 7.8 5.6 2.62 11.0 144.8 44.2 33 288 4.4 1.7 8.4

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
41 Tom Matte 32 RB 14 14 173 607 8 26 3.5 43.4 12.4 29 239 8.2 0 34 2.1 17.1 846 8 4
36 Norm Bulaich* 25 FB 13 12 152 741 8 67 4.9 57.0 11.7 25 229 9.2 2 30 1.9 17.6 970 10 4
48 Don Nottingham 22 14 2 95 388 5 36 4.1 27.7 6.8 15 88 5.9 0 35 1.1 6.3 476 5 2
23 Don McCauley 22 13 0 58 246 2 19 4.2 18.9 4.5 3 6 2.0 0 8 0.2 0.5 252 2 0
19 Johnny Unitas 38 qb 13 5 9 5 0 3 0.6 0.4 0.7 5 0 3
15 Earl Morrall 37 QB 14 9 6 13 0 16 2.2 0.9 0.4 13 0 3
27 Ray Perkins 30 WR 14 14 5 35 0 18 7.0 2.5 0.4 24 424 17.7 4 64 1.7 30.3 459 4 0
33 Eddie Hinton 24 WR 14 11 4 56 0 30 14.0 4.0 0.3 25 436 17.4 2 33 1.8 31.1 492 2 0
88 John Mackey 30 14 5 3 18 0 9 6.0 1.3 0.2 11 143 13.0 0 28 0.8 10.2 161 0 1
84 Tom Mitchell 27 TE 14 9 2 9 0 13 4.5 0.6 0.1 33 402 12.2 0 35 2.4 28.7 411 0 0
87 Willie Richardson 32 12 3 2 27 0 24 13.5 2.3 0.2 10 173 17.3 2 49 0.8 14.4 200 2 0
42 Charlie Pittman 23 KR 10 0 2 3 0 3 1.5 0.3 0.2 3 0 2
34 Tom Nowatzke 29 14 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
17 Sam Havrilak 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 0.9 12 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 512 2149 23 67 4.2 153.5 36.6 176 2152 12.2 10 64 12.6 153.7 4301 33 26
Opp Total 14 352 1113 8 3.2 79.5 25.1 185 1739 9.4 9 13.2 124.2 2852 17 22

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
21 Rick Volk*+ 26 FS/PR 14 14 22 118 0 18 5.4 118
42 Charlie Pittman 23 KR 10 0 14 330 0 37 23.6 333
46 Lenny Dunlap 22 4 0 8 112 0 57 14.0 1 28 0 28 28.0 140
25 Tom Curtis 24 14 0 7 15 0 10 2.1 1 0 0 0 0.0 15
23 Don McCauley 22 13 0 8 194 0 29 24.3 446
35 Jim Duncan 25 RCB 11 10 3 102 0 54 34.0 102
44 Rex Kern 22 14 4 3 19 0 7 6.3 19
30 Ron Gardin 27 1 0 2 75 0 65 37.5 75
20 Jerry Logan* 30 SS 14 14 1 12 0 12 12.0 1 16 0 16 16.0 28
41 Tom Matte 32 RB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 846
84 Tom Mitchell 27 TE 14 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 411
34 Tom Nowatzke 29 14 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 2
47 Charlie Stukes 28 LCB 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Team Total 26.6 14 43 351 0 65 8.2 32 679 0 54 21.2 5331
Opp Total 14 40 267 0 6.7 62 1345 0 21.7

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
80 Jim O'Brien 24 K 14 0 4 4 9 8 4 3 11 5 2 1 29 20 69.0%% 36 35 97.2%%
49 David Lee 28 P 14 0 62 2542 76 0 41.0
Team Total 26.6 14 4 4 9 8 4 3 11 5 2 1 29 20 69.0%% 36 35 97.2%% 62 2542 76 0 41.0
Opp Total 14 18 5 27.8%% 18 17 94.4%% 88 3423 38.9

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
47 Charlie Stukes 28 LCB 14 14 8 95 0 40 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 Rick Volk*+ 26 FS/PR 14 14 4 36 0 21 0 0 1 2 0 0
83 Ted Hendricks*+ 24 RLB 14 14 5 70 0 40 0 0 0 1 31 1
36 Norm Bulaich* 25 FB 13 12 0 4 1 0 0
41 Tom Matte 32 RB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
48 Don Nottingham 22 14 2 0 2 3 0 0
20 Jerry Logan* 30 SS 14 14 4 28 0 23 0
15 Earl Morrall 37 QB 14 9 0 3 1 0 0
81 Billy Newsome 23 LDT 14 14 2 19 1 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
19 Johnny Unitas 38 qb 13 5 0 3 1 -2 0
32 Mike Curtis* 28 MLB 13 12 3 44 0 31 0
56 Ray May 26 LLB 14 14 1 46 0 46 0 0 0 2 8 0
57 Ken Mendenhall 23 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
25 Tom Curtis 24 14 0 0 1 1 14 0
35 Jim Duncan 25 RCB 11 10 0 2 0 0 0
46 Lenny Dunlap 22 4 0 0 1 1 -1 0
88 John Mackey 30 14 5 0 1 1 5 0
68 Dennis Nelson 25 RT 14 2 0 0 2 0 0
42 Charlie Pittman 23 KR 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
79 Jim Bailey 23 13 1 0 0 1 8 0
17 Sam Havrilak 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Roy Hilton 28 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
44 Rex Kern 22 14 4 0 1 0 0 0
23 Don McCauley 22 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Tom Nowatzke 29 14 0 1 29 0 29 0
62 Glenn Ressler 28 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 28 367 1 46 0 0 26 27 63 1
Opp Total 14 27 22 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
80 Jim O'Brien 24 K 14 0 35 20 95
36 Norm Bulaich* 25 FB 13 12 8 2 10 60
41 Tom Matte 32 RB 14 14 8 8 48
48 Don Nottingham 22 14 2 5 1 6 36
27 Ray Perkins 30 WR 14 14 4 4 24
33 Eddie Hinton 24 WR 14 11 2 2 12
23 Don McCauley 22 13 0 2 2 12
87 Willie Richardson 32 12 3 2 2 12
83 Ted Hendricks*+ 24 RLB 14 14 1 1 6
81 Billy Newsome 23 LDT 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 14 23 10 1 1 1 36 35 20 1 311
Opp Total 14 8 9 1 17 5 140

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 NYJ W, 22-0 1 1 rush Tom Matte 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
2 1971-09-19 NYJ W, 22-0 2 67 rush Norm Bulaich 67 yard rush
3 1971-09-26 CLE L, 13-14 4 20 blocked punt Don Nottingham 20 yard blocked punt return (Jim O'Brien kick)
4 1971-10-03 @ NWE W, 23-3 1 2 rush Tom Matte 2 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ NWE W, 23-3 1 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
6 1971-10-10 @ BUF W, 43-0 1 30 pass Norm Bulaich 30 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
7 1971-10-10 @ BUF W, 43-0 1 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ BUF W, 43-0 4 36 rush Don Nottingham 36 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
9 1971-10-10 @ BUF W, 43-0 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
10 1971-10-10 @ BUF W, 43-0 4 3 rush Don McCauley 3 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
11 1971-10-17 @ NYG W, 31-7 2 34 rush Norm Bulaich 34 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
12 1971-10-17 @ NYG W, 31-7 2 27 pass Norm Bulaich 27 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
13 1971-10-17 @ NYG W, 31-7 2 10 pass Ray Perkins 10 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
14 1971-10-17 @ NYG W, 31-7 3 9 pass Ray Perkins 9 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
15 1971-10-31 PIT W, 34-21 1 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
16 1971-10-31 PIT W, 34-21 2 19 pass Willie Richardson 19 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
17 1971-10-31 PIT W, 34-21 2 49 pass Willie Richardson 49 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
18 1971-10-31 PIT W, 34-21 3 60 pass Ray Perkins 60 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
19 1971-11-08 RAM W, 24-17 2 4 rush Tom Matte 4 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
20 1971-11-08 RAM W, 24-17 4 31 fumble Ted Hendricks 31 yard fumble return (Jim O'Brien kick)
21 1971-11-08 RAM W, 24-17 4 23 rush Tom Matte 23 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
22 1971-11-14 @ NYJ W, 14-13 3 2 rush Don Nottingham 2 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
23 1971-11-14 @ NYJ W, 14-13 3 10 rush Tom Matte 10 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
24 1971-11-21 @ MIA L, 14-17 1 4 rush Don Nottingham 4 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
25 1971-11-21 @ MIA L, 14-17 3 4 rush Norm Bulaich 4 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
26 1971-11-28 @ OAK W, 37-14 1 3 rush Norm Bulaich 3 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
27 1971-11-28 @ OAK W, 37-14 2 10 rush Tom Matte 10 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
28 1971-11-28 @ OAK W, 37-14 3 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
29 1971-11-28 @ OAK W, 37-14 4 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
30 1971-12-05 BUF W, 24-0 3 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
31 1971-12-05 BUF W, 24-0 3 5 pass Ray Perkins 5 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
32 1971-12-05 BUF W, 24-0 4 19 interception Billy Newsome 19 yard interception return (Jim O'Brien kick)
33 1971-12-11 MIA W, 14-3 1 7 rush Tom Matte 7 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
34 1971-12-11 MIA W, 14-3 2 1 rush Tom Matte 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
35 1971-12-19 NWE L, 17-21 3 31 pass Eddie Hinton 31 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
36 1971-12-19 NWE L, 17-21 4 13 pass Eddie Hinton 13 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-26 CLE W, 14-13 2 3 rush Leroy Kelly 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1971-09-26 CLE W, 14-13 4 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1971-10-17 @ NYG L, 7-31 1 7 rush Fran Tarkenton 7 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
4 1971-10-25 @ MIN W, 10-3 1 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
5 1971-10-31 PIT L, 21-34 2 3 rush Terry Bradshaw 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1971-10-31 PIT L, 21-34 3 31 pass Ron Shanklin 31 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1971-10-31 PIT L, 21-34 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1971-11-08 RAM L, 17-24 2 12 pass Les Josephson 12 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
9 1971-11-08 RAM L, 17-24 4 36 pass Matt Maslowski 36 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
10 1971-11-14 @ NYJ L, 13-14 2 1 rush Bob Davis 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1971-11-14 @ NYJ L, 13-14 4 16 pass Rich Caster 16 yard pass from Bob Davis
12 1971-11-21 @ MIA W, 17-14 3 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1971-11-21 @ MIA W, 17-14 3 10 pass Marv Fleming 10 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1971-11-28 @ OAK L, 14-37 4 18 pass Fred Biletnikoff 18 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
15 1971-11-28 @ OAK L, 14-37 4 4 pass Fred Biletnikoff 4 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
16 1971-12-19 NWE W, 21-17 2 1 pass Randy Vataha 1 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
17 1971-12-19 NWE W, 21-17 2 60 interception John Outlaw 60 yard interception return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
18 1971-12-19 NWE W, 21-17 4 88 pass Randy Vataha 88 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)