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1977 Baltimore Colts

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10-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.0, Offense: 3.6, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 295 points (21.1/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 221 points (15.8/g), 11th.
 Differential of 74 points (5.3/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-4.7.

Coach: Ted Marchibroda (10-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Maxie Baughan

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
 Training Camp: Goucher College (Towson, Maryland)

Team Info

Principal Owner Robert Irsay
General Manager Dick Szymanski
Offensive Scheme Run-and-Shoot
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 295 4588 987 4.6 26 14 22 269 224 395 2465 17 12 5.9 136 566 2123 17 3.8 111
Team Defense 221 3988 852 4.7 47 17 16 210 181 382 2190 10 30 5.1 116 423 1798 11 4.3 78
Lg Rank Offense 6 6 4 8 5 2 3 8 3 6 7 9 8 17
Lg Rank Defense 11 17 3 9 6 26 21 3 2 13 2 9 10 24

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 29 14 23 426 220 206 1 16 255 151 104 4
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-0 @ New York Jets 20 12 15 214 62 152 1 14 212 132 80 2
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 3-0 Buffalo Bills 17 14 22 309 154 155 1 18 302 225 77 5
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 4-0 Miami Dolphins 45 28 19 397 190 207 1 16 395 213 182 4
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 5-0 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 6 16 241 80 161 1 13 219 117 102 4
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 5-1 @ New England Patriots 3 17 8 86 11 75 20 370 201 169 2
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 6-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 31 21 22 318 158 160 18 383 219 164 6
8 Mon November 7 boxscore W 7-1 Washington Redskins 10 3 21 353 163 190 2 13 206 113 93 2
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 8-1 @ Buffalo Bills 31 13 18 316 171 145 4 12 206 120 86 5
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 9-1 New York Jets 33 12 21 455 315 140 6 13 296 185 111 6
11 Sun November 27 boxscore L 9-2 @ Denver Broncos 13 27 23 330 240 90 3 11 317 143 174 2
12 Mon December 5 boxscore L 9-3 @ Miami Dolphins 6 17 17 311 189 122 2 17 352 145 207 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 9-4 Detroit Lions 10 13 20 349 201 148 4 12 205 122 83 1
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 10-4 New England Patriots 30 24 24 483 311 172 17 270 104 166 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 24 boxscore L OT 10-5 Oakland Raiders 31 37 22 301 114 187 28 491 324 167 4

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
7 Bert Jones 26 QB 14 14 10-4-0 224 393 57.0% 2686 17 4.3 11 2.8 78 6.8 6.4 12.0 191.9 80.8 26 221 5.88 5.51 6.2 1 2
12 Bill Troup 26 14 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -22.50 0.0
Team Total 26.7 14 10-4-0 224 395 56.7% 2686 17 4.3 12 3.0 78 6.8 6.3 12.0 191.9 79.4 26 221 5.86 5.38 6.2 1 2
Opp Total 14 181 382 47.4% 2549 10 2.6 30 7.9 6.7 3.66 14.1 182.1 45.4 47 359 5.1 2.4 11.0

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
26 Lydell Mitchell* 28 RB 14 14 301 1159 3 64 3.9 82.8 21.5 71 620 8.7 4 38 5.1 44.3 1779 7 5
34 Ron Lee 24 rb 13 4 84 346 3 30 4.1 26.6 6.5 10 60 6.0 0 15 0.8 4.6 406 3 1
23 Don McCauley 28 14 0 83 234 6 16 2.8 16.7 5.9 51 495 9.7 2 34 3.6 35.4 729 8 2
48 Roosevelt Leaks 24 FB 11 10 59 237 3 39 4.0 21.5 5.4 3 39 13.0 1 26 0.3 3.5 276 4 3
7 Bert Jones 26 QB 14 14 28 146 2 22 5.2 10.4 2.0 146 2 2
12 Bill Troup 26 14 0 7 -8 0 7 -1.1 -0.6 0.5 -8 0 0
35 Glenn Doughty 30 WR 13 13 2 11 0 16 5.5 0.8 0.2 28 435 15.5 4 57 2.2 33.5 446 4 0
49 David Lee 34 P 14 0 2 -2 0 0 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -2 0 1
87 Raymond Chester 29 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 556 17.9 3 78 2.2 39.7 556 3 1
86 Freddie Scott 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 267 14.8 2 33 1.3 19.1 267 2 0
81 Roger Carr 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 199 18.1 1 45 1.6 28.4 199 1 0
88 Ricky Thompson 23 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.2 3.0 15 0 0
Team Total 26.7 14 566 2123 17 64 3.8 151.6 40.4 224 2686 12.0 17 78 16.0 191.9 4809 34 24
Opp Total 14 423 1798 11 4.3 128.4 30.2 181 2190 12.1 10 12.9 156.4 3988 21 27

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
27 Howard Stevens 27 PR 12 0 34 301 0 24 8.9 11 216 0 37 19.6 517
40 Bruce Laird 27 KR/SS 14 14 24 541 0 35 22.5 541
44 Lyle Blackwood 26 FS 14 14 7 22 0 10 3.1 1 24 0 24 24.0 46
23 Don McCauley 28 14 0 5 67 0 20 13.4 796
35 Glenn Doughty 30 WR 13 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 446
69 Wade Griffin 23 14 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
28 Perry Griggs 23 1 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
62 Ken Huff 24 RG 14 9 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
80 Marshall Johnson 25 3 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
85 Jimmie Kennedy 25 9 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
25 Ray Oldham 26 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
54 Sanders Shiver 23 14 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
Team Total 26.7 14 42 323 0 24 7.7 48 912 0 37 19.0 6044
Opp Total 14 44 481 1 10.9 60 1514 2 25.2

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
49 David Lee 34 P 14 0 82 3142 59 2 38.3
2 Toni Linhart* 35 K 14 0 8 5 7 5 10 7 1 26 17 65.4%% 35 32 91.4%%
Team Total 26.7 14 8 5 7 5 10 7 1 26 17 65.4%% 35 32 91.4%% 82 3142 59 2 38.3
Opp Total 14 21 11 52.4%% 27 24 88.9%% 81 2932 36.2

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 Lyle Blackwood 26 FS 14 14 10 163 0 37 0 0 3 4 4 0
53 Stan White 28 RLB 14 14 7 84 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Lydell Mitchell* 28 RB 14 14 0 5 1 0 0
27 Howard Stevens 27 PR 12 0 0 5 1 0 0
31 Nelson Munsey 29 RCB 13 13 3 25 0 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
56 Ed Simonini 23 MLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
7 Bert Jones 26 QB 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
40 Bruce Laird 27 KR/SS 14 14 3 56 0 22 0
48 Roosevelt Leaks 24 FB 11 10 0 3 0 0 0
52 Tom MacLeod 26 LLB 14 14 2 37 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 Norm Thompson 32 LCB 14 14 3 39 0 20 0
34 Ron Lee 24 rb 13 4 0 1 1 0 0
23 Don McCauley 28 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
86 Freddie Scott 25 WR 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
47 Tim Baylor 23 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Raymond Chester 29 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
72 Fred Cook 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 17 0
78 John Dutton* 26 RDE 12 11 0 0 1 0 0
73 Ron Fernandes 26 rdt 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
69 Wade Griffin 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Perry Griggs 23 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
49 David Lee 34 P 14 0 0 1 0 -13 0
57 Ken Mendenhall 29 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
30 Doug Nettles 26 db 14 1 1 30 0 30 0 1
74 Ken Novak 23 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
61 Robert Pratt 26 LG 14 14 0 0 1 21 1
54 Sanders Shiver 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.7 14 30 434 0 37 0 0 24 26 29 1 1
Opp Total 14 26 27 10 1

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
2 Toni Linhart* 35 K 14 0 32 17 83
23 Don McCauley 28 14 0 6 2 8 48
26 Lydell Mitchell* 28 RB 14 14 3 4 7 42
35 Glenn Doughty 30 WR 13 13 4 4 24
48 Roosevelt Leaks 24 FB 11 10 3 1 4 24
87 Raymond Chester 29 TE 14 14 3 3 18
34 Ron Lee 24 rb 13 4 3 3 18
7 Bert Jones 26 QB 14 14 2 2 12
86 Freddie Scott 25 WR 14 14 2 2 12
81 Roger Carr 25 7 0 1 1 6
61 Robert Pratt 26 LG 14 14 1 1 6
30 Doug Nettles 26 db 14 1 1 2
Team Total 26.7 14 17 17 1 35 32 17 1 295
Opp Total 14 11 10 1 2 1 24 11 1 221

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 @ SEA W, 29-14 1 6 rush Don McCauley 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
2 1977-09-18 @ SEA W, 29-14 2 10 rush Roosevelt Leaks 10 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
3 1977-09-18 @ SEA W, 29-14 4 21 pass Roger Carr 21 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
4 1977-09-25 @ NYJ W, 20-12 1 6 rush Roosevelt Leaks 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
5 1977-09-25 @ NYJ W, 20-12 2 2 rush Don McCauley 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
6 1977-09-25 @ NYJ W, 20-12 3 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush
7 1977-10-02 BUF W, 17-14 2 9 rush Ron Lee 9 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
8 1977-10-02 BUF W, 17-14 4 15 pass Don McCauley 15 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
9 1977-10-09 MIA W, 45-28 1 64 rush Lydell Mitchell 64 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
10 1977-10-09 MIA W, 45-28 2 3 pass Glenn Doughty 3 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
11 1977-10-09 MIA W, 45-28 2 19 pass Raymond Chester 19 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
12 1977-10-09 MIA W, 45-28 3 34 pass Don McCauley 34 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
13 1977-10-09 MIA W, 45-28 3 5 pass Glenn Doughty 5 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
14 1977-10-09 MIA W, 45-28 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
15 1977-10-16 @ KAN W, 17-6 1 1 rush Ron Lee 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
16 1977-10-16 @ KAN W, 17-6 1 2 rush Don McCauley 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
17 1977-10-30 PIT W, 31-21 2 26 pass Roosevelt Leaks 26 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
18 1977-10-30 PIT W, 31-21 2 13 pass Lydell Mitchell 13 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
19 1977-10-30 PIT W, 31-21 3 25 rush Ron Lee 25 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
20 1977-10-30 PIT W, 31-21 4 6 rush Bert Jones 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
21 1977-11-07 WAS W, 10-3 4 12 pass Freddie Scott 12 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
22 1977-11-13 @ BUF W, 31-13 1 5 rush Lydell Mitchell 5 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
23 1977-11-13 @ BUF W, 31-13 2 18 rush Lydell Mitchell 18 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
24 1977-11-13 @ BUF W, 31-13 2 2 rush Roosevelt Leaks 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
25 1977-11-13 @ BUF W, 31-13 3 7 rush Bert Jones 7 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
26 1977-11-20 NYJ W, 33-12 1 53 pass Raymond Chester 53 yard pass from Bert Jones
27 1977-11-20 NYJ W, 33-12 2 33 pass Glenn Doughty 33 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
28 1977-11-20 NYJ W, 33-12 3 28 pass Lydell Mitchell 28 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
29 1977-11-20 NYJ W, 33-12 4 21 fumble Robert Pratt 21 yard fumble return (Toni Linhart kick)
30 1977-11-27 @ DEN L, 13-27 3 15 pass Lydell Mitchell 15 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
31 1977-12-11 DET L, 10-13 4 34 pass Lydell Mitchell 34 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
32 1977-12-18 NWE W, 30-24 3 14 pass Glenn Doughty 14 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
33 1977-12-18 NWE W, 30-24 3 78 pass Raymond Chester 78 yard pass from Bert Jones
34 1977-12-18 NWE W, 30-24 4 12 pass Freddie Scott 12 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
35 1977-12-18 NWE W, 30-24 4 3 rush Don McCauley 3 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 @ SEA L, 14-29 2 1 pass Don Testerman 1 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1977-09-18 @ SEA L, 14-29 4 17 blocked punt Autry Beamon 17 yard blocked punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1977-09-25 @ NYJ L, 12-20 4 1 rush Charlie White 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
4 1977-10-02 BUF L, 14-17 2 15 pass Bob Chandler 15 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
5 1977-10-02 BUF L, 14-17 4 12 pass Curtis Brown 12 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
6 1977-10-09 MIA L, 28-45 1 90 kickoff Freddie Solomon 90 yard kickoff return (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1977-10-09 MIA L, 28-45 1 52 rush Benny Malone 52 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1977-10-09 MIA L, 28-45 2 1 rush Leroy Harris 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1977-10-09 MIA L, 28-45 2 66 rush Benny Malone 66 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1977-10-16 @ KAN L, 6-17 2 1 rush John Brockington 1 yard rush
11 1977-10-23 @ NWE W, 17-3 1 2 rush Don Calhoun 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
12 1977-10-23 @ NWE W, 17-3 3 31 pass Russ Francis 31 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
13 1977-10-30 PIT L, 21-31 3 32 pass Lynn Swann 32 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1977-10-30 PIT L, 21-31 4 11 rush Franco Harris 11 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1977-10-30 PIT L, 21-31 4 3 rush Franco Harris 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1977-11-13 @ BUF L, 13-31 1 73 punt John Kimbrough 73 yard punt return (Carson Long kick)
17 1977-11-20 NYJ L, 12-33 4 18 pass Jerome Barkum 18 yard pass from Matt Robinson
18 1977-11-27 @ DEN W, 27-13 1 41 pass Rick Upchurch 41 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
19 1977-11-27 @ DEN W, 27-13 2 19 pass Jack Dolbin 19 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
20 1977-11-27 @ DEN W, 27-13 4 73 interception Tom Jackson 73 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
21 1977-11-27 @ DEN W, 27-13 4 6 rush Craig Morton 6 yard rush
22 1977-12-05 @ MIA W, 17-6 2 15 pass Andre Tillman 15 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1977-12-05 @ MIA W, 17-6 4 77 rush Leroy Harris 77 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1977-12-11 DET W, 13-10 4 2 blocked punt Leonard Thompson 2 yard blocked punt return (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1977-12-18 NWE L, 24-30 2 5 pass Russ Francis 5 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
26 1977-12-18 NWE L, 24-30 2 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
27 1977-12-18 NWE L, 24-30 3 101 kickoff Raymond Clayborn 101 yard kickoff return (John Smith kick)