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1961 St. Louis Cardinals

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7-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.5, Offense: -2.6, Defense: 1.1, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 279 points (19.9/g), 10th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 267 points (19.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 12 points (0.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-6.6.

Coach: Chuck Drulis (2-0-0) (co-coach with Ray Prochaska and Ray Willsey), Ray Prochaska (2-0-0), Ray Willsey (2-0-0) and Pop Ivy (5-7-0)

Stadium: Busch Stadium (Sportsman's Par
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner
Managing Director Walter Wolfner
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 279 3378 795 4.2 41 18 9 202 168 351 1973 21 23 4.8 110 386 1405 8 3.6 83
Team Defense 267 3986 908 4.4 44 20 12 215 187 389 2310 18 24 5.4 112 477 1676 9 3.5 91
Lg Rank Offense 10 13 8 9 13 9 14 7 6 12 12 13 13 12
Lg Rank Defense 4 5 5 3 2 10 3 4 7 5 12 6 2 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 17 boxscore W 1-0 @ New York Giants 21 10 15 239 76 163 2 12 157 74 83 5
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 17 20 18 185 90 95 3 14 245 134 111 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 30 27 19 368 145 223 3 20 451 371 80 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 New York Giants 9 24 5 160 132 28 7 15 224 153 71 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 Philadelphia Eagles 7 20 14 200 121 79 2 14 269 212 57 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 3-3 @ Washington Redskins 24 0 14 242 155 87 11 89 48 41 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 3-4 Cleveland Browns 10 21 13 195 118 77 3 15 326 102 224 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 4-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 31 17 13 193 71 122 1 18 374 238 136 5
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 4-5 Detroit Lions 14 45 21 214 179 35 4 16 372 171 201 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 4-6 @ Baltimore Colts 0 16 8 129 49 80 2 24 406 227 179 1
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 4-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 27 30 12 224 165 59 7 19 347 187 160 7
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 5-7 Washington Redskins 38 24 21 450 301 149 3 13 362 222 140 2
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 6-7 Dallas Cowboys 31 13 14 334 260 74 3 8 126 16 110 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 7-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 0 15 245 111 134 1 16 238 155 83 6

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
14 Sam Etcheverry 31 QB 14 9 4-5-0 96 196 49.0% 1275 14 7.1 11 5.6 78 6.5 5.4 13.3 91.1 70.4 2 3
3 Ralph Guglielmi 28 qb 9 5 3-2-0 56 116 48.3% 927 5 4.3 8 6.9 80 8.0 5.8 16.6 103.0 61.2
44 John David Crow 26 8 0 4 14 28.6% 76 1 7.1 1 7.1 32 5.4 3.6 19.0 9.5 43.8
12 Charley Johnson 23 4 0 5 13 38.5% 51 0 0.0 2 15.4 16 3.9 -3.0 10.2 12.8 10.9
22 Prentice Gautt 23 HB 14 0 6 11 54.5% 100 1 9.1 1 9.1 22 9.1 6.8 16.7 7.1 77.8
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 1 1 100.0% 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 5 5.0 5.0 5.0 0.4 87.5
Team Total 25.9 14 7-7-0 168 351 47.9% 2434 21 6.0 23 6.6 80 6.9 5.2 14.5 173.9 63.5 2 3
Opp Total 14 187 389 48.1% 2644 18 4.6 24 6.2 6.8 4.95 14.1 188.9 60.2 42 334 5.4 3.7 9.7

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
22 Prentice Gautt 23 HB 14 0 129 523 3 54 4.1 37.4 9.2 12 132 11.0 3 45 0.9 9.4 655 6 3
36 Frank Mestnik 23 FB 13 0 95 334 1 26 3.5 25.7 7.3 12 29 2.4 1 15 0.9 2.2 363 2 6
44 John David Crow 26 8 0 48 192 1 17 4.0 24.0 6.0 20 306 15.3 3 35 2.5 38.3 498 4 1
14 Sam Etcheverry 31 QB 14 9 33 73 0 44 2.2 5.2 2.4 73 0 15
3 Ralph Guglielmi 28 qb 9 5 22 101 1 23 4.6 11.2 2.4 101 1 7
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 20 22 0 7 1.1 1.6 1.4 30 499 16.6 2 50 2.1 35.6 521 2 2
31 Mal Hammack 28 7 0 18 79 1 28 4.4 11.3 2.6 5 70 14.0 0 26 0.7 10.0 149 1 0
85 Taz Anderson 23 TE 14 0 15 39 1 19 2.6 2.8 1.1 22 399 18.1 2 78 1.6 28.5 438 3 1
86 Hugh McInnis 23 3 0 4 30 0 16 7.5 10.0 1.3 7 107 15.3 0 22 2.3 35.7 137 0 0
12 Charley Johnson 23 4 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.8 0.3 -3 0 1
25 Jerry Norton* 30 LS/P 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 1.1 0.1 15 0 0
88 Sonny Randle* 25 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 591 13.4 9 41 3.1 42.2 591 9 0
24 Billy Stacy* 25 LCB 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 241 20.1 1 80 0.9 18.5 241 1 0
20 Ken Hall 26 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 38 12.7 0 18 0.4 4.8 38 0 0
37 Pat Fischer 21 KR 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.1 1.8 22 0 1
Team Total 25.9 14 386 1405 8 54 3.6 100.4 27.6 168 2434 14.5 21 80 12.0 173.9 3839 29 39
Opp Total 14 477 1676 9 3.5 119.7 34.1 187 2310 12.4 18 13.4 165.0 3986 27 36

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
49 Willie West 23 PR 14 0 11 98 0 28 8.9 16 340 0 40 21.3 438
37 Pat Fischer 21 KR 12 0 4 18 0 13 4.5 17 426 0 53 25.1 466
24 Billy Stacy* 25 LCB 13 0 5 9 0 7 1.8 3 60 0 35 20.0 310
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 5 103 1 73 20.6 1 28 0 28 28.0 652
8 Larry Wilson 23 RS 11 11 4 83 0 23 20.8 83
45 Joe Driskill 24 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 2 8 0 8 4.0 16
36 Frank Mestnik 23 FB 13 0 2 27 0 18 13.5 390
31 Mal Hammack 28 7 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 157
33 Monte Lee 23 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 25.9 14 26 236 1 73 9.1 47 992 0 53 21.1 5067
Opp Total 14 54 438 1 8.1 50 1007 0 20.1

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
25 Jerry Norton* 30 LS/P 14 0 85 3802 78 1 44.7
79 Gerry Perry 31 K 13 0 16 7 43.8%% 33 30 90.9%%
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 1 0.0%% 4 4 100.0%%
Team Total 25.9 14 17 7 41.2%% 37 34 91.9%% 85 3802 78 1 44.7
Opp Total 14 38 19 50.0%% 30 30 100.0%% 67 2814 42.0

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
14 Sam Etcheverry 31 QB 14 9 0 15 6 0 0
3 Ralph Guglielmi 28 qb 9 5 0 7 2 6 0
36 Frank Mestnik 23 FB 13 0 0 6 3 10 0
25 Jerry Norton* 30 LS/P 14 0 7 136 2 47 0 0 0 2 0 0
8 Larry Wilson 23 RS 11 11 3 36 0 25 0 0 0 3 36 0 1
22 Prentice Gautt 23 HB 14 0 0 3 2 11 0
49 Willie West 23 PR 14 0 1 14 0 14 0 0 2 2 1 1
37 Pat Fischer 21 KR 12 0 0 1 3 0 0
41 Jimmy Hill* 33 RCB 13 0 4 92 1 35 0
34 Bill Koman 27 RLB 14 0 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 3 0 0
84 Joe Robb 24 LDE 12 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Billy Stacy* 25 LCB 13 0 4 95 2 39 0
62 Dale Meinert 28 MLB 14 0 2 68 0 41 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Don Owens 29 LDT 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
85 Taz Anderson 23 TE 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
72 Frank Fuller 32 RDT 14 0 0 0 2 5 0
64 Ken Gray* 25 RG 13 0 0 0 2 1 0
44 John David Crow 26 8 0 0 1 0 7 0
23 Charley Granger 23 6 0 0 0 1 3 0
12 Charley Johnson 23 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 Monte Lee 23 12 0 1 7 0 7 0
79 Gerry Perry 31 K 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Tom Redmond 24 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 24 459 5 47 0 0 39 41 105 2 1
Opp Total 14 58 36 16

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
88 Sonny Randle* 25 SE 14 0 9 9 54
79 Gerry Perry 31 K 13 0 30 7 51
22 Prentice Gautt 23 HB 14 0 3 3 6 36
44 John David Crow 26 8 0 1 3 4 24
24 Billy Stacy* 25 LCB 13 0 1 1 2 4 24
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 2 1 3 4 22
85 Taz Anderson 23 TE 14 0 1 2 3 18
36 Frank Mestnik 23 FB 13 0 1 1 2 12
25 Jerry Norton* 30 LS/P 14 0 2 2 12
3 Ralph Guglielmi 28 qb 9 5 1 1 6
31 Mal Hammack 28 7 0 1 1 6
41 Jimmy Hill* 33 RCB 13 0 1 1 6
49 Willie West 23 PR 14 0 1 1 6
8 Larry Wilson 23 RS 11 11 1 2
Team Total 25.9 14 8 21 1 2 5 37 34 7 1 279
Opp Total 14 9 18 1 2 30 19 267

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ NYG W, 21-10 2 0 fumble Willie West 0 yard fumble return (Gerry Perry kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ NYG W, 21-10 4 28 rush Mal Hammack 28 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
3 1961-09-17 @ NYG W, 21-10 4 5 pass Frank Mestnik 5 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
4 1961-09-24 @ CLE L, 17-20 1 5 pass Sonny Randle 5 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
5 1961-09-24 @ CLE L, 17-20 2 7 pass Sonny Randle 7 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
6 1961-10-01 @ PHI W, 30-27 2 12 pass Prentice Gautt 12 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
7 1961-10-01 @ PHI W, 30-27 2 35 pass Sonny Randle 35 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
8 1961-10-01 @ PHI W, 30-27 3 1 rush Taz Anderson 1 yard rush
9 1961-10-01 @ PHI W, 30-27 4 54 rush Prentice Gautt 54 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
10 1961-10-08 NYG L, 9-24 3 80 pass Billy Stacy 80 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Gerry Perry kick)
11 1961-10-15 PHI L, 7-20 3 73 punt Bobby Joe Conrad 73 yard punt return (Gerry Perry kick)
12 1961-10-22 @ WAS W, 24-0 2 42 pass Taz Anderson 42 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Gerry Perry kick)
13 1961-10-22 @ WAS W, 24-0 4 10 pass Prentice Gautt 10 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Gerry Perry kick)
14 1961-10-22 @ WAS W, 24-0 4 35 interception Jimmy Hill 35 yard interception return (Gerry Perry kick)
15 1961-10-29 CLE L, 10-21 3 3 rush Ralph Guglielmi 3 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
16 1961-11-05 @ DAL W, 31-17 1 1 rush Frank Mestnik 1 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
17 1961-11-05 @ DAL W, 31-17 2 31 interception Billy Stacy 31 yard interception return (Gerry Perry kick)
18 1961-11-05 @ DAL W, 31-17 2 39 interception Billy Stacy 39 yard interception return (Gerry Perry kick)
19 1961-11-05 @ DAL W, 31-17 4 12 pass Taz Anderson 12 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Gerry Perry kick)
20 1961-11-12 DET L, 14-45 2 25 pass Sonny Randle 25 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
21 1961-11-12 DET L, 14-45 2 3 pass Prentice Gautt 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
22 1961-11-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 1 47 interception Jerry Norton 47 yard interception return
23 1961-11-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 1 3 pass Sonny Randle 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
24 1961-11-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 4 61 pass John David Crow 61 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
25 1961-11-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 4 37 interception Jerry Norton 37 yard interception return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
26 1961-12-03 WAS W, 38-24 1 2 rush Prentice Gautt 2 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
27 1961-12-03 WAS W, 38-24 3 32 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 32 yard pass from John David Crow (Gerry Perry kick)
28 1961-12-03 WAS W, 38-24 4 3 pass Sonny Randle 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
29 1961-12-03 WAS W, 38-24 4 43 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 43 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
30 1961-12-03 WAS W, 38-24 4 1 rush Prentice Gautt 1 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
31 1961-12-10 DAL W, 31-13 2 10 pass John David Crow 10 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
32 1961-12-10 DAL W, 31-13 3 3 rush John David Crow 3 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
33 1961-12-10 DAL W, 31-13 4 27 pass Sonny Randle 27 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
34 1961-12-10 DAL W, 31-13 4 17 pass Sonny Randle 17 yard pass from Prentice Gautt (Gerry Perry kick)
35 1961-12-17 PIT W, 20-0 1 3 pass Sonny Randle 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
36 1961-12-17 PIT W, 20-0 3 25 fumble Billy Stacy 25 yard fumble return
37 1961-12-17 PIT W, 20-0 4 15 pass John David Crow 15 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ NYG L, 10-21 3 0 fumble Larry Hayes 0 yard fumble return (Pat Summerall kick)
2 1961-09-24 @ CLE W, 20-17 2 16 pass Tom Watkins 16 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
3 1961-09-24 @ CLE W, 20-17 4 41 pass Leon Clarke 41 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
4 1961-10-01 @ PHI L, 27-30 1 3 pass Billy Ray Barnes 3 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1961-10-01 @ PHI L, 27-30 1 3 pass Dick Lucas 3 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1961-10-01 @ PHI L, 27-30 3 2 pass Billy Ray Barnes 2 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1961-10-08 NYG W, 24-9 1 44 pass Del Shofner 44 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
8 1961-10-08 NYG W, 24-9 3 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1961-10-08 NYG W, 24-9 3 12 fumble Sam Huff 12 yard fumble return (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1961-10-15 PHI W, 20-7 1 59 pass Billy Ray Barnes 59 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
11 1961-10-15 PHI W, 20-7 3 14 pass Tommy McDonald 14 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1961-10-29 CLE W, 21-10 1 12 rush Bobby Franklin 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
13 1961-10-29 CLE W, 21-10 1 12 pass Ray Renfro 12 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
14 1961-10-29 CLE W, 21-10 2 56 rush Bobby Mitchell 56 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
15 1961-11-05 @ DAL L, 17-31 3 42 pass Frank Clarke 42 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
16 1961-11-05 @ DAL L, 17-31 4 32 pass Frank Clarke 32 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
17 1961-11-12 DET W, 45-14 2 33 pass Gail Cogdill 33 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
18 1961-11-12 DET W, 45-14 2 12 rush Dan Lewis 12 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
19 1961-11-12 DET W, 45-14 3 14 rush Dan Lewis 14 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
20 1961-11-12 DET W, 45-14 3 40 pass Terry Barr 40 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
21 1961-11-12 DET W, 45-14 4 3 rush Howard Cassady 3 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
22 1961-11-12 DET W, 45-14 4 4 pass Howard Cassady 4 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
23 1961-11-19 @ BAL W, 16-0 1 17 pass Lenny Moore 17 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
24 1961-11-26 @ PIT W, 30-27 2 11 pass Bob Schnelker 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
25 1961-11-26 @ PIT W, 30-27 3 55 punt Johnny Sample 55 yard punt return (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1961-11-26 @ PIT W, 30-27 3 2 rush John Henry Johnson 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1961-12-03 WAS L, 24-38 1 41 pass John Aveni 41 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
28 1961-12-03 WAS L, 24-38 2 8 rush Jim Cunningham 8 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
29 1961-12-03 WAS L, 24-38 4 60 pass Tom Osborne 60 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
30 1961-12-10 DAL L, 13-31 2 2 rush Don Perkins 2 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)