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1971 St. Louis Cardinals

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.2, Offense: -4.0, Defense: -0.2, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 231 points (16.5/g), 20th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 279 points (19.9/g), 15th.
 Differential of -48 points (-3.4/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 5.5-8.5.

Coach: Bob Hollway (4-9-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Lew Carpenter
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick Voris

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Partial Owner/VP/de facto General Manager Bill Bidwill
Partial Owner/President Charles Bidwill Jr.
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 231 4001 821 4.9 46 20 17 212 170 385 2471 14 26 6.1 109 417 1530 8 3.7 86
Team Defense 279 4365 881 5.0 33 16 15 244 212 375 2380 12 17 6.0 120 486 1985 10 4.1 109
Lg Rank Offense 20 14 23 22 17 10 5 14 18 10 19 21 21 21
Lg Rank Defense 15 20 16 10 22 19 21 8 18 16 19 18 8 13

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 L 0-1 Washington Redskins 17 24 13 255 138 117 7 10 213 65 148 1
2 Mon September 27 boxscore W 1-1 New York Jets 17 10 15 340 222 118 1 18 239 121 118
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-2 New York Giants 20 21 14 305 176 129 4 16 301 220 81 2
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 26 9 16 263 112 151 15 213 119 94 6
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-3 @ Washington Redskins 0 20 11 205 180 25 7 21 349 120 229 2
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-4 San Francisco 49ers 14 26 15 284 176 108 3 16 366 226 140
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 3-4 @ Buffalo Bills 28 23 24 305 163 142 19 309 247 62 3
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 3-5 Dallas Cowboys 13 16 11 228 192 36 1 20 372 199 173
9 Mon November 15 boxscore L 3-6 @ San Diego Chargers 17 20 21 346 214 132 3 21 389 249 140 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 3-7 Philadelphia Eagles 20 37 15 333 248 85 8 17 267 134 133 2
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 4-7 @ New York Giants 24 7 21 344 137 207 3 15 285 211 74 6
12 Sun December 5 boxscore T 4-7-1 Green Bay Packers 16 16 12 305 225 80 1 19 357 146 211 3
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 4-8-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 19 10 273 161 112 5 19 382 205 177 1
14 Sat December 18 boxscore L 4-9-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 12 31 14 215 127 88 3 18 323 118 205 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
17 Jim Hart 27 QB 11 9 2-6-1 110 243 45.3% 1626 8 3.3 14 5.8 57 6.7 4.8 14.8 147.8 54.7 13 139 5.81 3.97 5.1 1 0
10 Pete Beathard 29 qb 9 5 2-3-0 60 141 42.6% 1030 6 4.3 12 8.5 80 7.3 4.3 17.2 114.4 46.7 6 46 6.69 3.84 4.1
27 Roy Shivers 30 11 5 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.8 14 4-9-1 170 385 44.2% 2656 14 3.6 26 6.8 80 6.9 4.6 15.6 189.7 51.6 19 185 6.12 3.91 4.7 1 0
Opp Total 14 212 375 56.5% 2546 12 3.2 17 4.5 6.8 5.39 12.0 181.9 69.3 20 166 6.0 4.7 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
36 MacArthur Lane 29 FB 13 11 150 592 3 40 3.9 45.5 11.5 29 298 10.3 0 34 2.2 22.9 890 3 2
39 Cid Edwards 28 12 6 108 316 4 14 2.9 26.3 9.0 12 122 10.2 0 38 1.0 10.2 438 4 8
23 Johnny Roland 28 RB 13 5 78 278 0 16 3.6 21.4 6.0 15 108 7.2 0 15 1.2 8.3 386 0 4
27 Roy Shivers 30 11 5 55 202 1 10 3.7 18.4 5.0 10 76 7.6 0 19 0.9 6.9 278 1 3
17 Jim Hart 27 QB 11 9 13 9 0 3 0.7 0.8 1.2 9 0 2
10 Pete Beathard 29 qb 9 5 4 29 0 15 7.3 3.2 0.4 29 0 2
26 Chuck Latourette 26 P 13 0 3 19 0 20 6.3 1.5 0.2 19 0 1
44 John Gilliam 26 WR 14 14 2 16 0 12 8.0 1.1 0.1 42 837 19.9 3 54 3.0 59.8 853 3 2
85 Mel Gray 23 KR 14 5 2 56 0 38 28.0 4.0 0.1 18 534 29.7 4 80 1.3 38.1 590 4 1
81 Jackie Smith 31 TE 9 9 1 10 0 10 10.0 1.1 0.1 21 379 18.0 4 61 2.3 42.1 389 4 0
30 Paul White 23 6 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.5 0.2 3 0 0
80 Dave Williams 26 WR 13 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 182 15.2 1 37 0.9 14.0 182 1 0
83 Jim McFarland 24 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 54 10.8 2 21 0.4 3.9 54 2 0
88 Fred Hyatt 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 58 14.5 0 30 0.3 4.1 58 0 0
71 Bob Reynolds 32 LT 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0.1 -0.3 -4 0 0
35 Larry Stegent 24 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 1.7 12 0 1
Team Total 26.8 14 417 1530 8 40 3.7 109.3 29.8 170 2656 15.6 14 80 12.1 189.7 4186 22 35
Opp Total 14 486 1985 10 4.1 141.8 34.7 212 2380 11.2 12 15.1 170.0 4365 22 28

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
85 Mel Gray 23 KR 14 5 30 740 0 65 24.7 1330
33 Larry Willingham 23 PR 9 3 10 84 0 19 8.4 6 125 0 56 20.8 209
43 Norm Thompson 26 14 5 5 27 0 11 5.4 7 182 0 45 26.0 209
45 George Hoey 25 6 0 9 251 1 103 27.9 251
22 Roger Wehrli* 24 RCB 13 13 9 84 0 34 9.3 84
23 Johnny Roland 28 RB 13 5 3 10 0 8 3.3 2 24 0 17 12.0 420
39 Cid Edwards 28 12 6 2 41 0 21 20.5 479
68 Paul Dickson 34 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
72 Dan Dierdorf 22 12 6 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
44 John Gilliam 26 WR 14 14 1 21 0 21 21.0 874
67 Larry Stallings 30 LLB 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
35 Larry Stegent 24 7 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 12
Team Total 26.8 14 30 234 0 34 7.8 58 1363 1 103 23.5 5783
Opp Total 14 24 160 1 6.7 54 1318 1 24.4

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 Jim Bakken 31 K 14 0 5 5 13 8 6 5 8 3 32 21 65.6%% 24 24 100.0%% 5 207 44 0 41.4
26 Chuck Latourette 26 P 13 0 56 2157 55 1 38.5
Team Total 26.8 14 5 5 13 8 6 5 8 3 32 21 65.6%% 24 24 100.0%% 61 2364 55 1 38.8
Opp Total 14 39 25 64.1%% 29 28 96.6%% 58 2343 40.4

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
39 Cid Edwards 28 12 6 0 8 1 0 0
43 Norm Thompson 26 14 5 4 45 0 25 0 0 4 1 0 0
22 Roger Wehrli* 24 RCB 13 13 2 11 0 6 0 0 2 2 0 0
20 Miller Farr 28 LCB 14 14 2 13 0 13 0 0 0 3 5 0
44 John Gilliam 26 WR 14 14 0 2 2 0 0
23 Johnny Roland 28 RB 13 5 0 4 0 0 0
27 Roy Shivers 30 11 5 0 3 1 0 0
33 Larry Willingham 23 PR 9 3 0 2 2 0 0
8 Larry Wilson 33 FS 14 13 4 46 0 23 0
17 Jim Hart 27 QB 11 9 0 2 1 0 0
53 Jamie Rivers 26 MLB 12 11 0 0 3 0 0
54 Tom Banks 23 C 9 7 0 0 2 0 0
10 Pete Beathard 29 qb 9 5 0 2 0 0 0
55 Irv Goode 31 LG 14 14 0 1 1 -17 0
85 Mel Gray 23 KR 14 5 0 1 1 0 0
49 Dale Hackbart 33 14 3 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 MacArthur Lane 29 FB 13 11 0 2 0 0 0
52 Rick Ogle 22 6 5 0 0 2 0 0
21 Jerry Stovall 30 SS 6 5 2 20 0 20 0
74 Fred Heron 27 9 8 0 0 1 4 0
65 Chuck Hutchison 23 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Chuck Latourette 26 P 13 0 0 1 0 -9 0
56 Mike McGill 25 RLB 11 8 1 19 0 19 0
58 Terry Miller 25 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Bob Rowe 26 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
67 Larry Stallings 30 LLB 14 14 1 26 1 26 0
35 Larry Stegent 24 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
79 Chuck Walker 30 11 10 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 17 191 1 26 0 0 35 28 -17 0
Opp Total 14 19 28 12 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
25 Jim Bakken 31 K 14 0 24 21 87
39 Cid Edwards 28 12 6 4 4 24
85 Mel Gray 23 KR 14 5 4 4 24
81 Jackie Smith 31 TE 9 9 4 4 24
44 John Gilliam 26 WR 14 14 3 3 18
36 MacArthur Lane 29 FB 13 11 3 3 18
83 Jim McFarland 24 14 5 2 2 12
45 George Hoey 25 6 0 1 1 6
27 Roy Shivers 30 11 5 1 1 6
67 Larry Stallings 30 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
80 Dave Williams 26 WR 13 9 1 1 6
Team Total 26.8 14 8 14 1 1 24 24 21 231
Opp Total 14 10 12 1 1 4 28 25 1 279

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 WAS L, 17-24 2 8 pass Jackie Smith 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1971-09-19 WAS L, 17-24 4 9 pass Jackie Smith 9 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1971-09-27 NYJ W, 17-10 1 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1971-09-27 NYJ W, 17-10 2 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1971-10-03 NYG L, 20-21 2 64 pass Mel Gray 64 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1971-10-03 NYG L, 20-21 3 60 pass Mel Gray 60 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1971-10-10 @ ATL W, 26-9 2 1 rush MacArthur Lane 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ ATL W, 26-9 3 2 rush Roy Shivers 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1971-10-24 SFO L, 14-26 2 61 pass Jackie Smith 61 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1971-10-24 SFO L, 14-26 4 49 pass John Gilliam 49 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1971-10-31 @ BUF W, 28-23 1 1 rush MacArthur Lane 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1971-10-31 @ BUF W, 28-23 1 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1971-10-31 @ BUF W, 28-23 3 10 pass Jackie Smith 10 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1971-10-31 @ BUF W, 28-23 4 5 pass Jim McFarland 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1971-11-07 DAL L, 13-16 2 11 pass Dave Williams 11 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1971-11-15 @ SDG L, 17-20 1 3 pass Jim McFarland 3 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1971-11-15 @ SDG L, 17-20 4 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1971-11-21 PHI L, 20-37 2 103 kickoff George Hoey 103 yard kickoff return (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1971-11-21 PHI L, 20-37 2 40 rush MacArthur Lane 40 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1971-11-28 @ NYG W, 24-7 1 18 pass John Gilliam 18 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1971-11-28 @ NYG W, 24-7 1 26 interception Larry Stallings 26 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1971-11-28 @ NYG W, 24-7 4 13 pass John Gilliam 13 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1971-12-05 GNB T, 16-16 4 57 pass Mel Gray 57 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1971-12-12 @ PHI L, 7-19 3 80 pass Mel Gray 80 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 WAS W, 24-17 1 1 rush Larry Brown 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
2 1971-09-19 WAS W, 24-17 3 16 fumble Chris Hanburger 16 yard fumble return (Curt Knight kick)
3 1971-09-19 WAS W, 24-17 3 31 pass Jerry Smith 31 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
4 1971-09-27 NYJ L, 10-17 2 3 rush George Nock 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1971-10-03 NYG W, 21-20 1 93 kickoff Rocky Thompson 93 yard kickoff return (Pete Gogolak kick)
6 1971-10-03 NYG W, 21-20 1 10 pass Bob Tucker 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
7 1971-10-03 NYG W, 21-20 2 2 rush Fran Tarkenton 2 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ ATL L, 9-26 4 25 blocked punt Tom Hayes 25 yard blocked punt return
9 1971-10-17 @ WAS W, 20-0 1 1 rush Charlie Harraway 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
10 1971-10-17 @ WAS W, 20-0 4 3 rush Billy Kilmer 3 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
11 1971-10-24 SFO W, 26-14 2 63 fumble Tommy Hart 63 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
12 1971-10-24 SFO W, 26-14 4 50 pass Dick Witcher 50 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
13 1971-10-31 @ BUF L, 23-28 2 20 pass Ted Koy 20 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1971-10-31 @ BUF L, 23-28 3 7 pass Greg Jones 7 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
15 1971-10-31 @ BUF L, 23-28 4 61 punt Alvin Wyatt 61 yard punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
16 1971-11-07 DAL W, 16-13 4 4 pass Mike Ditka 4 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Dan Reeves run)
17 1971-11-15 @ SDG W, 20-17 3 4 rush Jeff Queen 4 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
18 1971-11-15 @ SDG W, 20-17 4 4 pass Jeff Queen 4 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
19 1971-11-21 PHI W, 37-20 1 5 fumble Steve Smith 5 yard fumble return (Tom Dempsey kick)
20 1971-11-21 PHI W, 37-20 2 6 pass Harold Jackson 6 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
21 1971-11-21 PHI W, 37-20 4 5 pass Lee Bouggess 5 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
22 1971-11-21 PHI W, 37-20 4 5 fumble Ben Hawkins 5 yard fumble return (Tom Dempsey kick)
23 1971-11-28 @ NYG L, 7-24 2 63 pass Bob Tucker 63 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
24 1971-12-05 GNB T, 16-16 4 2 rush Dave Hampton 2 yard rush (Tim Webster kick)
25 1971-12-12 @ PHI W, 19-7 1 69 pass Harold Jackson 69 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
26 1971-12-18 @ DAL W, 31-12 1 53 rush Duane Thomas 53 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
27 1971-12-18 @ DAL W, 31-12 2 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
28 1971-12-18 @ DAL W, 31-12 2 34 pass Duane Thomas 34 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
29 1971-12-18 @ DAL W, 31-12 4 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)