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1974 St. Louis Cardinals

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10-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.8, Offense: 2.8, Defense: 3.0, SoS: 1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 285 points (20.4/g), 9th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 218 points (15.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of 67 points (4.8/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.2-4.8.

Coach: Don Coryell (10-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ray Willsey

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Illinois State (Normal, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner/de facto General Manager Bill Bidwill
Director of Operations Joe Sullivan
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
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 285 4314 873 4.9 17 9 10 247 201 391 2358 20 8 5.8 117 466 1956 12 4.2 120
Team Defense 218 4251 909 4.7 25 9 19 249 230 413 2363 11 16 5.3 122 461 1888 15 4.1 108
Lg Rank Offense 9 10 1 2 11 8 7 4 1 12 16 13 16 5
Lg Rank Defense 8 17 22 24 18 23 19 4 19 12 9 15 12 19

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore W 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles 7 3 18 318 192 126 3 20 287 174 113 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 2-0 @ Washington Redskins 17 10 12 224 49 175 21 332 200 132 2
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 3-0 Cleveland Browns 29 7 14 278 107 171 11 248 155 93 1
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 4-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 34 9 21 407 184 223 2 12 306 120 186 3
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 5-0 Dallas Cowboys 31 28 17 374 236 138 24 370 224 146 1
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 6-0 @ Houston Oilers 31 27 23 345 134 211 2 21 433 348 85 3
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 7-0 Washington Redskins 23 20 15 305 190 115 19 292 176 116 1
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 7-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 14 17 19 216 82 134 22 278 146 132
9 Mon November 11 boxscore L 7-2 Minnesota Vikings 24 28 23 436 341 95 3 18 304 126 178 1
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 8-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 16 288 100 188 2 13 205 134 71 3
11 Sun November 24 boxscore W 9-2 @ New York Giants 23 21 20 341 259 82 20 361 257 104 1
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs 13 17 15 252 170 82 3 13 240 84 156 2
13 Sun December 8 boxscore L 9-4 @ New Orleans Saints 0 14 12 214 150 64 1 17 315 87 228 1
14 Sun December 15 boxscore W 10-4 New York Giants 26 14 22 316 164 152 1 18 280 132 148 4
Playoffs
Division Sat December 21 boxscore L 10-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 14 30 17 284 184 100 2 19 365 166 199 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
17 Jim Hart* 30 QB 14 14 10-4-0 200 388 51.5% 2411 20 5.2 8 2.1 80 6.2 6.3 12.1 172.2 79.5 16 134 5.64 5.74 4.0 1 2
21 Terry Metcalf* 23 KR/PR/RB 14 13 0 2 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
30 Gary Hammond 25 12 0 1 1 100.0% 81 0 0.0 0 0.0 81 81.0 81.0 81.0 6.8 118.7 0 0 81.00 81.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 14 10-4-0 201 391 51.4% 2492 20 5.1 8 2.0 81 6.4 6.5 12.4 178.0 80.0 16 134 5.79 5.89 3.9 1 2
Opp Total 14 230 413 55.7% 2581 11 2.7 16 3.9 6.2 5.04 11.2 184.4 67.3 35 218 5.3 4.2 7.8

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
35 Jim Otis 26 FB 14 11 158 664 1 23 4.2 47.4 11.3 19 109 5.7 0 13 1.4 7.8 773 1 2
21 Terry Metcalf* 23 KR/PR/RB 14 13 152 718 6 75 4.7 51.3 10.9 50 377 7.5 1 22 3.6 26.9 1095 7 14
44 Donny Anderson 31 rb 14 1 90 316 3 16 3.5 22.6 6.4 15 116 7.7 3 25 1.1 8.3 432 6 2
20 Ken Willard 31 rb 7 3 40 175 0 12 4.4 25.0 5.7 4 28 7.0 1 17 0.6 4.0 203 1 0
33 Willie Belton 26 5 0 12 49 0 10 4.1 9.8 2.4 49 0 1
17 Jim Hart* 30 QB 14 14 10 21 2 16 2.1 1.5 0.7 21 2 5
27 Eddie Moss 26 11 0 4 13 0 5 3.3 1.2 0.4 13 0 0
85 Mel Gray* 26 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 770 19.7 6 80 2.8 55.0 770 6 0
82 Earl Thomas 26 WR 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 34 513 15.1 5 52 2.4 36.6 513 5 0
81 Jackie Smith 34 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 413 16.5 3 81 1.8 29.5 413 3 1
88 J.V. Cain 23 te 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 152 11.7 1 40 0.9 10.9 152 1 0
30 Gary Hammond 25 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 14 7.0 0 9 0.2 1.2 14 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 466 1956 12 75 4.2 139.7 33.3 201 2492 12.4 20 81 14.4 178.0 4448 32 27
Opp Total 14 461 1888 15 4.1 134.9 32.9 230 2363 10.3 11 16.4 168.8 4251 26 24

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 Terry Metcalf* 23 KR/PR/RB 14 13 26 340 0 43 13.1 20 623 1 94 31.2 2058
30 Gary Hammond 25 12 0 17 125 0 21 7.4 11 268 0 34 24.4 407
33 Willie Belton 26 5 0 4 8 0 6 2.0 5 111 0 30 22.2 168
27 Eddie Moss 26 11 0 8 133 0 21 16.6 146
22 Roger Wehrli* 27 RCB 14 14 4 39 0 32 9.8 39
52 Jack LeVeck 24 13 0 2 32 0 20 16.0 32
88 J.V. Cain 23 te 14 3 1 5 0 5 5.0 157
65 Bob Crum 23 14 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
60 Roger Finnie 29 lg 14 7 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
36 Ken Reaves 30 ss 6 6 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
45 Jim Tolbert 30 SS 14 10 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 52 512 0 43 9.8 50 1203 1 94 24.1 6163
Opp Total 14 56 518 1 9.3 54 1203 0 22.3

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
14 Hal Roberts 22 P 14 0 81 3131 57 0 38.7
25 Jim Bakken 34 K 14 0 3 2 9 5 10 6 22 13 59.1%% 36 30 83.3%%
Team Total 26.5 14 3 2 9 5 10 6 22 13 59.1%% 36 30 83.3%% 81 3131 57 0 38.7
Opp Total 14 14 10 71.4%% 27 26 96.3%% 85 3332 39.2

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
21 Terry Metcalf* 23 KR/PR/RB 14 13 0 14 7 0 0
43 Norm Thompson 29 LCB 12 12 6 190 1 56 0 0 1 2 0 0
17 Jim Hart* 30 QB 14 14 0 5 1 -3 0
22 Roger Wehrli* 27 RCB 14 14 2 54 1 53 0 0 1 1 7 0
51 Tom Brahaney 23 C 14 13 0 0 3 0 0
41 Clarence Duren 24 FS 14 14 2 29 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Donny Anderson 31 rb 14 1 0 2 0 0 0
66 Conrad Dobler 24 RG 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
35 Jim Otis 26 FB 14 11 0 2 0 0 0
67 Larry Stallings 33 LLB 14 14 2 13 0 13 0
45 Jim Tolbert 30 SS 14 10 2 22 0 22 0
59 Pete Barnes 29 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
33 Willie Belton 26 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
65 Bob Crum 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Dwayne Crump 24 14 0 1 10 0 10 0
60 Roger Finnie 29 lg 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
63 Steve George 23 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Greg Hartle 23 lb 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
52 Jack LeVeck 24 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Ernie McMillan 36 LT 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 30 ss 6 6 1 54 0 54 0
75 Bob Rowe 29 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
74 Council Rudolph 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
81 Jackie Smith 34 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
78 Ron Yankowski 28 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 71 1
Team Total 26.5 14 16 372 2 56 0 0 27 27 75 1
Opp Total 14 16 24 15

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 34 K 14 0 30 13 69
21 Terry Metcalf* 23 KR/PR/RB 14 13 6 1 1 8 48
44 Donny Anderson 31 rb 14 1 3 3 6 36
85 Mel Gray* 26 WR 14 14 6 6 36
82 Earl Thomas 26 WR 14 11 5 5 30
81 Jackie Smith 34 TE 14 14 3 3 18
17 Jim Hart* 30 QB 14 14 2 2 12
88 J.V. Cain 23 te 14 3 1 1 6
35 Jim Otis 26 FB 14 11 1 1 6
43 Norm Thompson 29 LCB 12 12 1 1 6
22 Roger Wehrli* 27 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
20 Ken Willard 31 rb 7 3 1 1 6
78 Ron Yankowski 28 RDE 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 14 12 20 1 1 2 36 30 13 285
Opp Total 14 15 11 1 26 10 218

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 PHI W, 7-3 2 4 pass Donny Anderson 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1974-09-22 @ WAS W, 17-10 1 71 fumble Ron Yankowski 71 yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1974-09-22 @ WAS W, 17-10 2 75 rush Terry Metcalf 75 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1974-09-29 CLE W, 29-7 2 56 interception Norm Thompson 56 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1974-09-29 CLE W, 29-7 3 94 kickoff Terry Metcalf 94 yard kickoff return (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1974-09-29 CLE W, 29-7 3 68 pass Mel Gray 68 yard pass from Jim Hart
7 1974-09-29 CLE W, 29-7 3 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush
8 1974-10-06 @ SFO W, 34-9 2 24 rush Terry Metcalf 24 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1974-10-06 @ SFO W, 34-9 3 57 pass Mel Gray 57 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1974-10-06 @ SFO W, 34-9 3 4 pass Donny Anderson 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1974-10-06 @ SFO W, 34-9 3 59 pass Mel Gray 59 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1974-10-13 DAL W, 31-28 2 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1974-10-13 DAL W, 31-28 2 80 pass Mel Gray 80 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1974-10-13 DAL W, 31-28 2 19 pass Jackie Smith 19 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1974-10-13 DAL W, 31-28 3 8 rush Terry Metcalf 8 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1974-10-20 @ HOU W, 31-27 1 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1974-10-20 @ HOU W, 31-27 2 6 pass Earl Thomas 6 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1974-10-20 @ HOU W, 31-27 2 40 pass Earl Thomas 40 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1974-10-20 @ HOU W, 31-27 4 5 rush Donny Anderson 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1974-10-27 WAS W, 23-20 1 53 interception Roger Wehrli 53 yard interception return
21 1974-10-27 WAS W, 23-20 2 52 pass Earl Thomas 52 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1974-10-27 WAS W, 23-20 3 17 pass Donny Anderson 17 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1974-11-03 @ DAL L, 14-17 1 19 pass Jackie Smith 19 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1974-11-03 @ DAL L, 14-17 3 10 pass Mel Gray 10 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1974-11-11 MIN L, 24-28 1 40 pass J.V. Cain 40 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1974-11-11 MIN L, 24-28 2 12 pass Earl Thomas 12 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1974-11-11 MIN L, 24-28 4 4 rush Jim Hart 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1974-11-17 @ PHI W, 13-3 1 1 rush Jim Hart 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1974-11-24 @ NYG W, 23-21 3 16 pass Earl Thomas 16 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1974-11-24 @ NYG W, 23-21 4 45 pass Mel Gray 45 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1974-12-01 KAN L, 13-17 1 22 pass Terry Metcalf 22 yard pass from Jim Hart
32 1974-12-01 KAN L, 13-17 4 2 rush Terry Metcalf 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
33 1974-12-15 NYG W, 26-14 3 4 pass Ken Willard 4 yard pass from Jim Hart
34 1974-12-15 NYG W, 26-14 3 28 pass Jackie Smith 28 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
35 1974-12-15 NYG W, 26-14 3 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
36 1974-12-15 NYG W, 26-14 4 16 rush Terry Metcalf 16 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-22 @ WAS L, 10-17 2 11 pass Alvin Reed 11 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
2 1974-09-29 CLE L, 7-29 3 55 pass Gloster Richardson 55 yard pass from Greg Pruitt (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1974-10-06 @ SFO L, 9-34 1 58 pass Gene Washington 58 yard pass from Joe Reed
4 1974-10-13 DAL L, 28-31 1 98 punt Dennis Morgan 98 yard punt return (Efren Herrera kick)
5 1974-10-13 DAL L, 28-31 2 24 pass Jean Fugett 24 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
6 1974-10-13 DAL L, 28-31 4 1 rush Walt Garrison 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
7 1974-10-13 DAL L, 28-31 4 1 rush Roger Staubach 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
8 1974-10-20 @ HOU L, 27-31 1 8 pass Mike Montgomery 8 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
9 1974-10-20 @ HOU L, 27-31 4 1 rush George Amundson 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
10 1974-10-20 @ HOU L, 27-31 4 1 rush George Amundson 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
11 1974-10-27 WAS L, 20-23 2 2 pass Larry Brown 2 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Mark Moseley kick)
12 1974-10-27 WAS L, 20-23 4 13 pass Larry Brown 13 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Mark Moseley kick)
13 1974-11-03 @ DAL W, 17-14 2 2 rush Robert Newhouse 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
14 1974-11-03 @ DAL W, 17-14 4 2 rush Calvin Hill 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
15 1974-11-11 MIN W, 28-24 1 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1974-11-11 MIN W, 28-24 1 10 pass John Gilliam 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
17 1974-11-11 MIN W, 28-24 3 13 rush Chuck Foreman 13 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
18 1974-11-11 MIN W, 28-24 4 11 rush Fran Tarkenton 11 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1974-11-24 @ NYG L, 21-23 2 2 rush Ron Johnson 2 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
20 1974-11-24 @ NYG L, 21-23 3 29 pass Bob Tucker 29 yard pass from Craig Morton (Pete Gogolak kick)
21 1974-11-24 @ NYG L, 21-23 4 17 pass Walker Gillette 17 yard pass from Craig Morton (Pete Gogolak kick)
22 1974-12-01 KAN W, 17-13 3 4 pass Jeff Kinney 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1974-12-01 KAN W, 17-13 4 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1974-12-08 @ NOR W, 14-0 1 66 rush Alvin Maxson 66 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
25 1974-12-08 @ NOR W, 14-0 4 6 rush Paul Seal 6 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
26 1974-12-15 NYG L, 14-26 2 2 rush Ron Johnson 2 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
27 1974-12-15 NYG L, 14-26 2 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)