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1976 St. Louis Cardinals

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10-4-0, Finished 3rd in NFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.6, Offense: 3.5, Defense: -1.0, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 309 points (22.1/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 267 points (19.1/g), 16th.
 Differential of 42 points (3.0/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.2-5.8.

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

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Lindenwoods Colleges (St. Charles, Missouri)

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 309 5136 989 5.2 37 24 25 307 220 392 2835 18 13 6.9 142 580 2301 17 4.0 140
Team Defense 267 4089 864 4.7 39 20 23 239 176 342 2110 13 19 5.7 105 491 1979 19 4.0 111
Lg Rank Offense 8 3 20 26 1 7 5 7 5 3 4 8 8 18
Lg Rank Defense 16 12 9 9 11 7 15 9 12 19 10 12 22 17

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 30 24 25 456 175 281 2 17 352 279 73 3
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 2-0 Green Bay Packers 29 0 22 420 212 208 7 131 69 62 7
3 Sun September 26 boxscore L 2-1 @ San Diego Chargers 24 43 22 364 240 124 5 24 451 245 206
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-1 New York Giants 27 21 25 304 117 187 23 344 207 137 1
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 33 14 29 384 186 198 1 14 175 117 58 4
6 Sun October 17 boxscore W 5-1 Dallas Cowboys 21 17 26 436 346 90 4 23 380 229 151 1
7 Mon October 25 boxscore L 5-2 @ Washington Redskins 10 20 15 306 206 100 10 15 140 23 117 3
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W OT 6-2 San Francisco 49ers 23 20 17 373 225 148 1 23 382 117 265 2
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 7-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 14 20 317 132 185 2 14 270 143 127 4
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 8-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 30 28 23 417 324 93 2 15 283 161 122 1
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 8-3 Washington Redskins 10 16 16 307 155 152 4 20 357 110 247 3
12 Thu November 25 boxscore L 8-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 14 19 24 377 249 128 2 16 295 126 169 3
13 Sat December 4 boxscore W 9-4 Baltimore Colts 24 17 20 375 198 177 1 12 279 217 62 5
14 Sun December 12 boxscore W 10-4 @ New York Giants 17 14 23 300 70 230 3 16 250 67 183 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* 32 QB 14 14 10-4-0 218 388 56.2% 2946 18 4.6 13 3.4 77 7.6 7.0 13.5 210.4 82.0 17 132 6.95 6.39 4.2 3 4
10 Bill Donckers 25 1 0 1 1 100.0% 16 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 118.7 0 0 16.00 16.00 0.0
21 Terry Metcalf 25 PR/RB 12 12 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
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 29 RCB 14 14 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
15 Sam Wyche 31 1 0 1 1 100.0% 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 87.5 0 0 5.00 5.00 0.0
Team Total 27.3 14 10-4-0 220 392 56.1% 2967 18 4.6 13 3.3 77 7.6 7.0 13.5 211.9 81.9 17 132 6.93 6.38 4.2 3 4
Opp Total 14 176 342 51.5% 2358 13 3.8 19 5.6 6.9 5.15 13.4 168.4 63.2 31 248 5.7 4.1 8.3

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 28 FB 14 11 233 891 2 23 3.8 63.6 16.6 2 15 7.5 0 8 0.1 1.1 906 2 7
21 Terry Metcalf 25 PR/RB 12 12 134 537 3 36 4.0 44.8 11.2 33 388 11.8 4 48 2.8 32.3 925 7 15
34 Steve Jones 25 13 4 113 451 8 19 4.0 34.7 8.7 29 152 5.2 1 15 2.2 11.7 603 9 2
24 Wayne Morris 22 rb 14 1 64 292 3 27 4.6 20.9 4.6 8 75 9.4 1 19 0.6 5.4 367 4 4
32 Jerry Latin 23 KR 11 0 25 115 1 26 4.6 10.5 2.3 4 35 8.8 0 15 0.4 3.2 150 1 3
17 Jim Hart* 32 QB 14 14 8 7 0 10 0.9 0.5 0.6 7 0 4
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 29 RCB 14 14 2 8 0 8 4.0 0.6 0.1 8 0 1
87 Terry Joyce 22 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
84 Ike Harris 24 WR 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 52 782 15.0 1 40 4.3 65.2 782 1 0
85 Mel Gray* 28 WR 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 686 19.1 5 77 3.3 62.4 686 5 0
88 J.V. Cain 25 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 400 15.4 5 34 1.9 28.6 400 5 0
83 Pat Tilley 23 wr 13 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 407 15.7 1 45 2.0 31.3 407 1 2
81 Jackie Smith 36 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 22 7.3 0 16 0.3 1.8 22 0 0
30 Gary Hammond 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 5 0 1
Team Total 27.3 14 580 2301 17 36 4.0 164.4 41.4 220 2967 13.5 18 77 15.7 211.9 5268 35 44
Opp Total 14 491 1979 19 4.0 141.4 35.1 176 2110 12.0 13 12.6 150.7 4089 32 32

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 25 PR/RB 12 12 17 188 0 39 11.1 16 325 0 33 20.3 1438
32 Jerry Latin 23 KR 11 0 16 357 0 39 22.3 507
83 Pat Tilley 23 wr 13 5 15 146 0 17 9.7 553
24 Wayne Morris 22 rb 14 1 9 181 0 34 20.1 548
30 Gary Hammond 27 14 0 3 16 0 8 5.3 2 36 0 21 18.0 57
26 Dwayne Crump 26 13 0 3 57 0 22 19.0 57
81 Jackie Smith 36 12 0 3 63 0 35 21.0 85
52 Mike McGraw 23 4 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
53 Steve Neils 25 7 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
38 Lee Nelson 22 db 9 2 1 43 0 43 43.0 43
65 Brad Oates 23 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
33 Steve Okoniewski 27 8 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
46 Jeff Severson 27 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
Team Total 27.3 14 36 350 0 39 9.7 54 1102 0 43 20.4 6720
Opp Total 14 33 304 1 9.2 66 1623 1 24.6

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
87 Terry Joyce 22 P 14 0 64 2331 54 2 36.4
25 Jim Bakken*+ 36 K 14 0 11 10 8 6 8 4 27 20 74.1%% 35 33 94.3%%
Team Total 27.3 14 11 10 8 6 8 4 27 20 74.1%% 35 33 94.3%% 64 2331 54 2 36.4
Opp Total 14 20 10 50.0%% 34 31 91.2%% 71 2755 38.8

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 25 PR/RB 12 12 0 15 5 0 0
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 29 RCB 14 14 4 31 0 26 0 0 1 4 4 0
35 Jim Otis 28 FB 14 11 0 7 1 0 0
17 Jim Hart* 32 QB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
24 Wayne Morris 22 rb 14 1 0 4 1 0 0
20 Mike Sensibaugh 27 FS 14 14 4 60 1 35 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Steve Jones 25 13 4 0 2 2 0 0
56 Tim Kearney 26 MLB 12 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 16 0
32 Jerry Latin 23 KR 11 0 0 3 1 8 0
43 Norm Thompson 31 LCB 13 12 4 83 0 38 0
57 Mark Arneson 27 RLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
79 Bob Bell 28 RDE 14 11 0 0 3 0 0
51 Tom Brahaney 25 14 0 0 2 0 -19 0
30 Gary Hammond 27 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
87 Terry Joyce 22 P 14 0 0 1 1 -14 0
33 Steve Okoniewski 27 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 32 SS 14 14 2 41 0 25 0
83 Pat Tilley 23 wr 13 5 0 2 0 0 0
55 Ray White 27 mlb 6 5 2 20 0 16 0
54 Tom Banks*+ 28 C 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
58 Al Beauchamp 32 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 J.V. Cain 25 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
76 Charles Davis 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 7 0
72 Dan Dierdorf*+ 27 RT 14 14 0 0 1 1 0
41 Clarence Duren 26 13 0 1 8 0 8 0
60 Roger Finnie 31 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
85 Mel Gray* 28 WR 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
27 Eddie Moss 28 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Steve Neils 25 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
38 Lee Nelson 22 db 9 2 0 0 1 0 0
78 Ron Yankowski 30 5 5 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 19 243 1 38 0 0 44 37 3 0
Opp Total 14 17 32 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*+ 36 K 14 0 33 20 93
34 Steve Jones 25 13 4 8 1 9 54
21 Terry Metcalf 25 PR/RB 12 12 3 4 7 42
88 J.V. Cain 25 TE 14 14 5 5 30
85 Mel Gray* 28 WR 11 11 5 5 30
24 Wayne Morris 22 rb 14 1 3 1 4 24
35 Jim Otis 28 FB 14 11 2 2 12
84 Ike Harris 24 WR 12 12 1 1 6
32 Jerry Latin 23 KR 11 0 1 1 6
20 Mike Sensibaugh 27 FS 14 14 1 1 6
83 Pat Tilley 23 wr 13 5 1 1 6
Team Total 27.3 14 17 18 1 36 33 20 309
Opp Total 14 19 13 1 1 31 10 1 267

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ SEA W, 30-24 2 12 pass Ike Harris 12 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1976-09-12 @ SEA W, 30-24 3 27 pass Pat Tilley 27 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1976-09-12 @ SEA W, 30-24 4 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1976-09-19 GNB W, 29-0 4 2 rush Terry Metcalf 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1976-09-19 GNB W, 29-0 4 3 rush Steve Jones 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1976-09-26 @ SDG L, 24-43 1 14 pass J.V. Cain 14 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1976-09-26 @ SDG L, 24-43 3 11 pass Wayne Morris 11 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1976-09-26 @ SDG L, 24-43 4 1 rush Wayne Morris 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1976-10-03 NYG W, 27-21 1 35 interception Mike Sensibaugh 35 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1976-10-03 NYG W, 27-21 2 3 pass Steve Jones 3 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1976-10-03 NYG W, 27-21 4 3 rush Steve Jones 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1976-10-10 PHI W, 33-14 2 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush
13 1976-10-10 PHI W, 33-14 2 49 pass Mel Gray 49 yard pass from Jim Hart
14 1976-10-10 PHI W, 33-14 2 6 rush Wayne Morris 6 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1976-10-10 PHI W, 33-14 3 4 rush Jerry Latin 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1976-10-10 PHI W, 33-14 4 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1976-10-17 DAL W, 21-17 2 54 pass Mel Gray 54 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1976-10-17 DAL W, 21-17 3 4 pass Terry Metcalf 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1976-10-17 DAL W, 21-17 4 17 pass Mel Gray 17 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1976-10-25 @ WAS L, 10-20 2 8 pass J.V. Cain 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1976-10-31 SFO W, 23-20 1 9 pass J.V. Cain 9 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1976-10-31 SFO W, 23-20 3 23 pass Terry Metcalf 23 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1976-10-31 SFO W, 23-20 4 77 pass Mel Gray 77 yard pass from Jim Hart
24 1976-11-07 @ PHI W, 17-14 3 2 rush Steve Jones 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1976-11-07 @ PHI W, 17-14 3 7 rush Wayne Morris 7 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1976-11-14 @ RAM W, 30-28 3 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1976-11-14 @ RAM W, 30-28 3 2 rush Terry Metcalf 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1976-11-14 @ RAM W, 30-28 4 25 pass J.V. Cain 25 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1976-11-21 WAS L, 10-16 1 48 pass Terry Metcalf 48 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1976-11-25 @ DAL L, 14-19 2 5 rush Steve Jones 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1976-11-25 @ DAL L, 14-19 4 19 pass Mel Gray 19 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
32 1976-12-04 BAL W, 24-17 1 5 pass J.V. Cain 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
33 1976-12-04 BAL W, 24-17 1 41 pass Terry Metcalf 41 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
34 1976-12-04 BAL W, 24-17 2 4 rush Steve Jones 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
35 1976-12-12 @ NYG W, 17-14 2 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
36 1976-12-12 @ NYG W, 17-14 4 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ SEA L, 24-30 3 15 pass Sam McCullum 15 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Don Bitterlich kick)
2 1976-09-12 @ SEA L, 24-30 4 72 pass Sam McCullum 72 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Don Bitterlich kick)
3 1976-09-12 @ SEA L, 24-30 4 8 rush Jim Zorn 8 yard rush (Don Bitterlich kick)
4 1976-09-26 @ SDG W, 43-24 1 13 rush Don Woods 13 yard rush
5 1976-09-26 @ SDG W, 43-24 2 3 rush Rickey Young 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1976-09-26 @ SDG W, 43-24 2 30 pass Charlie Joiner 30 yard pass from Dan Fouts
7 1976-09-26 @ SDG W, 43-24 2 44 pass Dwight McDonald 44 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Toni Fritsch kick)
8 1976-09-26 @ SDG W, 43-24 2 18 pass Dwight McDonald 18 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Toni Fritsch kick)
9 1976-09-26 @ SDG W, 43-24 4 1 pass Pat Curran 1 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1976-10-03 NYG L, 21-27 1 5 rush Larry Csonka 5 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
11 1976-10-03 NYG L, 21-27 3 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
12 1976-10-03 NYG L, 21-27 4 2 rush Marsh White 2 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
13 1976-10-10 PHI L, 14-33 1 3 pass Keith Krepfle 3 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Horst Muhlmann kick)
14 1976-10-10 PHI L, 14-33 4 2 rush Bill Olds 2 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
15 1976-10-17 DAL L, 17-21 2 34 pass Billy Joe DuPree 34 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
16 1976-10-17 DAL L, 17-21 4 11 pass Drew Pearson 11 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
17 1976-10-25 @ WAS W, 20-10 4 7 rush Mike Thomas 7 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
18 1976-10-25 @ WAS W, 20-10 4 71 punt Eddie Brown 71 yard punt return (Mark Moseley kick)
19 1976-10-31 SFO L, 20-23 2 4 rush Delvin Williams 4 yard rush
20 1976-10-31 SFO L, 20-23 2 23 rush Delvin Williams 23 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1976-10-31 SFO L, 20-23 4 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1976-11-07 @ PHI L, 14-17 1 48 pass Charlie Smith 48 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Horst Muhlmann kick)
23 1976-11-07 @ PHI L, 14-17 4 6 rush Dave Hampton 6 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
24 1976-11-14 @ RAM L, 28-30 1 4 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 4 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
25 1976-11-14 @ RAM L, 28-30 2 65 pass Harold Jackson 65 yard pass from Pat Haden (Tom Dempsey kick)
26 1976-11-14 @ RAM L, 28-30 3 90 kickoff Cullen Bryant 90 yard kickoff return (Tom Dempsey kick)
27 1976-11-14 @ RAM L, 28-30 4 5 rush Pat Haden 5 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
28 1976-11-21 WAS W, 16-10 3 22 rush Mike Thomas 22 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
29 1976-11-25 @ DAL W, 19-14 1 2 pass Scott Laidlaw 2 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
30 1976-11-25 @ DAL W, 19-14 2 4 rush Roger Staubach 4 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
31 1976-12-04 BAL L, 17-24 1 1 rush Lydell Mitchell 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
32 1976-12-04 BAL L, 17-24 3 30 pass Raymond Chester 30 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
33 1976-12-12 @ NYG L, 14-17 1 1 rush Larry Watkins 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
34 1976-12-12 @ NYG L, 14-17 4 3 rush Doug Kotar 3 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)