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1977 St. Louis Cardinals

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7-7-0, Finished 3rd in NFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.4, Offense: 2.6, Defense: -4.0, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 272 points (19.4/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (20.5/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -15 points (-1.1/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

Coach: Don Coryell (7-7-0)
 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 272 4541 888 5.1 37 16 16 247 195 366 2499 14 21 6.6 117 507 2042 19 4.0 114
Team Defense 287 4504 914 4.9 31 12 16 258 198 375 2267 22 19 5.7 120 514 2237 11 4.4 122
Lg Rank Offense 11 7 17 16 10 12 2 14 13 1 16 12 4 10
Lg Rank Defense 23 24 19 20 21 21 26 27 17 22 11 22 10 26

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 L 0-1 @ Denver Broncos 0 7 12 273 204 69 1 15 258 122 136 4
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 1-1 Chicago Bears 16 13 17 348 215 133 4 18 285 184 101 2
3 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-2 @ Washington Redskins 14 24 19 329 223 106 3 16 361 198 163 1
4 Sun October 9 boxscore L 1-3 Dallas Cowboys 24 30 15 320 174 146 2 22 388 124 264 2
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 2-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 17 16 337 209 128 1 14 354 258 96 4
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 3-3 New Orleans Saints 49 31 31 487 243 244 2 23 440 275 165 2
7 Mon October 31 boxscore W 4-3 New York Giants 28 0 18 258 113 145 2 18 301 143 158 4
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 5-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 27 7 23 459 143 316 4 16 237 130 107 3
9 Mon November 14 boxscore W 6-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 17 19 295 137 158 2 16 236 80 156 3
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 7-3 Philadelphia Eagles 21 16 19 368 226 142 2 19 276 175 101 2
11 Thu November 24 boxscore L 7-4 Miami Dolphins 14 55 13 210 156 54 3 34 503 208 295 1
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 7-5 @ New York Giants 7 27 15 252 161 91 3 20 320 84 236
13 Sat December 10 boxscore L 7-6 Washington Redskins 20 26 13 309 133 176 4 16 266 115 151 2
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 7-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 17 17 296 162 134 4 11 279 171 108 1

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* 33 QB 14 14 7-7-0 186 355 52.4% 2542 13 3.7 20 5.6 69 7.2 5.4 13.7 181.6 64.3 13 89 6.67 4.93 3.5 2 2
10 Bill Donckers 26 5 0 5 5 100.0% 38 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6 98.3 1 11 4.50 4.50 16.7
21 Terry Metcalf* 26 KR/PR/RB 14 11 3 5 60.0% 27 1 20.0 1 20.0 11 5.4 0.4 9.0 1.9 74.6 1 9 3.00 -1.17 16.7
87 Terry Joyce 23 p 4 0 1 1 100.0% 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.3 79.2 0 0 1.00 1.00 0.0
Team Total 27.2 14 7-7-0 195 366 53.3% 2608 14 3.8 21 5.7 69 7.1 5.3 13.4 186.3 65.0 15 109 6.56 4.81 3.9 2 2
Opp Total 14 198 375 52.8% 2476 22 5.9 19 5.1 6.6 5.50 12.5 176.9 72.0 25 209 5.7 4.6 6.3

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
24 Wayne Morris 23 FB 12 7 165 661 8 35 4.0 55.1 13.8 24 222 9.3 1 34 2.0 18.5 883 9 5
21 Terry Metcalf* 26 KR/PR/RB 14 11 149 739 4 62 5.0 52.8 10.6 34 403 11.9 2 68 2.4 28.8 1142 6 10
35 Jim Otis 29 fb 13 7 99 334 2 25 3.4 25.7 7.6 2 18 9.0 0 9 0.2 1.4 352 2 2
32 Jerry Latin 24 rb 14 3 56 208 2 17 3.7 14.9 4.0 9 89 9.9 0 20 0.6 6.4 297 2 6
34 Steve Jones 26 14 0 24 77 3 18 3.2 5.5 1.7 12 66 5.5 0 16 0.9 4.7 143 3 0
17 Jim Hart* 33 QB 14 14 11 18 0 13 1.6 1.3 0.8 18 0 5
85 Mel Gray* 29 WR 14 14 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 38 782 20.6 5 69 2.7 55.9 781 5 0
87 Terry Joyce 23 p 4 0 1 -13 0 -13 -13.0 -3.3 0.3 -13 0 0
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 30 RCB 14 14 1 19 0 19 19.0 1.4 0.1 19 0 0
84 Ike Harris 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 547 13.7 3 38 2.9 39.1 547 3 0
88 J.V. Cain 26 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 328 13.1 2 38 1.9 25.2 328 2 0
81 Jackie Smith 37 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 49 9.8 1 13 0.4 3.5 49 1 1
83 Pat Tilley 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 64 12.8 0 31 0.4 4.6 64 0 1
23 Ken Stone 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 40 40.0 0 40 0.1 2.9 40 0 0
Team Total 27.2 14 507 2042 19 62 4.0 145.9 36.2 195 2608 13.4 14 69 13.9 186.3 4650 33 31
Opp Total 14 514 2237 11 4.4 159.8 36.7 198 2267 11.4 22 14.1 161.9 4504 33 19

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* 26 KR/PR/RB 14 11 14 108 0 23 7.7 32 772 0 51 24.1 2022
30 Bill Bradley 30 db 4 1 11 77 0 14 7.0 4 75 0 28 18.8 152
83 Pat Tilley 24 14 0 13 111 0 21 8.5 175
34 Steve Jones 26 14 0 8 132 0 25 16.5 275
38 Lee Nelson 23 LCB 10 7 1 4 0 4 4.0 3 68 0 36 22.7 72
32 Jerry Latin 24 rb 14 3 3 79 0 33 26.3 376
50 Kurt Allerman 22 14 0 2 39 0 22 19.5 39
24 Wayne Morris 23 FB 12 7 2 39 0 22 19.5 922
65 Brad Oates 24 9 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
35 Jim Otis 29 fb 13 7 1 16 0 16 16.0 368
46 Jeff Severson 28 db 14 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
81 Jackie Smith 37 14 1 1 15 0 15 15.0 64
45 Perry Smith 26 db 3 3 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
62 Keith Wortman 27 t 14 3 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 27.2 14 40 300 0 23 7.5 59 1271 0 51 21.5 6221
Opp Total 14 33 157 0 4.8 55 1104 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 Jim Bakken 37 K 14 0 2 2 5 3 8 2 1 16 7 43.8%% 36 35 97.2%%
12 Duane Carrell 28 P 10 0 49 1757 56 0 35.9
87 Terry Joyce 23 p 4 0 22 851 58 1 38.7
Team Total 27.2 14 2 2 5 3 8 2 1 16 7 43.8%% 36 35 97.2%% 71 2608 58 1 36.7
Opp Total 14 26 17 65.4%% 34 32 94.1%% 72 2844 39.5

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* 26 KR/PR/RB 14 11 0 10 1 0 0
17 Jim Hart* 33 QB 14 14 0 5 3 -12 0
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 30 RCB 14 14 5 44 0 41 0 0 0 3 4 0
32 Jerry Latin 24 rb 14 3 0 6 1 0 0
57 Mark Arneson 28 RLB 14 14 2 23 0 15 0 0 0 3 5 0
24 Wayne Morris 23 FB 12 7 0 5 0 0 0
38 Lee Nelson 23 LCB 10 7 4 37 0 26 0
36 Ken Reaves 33 SS 14 14 2 17 0 10 0 0 1 1 4 0
56 Tim Kearney 27 MLB 14 10 0 0 3 0 0
20 Mike Sensibaugh 28 FS 10 10 3 110 1 79 0
72 Dan Dierdorf*+ 28 RT 12 11 0 0 2 1 0
35 Jim Otis 29 fb 13 7 0 2 0 0 0
83 Pat Tilley 24 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
27 Carl Allen 22 db 14 4 1 22 0 22 0
54 Tom Banks* 29 C 14 14 0 0 1 3 0
76 Charles Davis 26 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 35 1
66 Conrad Dobler* 27 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 1
28 Robert Giblin 25 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Marv Kellum 25 lb 14 4 1 14 0 14 0
46 Jeff Severson 28 db 14 3 1 0 0 0 0
81 Jackie Smith 37 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
55 Eric Williams 22 LLB 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
62 Keith Wortman 27 t 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
64 Bob Young 35 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.2 14 19 267 1 79 0 0 31 25 40 2
Opp Total 14 15 19 7

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 37 K 14 0 35 7 56
24 Wayne Morris 23 FB 12 7 8 1 9 54
21 Terry Metcalf* 26 KR/PR/RB 14 11 4 2 6 36
85 Mel Gray* 29 WR 14 14 5 5 30
84 Ike Harris 25 WR 14 14 3 3 18
34 Steve Jones 26 14 0 3 3 18
88 J.V. Cain 26 TE 13 13 2 2 12
32 Jerry Latin 24 rb 14 3 2 2 12
35 Jim Otis 29 fb 13 7 2 2 12
76 Charles Davis 26 LDT 14 14 1 1 6
66 Conrad Dobler* 27 RG 14 14 1 1 6
20 Mike Sensibaugh 28 FS 10 10 1 1 6
81 Jackie Smith 37 14 1 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 14 19 14 2 1 36 35 7 272
Opp Total 14 11 22 1 32 17 287

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-25 CHI W, 16-13 2 17 pass J.V. Cain 17 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1977-10-02 @ WAS L, 14-24 4 7 pass J.V. Cain 7 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1977-10-02 @ WAS L, 14-24 4 1 rush Wayne Morris 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1977-10-09 DAL L, 24-30 1 62 rush Terry Metcalf 62 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1977-10-09 DAL L, 24-30 2 60 pass Mel Gray 60 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1977-10-09 DAL L, 24-30 3 35 fumble Charles Davis 35 yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1977-10-16 @ PHI W, 21-17 2 38 pass Ike Harris 38 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1977-10-16 @ PHI W, 21-17 2 10 rush Terry Metcalf 10 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1977-10-16 @ PHI W, 21-17 4 2 rush Jerry Latin 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 1 38 pass Mel Gray 38 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 1 2 rush Wayne Morris 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 2 9 rush Wayne Morris 9 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 3 1 rush Wayne Morris 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 4 11 pass Mel Gray 11 yard pass from Terry Metcalf (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 4 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1977-10-23 NOR W, 49-31 4 12 rush Wayne Morris 12 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1977-10-31 NYG W, 28-0 2 5 rush Steve Jones 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1977-10-31 NYG W, 28-0 2 0 fumble Conrad Dobler 0 yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1977-10-31 NYG W, 28-0 3 4 rush Jerry Latin 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1977-10-31 NYG W, 28-0 4 79 interception Mike Sensibaugh 79 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1977-11-06 @ MIN W, 27-7 1 2 pass Terry Metcalf 2 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1977-11-06 @ MIN W, 27-7 2 4 pass Wayne Morris 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1977-11-06 @ MIN W, 27-7 2 21 rush Wayne Morris 21 yard rush
24 1977-11-06 @ MIN W, 27-7 3 11 rush Terry Metcalf 11 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1977-11-14 @ DAL W, 24-17 3 1 rush Wayne Morris 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1977-11-14 @ DAL W, 24-17 4 49 pass Mel Gray 49 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1977-11-14 @ DAL W, 24-17 4 3 pass Jackie Smith 3 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1977-11-20 PHI W, 21-16 3 25 rush Jim Otis 25 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1977-11-20 PHI W, 21-16 3 69 pass Mel Gray 69 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1977-11-20 PHI W, 21-16 4 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1977-11-24 MIA L, 14-55 1 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
32 1977-11-24 MIA L, 14-55 4 19 pass Ike Harris 19 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
33 1977-12-04 @ NYG L, 7-27 2 6 pass Ike Harris 6 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
34 1977-12-10 WAS L, 20-26 2 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
35 1977-12-10 WAS L, 20-26 4 68 pass Terry Metcalf 68 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
36 1977-12-18 @ TAM L, 7-17 2 3 rush Wayne Morris 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 @ DEN W, 7-0 3 10 rush Otis Armstrong 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1977-09-25 CHI L, 13-16 4 10 pass Greg Latta 10 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
3 1977-10-02 @ WAS W, 24-14 1 12 pass Frank Grant 12 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
4 1977-10-02 @ WAS W, 24-14 3 27 pass Jean Fugett 27 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
5 1977-10-02 @ WAS W, 24-14 4 53 pass John Riggins 53 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
6 1977-10-09 DAL W, 30-24 2 77 rush Tony Dorsett 77 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
7 1977-10-09 DAL W, 30-24 4 1 rush Tony Dorsett 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
8 1977-10-09 DAL W, 30-24 4 17 pass Golden Richards 17 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
9 1977-10-16 @ PHI L, 17-21 4 36 pass Herb Lusk 36 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1977-10-16 @ PHI L, 17-21 4 50 pass Harold Carmichael 50 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Horst Muhlmann kick)
11 1977-10-23 NOR L, 31-49 2 19 rush Chuck Muncie 19 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
12 1977-10-23 NOR L, 31-49 2 25 pass Jim Thaxton 25 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
13 1977-10-23 NOR L, 31-49 2 53 pass Henry Childs 53 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
14 1977-10-23 NOR L, 31-49 4 29 pass Henry Childs 29 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
15 1977-11-06 @ MIN L, 7-27 3 9 pass Sammy White 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
16 1977-11-14 @ DAL L, 17-24 2 1 rush Tony Dorsett 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
17 1977-11-14 @ DAL L, 17-24 2 2 pass Billy Joe DuPree 2 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
18 1977-11-20 PHI L, 16-21 2 13 pass Harold Carmichael 13 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
19 1977-11-20 PHI L, 16-21 3 15 pass Charlie Smith 15 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Ove Johansson kick)
20 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 1 4 pass Nat Moore 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 1 7 pass Duriel Harris 7 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 2 9 pass Nat Moore 9 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 2 28 pass Nat Moore 28 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 3 17 pass Gary Davis 17 yard pass from Bob Griese
25 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 3 37 pass Andre Tillman 37 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 3 4 rush Leroy Harris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
27 1977-11-24 MIA W, 55-14 4 4 rush Benny Malone 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
28 1977-12-04 @ NYG W, 27-7 1 15 rush Bobby Hammond 15 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
29 1977-12-04 @ NYG W, 27-7 3 54 interception Bill Bryant 54 yard interception return (Joe Danelo kick)
30 1977-12-04 @ NYG W, 27-7 4 2 rush Willie Spencer 2 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
31 1977-12-10 WAS W, 26-20 1 14 pass Calvin Hill 14 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
32 1977-12-10 WAS W, 26-20 4 4 rush Mike Thomas 4 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
33 1977-12-18 @ TAM W, 17-7 1 1 rush Louis Carter 1 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
34 1977-12-18 @ TAM W, 17-7 2 61 pass Morris Owens 61 yard pass from Gary Huff (Dave Green kick)