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1961 Denver Broncos

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3-11-0, Finished 3rd in AFL West Division  · 1961 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -11.3, Offense: -5.7, Defense: -5.6, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 251 points (17.9/g), 7th of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 432 points (30.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of -181 points (-12.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 3.0-11.0.

Coach: Frank Filchock (3-11-0)

Stadium: Bears Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado)

Team Info

Partial Owner/President Calvin Kunz
Partial Owner/Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerald Phipps
General Manager Dean Griffing
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 251 3811 934 4.1 68 23 26 219 265 568 2720 18 45 4.5 127 333 1091 11 3.3 66
Team Defense 432 4418 901 4.9 40 14 23 233 194 433 2785 30 26 6.0 127 435 1633 17 3.8 83
Lg Rank Offense 7 7 8 8 6 1 3 4 8 7 8 8 7 8
Lg Rank Defense 7 6 7 7 3 3 5 8 4 6 7 5 4 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 10 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 22 10 12 279 179 100 2 13 284 118 166 3
2 Sat September 16 boxscore L 1-1 @ Boston Patriots 17 45 10 270 201 69 4 19 392 346 46 1
3 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-2 @ New York Titans 28 35 18 286 223 63 2 13 203 95 108 3
4 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-3 @ Oakland Raiders 19 33 14 275 164 111 3 14 256 103 153
5 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-4 Dallas Texans 12 19 19 271 214 57 6 18 230 39 191 1
6 Sun October 15 boxscore W 2-4 Oakland Raiders 27 24 14 294 212 82 3 21 388 247 141 5
7 Sun October 22 boxscore W 3-4 New York Titans 27 10 20 338 205 133 4 17 359 281 78 6
8 Sun October 29 boxscore L 3-5 @ San Diego Chargers 0 37 14 304 228 76 7 13 312 211 101 5
9 Sun November 5 boxscore L 3-6 Houston Oilers 14 55 19 204 130 74 6 24 582 348 234 2
10 Sun November 12 boxscore L 3-7 San Diego Chargers 16 19 19 358 272 86 5 13 209 153 56 3
11 Sun November 19 boxscore L 3-8 Buffalo Bills 10 23 11 273 161 112 9 13 235 155 80
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 3-9 @ Houston Oilers 14 45 11 159 115 44 8 21 311 251 60 6
13 Sun December 3 boxscore L 3-10 Boston Patriots 24 28 19 281 217 64 4 11 244 173 71 2
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 3-11 @ Dallas Texans 21 49 19 219 199 20 5 23 413 265 148 3

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
18 Frank Tripucka 34 QB 14 11 3-7-0 167 344 48.5% 1690 10 2.9 21 6.1 87 4.9 2.7 10.1 120.7 47.3 1 1
16 George Herring 27 P/qb 14 3 0-4-0 93 211 44.1% 1160 5 2.4 22 10.4 54 5.5 1.3 12.5 82.9 30.0 0 1
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 4 8 50.0% 136 2 25.0 0 0.0 52 17.0 22.0 34.0 13.6 135.4
34 Donnie Stone* 24 HB 14 0 1 2 50.0% 18 1 50.0 0 0.0 18 9.0 19.0 18.0 1.3 120.8
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 26 SE 14 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0
42 Al Frazier 26 FL/KR/PR 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0
Team Total 25.8 14 3-11-0 265 568 46.7% 3004 18 3.2 45 7.9 87 5.3 2.4 11.3 214.6 40.6 1 2
Opp Total 14 194 433 44.8% 3060 30 6.9 26 6.0 7.1 5.75 15.8 218.6 66.9 33 275 6.0 4.8 7.1

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
34 Donnie Stone* 24 HB 14 0 127 505 4 34 4.0 36.1 9.1 38 344 9.1 4 37 2.7 24.6 849 8 3
33 Fred Bukaty 25 FB 14 0 76 187 5 45 2.5 13.4 5.4 14 94 6.7 0 13 1.0 6.7 281 5 3
42 Al Frazier 26 FL/KR/PR 14 0 23 110 0 43 4.8 7.9 1.6 47 799 17.0 6 87 3.4 57.1 909 6 9
22 Dave Ames 24 7 0 19 114 0 26 6.0 16.3 2.7 6 20 3.3 0 9 0.9 2.9 134 0 2
36 James Stinnette 23 14 0 18 8 0 9 0.4 0.6 1.3 11 58 5.3 1 15 0.8 4.1 66 1 1
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 18 51 0 15 2.8 5.1 1.8 8 110 13.8 2 69 0.8 11.0 161 2 2
40 Al Carmichael 33 6 0 15 24 0 8 1.6 4.0 2.5 5 23 4.6 0 14 0.8 3.8 47 0 4
16 George Herring 27 P/qb 14 3 15 74 2 20 4.9 5.3 1.1 74 2 4
72 Jerry Sturm 25 14 0 8 31 0 9 3.9 2.2 0.6 2 -1 -0.5 0 0 0.1 -0.1 30 0 1
20 Jerry Traynham 22 k 2 0 6 12 0 8 2.0 6.0 3.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.5 -0.5 11 0 0
18 Frank Tripucka 34 QB 14 11 4 -8 0 0 -2.0 -0.6 0.3 -8 0 3
22 Buddy Allen 24 1 0 3 -4 0 2 -1.3 -4.0 3.0 -4 0 1
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 26 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 100 1176 11.8 4 52 7.1 84.0 1176 4 0
88 Gene Prebola 23 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 349 12.0 1 54 2.1 24.9 349 1 0
84 Jack Hill 29 K 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 33 8.3 0 15 0.3 2.4 33 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 332 1104 11 45 3.3 78.9 23.7 265 3004 11.3 18 87 18.9 214.6 4108 29 33
Opp Total 14 435 1633 17 3.8 116.6 31.1 194 2785 14.4 30 13.9 198.9 4418 47 25

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
42 Al Frazier 26 FL/KR/PR 14 0 18 231 1 55 12.8 18 504 1 90 28.0 1644
40 Al Carmichael 33 6 0 7 58 0 29 8.3 16 310 0 31 19.4 415
22 Dave Ames 24 7 0 2 17 0 13 8.5 12 240 0 30 20.0 391
34 Donnie Stone* 24 HB 14 0 9 215 0 76 23.9 1064
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 4 120 0 30 30.0 282
41 Bob McNamara 30 LCB 14 0 4 17 0 9 4.3 17
33 Fred Bukaty 25 FB 14 0 3 41 0 20 13.7 322
23 Goose Gonsoulin* 23 RS 14 0 1 34 0 34 34.0 34
84 Jack Hill 29 K 14 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 56
88 Gene Prebola 23 TE 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 357
36 James Stinnette 23 14 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 72
Team Total 25.8 14 32 324 1 55 10.1 66 1501 1 90 22.7 5933
Opp Total 14 25 368 2 14.7 42 720 0 17.1

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
16 George Herring 27 P/qb 14 3 80 3149 63 0 39.4
84 Jack Hill 29 K 14 0 3 2 5 2 1 1 5 1 15 5 33.3%% 16 16 100.0%%
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 2 10 3 30.0%% 11 11 100.0%%
Team Total 25.8 14 4 3 7 3 4 2 7 3 25 8 32.0%% 27 27 100.0%% 80 3149 63 0 39.4
Opp Total 14 26 13 50.0%% 55 51 92.7%% 77 3142 40.8

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
42 Al Frazier 26 FL/KR/PR 14 0 0 9 0 0 0
15 Phil Nugent 22 LS 12 0 7 77 0 30 0
23 Goose Gonsoulin* 23 RS 14 0 6 76 0 38 0
45 Jim McMillin 22 RCB 14 0 5 56 0 26 0
40 Al Carmichael 33 6 0 0 4 0 0 0
16 George Herring 27 P/qb 14 3 0 4 0 0 0
33 Fred Bukaty 25 FB 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
53 Bob Hudson 31 LLB 14 0 3 16 0 13 0
41 Bob McNamara 30 LCB 14 0 3 85 0 34 0
34 Donnie Stone* 24 HB 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
18 Frank Tripucka 34 QB 14 11 0 3 0 0 0
22 Dave Ames 24 7 0 0 2 0 0 0
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
36 James Stinnette 23 14 0 1 40 0 40 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 Buddy Allen 24 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Pat Lamberti 24 7 0 1 5 0 5 0
72 Jerry Sturm 25 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 26 355 0 40 0 0 33 0 0 0
Opp Total 14 33 25 11 2

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
42 Al Frazier 26 FL/KR/PR 14 0 6 1 1 8 1 50
34 Donnie Stone* 24 HB 14 0 4 4 8 48
33 Fred Bukaty 25 FB 14 0 5 5 1 32
21 Gene Mingo 23 10 0 2 2 11 3 32
84 Jack Hill 29 K 14 0 16 5 31
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 26 SE 14 0 4 4 24
16 George Herring 27 P/qb 14 3 2 2 12
88 Gene Prebola 23 TE 14 0 1 1 1 8
61 Chuck Gavin 28 RDE 8 0 1 1 6
36 James Stinnette 23 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 14 11 18 1 1 1 32 3 27 8 1 249
Opp Total 14 17 30 2 1 5 51 13 2 432

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-10 @ BUF W, 22-10 1 50 pass Lionel Taylor 50 yard pass from Gene Mingo (Gene Mingo kick)
2 1961-09-10 @ BUF W, 22-10 2 23 pass Al Frazier 23 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (two point run successful)
3 1961-09-10 @ BUF W, 22-10 3 52 pass Lionel Taylor 52 yard pass from Gene Mingo (Gene Mingo kick)
4 1961-09-16 @ BOS L, 17-45 3 69 pass Gene Mingo 69 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
5 1961-09-16 @ BOS L, 17-45 4 3 pass Lionel Taylor 3 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
6 1961-09-24 @ NYT L, 28-35 1 5 pass Donnie Stone 5 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Gene Mingo kick)
7 1961-09-24 @ NYT L, 28-35 3 9 rush Donnie Stone 9 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
8 1961-09-24 @ NYT L, 28-35 4 3 rush Fred Bukaty 3 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
9 1961-09-24 @ NYT L, 28-35 4 1 rush Fred Bukaty 1 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
10 1961-10-01 @ OAK L, 19-33 4 2 rush Fred Bukaty 2 yard rush (two point pass successful)
11 1961-10-01 @ OAK L, 19-33 4 5 pass Gene Prebola 5 yard pass from George Herring (two point pass successful)
12 1961-10-08 DTX L, 12-19 4 12 pass Al Frazier 12 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (run failed)
13 1961-10-08 DTX L, 12-19 4 22 pass Lionel Taylor 22 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (pass failed)
14 1961-10-15 OAK W, 27-24 1 7 rush Donnie Stone 7 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
15 1961-10-15 OAK W, 27-24 2 1 rush Donnie Stone 1 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
16 1961-10-15 OAK W, 27-24 4 26 pass Al Frazier 26 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
17 1961-10-22 NYT W, 27-10 1 58 pass Al Frazier 58 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
18 1961-10-22 NYT W, 27-10 4 5 pass Donnie Stone 5 yard pass from George Herring (Jack Hill kick)
19 1961-10-22 NYT W, 27-10 4 18 pass Gene Mingo 18 yard pass from George Herring (Jack Hill kick)
20 1961-11-05 HOU L, 14-55 3 1 rush George Herring 1 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
21 1961-11-05 HOU L, 14-55 4 14 rush Donnie Stone 14 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
22 1961-11-12 SDG L, 16-19 1 1 rush Fred Bukaty 1 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
23 1961-11-12 SDG L, 16-19 4 87 pass Al Frazier 87 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
24 1961-11-19 BUF L, 10-23 1 45 rush Fred Bukaty 45 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
25 1961-11-26 @ HOU L, 14-45 1 9 pass James Stinnette 9 yard pass from George Herring (Jack Hill kick)
26 1961-11-26 @ HOU L, 14-45 4 19 rush George Herring 19 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
27 1961-12-03 BOS L, 24-28 2 23 pass Donnie Stone 23 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
28 1961-12-03 BOS L, 24-28 4 55 punt Al Frazier 55 yard punt return (Gene Mingo kick)
29 1961-12-03 BOS L, 24-28 4 90 kickoff Al Frazier 90 yard kickoff return (Gene Mingo kick)
30 1961-12-10 @ DTX L, 21-49 2 7 pass Donnie Stone 7 yard pass from George Herring (Gene Mingo kick)
31 1961-12-10 @ DTX L, 21-49 4 23 blocked punt Chuck Gavin 23 yard blocked punt return (Gene Mingo kick)
32 1961-12-10 @ DTX L, 21-49 4 18 pass Al Frazier 18 yard pass from Donnie Stone (Gene Mingo kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-10 @ BUF L, 10-22 1 65 rush Elbert Dubenion 65 yard rush (two point run successful)
2 1961-09-16 @ BOS W, 45-17 2 14 pass Jim Colclough 14 yard pass from Butch Songin (Gino Cappelletti kick)
3 1961-09-16 @ BOS W, 45-17 3 52 pass Gino Cappelletti 52 yard pass from Butch Songin (Gino Cappelletti kick)
4 1961-09-16 @ BOS W, 45-17 3 18 pass Jim Colclough 18 yard pass from Tom Yewcic (Gino Cappelletti kick)
5 1961-09-16 @ BOS W, 45-17 3 8 pass Thomas Stephens 8 yard pass from Butch Songin (Gino Cappelletti kick)
6 1961-09-16 @ BOS W, 45-17 4 1 rush Tom Yewcic 1 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
7 1961-09-16 @ BOS W, 45-17 4 28 pass Billy Lott 28 yard pass from Butch Songin (Gino Cappelletti kick)
8 1961-09-24 @ NYT W, 35-28 1 70 punt Dick Christy 70 yard punt return (Bill Shockley kick)
9 1961-09-24 @ NYT W, 35-28 1 34 pass Don Maynard 34 yard pass from Al Dorow (Bill Shockley kick)
10 1961-09-24 @ NYT W, 35-28 2 64 punt Dick Christy 64 yard punt return (Bill Shockley kick)
11 1961-09-24 @ NYT W, 35-28 2 39 pass Don Maynard 39 yard pass from Al Dorow (Bill Shockley kick)
12 1961-09-24 @ NYT W, 35-28 3 11 pass Art Powell 11 yard pass from Al Dorow (Bill Shockley kick)
13 1961-10-01 @ OAK W, 33-19 1 1 rush Wayne Crow 1 yard rush (George Fleming kick)
14 1961-10-01 @ OAK W, 33-19 2 18 pass Alan Miller 18 yard pass from Tom Flores (George Fleming kick)
15 1961-10-01 @ OAK W, 33-19 2 27 pass Bob Coolbaugh 27 yard pass from Tom Flores (George Fleming kick)
16 1961-10-01 @ OAK W, 33-19 3 1 rush Alan Miller 1 yard rush (George Fleming kick)
17 1961-10-08 DTX W, 19-12 1 1 rush Bo Dickinson 1 yard rush
18 1961-10-08 DTX W, 19-12 2 24 pass Chris Burford 24 yard pass from Cotton Davidson (Jack Spikes kick)
19 1961-10-15 OAK L, 24-27 2 13 rush George Fleming 13 yard rush (George Fleming kick)
20 1961-10-15 OAK L, 24-27 3 34 pass Charlie Hardy 34 yard pass from Tom Flores (George Fleming kick)
21 1961-10-15 OAK L, 24-27 4 1 rush Alan Miller 1 yard rush (George Fleming kick)
22 1961-10-22 NYT L, 10-27 2 51 pass Dick Christy 51 yard pass from Al Dorow (Bill Shockley kick)
23 1961-10-29 @ SDG W, 37-0 2 57 interception Bob Laraba 57 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
24 1961-10-29 @ SDG W, 37-0 2 58 interception Chuck Allen 58 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
25 1961-10-29 @ SDG W, 37-0 3 33 pass Don Norton 33 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
26 1961-10-29 @ SDG W, 37-0 4 34 pass Keith Lincoln 34 yard pass from Hunter Enis (George Blair kick)
27 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 2 14 pass Bob McLeod 14 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
28 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 2 2 rush Bill Groman 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
29 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 2 14 pass Bill Groman 14 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
30 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 3 31 pass Billy Cannon 31 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
31 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 3 3 rush Billy Cannon 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
32 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 4 17 rush Claude King 17 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
33 1961-11-05 HOU W, 55-14 4 80 pass Bill Groman 80 yard pass from Jacky Lee (George Blanda kick)
34 1961-11-12 SDG W, 19-16 3 91 pass Keith Lincoln 91 yard pass from Jack Kemp
35 1961-11-12 SDG W, 19-16 3 30 interception Dick Harris 30 yard interception return
36 1961-11-12 SDG W, 19-16 4 16 pass Bob Scarpitto 16 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Bob Laraba kick)
37 1961-11-19 BUF W, 23-10 2 34 pass Elbert Dubenion 34 yard pass from Johnny Green (Billy Atkins kick)
38 1961-11-19 BUF W, 23-10 4 43 pass Perry Richards 43 yard pass from Johnny Green
39 1961-11-19 BUF W, 23-10 4 21 interception Stew Barber 21 yard interception return (Billy Atkins kick)
40 1961-11-26 @ HOU W, 45-14 1 10 pass Charley Hennigan 10 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
41 1961-11-26 @ HOU W, 45-14 2 1 rush Charley Tolar 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
42 1961-11-26 @ HOU W, 45-14 2 62 field goal Mark Johnston 62 yard field goal return (George Blanda kick)
43 1961-11-26 @ HOU W, 45-14 4 0 fumble Doug Cline 0 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
44 1961-11-26 @ HOU W, 45-14 4 15 pass Billy Cannon 15 yard pass from Jacky Lee (George Blanda kick)
45 1961-11-26 @ HOU W, 45-14 4 44 pass Claude King 44 yard pass from Jacky Lee (George Blanda kick)
46 1961-12-03 BOS W, 28-24 1 1 rush Billy Lott 1 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
47 1961-12-03 BOS W, 28-24 1 6 pass Billy Lott 6 yard pass from Butch Songin (Gino Cappelletti kick)
48 1961-12-03 BOS W, 28-24 4 51 pass Larry Garron 51 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
49 1961-12-03 BOS W, 28-24 4 7 rush Babe Parilli 7 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
50 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 1 1 rush Bo Dickinson 1 yard rush (Cotton Davidson kick)
51 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 2 45 pass Johnny Robinson 45 yard pass from Cotton Davidson (Cotton Davidson kick)
52 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 2 49 rush Frank Jackson 49 yard rush (Cotton Davidson kick)
53 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 3 8 rush Frank Jackson 8 yard rush (Cotton Davidson kick)
54 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 3 20 pass Frank Jackson 20 yard pass from Cotton Davidson (Cotton Davidson kick)
55 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 4 30 rush Frank Jackson 30 yard rush (Cotton Davidson kick)
56 1961-12-10 @ DTX W, 49-21 4 31 interception Sherrill Headrick 31 yard interception return (Cotton Davidson kick)