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1977 New Orleans Saints

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3-11-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.2, Offense: 0.3, Defense: -9.4, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 232 points (16.6/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 336 points (24.0/g), 26th.
 Differential of -104 points (-7.4/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 4.1-9.9.

Coach: Hank Stram (3-11-0)

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 Training Camp: Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Florida)

Team Info

President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
Head Coach/General Manager Hank Stram
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 232 3597 851 4.2 32 11 12 223 166 321 1573 13 21 4.3 96 484 2024 14 4.2 115
Team Defense 336 4622 940 4.9 25 15 16 272 154 290 1893 15 10 6.0 103 623 2729 21 4.4 153
Lg Rank Offense 15 21 12 4 19 20 23 17 13 23 20 13 12 6
Lg Rank Defense 26 25 26 14 25 2 10 18 27 26 27 27 25 27

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 Green Bay Packers 20 24 19 315 162 153 2 11 204 123 81 1
2 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-2 @ Detroit Lions 19 23 9 92 53 39 1 26 429 123 306 1
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 1-2 @ Chicago Bears 42 24 18 314 168 146 19 415 218 197 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore L 1-3 San Diego Chargers 0 14 18 200 43 157 2 14 269 137 132 2
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L 1-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 14 12 232 155 77 24 408 165 243 3
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 1-5 @ St. Louis Cardinals 31 49 23 440 275 165 2 31 487 243 244 2
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 2-5 Los Angeles Rams 27 26 19 343 90 253 2 19 376 242 134 3
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 2-6 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 28 9 166 88 78 5 21 295 150 145 1
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L OT 2-7 San Francisco 49ers 7 10 12 194 33 161 2 21 287 44 243 2
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 3-7 Atlanta Falcons 21 20 19 296 84 212 3 18 245 35 210 3
11 Sun November 27 boxscore L 3-8 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 20 13 183 19 164 1 16 343 61 282 1
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 3-9 New York Jets 13 16 18 303 115 188 16 282 141 141 1
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 3-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 33 17 250 154 96 7 14 238 103 135 1
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 3-11 @ Atlanta Falcons 7 35 17 269 134 135 5 22 344 108 236 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
8 Archie Manning 28 QB 10 9 1-8-0 113 205 55.1% 1284 8 3.9 9 4.4 59 6.3 5.1 11.4 128.4 68.8 36 288 4.13 3.12 14.9 1 1
12 Bobby Scott 28 qb 5 3 1-2-0 36 82 43.9% 516 3 3.7 8 9.8 53 6.3 2.6 14.3 103.2 37.5 5 43 5.44 1.99 5.7 1 1
10 Bobby Douglass 30 qb 4 2 1-1-0 16 31 51.6% 130 1 3.2 3 9.7 31 4.2 0.5 8.1 32.5 33.7 5 29 2.81 -0.39 13.9
16 Tom Blanchard 29 P 14 0 1 3 33.3% 3 1 33.3 1 33.3 3 1.0 -7.3 3.0 0.2 42.4 0 0 1.00 -7.33 0.0
Team Total 26.0 14 3-11-0 166 321 51.7% 1933 13 4.0 21 6.5 59 6.0 3.9 11.6 138.1 56.5 46 360 4.29 2.42 12.5 2 2
Opp Total 14 154 290 53.1% 2127 15 5.2 10 3.4 7.3 6.82 13.8 151.9 79.8 27 234 6.0 5.5 8.5

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
42 Chuck Muncie 24 RB 14 11 201 811 6 36 4.0 57.9 14.4 21 248 11.8 1 35 1.5 17.7 1059 7 3
34 Tony Galbreath 23 FB 14 14 168 644 3 26 3.8 46.0 12.0 41 265 6.5 0 30 2.9 18.9 909 3 3
33 Mike Strachan 24 rb 13 3 55 271 0 18 4.9 20.8 4.2 3 26 8.7 0 10 0.2 2.0 297 0 4
8 Archie Manning 28 QB 10 9 39 270 5 27 6.9 27.0 3.9 270 5 5
32 Kim Jones 25 14 0 8 23 0 8 2.9 1.6 0.6 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 32 0 0
36 Greg Boykin 24 14 0 5 -9 0 4 -1.8 -0.6 0.4 3 21 7.0 0 9 0.2 1.5 12 0 0
12 Bobby Scott 28 qb 5 3 4 11 0 9 2.8 2.2 0.8 11 0 0
10 Bobby Douglass 30 qb 4 2 2 23 0 20 11.5 5.8 0.5 23 0 1
87 Don Herrmann 30 WR 13 13 1 -17 0 -17 -17.0 -1.3 0.1 32 408 12.8 0 39 2.5 31.4 391 0 1
86 Jim Thaxton 28 te 14 6 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 14 211 15.1 1 41 1.0 15.1 208 1 0
85 Henry Childs 26 TE 13 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 518 15.7 9 59 2.5 39.8 518 9 0
41 John Gilliam 32 WR 10 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 133 12.1 1 23 1.1 13.3 133 1 0
84 Rich Mauti 23 KR/PR 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 71 17.8 0 23 0.3 5.1 71 0 2
80 Larry Burton 26 wr 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 1.0 13.0 13 0 0
78 Elois Grooms 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 1 3 0.1 0.2 3 1 0
88 Joel Parker 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 1.0 7.0 7 0 0
Team Total 26.0 14 484 2024 14 36 4.2 144.6 34.6 166 1933 11.6 13 59 11.9 138.1 3957 27 20
Opp Total 14 623 2729 21 4.4 194.9 44.5 154 1893 12.3 15 11.0 135.2 4622 36 29

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
84 Rich Mauti 23 KR/PR 14 4 37 281 0 33 7.6 27 609 0 38 22.6 961
24 Clarence Chapman 24 RCB 14 14 15 385 1 92 25.7 385
89 Leonard Willis 24 7 0 8 148 0 27 18.5 148
36 Greg Boykin 24 14 0 5 76 0 24 15.2 88
73 Joe Campbell 22 rde 14 6 2 33 0 20 16.5 33
32 Kim Jones 25 14 0 2 23 0 13 11.5 55
53 Rick Kingrea 28 14 0 2 21 0 21 10.5 21
42 Chuck Muncie 24 RB 14 11 1 19 0 19 19.0 1078
26 Jimmy Stewart 23 db 9 1 1 33 0 33 33.0 33
86 Jim Thaxton 28 te 14 6 0 8 0 8 216
Team Total 26.0 14 37 281 0 33 7.6 63 1355 1 92 21.5 5593
Opp Total 14 51 604 2 11.8 45 1075 0 23.9

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 Tom Blanchard 29 P 14 0 82 3474 66 2 42.4
15 Rich Szaro 29 K 14 0 4 3 3 2 2 3 12 5 41.7%% 31 29 93.5%%
12 Bobby Scott 28 qb 5 3 3 95 34 0 31.7
Team Total 26.0 14 4 3 3 2 2 3 12 5 41.7%% 31 29 93.5%% 85 3569 66 2 42.0
Opp Total 14 24 15 62.5%% 42 39 92.9%% 75 2910 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
44 Chuck Crist 26 SS 14 14 4 6 0 6 0 0 1 1 0 0
8 Archie Manning 28 QB 10 9 0 5 1 0 0
33 Mike Strachan 24 rb 13 3 0 4 0 0 0
34 Tony Galbreath 23 FB 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
57 Jim Merlo 26 LLB 14 14 1 57 1 57 0 0 0 2 3 0
42 Chuck Muncie 24 RB 14 11 0 3 0 0 0
73 Joe Campbell 22 rde 14 6 0 0 2 0 0
24 Clarence Chapman 24 RCB 14 14 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 1 -1 0
78 Elois Grooms 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
54 Pat Hughes 30 RLB 14 8 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Ernie Jackson 27 LCB 11 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Rich Mauti 23 KR/PR 14 4 0 2 0 0 0
74 Derland Moore 26 RDT 10 10 0 0 2 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 29 RDE 14 12 0 0 2 52 1
36 Greg Boykin 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Craig Cassady 24 db 12 3 0 0 1 8 0
10 Bobby Douglass 30 qb 4 2 0 1 0 0 0
56 Lee Gross 24 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Don Herrmann 30 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
62 John Hill 27 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
40 Jim Marsalis 32 12 3 1 0 0 0 0
76 Don Morrison 28 RT 14 14 0 0 1 2 0
37 Tom Myers 27 FS 12 10 1 2 0 2 0
68 Terry Stieve 23 LG 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
79 Emanuel Zanders 26 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.0 14 10 83 1 57 0 0 20 22 64 1
Opp Total 14 46 29 14

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
85 Henry Childs 26 TE 13 10 9 9 54
15 Rich Szaro 29 K 14 0 29 5 44
42 Chuck Muncie 24 RB 14 11 6 1 7 42
8 Archie Manning 28 QB 10 9 5 5 30
34 Tony Galbreath 23 FB 14 14 3 3 18
24 Clarence Chapman 24 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
41 John Gilliam 32 WR 10 8 1 1 6
78 Elois Grooms 24 LDE 14 14 1 1 6
57 Jim Merlo 26 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
37 Tom Myers 27 FS 12 10 1 1 6
82 Bob Pollard 29 RDE 14 12 1 1 6
86 Jim Thaxton 28 te 14 6 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 14 14 13 1 1 1 1 31 29 5 1 230
Opp Total 14 21 15 2 1 3 39 15 336

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 GNB L, 20-24 3 3 rush Chuck Muncie 3 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
2 1977-09-18 GNB L, 20-24 3 3 rush Chuck Muncie 3 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
3 1977-09-18 GNB L, 20-24 4 59 pass Henry Childs 59 yard pass from Archie Manning
4 1977-09-25 @ DET L, 19-23 2 31 rush Chuck Muncie 31 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
5 1977-09-25 @ DET L, 19-23 2 0 fumble Tom Myers 0 yard fumble return (Rich Szaro kick)
6 1977-10-02 @ CHI W, 42-24 1 8 rush Archie Manning 8 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
7 1977-10-02 @ CHI W, 42-24 2 2 rush Archie Manning 2 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
8 1977-10-02 @ CHI W, 42-24 2 35 pass Chuck Muncie 35 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
9 1977-10-02 @ CHI W, 42-24 3 11 rush Archie Manning 11 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
10 1977-10-02 @ CHI W, 42-24 4 52 fumble Bob Pollard 52 yard fumble return (Rich Szaro kick)
11 1977-10-02 @ CHI W, 42-24 4 57 interception Jim Merlo 57 yard interception return (Rich Szaro kick)
12 1977-10-16 @ RAM L, 7-14 2 17 pass Henry Childs 17 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
13 1977-10-23 @ STL L, 31-49 2 19 rush Chuck Muncie 19 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
14 1977-10-23 @ STL L, 31-49 2 25 pass Jim Thaxton 25 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
15 1977-10-23 @ STL L, 31-49 2 53 pass Henry Childs 53 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
16 1977-10-23 @ STL L, 31-49 4 29 pass Henry Childs 29 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
17 1977-10-30 RAM W, 27-26 2 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
18 1977-10-30 RAM W, 27-26 2 3 pass Elois Grooms 3 yard pass from Tom Blanchard (Rich Szaro kick)
19 1977-10-30 RAM W, 27-26 3 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
20 1977-11-06 @ PHI L, 7-28 4 9 pass Henry Childs 9 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Rich Szaro kick)
21 1977-11-13 SFO L, 7-10 1 8 rush Tony Galbreath 8 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
22 1977-11-20 ATL W, 21-20 2 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
23 1977-11-20 ATL W, 21-20 3 13 pass Henry Childs 13 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
24 1977-11-20 ATL W, 21-20 4 18 pass Henry Childs 18 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
25 1977-11-27 @ SFO L, 17-20 2 92 kickoff Clarence Chapman 92 yard kickoff return (Rich Szaro kick)
26 1977-11-27 @ SFO L, 17-20 2 1 rush Archie Manning 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
27 1977-12-04 NYJ L, 13-16 2 9 pass Henry Childs 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
28 1977-12-04 NYJ L, 13-16 4 17 rush Chuck Muncie 17 yard rush
29 1977-12-11 TAM L, 14-33 4 2 rush Archie Manning 2 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
30 1977-12-11 TAM L, 14-33 4 11 pass John Gilliam 11 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
31 1977-12-18 @ ATL L, 7-35 2 13 pass Henry Childs 13 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 GNB W, 24-20 1 2 rush Barty Smith 2 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
2 1977-09-18 GNB W, 24-20 1 75 punt Willard Harrell 75 yard punt return (Chester Marcol kick)
3 1977-09-18 GNB W, 24-20 2 15 pass Ken Payne 15 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Chester Marcol kick)
4 1977-09-25 @ DET W, 23-19 1 23 pass J.D. Hill 23 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1977-09-25 @ DET W, 23-19 3 20 pass Charlie Sanders 20 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
6 1977-09-25 @ DET W, 23-19 3 2 rush Horace King 2 yard rush
7 1977-10-02 @ CHI L, 24-42 1 33 pass Walter Payton 33 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
8 1977-10-02 @ CHI L, 24-42 4 21 rush Walter Payton 21 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
9 1977-10-02 @ CHI L, 24-42 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
10 1977-10-09 SDG W, 14-0 1 88 punt Mike Fuller 88 yard punt return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
11 1977-10-09 SDG W, 14-0 4 5 rush Rickey Young 5 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
12 1977-10-16 @ RAM W, 14-7 2 16 rush Wendell Tyler 16 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
13 1977-10-16 @ RAM W, 14-7 3 1 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
14 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 1 38 pass Mel Gray 38 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 1 2 rush Wayne Morris 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 2 9 rush Wayne Morris 9 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 3 1 rush Wayne Morris 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 4 11 pass Mel Gray 11 yard pass from Terry Metcalf (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 4 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1977-10-23 @ STL W, 49-31 4 12 rush Wayne Morris 12 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1977-10-30 RAM L, 26-27 1 18 pass Harold Jackson 18 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
22 1977-10-30 RAM L, 26-27 2 9 pass Harold Jackson 9 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
23 1977-10-30 RAM L, 26-27 4 2 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 2 yard rush (pass failed)
24 1977-11-06 @ PHI W, 28-7 2 1 rush Ron Jaworski 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
25 1977-11-06 @ PHI W, 28-7 2 11 pass Harold Carmichael 11 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Horst Muhlmann kick)
26 1977-11-06 @ PHI W, 28-7 4 4 pass Harold Carmichael 4 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Horst Muhlmann kick)
27 1977-11-06 @ PHI W, 28-7 4 2 rush Ron Jaworski 2 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
28 1977-11-13 SFO W, 10-7 3 5 rush Delvin Williams 5 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
29 1977-11-20 ATL L, 20-21 2 8 pass Alfred Jenkins 8 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
30 1977-11-20 ATL L, 20-21 2 72 interception Rick Byas 72 yard interception return (Fred Steinfort kick)
31 1977-11-27 @ SFO W, 20-17 2 34 rush Wilbur Jackson 34 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
32 1977-11-27 @ SFO W, 20-17 3 1 rush Wilbur Jackson 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
33 1977-12-04 NYJ W, 16-13 1 40 pass Jerome Barkum 40 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
34 1977-12-11 TAM W, 33-14 2 5 pass Morris Owens 5 yard pass from Gary Huff (Dave Green kick)
35 1977-12-11 TAM W, 33-14 3 45 interception Mike Washington 45 yard interception return (Dave Green kick)
36 1977-12-11 TAM W, 33-14 4 10 interception Richard Wood 10 yard interception return
37 1977-12-11 TAM W, 33-14 4 0 fumble Greg Johnson 0 yard fumble return (Dave Green kick)
38 1977-12-18 @ ATL W, 35-7 2 17 rush Woody Thompson 17 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
39 1977-12-18 @ ATL W, 35-7 2 2 rush Haskel Stanback 2 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
40 1977-12-18 @ ATL W, 35-7 3 7 rush Haskel Stanback 7 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
41 1977-12-18 @ ATL W, 35-7 3 27 pass Secdrick McIntyre 27 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
42 1977-12-18 @ ATL W, 35-7 4 5 pass Billy Ryckman 5 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)