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1971 New England Patriots

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.1, Offense: -2.1, Defense: -3.0, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 238 points (17.0/g), 19th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 325 points (23.2/g), 21st.
 Differential of -87 points (-6.2/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 4.5-9.5.

Coach: John Mazur (6-8-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Billy Sullivan
General Manager Upton Bell
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 238 3556 785 4.5 32 16 11 190 159 330 1887 19 16 5.2 94 419 1669 7 4.0 85
Team Defense 325 4072 856 4.8 29 14 20 237 170 350 2154 16 15 5.7 111 481 1918 14 4.0 106
Lg Rank Offense 19 21 8 14 24 21 23 5 9 20 18 18 23 14
Lg Rank Defense 21 15 24 15 17 11 14 15 22 14 17 16 15 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 Oakland Raiders 20 6 12 261 127 134 3 20 304 99 205 4
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 Detroit Lions 7 34 10 246 101 145 3 19 368 204 164
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-2 Baltimore Colts 3 23 9 151 62 89 1 24 358 222 136 2
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-2 New York Jets 20 0 15 337 130 207 2 11 121 8 113 2
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-3 @ Miami Dolphins 3 41 11 117 82 35 3 19 431 216 215
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 21 44 17 259 183 76 3 20 406 238 168
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 2-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 27 11 246 69 177 3 13 247 176 71 5
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 3-5 Houston Oilers 28 20 21 253 154 99 16 331 260 71 3
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 4-5 Buffalo Bills 38 33 9 299 180 119 3 15 217 128 89 1
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 4-6 @ Cleveland Browns 7 27 19 292 169 123 4 19 321 146 175
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 4-7 @ Buffalo Bills 20 27 15 294 105 189 3 15 264 117 147 1
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 5-7 Miami Dolphins 34 13 14 308 223 85 12 197 99 98 5
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 5-8 @ New York Jets 6 13 16 250 150 100 2 17 261 95 166 4
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 6-8 @ Baltimore Colts 21 17 11 243 152 91 2 17 246 146 100 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
16 Jim Plunkett 24 QB 14 14 6-8-0 158 328 48.2% 2158 19 5.8 16 4.9 88 6.6 5.5 13.7 154.1 68.6 36 319 5.05 4.12 9.9 1 1
24 Bob Gladieux 24 14 0 1 2 50.0% 48 0 0.0 0 0.0 48 24.0 24.0 48.0 3.4 95.8 0 0 24.00 24.00 0.0
Team Total 25.8 14 6-8-0 159 330 48.2% 2206 19 5.8 16 4.8 88 6.7 5.7 13.9 157.6 69.1 36 319 5.16 4.23 9.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 170 350 48.6% 2403 16 4.6 15 4.3 6.9 5.85 14.1 171.6 68.5 25 249 5.7 4.8 6.7

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
30 Carl Garrett 24 KR/RB 14 14 181 784 1 38 4.3 56.0 12.9 22 265 12.0 1 80 1.6 18.9 1049 2 8
35 Jim Nance 29 FB 13 13 129 463 5 50 3.6 35.6 9.9 18 95 5.3 0 12 1.4 7.3 558 5 2
16 Jim Plunkett 24 QB 14 14 45 210 0 16 4.7 15.0 3.2 210 0 6
24 Bob Gladieux 24 14 0 37 175 0 31 4.7 12.5 2.6 6 60 10.0 0 25 0.4 4.3 235 0 3
40 Jack Maitland 23 14 0 13 25 1 6 1.9 1.8 0.9 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 31 1 0
32 Odell Lawson 23 rb 2 1 8 8 0 6 1.0 4.0 4.0 8 0 0
45 Hubie Bryant 25 PR 11 2 4 1 0 1 0.3 0.1 0.4 14 212 15.1 1 48 1.3 19.3 213 1 1
10 Eric Crabtree 27 wr 6 4 2 11 0 18 5.5 1.8 0.3 9 120 13.3 1 31 1.5 20.0 131 1 0
18 Randy Vataha 23 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 51 872 17.1 9 88 3.6 62.3 872 9 0
34 Ron Sellers 24 WR 10 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 222 15.9 3 49 1.4 22.2 222 3 0
68 Tom Beer 27 TE 14 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 191 15.9 3 31 0.9 13.6 191 3 0
86 Roland Moss 25 te 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 124 13.8 1 20 0.6 8.9 124 1 0
33 Reggie Rucker 24 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 24 12.0 0 19 0.4 4.8 24 0 0
13 Alfred Sykes 24 wr 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.3 3.8 15 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 419 1669 7 50 4.0 119.2 29.9 159 2206 13.9 19 88 11.4 157.6 3875 26 26
Opp Total 14 481 1918 14 4.0 137.0 34.4 170 2154 12.7 16 12.1 153.9 4072 30 35

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
30 Carl Garrett 24 KR/RB 14 14 8 124 0 50 15.5 24 538 0 37 22.4 1711
45 Hubie Bryant 25 PR 11 2 10 24 0 16 2.4 10 252 0 45 25.2 489
37 Ron Gardin 27 8 0 4 14 0 5 3.5 14 321 0 34 22.9 335
24 Bob Gladieux 24 14 0 4 0 0 0 0.0 6 85 0 20 14.2 320
25 Rickie Harris 28 SS 14 10 5 19 0 9 3.8 19
32 Odell Lawson 23 rb 2 1 2 47 0 25 23.5 55
40 Jack Maitland 23 14 0 2 40 0 21 20.0 71
33 Reggie Rucker 24 5 0 2 45 0 21 22.5 69
62 Halvor Hagen 24 LG 14 14 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
21 Tom Janik 31 P 14 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
43 Irvin Mallory 22 2 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
42 Don Webb 32 FS 12 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 31 181 0 50 5.8 64 1354 0 45 21.2 5410
Opp Total 14 36 279 1 7.8 49 1427 1 29.1

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
21 Tom Janik 31 P 14 2 87 3249 58 0 37.3
7 Charlie Gogolak 27 K 14 0 1 1 3 1 7 6 7 3 3 1 21 12 57.1%% 28 28 100.0%%
Team Total 25.8 14 1 1 3 1 7 6 7 3 3 1 21 12 57.1%% 28 28 100.0%% 87 3249 58 0 37.3
Opp Total 14 36 27 75.0%% 35 34 97.1%% 66 2561 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
30 Carl Garrett 24 KR/RB 14 14 0 8 1 0 0
57 Steve Kiner 24 RLB 14 14 4 25 0 14 0 0 1 1 2 0
16 Jim Plunkett 24 QB 14 14 0 6 0 0 0
41 Larry Carwell 27 LCB 14 12 5 72 1 53 0
24 Bob Gladieux 24 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
44 John Outlaw 26 RCB 14 14 3 89 1 60 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Rickie Harris 28 SS 14 10 0 1 2 0 0
40 Jack Maitland 23 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
35 Jim Nance 29 FB 13 13 0 2 1 0 0
27 Randy Beverly 27 db 8 1 2 19 0 19 0
45 Hubie Bryant 25 PR 11 2 0 1 1 0 0
37 Ron Gardin 27 8 0 0 2 0 0 0
21 Tom Janik 31 P 14 2 0 1 1 0 0
70 Dennis Wirgowski 24 RDE 9 9 0 0 2 0 0
68 Tom Beer 27 TE 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
88 Ron Berger 28 ldt 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jim Cheyunski 26 MLB 14 14 1 24 0 24 0
51 Randy Edmunds 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Mike Montler 27 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
56 Jon Morris 29 C 14 13 0 1 0 -28 0
77 Tom Neville 28 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
52 Ed Philpott 26 lb 13 4 0 0 1 0 0
13 Alfred Sykes 24 wr 4 1 0 0 1 0 0
42 Don Webb 32 FS 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 15 229 2 60 0 0 26 22 -26 0
Opp Total 14 36 35 21

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
7 Charlie Gogolak 27 K 14 0 28 12 64
18 Randy Vataha 23 WR 14 13 9 9 54
35 Jim Nance 29 FB 13 13 5 5 30
68 Tom Beer 27 TE 14 8 3 3 18
34 Ron Sellers 24 WR 10 8 3 3 18
30 Carl Garrett 24 KR/RB 14 14 1 1 2 12
86 Roland Moss 25 te 14 6 1 1 2 12
45 Hubie Bryant 25 PR 11 2 1 1 6
41 Larry Carwell 27 LCB 14 12 1 1 6
10 Eric Crabtree 27 wr 6 4 1 1 6
40 Jack Maitland 23 14 0 1 1 6
44 John Outlaw 26 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 14 7 19 2 1 29 28 12 238
Opp Total 14 14 16 1 1 2 1 34 27 325

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 OAK W, 20-6 3 33 pass Ron Sellers 33 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
2 1971-09-19 OAK W, 20-6 3 20 pass Roland Moss 20 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
3 1971-09-26 DET L, 7-34 3 61 pass Randy Vataha 61 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
4 1971-10-10 NYJ W, 20-0 3 15 pass Randy Vataha 15 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (pass failed)
5 1971-10-10 NYJ W, 20-0 3 6 pass Ron Sellers 6 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
6 1971-10-10 NYJ W, 20-0 4 50 rush Jim Nance 50 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
7 1971-10-24 @ DAL L, 21-44 1 1 rush Jim Nance 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
8 1971-10-24 @ DAL L, 21-44 4 33 pass Randy Vataha 33 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
9 1971-10-24 @ DAL L, 21-44 4 31 pass Tom Beer 31 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
10 1971-10-31 @ SFO L, 10-27 3 23 pass Randy Vataha 23 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
11 1971-11-07 HOU W, 28-20 1 10 pass Hubie Bryant 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
12 1971-11-07 HOU W, 28-20 2 2 rush Jack Maitland 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
13 1971-11-07 HOU W, 28-20 4 4 rush Jim Nance 4 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
14 1971-11-07 HOU W, 28-20 4 2 rush Carl Garrett 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
15 1971-11-14 BUF W, 38-33 1 16 pass Randy Vataha 16 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
16 1971-11-14 BUF W, 38-33 2 10 pass Tom Beer 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
17 1971-11-14 BUF W, 38-33 2 80 pass Carl Garrett 80 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
18 1971-11-14 BUF W, 38-33 2 10 blocked punt Roland Moss 10 yard blocked punt return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
19 1971-11-14 BUF W, 38-33 3 31 pass Eric Crabtree 31 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
20 1971-11-21 @ CLE L, 7-27 2 18 pass Tom Beer 18 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
21 1971-11-28 @ BUF L, 20-27 3 1 rush Jim Nance 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
22 1971-11-28 @ BUF L, 20-27 4 12 pass Ron Sellers 12 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
23 1971-12-05 MIA W, 34-13 1 6 rush Jim Nance 6 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
24 1971-12-05 MIA W, 34-13 1 26 pass Randy Vataha 26 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
25 1971-12-05 MIA W, 34-13 3 25 pass Randy Vataha 25 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
26 1971-12-05 MIA W, 34-13 3 53 interception Larry Carwell 53 yard interception return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
27 1971-12-19 @ BAL W, 21-17 2 1 pass Randy Vataha 1 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
28 1971-12-19 @ BAL W, 21-17 2 60 interception John Outlaw 60 yard interception return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
29 1971-12-19 @ BAL W, 21-17 4 88 pass Randy Vataha 88 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 OAK L, 6-20 2 4 rush Pete Banaszak 4 yard rush
2 1971-09-26 DET W, 34-7 2 3 rush Altie Taylor 3 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
3 1971-09-26 DET W, 34-7 2 26 interception Mike Lucci 26 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
4 1971-09-26 DET W, 34-7 4 74 pass Steve Owens 74 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
5 1971-09-26 DET W, 34-7 4 2 rush Steve Owens 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
6 1971-10-03 BAL W, 23-3 1 2 rush Tom Matte 2 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
7 1971-10-03 BAL W, 23-3 1 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
8 1971-10-17 @ MIA W, 41-3 1 22 pass Howard Twilley 22 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1971-10-17 @ MIA W, 41-3 1 32 pass Paul Warfield 32 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1971-10-17 @ MIA W, 41-3 1 14 pass Howard Twilley 14 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1971-10-17 @ MIA W, 41-3 2 14 pass Paul Warfield 14 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1971-10-17 @ MIA W, 41-3 3 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1971-10-24 @ DAL W, 44-21 1 56 rush Duane Thomas 56 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
14 1971-10-24 @ DAL W, 44-21 2 2 rush Roger Staubach 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
15 1971-10-24 @ DAL W, 44-21 2 35 pass Bob Hayes 35 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
16 1971-10-24 @ DAL W, 44-21 2 28 pass Bob Hayes 28 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
17 1971-10-24 @ DAL W, 44-21 4 2 rush Joe Williams 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
18 1971-10-31 @ SFO W, 27-10 1 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1971-10-31 @ SFO W, 27-10 4 71 pass Gene Washington 71 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1971-10-31 @ SFO W, 27-10 4 25 fumble Forrest Blue 25 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
21 1971-11-07 HOU L, 20-28 3 28 pass Charlie Joiner 28 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
22 1971-11-07 HOU L, 20-28 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
23 1971-11-14 BUF L, 33-38 1 68 punt Ike Hill 68 yard punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
24 1971-11-14 BUF L, 33-38 2 15 pass Marlin Briscoe 15 yard pass from James Harris (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1971-11-14 BUF L, 33-38 3 0 fumble Robert James 0 yard fumble return (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1971-11-21 @ CLE W, 27-7 1 7 pass Leroy Kelly 7 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1971-11-21 @ CLE W, 27-7 3 35 pass Frank Pitts 35 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1971-11-21 @ CLE W, 27-7 4 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1971-11-28 @ BUF W, 27-20 2 11 pass J.D. Hill 11 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
30 1971-11-28 @ BUF W, 27-20 2 47 pass J.D. Hill 47 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
31 1971-11-28 @ BUF W, 27-20 4 7 rush O.J. Simpson 7 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
32 1971-12-05 MIA L, 13-34 1 94 kickoff Mercury Morris 94 yard kickoff return (Garo Yepremian kick)
33 1971-12-12 @ NYJ W, 13-6 3 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
34 1971-12-19 @ BAL L, 17-21 3 31 pass Eddie Hinton 31 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
35 1971-12-19 @ BAL L, 17-21 4 13 pass Eddie Hinton 13 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)