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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 238 3556 785 4.5 32 16 190 159 330 1887 19 16 5.2 94 419 1669 7 4.0 85 67 657 11
Opp. Stats 325 4072 856 4.8 29 14 237 170 350 2154 16 15 5.7 111 481 1918 14 4.0 106 60 559 20
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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 Yds 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. 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. 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 5384
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 35 21 36

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
7 Charlie Gogolak 27 K 14 0 28 28 12 21 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 28 12 21 238
Opp Total 14 14 16 1 1 2 1 34 35 27 36 325

Touchdown Log

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