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1973 New England Patriots

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.0, Offense: -2.6, Defense: -3.4, SoS: -3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 258 points (18.4/g), 16th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 300 points (21.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -42 points (-3.0/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (5-9-0)

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

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Billy Sullivan
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Chuck Fairbanks
Acting General Manager Peter Hadhazy
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 258 3843 871 4.4 42 25 18 237 195 380 2231 13 17 5.4 122 454 1612 15 3.6 97
Team Defense 300 4188 832 5.0 31 18 6 215 134 240 1338 11 13 4.9 67 560 2850 16 5.1 142
Lg Rank Offense 16 17 23 24 12 6 10 16 13 15 20 23 8 23
Lg Rank Defense 16 18 19 6 9 1 2 5 24 10 24 26 19 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 16 boxscore L 0-1 Buffalo Bills 13 31 17 297 190 107 4 23 459 99 360 2
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 0-2 Kansas City Chiefs 7 10 18 202 162 40 2 16 305 156 149 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-3 @ Miami Dolphins 23 44 21 356 213 143 3 16 354 53 301 1
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 1-3 Baltimore Colts 24 16 19 191 45 146 3 11 192 81 111 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-4 New York Jets 7 9 9 172 58 114 2 13 232 232 1
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 2-4 @ Chicago Bears 13 10 14 231 54 177 1 13 237 44 193 5
7 Sun October 28 boxscore L 2-5 Miami Dolphins 14 30 12 236 142 94 19 311 73 238 1
8 Sun November 4 boxscore L 2-6 @ Philadelphia Eagles 23 24 20 290 129 161 4 19 366 234 132 5
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 2-7 @ New York Jets 13 33 10 149 108 41 8 16 326 59 267 4
10 Sun November 18 boxscore W 3-7 Green Bay Packers 33 24 23 456 340 116 2 15 338 263 75 2
11 Sun November 25 boxscore W 4-7 @ Houston Oilers 32 0 22 317 176 141 1 11 184 83 101 3
12 Sun December 2 boxscore W 5-7 San Diego Chargers 30 14 22 359 175 184 5 11 231 44 187 3
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 5-8 @ Buffalo Bills 13 37 20 390 292 98 4 13 324 31 293
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 5-9 @ Baltimore Colts 13 18 10 197 147 50 3 19 329 118 211 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 26 QB 14 14 5-9-0 193 376 51.3% 2550 13 3.5 17 4.5 64 6.8 5.4 13.2 182.1 65.8 37 350 5.33 4.10 9.0 2 2
11 Dick Shiner 31 3 0 2 4 50.0% 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 7.8 7.8 15.5 10.3 76.0 0 0 7.75 7.75 0.0
Team Total 25.6 14 5-9-0 195 380 51.3% 2581 13 3.4 17 4.5 64 6.8 5.5 13.2 184.4 65.9 37 350 5.35 4.14 8.9 2 2
Opp Total 14 134 240 55.8% 1600 11 4.6 13 5.4 6.7 5.15 11.9 114.3 69.1 32 262 4.9 3.6 11.8

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
39 Sam Cunningham 23 FB 14 10 155 516 4 25 3.3 36.9 11.1 15 144 9.6 1 34 1.1 10.3 660 5 10
31 Josh Ashton 24 RB 12 8 93 305 0 34 3.3 25.4 7.8 11 113 10.3 0 51 0.9 9.4 418 0 4
36 John Tarver 24 fb 9 7 72 321 4 28 4.5 35.7 8.0 9 51 5.7 0 13 1.0 5.7 372 4 8
42 Mack Herron 25 KR/PR 14 1 61 200 2 17 3.3 14.3 4.4 18 265 14.7 1 29 1.3 18.9 465 3 7
16 Jim Plunkett 26 QB 14 14 44 209 5 20 4.8 14.9 3.1 209 5 6
24 Bob McCall 23 rb 8 1 10 15 0 14 1.5 1.9 1.3 3 18 6.0 0 14 0.4 2.3 33 0 4
84 Darryl Stingley 22 WR 14 10 6 64 0 19 10.7 4.6 0.4 23 339 14.7 2 25 1.6 24.2 403 2 1
46 Paul Gipson 27 5 0 5 -1 0 4 -0.2 -0.2 1.0 -1 0 1
33 Reggie Rucker 26 WR/wr 14 14 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 53 743 14.0 3 64 3.8 53.1 742 3 2
18 Randy Vataha 25 wr 14 4 2 -15 0 -4 -7.5 -1.1 0.1 20 341 17.1 2 48 1.4 24.4 326 2 0
80 Bob Adams 27 te 12 5 2 7 0 4 3.5 0.6 0.2 14 197 14.1 0 30 1.2 16.4 204 0 0
86 Bob Windsor 31 TE 13 9 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.5 0.1 23 348 15.1 4 36 1.8 26.8 342 4 2
43 Claxton Welch 26 rb 2 1 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -1.0 0.5 6 22 3.7 0 8 3.0 11.0 20 0 1
Team Total 25.6 14 454 1612 15 34 3.6 115.1 32.4 195 2581 13.2 13 64 13.9 184.4 4193 28 51
Opp Total 14 560 2850 16 5.1 203.6 40.0 134 1338 10.0 11 9.6 95.6 4188 27 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
42 Mack Herron 25 KR/PR 14 1 27 282 0 54 10.4 41 1092 1 92 26.6 1839
84 Darryl Stingley 22 WR 14 10 3 21 0 16 7.0 6 143 0 29 23.8 567
33 Reggie Rucker 26 WR/wr 14 14 5 103 0 42 20.6 845
22 Sandy Durko 25 SS 14 14 3 21 0 15 7.0 21
24 Bob McCall 23 rb 8 1 2 17 0 17 8.5 50
73 John Hannah 22 LG 13 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
36 John Tarver 24 fb 9 7 1 17 0 17 17.0 389
86 Bob Windsor 31 TE 13 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 342
Team Total 25.6 14 33 324 0 54 9.8 57 1372 1 92 24.1 5889
Opp Total 14 29 152 0 5.2 40 963 1 24.1

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
2 Jeff White 25 K 11 0 8 6 3 2 5 3 7 3 2 25 14 56.0%% 25 21 84.0%% 6 163 51 0 27.2
3 Bruce Barnes 22 P 14 0 55 2134 53 0 38.8
8 Bill Bell 26 k 3 0 3 1 1 4 1 25.0%% 5 4 80.0%%
Team Total 25.6 14 8 6 3 2 8 4 7 3 3 29 15 51.7%% 30 25 83.3%% 61 2297 53 0 37.7
Opp Total 14 32 26 81.3%% 32 30 93.8%% 62 2511 40.5

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
39 Sam Cunningham 23 FB 14 10 0 10 2 0 0
36 John Tarver 24 fb 9 7 0 8 3 0 0
42 Mack Herron 25 KR/PR 14 1 0 7 3 0 0
27 Ron Bolton 23 RCB 14 14 6 65 0 56 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Jim Plunkett 26 QB 14 14 0 6 1 0 0
24 Bob McCall 23 rb 8 1 0 4 2 0 0
31 Josh Ashton 24 RB 12 8 0 4 1 -1 0
22 Sandy Durko 25 SS 14 14 3 26 0 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
49 Ralph Anderson 24 FS 13 11 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
33 Reggie Rucker 26 WR/wr 14 14 0 2 2 0 0
50 Edgar Chandler 27 MLB 12 11 0 1 2 14 0
51 Ron Acks 29 RLB 14 14 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Will Foster 25 lb 9 1 0 0 2 0 1
46 Paul Gipson 27 5 0 0 1 1 20 0
71 Ray Hamilton 22 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
59 Brian Stenger 26 lb 10 2 0 0 2 0 0
43 Claxton Welch 26 rb 2 1 0 1 1 0 0
2 Jeff White 25 K 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
86 Bob Windsor 31 TE 13 9 0 2 0 0 0
85 Julius Adams 25 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
63 Rick Cash 28 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
58 Doug Dumler 23 14 0 0 1 0 -15 0
70 Leon Gray 22 lg 9 8 0 0 1 0 0
73 John Hannah 22 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
29 Honor Jackson 25 db 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
57 Steve Kiner 26 LLB 14 14 0 0 1 11 0 1
28 Dave Mason 24 db 7 1 0 0 1 0 0
75 Arthur Moore 22 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Tom Neville 30 RT 8 8 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Reynolds 34 t 7 4 0 0 1 0 0
84 Darryl Stingley 22 WR 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
18 Randy Vataha 25 wr 14 4 0 0 1 46 1
Team Total 25.6 14 13 105 0 56 0 0 51 39 75 2 1
Opp Total 14 37 29 11

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
2 Jeff White 25 K 11 0 21 14 63
39 Sam Cunningham 23 FB 14 10 4 1 5 30
16 Jim Plunkett 26 QB 14 14 5 5 30
42 Mack Herron 25 KR/PR 14 1 2 1 1 4 24
36 John Tarver 24 fb 9 7 4 4 24
86 Bob Windsor 31 TE 13 9 4 4 24
33 Reggie Rucker 26 WR/wr 14 14 3 3 18
18 Randy Vataha 25 wr 14 4 2 1 3 18
84 Darryl Stingley 22 WR 14 10 2 2 12
8 Bill Bell 26 k 3 0 4 1 7
55 Will Foster 25 lb 9 1 1 1 6
57 Steve Kiner 26 LLB 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.6 14 15 13 1 2 31 25 15 1 258
Opp Total 14 16 11 1 3 1 30 26 300

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 BUF L, 13-31 1 7 rush Sam Cunningham 7 yard rush
2 1973-09-16 BUF L, 13-31 3 10 rush Mack Herron 10 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
3 1973-09-23 KAN L, 7-10 4 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
4 1973-09-30 @ MIA L, 23-44 3 2 rush John Tarver 2 yard rush
5 1973-09-30 @ MIA L, 23-44 3 2 rush John Tarver 2 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
6 1973-09-30 @ MIA L, 23-44 4 9 pass Reggie Rucker 9 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Bill Bell kick)
7 1973-10-07 BAL W, 24-16 2 1 rush John Tarver 1 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
8 1973-10-07 BAL W, 24-16 3 3 rush John Tarver 3 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
9 1973-10-07 BAL W, 24-16 4 46 fumble Randy Vataha 46 yard fumble return (Jeff White kick)
10 1973-10-14 NYJ L, 7-9 3 0 fumble Will Foster 0 yard fumble return (Jeff White kick)
11 1973-10-21 @ CHI W, 13-10 4 5 rush Jim Plunkett 5 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
12 1973-10-28 MIA L, 14-30 1 34 pass Sam Cunningham 34 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
13 1973-10-28 MIA L, 14-30 2 6 rush Sam Cunningham 6 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
14 1973-11-04 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 16 pass Darryl Stingley 16 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
15 1973-11-04 @ PHI L, 23-24 3 14 pass Darryl Stingley 14 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
16 1973-11-04 @ PHI L, 23-24 4 4 rush Sam Cunningham 4 yard rush
17 1973-11-11 @ NYJ L, 13-33 1 22 pass Bob Windsor 22 yard pass from Jim Plunkett
18 1973-11-11 @ NYJ L, 13-33 4 21 pass Bob Windsor 21 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
19 1973-11-18 GNB W, 33-24 3 28 pass Bob Windsor 28 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
20 1973-11-18 GNB W, 33-24 4 63 pass Reggie Rucker 63 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
21 1973-11-18 GNB W, 33-24 4 1 rush Jim Plunkett 1 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
22 1973-11-25 @ HOU W, 32-0 1 5 pass Bob Windsor 5 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
23 1973-11-25 @ HOU W, 32-0 2 1 rush Mack Herron 1 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
24 1973-11-25 @ HOU W, 32-0 2 8 pass Reggie Rucker 8 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
25 1973-12-02 SDG W, 30-14 2 92 kickoff Mack Herron 92 yard kickoff return
26 1973-12-02 SDG W, 30-14 2 14 pass Randy Vataha 14 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
27 1973-12-02 SDG W, 30-14 3 1 rush Jim Plunkett 1 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
28 1973-12-02 SDG W, 30-14 4 3 rush Jim Plunkett 3 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
29 1973-12-09 @ BUF L, 13-37 3 5 rush Jim Plunkett 5 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
30 1973-12-16 @ BAL L, 13-18 2 25 pass Randy Vataha 25 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
31 1973-12-16 @ BAL L, 13-18 3 15 pass Mack Herron 15 yard pass from Jim Plunkett

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 BUF W, 31-13 1 80 rush O.J. Simpson 80 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1973-09-16 BUF W, 31-13 3 4 rush Larry Watkins 4 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1973-09-16 BUF W, 31-13 4 22 rush O.J. Simpson 22 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
4 1973-09-16 BUF W, 31-13 4 15 rush Larry Watkins 15 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
5 1973-09-23 KAN W, 10-7 2 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1973-09-30 @ MIA W, 44-23 2 24 rush Mercury Morris 24 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1973-09-30 @ MIA W, 44-23 2 70 rush Mercury Morris 70 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1973-09-30 @ MIA W, 44-23 4 35 rush Mercury Morris 35 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1973-09-30 @ MIA W, 44-23 4 17 pass Paul Warfield 17 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1973-09-30 @ MIA W, 44-23 4 13 fumble Nick Buoniconti 13 yard fumble return (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1973-10-07 BAL L, 16-24 4 22 pass Cotton Speyrer 22 yard pass from Bert Jones (George Hunt kick)
12 1973-10-21 @ CHI L, 10-13 2 3 pass Earl Thomas 3 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
13 1973-10-28 MIA W, 30-14 1 11 pass Marlin Briscoe 11 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1973-10-28 MIA W, 30-14 3 2 rush Mercury Morris 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1973-10-28 MIA W, 30-14 4 8 rush Larry Csonka 8 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1973-11-04 @ PHI W, 24-23 3 20 pass Charle Young 20 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
17 1973-11-04 @ PHI W, 24-23 3 7 pass Charle Young 7 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
18 1973-11-04 @ PHI W, 24-23 3 24 fumble Will Wynn 24 yard fumble return (Tom Dempsey kick)
19 1973-11-11 @ NYJ W, 33-13 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1973-11-11 @ NYJ W, 33-13 2 17 rush Emerson Boozer 17 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1973-11-11 @ NYJ W, 33-13 4 31 pass Jerome Barkum 31 yard pass from Bill Demory (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1973-11-18 GNB L, 24-33 1 4 rush John Brockington 4 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
23 1973-11-18 GNB L, 24-33 1 6 rush Perry Williams 6 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
24 1973-11-18 GNB L, 24-33 3 47 interception Ken Ellis 47 yard interception return (Chester Marcol kick)
25 1973-12-02 SDG L, 14-30 2 51 fumble Floyd Rice 51 yard fumble return (Dennis Partee kick)
26 1973-12-02 SDG L, 14-30 2 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
27 1973-12-09 @ BUF W, 37-13 1 90 kickoff Wallace Francis 90 yard kickoff return (John Leypoldt kick)
28 1973-12-09 @ BUF W, 37-13 2 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
29 1973-12-09 @ BUF W, 37-13 3 37 pass Bob Chandler 37 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
30 1973-12-09 @ BUF W, 37-13 3 6 pass Bob Chandler 6 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
31 1973-12-16 @ BAL W, 18-13 1 17 pass Cotton Speyrer 17 yard pass from Marty Domres
32 1973-12-16 @ BAL W, 18-13 4 18 pass Tom Mitchell 18 yard pass from Marty Domres (pass failed)