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1974 New England Patriots

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7-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.8, Offense: 6.6, Defense: -1.8, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 348 points (24.9/g), 2nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 289 points (20.6/g), 20th.
 Differential of 59 points (4.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (7-7-0)

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
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 348 4474 900 5.0 38 15 19 255 177 359 2340 19 23 6.2 113 520 2134 21 4.1 123
Team Defense 289 4067 879 4.6 38 14 11 240 210 374 2480 17 24 6.0 129 467 1587 16 3.4 100
Lg Rank Offense 2 6 21 19 8 18 8 6 19 9 7 6 3 10
Lg Rank Defense 20 13 7 10 15 15 22 20 5 22 11 4 15 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore W 1-0 Miami Dolphins 34 24 22 373 177 196 1 18 310 221 89 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 2-0 @ New York Giants 28 20 18 318 145 173 20 308 254 54 1
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 3-0 Los Angeles Rams 20 14 13 249 151 98 2 20 305 196 109 5
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 4-0 Baltimore Colts 42 3 23 384 198 186 3 15 265 180 85 3
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 5-0 @ New York Jets 24 0 18 321 115 206 2 11 173 34 139 4
6 Sun October 20 boxscore L 5-1 @ Buffalo Bills 28 30 19 320 131 189 2 19 315 135 180
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 6-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 17 14 18 394 218 176 4 20 371 257 114 3
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 6-2 Buffalo Bills 28 29 20 355 200 155 3 22 327 224 103 4
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 6-3 Cleveland Browns 14 21 17 287 123 164 6 10 183 83 100 2
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 6-4 New York Jets 16 21 18 283 120 163 4 15 222 99 123 2
11 Sun November 24 boxscore W 7-4 @ Baltimore Colts 27 17 19 302 172 130 1 15 322 205 117 3
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 7-5 @ Oakland Raiders 26 41 20 371 266 105 4 21 380 251 129 3
13 Sun December 8 boxscore L 7-6 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 21 12 184 105 79 3 16 253 69 184 2
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 7-7 @ Miami Dolphins 27 34 18 333 219 114 3 18 333 272 61 4

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 27 QB 14 14 7-7-0 173 352 49.1% 2457 19 5.4 22 6.3 69 7.0 5.2 14.2 175.5 64.1 21 174 6.12 4.49 5.6 1 1
11 Dick Shiner 32 1 0 3 6 50.0% 37 0 0.0 1 16.7 18 6.2 -1.3 12.3 37.0 29.9 0 0 6.17 -1.33 0.0
15 Neil Graff 24 14 0 1 1 100.0% 20 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 20.0 20.0 20.0 1.4 118.7 0 0 20.00 20.00 0.0
Team Total 25.1 14 7-7-0 177 359 49.3% 2514 19 5.3 23 6.4 69 7.0 5.2 14.2 179.6 63.3 21 174 6.16 4.43 5.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 210 374 56.1% 2774 17 4.5 24 6.4 7.4 5.44 13.2 198.1 68.2 38 294 6.0 4.2 9.2

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 Mack Herron 26 KR/PR/RB 14 14 231 824 7 28 3.6 58.9 16.5 38 474 12.5 5 48 2.7 33.9 1298 12 12
39 Sam Cunningham 24 FB 10 10 166 811 9 75 4.9 81.1 16.6 22 214 9.7 2 37 2.2 21.4 1025 11 2
36 John Tarver 25 rb 14 4 41 101 2 18 2.5 7.2 2.9 9 37 4.1 0 12 0.6 2.6 138 2 2
16 Jim Plunkett 27 QB 14 14 30 161 2 37 5.4 11.5 2.1 161 2 4
31 Josh Ashton 25 12 0 26 99 0 22 3.8 8.3 2.2 99 0 0
23 Joe Wilson 24 12 0 15 57 0 12 3.8 4.8 1.3 3 38 12.7 0 23 0.3 3.2 95 0 1
84 Darryl Stingley 23 wr 5 2 5 63 1 23 12.6 12.6 1.0 10 139 13.9 1 20 2.0 27.8 202 2 0
18 Randy Vataha 26 WR 12 9 3 21 0 24 7.0 1.8 0.3 25 561 22.4 3 59 2.1 46.8 582 3 1
32 Andy Johnson 22 rb 14 3 2 -4 0 -2 -2.0 -0.3 0.1 8 147 18.4 0 34 0.6 10.5 143 0 1
82 Eddie Hinton 27 wr 9 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 2 36 18.0 0 20 0.2 4.0 37 0 1
33 Reggie Rucker 27 WR 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 436 16.1 4 69 2.7 43.6 436 4 1
80 Bob Adams 28 te 13 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 244 14.4 0 29 1.3 18.8 244 0 0
86 Bob Windsor 32 TE 7 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 127 10.6 1 20 1.7 18.1 127 1 0
53 John Tanner 29 lb 13 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 23 11.5 1 21 0.2 1.8 23 1 1
88 Al Marshall 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 17 17.0 1 17 0.3 4.3 17 1 0
87 Steve Schubert 23 wr 8 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 21 21.0 1 21 0.1 2.6 21 1 0
Team Total 25.1 14 520 2134 21 75 4.1 152.4 37.1 177 2514 14.2 19 69 12.6 179.6 4648 40 26
Opp Total 14 467 1587 16 3.4 113.4 33.4 210 2480 11.8 17 15.0 177.1 4067 33 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 26 KR/PR/RB 14 14 35 517 0 66 14.8 28 629 0 62 22.5 2444
32 Andy Johnson 22 rb 14 3 15 303 0 41 20.2 446
87 Steve Schubert 23 wr 8 3 3 15 0 11 5.0 5 112 0 32 22.4 148
82 Eddie Hinton 27 wr 9 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 3 83 0 53 27.7 120
22 Sandy Durko 26 db 11 4 1 1 0 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1
53 John Tanner 29 lb 13 2 2 17 0 17 8.5 40
23 Joe Wilson 24 12 0 2 33 0 18 16.5 128
50 Sam Hunt 23 RILB 14 14 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
65 Donnell Smith 25 9 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 40 533 0 66 13.3 58 1198 0 62 20.7 6379
Opp Total 14 41 314 0 7.7 64 1678 1 26.2

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
1 John Smith 25 K 14 0 7 6 10 8 5 2 22 16 72.7%% 43 42 97.7%%
3 Bruce Barnes 23 P 9 0 45 1604 50 0 35.6
10 Dave Chapple 27 p 5 0 26 967 57 0 37.2
Team Total 25.1 14 7 6 10 8 5 2 22 16 72.7%% 43 42 97.7%% 71 2571 57 0 36.2
Opp Total 14 18 11 61.1%% 37 32 86.5%% 75 2880 38.4

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 Mack Herron 26 KR/PR/RB 14 14 0 12 3 0 0
27 Ron Bolton 24 RCB 14 14 7 18 0 10 0
25 John Sanders 24 LCB 14 10 5 57 1 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Jack Mildren 25 SS 14 10 3 51 0 41 0 0 0 2 5 0
16 Jim Plunkett 27 QB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
34 Prentice McCray 23 FS 14 14 3 61 0 33 0 0 0 1 2 0
50 Sam Hunt 23 RILB 14 14 3 66 0 27 0
39 Sam Cunningham 24 FB 10 10 0 2 0 0 0
59 Bob Geddes 28 lilb 9 5 2 32 1 29 0
71 Ray Hamilton 23 NT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
82 Eddie Hinton 27 wr 9 1 0 1 1 0 0
32 Andy Johnson 22 rb 14 3 0 1 1 0 0
36 John Tarver 25 rb 14 4 0 2 0 0 0
18 Randy Vataha 26 WR 12 9 0 1 1 0 0
23 Joe Wilson 24 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
31 Josh Ashton 25 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Rodrigo Barnes 24 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 John Hannah 23 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 1
74 Craig Hanneman 25 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Ed Jenkins 24 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Steve King 23 ROLB 14 14 1 9 0 9 0
72 Mel Lunsford 24 LDE 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
57 Steve Nelson 23 LILB 11 9 0 0 1 0 0
33 Reggie Rucker 27 WR 10 10 0 1 0 0 0
87 Steve Schubert 23 wr 8 3 0 0 1 13 0
65 Donnell Smith 25 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 John Tanner 29 lb 13 2 0 1 0 0 0
90 George Webster 29 LOLB 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 24 294 2 41 0 0 26 24 20 1
Opp Total 14 21 29 15 1

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
1 John Smith 25 K 14 0 42 16 90
42 Mack Herron 26 KR/PR/RB 14 14 7 5 12 72
39 Sam Cunningham 24 FB 10 10 9 2 11 66
33 Reggie Rucker 27 WR 10 10 4 4 24
18 Randy Vataha 26 WR 12 9 3 3 18
16 Jim Plunkett 27 QB 14 14 2 2 12
84 Darryl Stingley 23 wr 5 2 1 1 2 12
36 John Tarver 25 rb 14 4 2 2 12
59 Bob Geddes 28 lilb 9 5 1 1 6
73 John Hannah 23 LG 14 14 1 1 6
88 Al Marshall 23 4 0 1 1 6
25 John Sanders 24 LCB 14 10 1 1 6
87 Steve Schubert 23 wr 8 3 1 1 6
53 John Tanner 29 lb 13 2 1 1 6
86 Bob Windsor 32 TE 7 7 1 1 6
Team Total 25.1 14 21 19 1 2 43 42 16 348
Opp Total 14 16 17 1 1 2 32 11 1 289

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 MIA W, 34-24 1 14 rush Mack Herron 14 yard rush (John Smith kick)
2 1974-09-15 MIA W, 34-24 2 13 pass Reggie Rucker 13 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
3 1974-09-15 MIA W, 34-24 2 5 rush Jim Plunkett 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
4 1974-09-15 MIA W, 34-24 3 13 rush Sam Cunningham 13 yard rush (John Smith kick)
5 1974-09-22 @ NYG W, 28-20 1 12 pass Mack Herron 12 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
6 1974-09-22 @ NYG W, 28-20 2 38 pass Randy Vataha 38 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
7 1974-09-22 @ NYG W, 28-20 3 14 pass Sam Cunningham 14 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
8 1974-09-22 @ NYG W, 28-20 4 4 rush Mack Herron 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
9 1974-09-29 RAM W, 20-14 2 20 pass Darryl Stingley 20 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
10 1974-09-29 RAM W, 20-14 4 21 pass Randy Vataha 21 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
11 1974-10-06 BAL W, 42-3 1 69 pass Reggie Rucker 69 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
12 1974-10-06 BAL W, 42-3 1 23 rush Darryl Stingley 23 yard rush (John Smith kick)
13 1974-10-06 BAL W, 42-3 2 5 rush Mack Herron 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
14 1974-10-06 BAL W, 42-3 3 4 pass Sam Cunningham 4 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
15 1974-10-06 BAL W, 42-3 3 16 pass Reggie Rucker 16 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
16 1974-10-06 BAL W, 42-3 4 7 rush John Tarver 7 yard rush (John Smith kick)
17 1974-10-13 @ NYJ W, 24-0 1 6 rush Sam Cunningham 6 yard rush (John Smith kick)
18 1974-10-13 @ NYJ W, 24-0 4 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
19 1974-10-13 @ NYJ W, 24-0 4 29 interception Bob Geddes 29 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
20 1974-10-20 @ BUF L, 28-30 1 75 rush Sam Cunningham 75 yard rush (John Smith kick)
21 1974-10-20 @ BUF L, 28-30 2 12 rush Sam Cunningham 12 yard rush (John Smith kick)
22 1974-10-20 @ BUF L, 28-30 3 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
23 1974-10-20 @ BUF L, 28-30 4 12 pass Reggie Rucker 12 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
24 1974-10-27 @ MIN W, 17-14 2 21 pass Steve Schubert 21 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
25 1974-10-27 @ MIN W, 17-14 4 10 pass Bob Windsor 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
26 1974-11-03 BUF L, 28-29 1 43 pass Mack Herron 43 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
27 1974-11-03 BUF L, 28-29 2 20 pass Mack Herron 20 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
28 1974-11-03 BUF L, 28-29 2 31 rush Sam Cunningham 31 yard rush (John Smith kick)
29 1974-11-03 BUF L, 28-29 3 2 rush Mack Herron 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
30 1974-11-10 CLE L, 14-21 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
31 1974-11-10 CLE L, 14-21 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
32 1974-11-17 NYJ L, 16-21 3 5 rush Mack Herron 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
33 1974-11-24 @ BAL W, 27-17 2 2 pass John Tanner 2 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
34 1974-11-24 @ BAL W, 27-17 2 1 rush Jim Plunkett 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
35 1974-11-24 @ BAL W, 27-17 4 1 rush Mack Herron 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
36 1974-12-01 @ OAK L, 26-41 2 6 rush John Tarver 6 yard rush (John Smith kick)
37 1974-12-01 @ OAK L, 26-41 3 59 pass Randy Vataha 59 yard pass from Jim Plunkett
38 1974-12-01 @ OAK L, 26-41 4 17 pass Al Marshall 17 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
39 1974-12-08 PIT L, 17-21 1 17 pass Mack Herron 17 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
40 1974-12-08 PIT L, 17-21 4 5 rush Mack Herron 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
41 1974-12-15 @ MIA L, 27-34 1 0 fumble John Hannah 0 yard fumble return (John Smith kick)
42 1974-12-15 @ MIA L, 27-34 1 23 interception John Sanders 23 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
43 1974-12-15 @ MIA L, 27-34 1 4 pass Mack Herron 4 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 MIA L, 24-34 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
2 1974-09-15 MIA L, 24-34 3 13 pass Marlin Briscoe 13 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1974-09-15 MIA L, 24-34 4 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1974-09-22 @ NYG L, 20-28 1 21 pass Ron Johnson 21 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
5 1974-09-22 @ NYG L, 20-28 2 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
6 1974-09-22 @ NYG L, 20-28 4 9 pass Ron Johnson 9 yard pass from Norm Snead
7 1974-09-29 RAM L, 14-20 1 1 rush Tony Baker 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
8 1974-09-29 RAM L, 14-20 4 36 pass Lance Rentzel 36 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
9 1974-10-20 @ BUF W, 30-28 1 10 pass Paul Seymour 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1974-10-20 @ BUF W, 30-28 1 29 pass O.J. Simpson 29 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
11 1974-10-20 @ BUF W, 30-28 1 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1974-10-20 @ BUF W, 30-28 2 40 pass Paul Seymour 40 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1974-10-27 @ MIN L, 14-17 4 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
14 1974-10-27 @ MIN L, 14-17 4 3 rush Fran Tarkenton 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1974-11-03 BUF W, 29-28 2 25 pass Ahmad Rashad 25 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
16 1974-11-03 BUF W, 29-28 2 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
17 1974-11-03 BUF W, 29-28 3 72 interception Dave Washington 72 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
18 1974-11-10 CLE W, 21-14 1 88 kickoff Greg Pruitt 88 yard kickoff return (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1974-11-10 CLE W, 21-14 1 29 fumble Thom Darden 29 yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1974-11-10 CLE W, 21-14 4 4 rush Ken Brown 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1974-11-17 NYJ W, 21-16 1 11 pass Robert Burns 11 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
22 1974-11-17 NYJ W, 21-16 2 4 rush Emerson Boozer 4 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
23 1974-11-17 NYJ W, 21-16 3 34 pass David Knight 34 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
24 1974-11-24 @ BAL L, 17-27 3 31 rush Lydell Mitchell 31 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
25 1974-11-24 @ BAL L, 17-27 4 2 rush Marty Domres 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
26 1974-12-01 @ OAK W, 41-26 1 67 pass Cliff Branch 67 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
27 1974-12-01 @ OAK W, 41-26 2 12 pass Fred Biletnikoff 12 yard pass from Ken Stabler
28 1974-12-01 @ OAK W, 41-26 2 5 pass Bob Moore 5 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
29 1974-12-01 @ OAK W, 41-26 3 19 pass Cliff Branch 19 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
30 1974-12-01 @ OAK W, 41-26 4 22 interception Skip Thomas 22 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
31 1974-12-01 @ OAK W, 41-26 4 5 rush Harold Hart 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
32 1974-12-08 PIT W, 21-17 2 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush
33 1974-12-08 PIT W, 21-17 3 7 pass Lynn Swann 7 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
34 1974-12-15 @ MIA W, 34-27 2 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
35 1974-12-15 @ MIA W, 34-27 2 37 pass Melvin Baker 37 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
36 1974-12-15 @ MIA W, 34-27 3 46 pass Melvin Baker 46 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
37 1974-12-15 @ MIA W, 34-27 4 2 rush Don Nottingham 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)