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1976 New England Patriots

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11-3-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.6, Offense: 6.5, Defense: 2.2, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 376 points (26.9/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 236 points (16.9/g), 11th.
 Differential of 140 points (10.0/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.5-3.5.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (11-3-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: Bryant College (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

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 376 4694 919 5.1 36 16 15 260 146 309 1746 18 20 5.3 95 591 2948 24 5.0 150
Team Defense 236 4022 946 4.3 50 27 22 258 229 437 2175 16 23 4.5 134 462 1847 12 4.0 102
Lg Rank Offense 2 8 17 10 10 25 20 7 19 14 3 2 3 1
Lg Rank Defense 11 11 1 1 17 28 16 16 7 5 5 8 8 16

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore L 0-1 Baltimore Colts 13 27 17 317 168 149 5 20 272 150 122 1
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-1 Miami Dolphins 30 14 23 430 152 278 2 17 254 146 108 4
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 30 27 18 399 257 142 4 24 416 247 169 6
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-1 Oakland Raiders 48 17 27 468 172 296 1 25 321 207 114 4
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 3-2 @ Detroit Lions 10 30 10 199 103 96 5 20 329 133 196
6 Mon October 18 boxscore W 4-2 New York Jets 41 7 29 475 145 330 1 20 309 193 116 2
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 5-2 @ Buffalo Bills 26 22 18 277 93 184 4 21 309 100 209 5
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 5-3 @ Miami Dolphins 3 10 11 226 96 130 1 18 257 100 157
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-3 Buffalo Bills 20 10 16 298 126 172 5 20 373 224 149 8
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-3 @ Baltimore Colts 21 14 19 326 121 205 2 13 202 95 107 3
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 8-3 @ New York Jets 38 24 13 237 83 154 3 20 287 184 103 10
12 Sun November 28 boxscore W 9-3 Denver Broncos 38 14 25 414 82 332 2 12 189 145 44 3
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W 10-3 New Orleans Saints 27 6 21 328 108 220 14 236 118 118 1
14 Sun December 12 boxscore W 11-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 14 13 300 40 260 1 14 268 133 135 3
Playoffs
Division Sat December 18 boxscore L 11-4 @ Oakland Raiders 21 24 23 331 167 164 3 20 282 201 81 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
14 Steve Grogan 23 QB 14 14 11-3-0 145 302 48.0% 1903 18 6.0 20 6.6 58 6.3 4.5 13.1 135.9 60.6 18 155 5.46 3.78 5.6 0 0
17 Tom Owen 24 2 0 1 5 20.0% 7 0 0.0 0 0.0 7 1.4 1.4 7.0 3.5 39.6 0 0 1.40 1.40 0.0
32 Andy Johnson 24 RB 14 13 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
88 Marlin Briscoe 31 wr 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 9 -9.00 -9.00 100.0
Team Total 25.8 14 11-3-0 146 309 47.2% 1910 18 5.8 20 6.5 58 6.2 4.4 13.1 136.4 59.7 19 164 5.32 3.68 5.8 0 0
Opp Total 14 229 437 52.4% 2604 16 3.7 23 5.3 6.0 4.32 11.4 186.0 60.9 47 429 4.5 3.0 9.7

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
39 Sam Cunningham 26 FB 11 11 172 824 3 24 4.8 74.9 15.6 27 299 11.1 0 41 2.5 27.2 1123 3 5
32 Andy Johnson 24 RB 14 13 169 699 6 69 4.1 49.9 12.1 29 343 11.8 4 53 2.1 24.5 1042 10 5
44 Don Calhoun 24 rb 14 3 129 721 1 54 5.6 51.5 9.2 12 56 4.7 0 12 0.9 4.0 777 1 4
14 Steve Grogan 23 QB 14 14 60 397 12 41 6.6 28.4 4.3 397 12 6
38 Ike Forte 22 rb 10 1 25 100 1 26 4.0 10.0 2.5 3 9 3.0 1 6 0.3 0.9 109 2 1
35 Jess Phillips 29 KR 13 0 24 164 1 46 6.8 12.6 1.8 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.1 1.4 182 1 1
84 Darryl Stingley 25 WR 13 13 8 45 0 27 5.6 3.5 0.6 17 370 21.8 4 58 1.3 28.5 415 4 1
81 Russ Francis* 23 TE 13 12 2 12 0 8 6.0 0.9 0.2 26 367 14.1 3 48 2.0 28.2 379 3 1
82 Steve Burks 23 wr 8 1 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.1 2 27 13.5 0 17 0.3 3.4 29 0 0
2 Mike Patrick 24 P 14 0 1 -16 0 -16 -16.0 -1.1 0.1 -16 0 0
18 Randy Vataha 28 WR 12 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 192 17.5 1 44 0.9 16.0 192 1 0
88 Marlin Briscoe 31 wr 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 136 13.6 1 21 0.7 9.7 136 1 0
87 Al Chandler 26 te 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 49 9.8 3 29 0.4 3.5 49 3 0
83 Ricky Feacher 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 38 19.0 0 21 0.7 12.7 38 0 0
58 Pete Brock 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 1 6 0.1 0.4 6 1 0
Team Total 25.8 14 591 2948 24 69 5.0 210.6 42.2 146 1910 13.1 18 58 10.4 136.4 4858 42 28
Opp Total 14 462 1847 12 4.0 131.9 33.0 229 2175 9.5 16 16.4 155.4 4022 28 37

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
40 Mike Haynes* 23 PR/RCB 14 14 45 608 2 89 13.5 608
35 Jess Phillips 29 KR 13 0 14 397 0 71 28.4 579
83 Ricky Feacher 22 3 0 10 240 0 46 24.0 278
44 Don Calhoun 24 rb 14 3 9 183 0 33 20.3 960
27 Doug Beaudoin 22 9 0 2 18 0 11 9.0 6 134 0 44 22.3 152
38 Ike Forte 22 rb 10 1 3 62 0 29 20.7 171
22 Dick Conn 25 db 13 1 2 29 0 26 14.5 29
21 Allen Carter 24 1 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
66 Bob McKay 29 RT 14 14 1 23 0 23 23.0 23
84 Darryl Stingley 25 WR 13 13 1 2 0 2 2.0 417
Team Total 25.8 14 48 628 2 89 13.1 46 1087 0 71 23.6 6573
Opp Total 14 37 288 0 7.8 71 1569 0 22.1

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
1 John Smith 27 K 14 0 1 4 4 6 4 14 7 25 15 60.0%% 46 42 91.3%%
2 Mike Patrick 24 P 14 0 67 2688 52 0 40.1
54 Steve Zabel 28 LOLB 14 14 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 25.8 14 1 4 4 6 4 14 7 25 15 60.0%% 47 43 91.5%% 67 2688 52 0 40.1
Opp Total 14 17 12 70.6%% 29 26 89.7%% 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
40 Mike Haynes* 23 PR/RCB 14 14 8 90 0 28 0 0 3 3 0 0
14 Steve Grogan 23 QB 14 14 0 6 4 -18 1
48 Tim Fox 23 FS 13 13 3 67 0 29 0 0 0 4 11 0
34 Prentice McCray 25 SS 14 14 5 182 2 63 0 0 0 2 0 0
39 Sam Cunningham 26 FB 11 11 0 5 1 0 0
32 Andy Johnson 24 RB 14 13 0 5 0 0 0
57 Steve Nelson 25 LILB 10 10 2 32 0 34 0 0 0 3 0 0
44 Don Calhoun 24 rb 14 3 0 4 0 0 0
50 Sam Hunt 25 RILB 14 12 2 106 1 68 0 0 0 2 0 0
24 Bob Howard 32 LCB 14 14 3 28 0 15 0
54 Steve Zabel 28 LOLB 14 14 0 0 3 2 0
64 Richard Bishop 26 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
87 Al Chandler 26 te 14 3 0 0 2 0 0
81 Russ Francis* 23 TE 13 12 0 1 1 0 0
71 Ray Hamilton 25 NT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
72 Mel Lunsford 26 de 14 1 0 0 2 0 0
59 Pete Barnes 31 rolb 13 7 0 0 1 0 0
27 Doug Beaudoin 22 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
58 Pete Brock 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
38 Ike Forte 22 rb 10 1 0 1 0 0 0
70 Leon Gray* 25 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
35 Jess Phillips 29 KR 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 Jim Romaniszyn 25 lb 11 2 0 0 1 0 0
84 Darryl Stingley 25 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
60 David Tipton 23 8 0 0 0 1 5 0
90 George Webster 31 lb 13 3 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 23 505 3 68 0 0 28 37 0 1
Opp Total 14 19 37 10

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 27 K 14 0 42 15 87
14 Steve Grogan 23 QB 14 14 12 1 13 78
32 Andy Johnson 24 RB 14 13 6 4 10 60
84 Darryl Stingley 25 WR 13 13 4 4 24
87 Al Chandler 26 te 14 3 3 3 18
39 Sam Cunningham 26 FB 11 11 3 3 18
81 Russ Francis* 23 TE 13 12 3 3 18
38 Ike Forte 22 rb 10 1 1 1 2 12
40 Mike Haynes* 23 PR/RCB 14 14 2 2 12
34 Prentice McCray 25 SS 14 14 2 2 12
88 Marlin Briscoe 31 wr 14 5 1 1 6
58 Pete Brock 22 14 0 1 1 6
44 Don Calhoun 24 rb 14 3 1 1 6
50 Sam Hunt 25 RILB 14 12 1 1 6
35 Jess Phillips 29 KR 13 0 1 1 6
18 Randy Vataha 28 WR 12 8 1 1 6
54 Steve Zabel 28 LOLB 14 14 1 1
Team Total 25.8 14 24 18 2 1 3 48 43 15 376
Opp Total 14 12 16 1 26 12 236

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 BAL L, 13-27 4 4 rush Andy Johnson 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
2 1976-09-19 MIA W, 30-14 2 15 pass Andy Johnson 15 yard pass from Steve Grogan
3 1976-09-19 MIA W, 30-14 2 13 rush Steve Grogan 13 yard rush (John Smith kick)
4 1976-09-19 MIA W, 30-14 3 29 pass Andy Johnson 29 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
5 1976-09-19 MIA W, 30-14 4 4 pass Russ Francis 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
6 1976-09-26 @ PIT W, 30-27 3 38 pass Russ Francis 38 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
7 1976-09-26 @ PIT W, 30-27 3 58 pass Darryl Stingley 58 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
8 1976-09-26 @ PIT W, 30-27 4 6 rush Steve Grogan 6 yard rush (John Smith kick)
9 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 1 2 rush Andy Johnson 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
10 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 2 21 pass Darryl Stingley 21 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
11 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 2 16 pass Marlin Briscoe 16 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
12 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 3 15 pass Darryl Stingley 15 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
13 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 3 2 rush Steve Grogan 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
14 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 4 10 rush Steve Grogan 10 yard rush (John Smith kick)
15 1976-10-03 OAK W, 48-17 4 11 rush Jess Phillips 11 yard rush
16 1976-10-10 @ DET L, 10-30 3 35 pass Randy Vataha 35 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
17 1976-10-18 NYJ W, 41-7 1 4 rush Andy Johnson 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
18 1976-10-18 NYJ W, 41-7 2 6 fumble Steve Grogan 6 yard fumble return (John Smith kick)
19 1976-10-18 NYJ W, 41-7 2 10 pass Andy Johnson 10 yard pass from Steve Grogan
20 1976-10-18 NYJ W, 41-7 3 41 rush Steve Grogan 41 yard rush (John Smith kick)
21 1976-10-18 NYJ W, 41-7 3 14 rush Sam Cunningham 14 yard rush (John Smith kick)
22 1976-10-18 NYJ W, 41-7 3 11 rush Don Calhoun 11 yard rush (John Smith kick)
23 1976-10-24 @ BUF W, 26-22 3 9 pass Russ Francis 9 yard pass from Steve Grogan
24 1976-10-24 @ BUF W, 26-22 3 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
25 1976-10-24 @ BUF W, 26-22 4 10 rush Steve Grogan 10 yard rush (John Smith kick)
26 1976-11-07 BUF W, 20-10 2 89 punt Mike Haynes 89 yard punt return (John Smith kick)
27 1976-11-07 BUF W, 20-10 3 8 rush Sam Cunningham 8 yard rush (John Smith kick)
28 1976-11-14 @ BAL W, 21-14 1 2 pass Al Chandler 2 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
29 1976-11-14 @ BAL W, 21-14 2 2 rush Steve Grogan 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
30 1976-11-14 @ BAL W, 21-14 2 3 rush Steve Grogan 3 yard rush (John Smith kick)
31 1976-11-21 @ NYJ W, 38-24 1 15 pass Andy Johnson 15 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
32 1976-11-21 @ NYJ W, 38-24 1 17 pass Darryl Stingley 17 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
33 1976-11-21 @ NYJ W, 38-24 2 63 interception Prentice McCray 63 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
34 1976-11-21 @ NYJ W, 38-24 3 55 interception Prentice McCray 55 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
35 1976-11-21 @ NYJ W, 38-24 4 6 pass Pete Brock 6 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
36 1976-11-28 DEN W, 38-14 1 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
37 1976-11-28 DEN W, 38-14 2 3 pass Al Chandler 3 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
38 1976-11-28 DEN W, 38-14 2 62 punt Mike Haynes 62 yard punt return (John Smith kick)
39 1976-11-28 DEN W, 38-14 2 1 rush Andy Johnson 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
40 1976-11-28 DEN W, 38-14 4 3 rush Ike Forte 3 yard rush (John Smith kick)
41 1976-12-05 NOR W, 27-6 2 12 pass Al Chandler 12 yard pass from Steve Grogan
42 1976-12-05 NOR W, 27-6 2 11 rush Steve Grogan 11 yard rush (John Smith kick)
43 1976-12-05 NOR W, 27-6 4 10 rush Steve Grogan 10 yard rush (John Smith kick)
44 1976-12-05 NOR W, 27-6 4 6 pass Ike Forte 6 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
45 1976-12-12 @ TAM W, 31-14 2 69 rush Andy Johnson 69 yard rush (John Smith kick)
46 1976-12-12 @ TAM W, 31-14 3 9 rush Andy Johnson 9 yard rush (John Smith kick)
47 1976-12-12 @ TAM W, 31-14 4 68 interception Sam Hunt 68 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
48 1976-12-12 @ TAM W, 31-14 4 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (Steve Zabel kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 BAL W, 27-13 2 12 pass Glenn Doughty 12 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
2 1976-09-12 BAL W, 27-13 2 6 pass Glenn Doughty 6 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
3 1976-09-12 BAL W, 27-13 4 10 rush Lydell Mitchell 10 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
4 1976-09-19 MIA L, 14-30 2 5 pass Andre Tillman 5 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1976-09-19 MIA L, 14-30 4 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1976-09-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 1 3 rush Franco Harris 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1976-09-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 3 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1976-09-26 @ PIT L, 27-30 4 11 pass Randy Grossman 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1976-10-03 OAK L, 17-48 2 15 pass Fred Biletnikoff 15 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Fred Steinfort kick)
10 1976-10-03 OAK L, 17-48 4 1 rush Mike Rae 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
11 1976-10-10 @ DET W, 30-10 1 5 rush Dexter Bussey 5 yard rush
12 1976-10-10 @ DET W, 30-10 1 21 pass David Hill 21 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
13 1976-10-10 @ DET W, 30-10 2 5 pass Charlie Sanders 5 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
14 1976-10-10 @ DET W, 30-10 4 3 pass David Hill 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
15 1976-10-18 NYJ L, 7-41 3 12 pass Clark Gaines 12 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
16 1976-10-24 @ BUF L, 22-26 3 32 rush O.J. Simpson 32 yard rush (pass failed)
17 1976-10-24 @ BUF L, 22-26 4 4 pass Bob Chandler 4 yard pass from Gary Marangi (George Jakowenko kick)
18 1976-10-24 @ BUF L, 22-26 4 2 rush O.J. Simpson 2 yard rush
19 1976-10-31 @ MIA W, 10-3 2 16 pass Jim Mandich 16 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1976-11-07 BUF L, 10-20 4 6 rush Gary Marangi 6 yard rush (George Jakowenko kick)
21 1976-11-14 @ BAL L, 14-21 1 22 pass Roger Carr 22 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
22 1976-11-14 @ BAL L, 14-21 2 3 rush Don McCauley 3 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
23 1976-11-21 @ NYJ L, 24-38 1 23 fumble Greg Buttle 23 yard fumble return (Pat Leahy kick)
24 1976-11-21 @ NYJ L, 24-38 2 11 pass Jerome Barkum 11 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
25 1976-11-21 @ NYJ L, 24-38 4 26 pass Clark Gaines 26 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
26 1976-11-28 DEN L, 14-38 3 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
27 1976-11-28 DEN L, 14-38 4 11 pass Riley Odoms 11 yard pass from Craig Penrose (Jim Turner kick)
28 1976-12-12 @ TAM L, 14-31 2 17 rush Ed Williams 17 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
29 1976-12-12 @ TAM L, 14-31 2 17 pass Morris Owens 17 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)