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1977 New England Patriots

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9-5-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: 2.5, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 278 points (19.9/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 217 points (15.5/g), 9th.
 Differential of 61 points (4.4/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.0-5.0.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (9-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ron Erhardt

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 278 4310 922 4.7 36 15 14 247 160 305 2007 17 21 6.3 101 603 2303 13 3.8 132
Team Defense 217 3638 866 4.2 29 10 18 215 188 356 2033 16 19 4.9 111 452 1605 8 3.6 86
Lg Rank Offense 9 11 16 14 10 25 14 8 13 3 3 6 13 15
Lg Rank Defense 9 5 23 25 8 15 15 22 17 10 3 2 5 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs 21 17 19 381 140 241 4 21 335 155 180 2
2 Mon September 26 boxscore L OT 1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 27 30 21 263 122 141 2 25 393 195 198 3
3 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-2 @ New York Jets 27 30 20 356 231 125 5 10 251 144 107 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 2-2 Seattle Seahawks 31 0 19 333 137 196 3 6 145 50 95 5
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 3-2 @ San Diego Chargers 24 20 22 325 69 256 1 16 283 230 53 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 4-2 Baltimore Colts 17 3 20 370 201 169 2 8 86 11 75
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 5-2 New York Jets 24 13 19 375 228 147 2 15 292 158 134
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 5-3 Buffalo Bills 14 24 14 202 113 89 4 21 399 175 224 2
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L 5-4 @ Miami Dolphins 5 17 17 274 140 134 1 14 173 102 71 1
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 6-4 @ Buffalo Bills 20 7 19 329 73 256 1 11 209 83 126 2
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 7-4 Philadelphia Eagles 14 6 11 282 173 109 3 17 217 139 78 3
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 8-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 16 10 13 267 170 97 3 9 124 57 67 5
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 9-4 Miami Dolphins 14 10 16 283 106 177 3 18 248 223 25 1
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 9-5 @ Baltimore Colts 24 30 17 270 104 166 2 24 483 311 172

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 24 QB 14 14 9-5-0 160 305 52.5% 2162 17 5.6 21 6.9 68 7.1 5.1 13.5 154.4 65.2 14 155 6.29 4.39 4.4 2 2
Team Total 26.2 14 9-5-0 160 305 52.5% 2162 17 5.6 21 6.9 68 7.1 5.1 13.5 154.4 65.2 14 155 6.29 4.39 4.4 2 2
Opp Total 14 188 356 52.8% 2504 16 4.5 19 5.3 7.0 5.53 13.3 178.9 68.1 58 471 4.9 3.6 14.0

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 27 FB 14 14 270 1015 4 31 3.8 72.5 19.3 42 370 8.8 1 35 3.0 26.4 1385 5 10
44 Don Calhoun 25 RB 14 14 198 727 4 25 3.7 51.9 14.1 13 152 11.7 0 47 0.9 10.9 879 4 3
38 Ike Forte 23 13 0 62 157 2 16 2.5 12.1 4.8 8 88 11.0 0 22 0.6 6.8 245 2 2
14 Steve Grogan 24 QB 14 14 61 324 1 41 5.3 23.1 4.4 324 1 7
35 Jess Phillips 30 14 0 5 27 1 13 5.4 1.9 0.4 27 1 0
84 Darryl Stingley 26 WR 14 14 3 33 1 34 11.0 2.4 0.2 39 657 16.8 5 68 2.8 46.9 690 6 0
23 Horace Ivory 23 5 0 3 10 0 9 3.3 2.0 0.6 10 0 0
86 Stanley Morgan 22 WR 14 14 1 10 0 10 10.0 0.7 0.1 21 443 21.1 3 64 1.5 31.6 453 3 0
81 Russ Francis* 24 TE 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 229 14.3 4 31 1.6 22.9 229 4 0
80 Don Hasselbeck 22 te 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 76 8.4 4 21 0.6 5.4 76 4 0
87 Al Chandler 27 te 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 68 9.7 0 16 0.5 4.9 68 0 0
82 Steve Burks 24 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 79 15.8 0 22 0.4 6.1 79 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 603 2303 13 41 3.8 164.5 43.1 160 2162 13.5 17 68 11.4 154.4 4465 30 28
Opp Total 14 452 1605 8 3.6 114.6 32.3 188 2033 10.8 16 13.4 145.2 3638 24 20

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
26 Raymond Clayborn 22 KR 14 2 28 869 3 101 31.0 869
40 Mike Haynes* 24 PR/RCB 14 14 24 200 0 46 8.3 200
86 Stanley Morgan 22 WR 14 14 16 220 0 53 13.8 673
35 Jess Phillips 30 14 0 6 93 0 22 15.5 120
27 Doug Beaudoin 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 4 73 0 30 18.3 73
38 Ike Forte 23 13 0 2 9 0 6 4.5 254
66 Bob McKay 30 t 12 3 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
Team Total 26.2 14 43 429 0 53 10.0 39 1051 3 101 26.9 5945
Opp Total 14 33 270 0 8.2 52 1086 0 20.9

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 Mike Patrick 25 P 14 0 65 2354 64 3 36.2
1 John Smith 28 K 14 0 1 1 6 5 10 8 4 1 21 15 71.4%% 33 33 100.0%%
Team Total 26.2 14 1 1 6 5 10 8 4 1 21 15 71.4%% 33 33 100.0%% 65 2354 64 3 36.2
Opp Total 14 21 13 61.9%% 26 22 84.6%% 78 3050 39.1

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 27 FB 14 14 0 10 2 0 0
40 Mike Haynes* 24 PR/RCB 14 14 5 54 0 22 0 0 4 2 0 0
14 Steve Grogan 24 QB 14 14 0 7 2 -41 0
34 Prentice McCray 26 SS 14 14 4 61 0 48 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Tim Fox 24 FS 14 14 3 39 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Bob Howard 33 LCB 13 12 4 10 0 6 0
44 Don Calhoun 25 RB 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
38 Ike Forte 23 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
59 Pete Barnes 32 ROLB 12 11 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 11 0
71 Ray Hamilton 26 NT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
50 Sam Hunt 26 RILB 13 13 2 17 0 10 0
83 Don Westbrook 24 13 0 0 1 1 0 0
61 Sam Adams 29 RG 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
64 Richard Bishop 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Raymond Clayborn 22 KR 14 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
81 Russ Francis* 24 TE 10 10 0 0 1 3 0
78 Tony McGee 28 de 14 1 0 0 1 8 0
66 Bob McKay 30 t 12 3 0 0 1 0 0
57 Steve Nelson 26 LILB 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
35 Jess Phillips 30 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Steve Zabel 29 LOLB 11 10 0 0 1 8 0
Team Total 26.2 14 19 194 0 48 0 0 28 21 -11 0 1
Opp Total 14 14 20 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 28 K 14 0 33 15 78
84 Darryl Stingley 26 WR 14 14 1 5 6 36
39 Sam Cunningham 27 FB 14 14 4 1 5 30
44 Don Calhoun 25 RB 14 14 4 4 24
81 Russ Francis* 24 TE 10 10 4 4 24
80 Don Hasselbeck 22 te 14 1 4 4 24
26 Raymond Clayborn 22 KR 14 2 3 3 1 20
86 Stanley Morgan 22 WR 14 14 3 3 18
38 Ike Forte 23 13 0 2 2 12
14 Steve Grogan 24 QB 14 14 1 1 6
35 Jess Phillips 30 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 14 13 17 3 33 33 15 1 278
Opp Total 14 8 16 2 22 13 217

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 KAN W, 21-17 1 34 rush Darryl Stingley 34 yard rush (John Smith kick)
2 1977-09-18 KAN W, 21-17 2 21 pass Darryl Stingley 21 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
3 1977-09-18 KAN W, 21-17 3 11 rush Jess Phillips 11 yard rush (John Smith kick)
4 1977-09-26 @ CLE L, 27-30 2 8 pass Sam Cunningham 8 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
5 1977-09-26 @ CLE L, 27-30 2 2 rush Don Calhoun 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
6 1977-09-26 @ CLE L, 27-30 4 6 pass Russ Francis 6 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
7 1977-10-02 @ NYJ L, 27-30 1 8 rush Don Calhoun 8 yard rush (John Smith kick)
8 1977-10-02 @ NYJ L, 27-30 1 100 kickoff Raymond Clayborn 100 yard kickoff return (John Smith kick)
9 1977-10-02 @ NYJ L, 27-30 4 22 pass Darryl Stingley 22 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
10 1977-10-09 SEA W, 31-0 1 2 pass Don Hasselbeck 2 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
11 1977-10-09 SEA W, 31-0 2 1 pass Russ Francis 1 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
12 1977-10-09 SEA W, 31-0 3 18 rush Don Calhoun 18 yard rush (John Smith kick)
13 1977-10-09 SEA W, 31-0 3 24 pass Darryl Stingley 24 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
14 1977-10-16 @ SDG W, 24-20 1 1 pass Don Hasselbeck 1 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
15 1977-10-16 @ SDG W, 24-20 3 7 rush Ike Forte 7 yard rush (John Smith kick)
16 1977-10-16 @ SDG W, 24-20 4 4 pass Don Hasselbeck 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
17 1977-10-23 BAL W, 17-3 1 2 rush Don Calhoun 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
18 1977-10-23 BAL W, 17-3 3 31 pass Russ Francis 31 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
19 1977-10-30 NYJ W, 24-13 2 11 pass Darryl Stingley 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
20 1977-10-30 NYJ W, 24-13 3 52 pass Stanley Morgan 52 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
21 1977-10-30 NYJ W, 24-13 3 4 pass Don Hasselbeck 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
22 1977-11-06 BUF L, 14-24 1 93 kickoff Raymond Clayborn 93 yard kickoff return (John Smith kick)
23 1977-11-06 BUF L, 14-24 4 10 rush Sam Cunningham 10 yard rush (John Smith kick)
24 1977-11-20 @ BUF W, 20-7 4 31 rush Sam Cunningham 31 yard rush (John Smith kick)
25 1977-11-20 @ BUF W, 20-7 4 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
26 1977-11-27 PHI W, 14-6 1 64 pass Stanley Morgan 64 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
27 1977-11-27 PHI W, 14-6 2 16 pass Darryl Stingley 16 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
28 1977-12-04 @ ATL W, 16-10 4 33 pass Stanley Morgan 33 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
29 1977-12-11 MIA W, 14-10 1 1 rush Ike Forte 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
30 1977-12-11 MIA W, 14-10 1 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
31 1977-12-18 @ BAL L, 24-30 2 5 pass Russ Francis 5 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
32 1977-12-18 @ BAL L, 24-30 2 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
33 1977-12-18 @ BAL L, 24-30 3 101 kickoff Raymond Clayborn 101 yard kickoff return (John Smith kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 KAN L, 17-21 1 1 rush MacArthur Lane 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1977-09-18 KAN L, 17-21 1 10 rush Tony Reed 10 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1977-09-26 @ CLE W, 30-27 1 5 pass Brian Duncan 5 yard pass from Greg Pruitt (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1977-09-26 @ CLE W, 30-27 3 26 pass Gary Parris 26 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1977-09-26 @ CLE W, 30-27 4 8 pass Greg Pruitt 8 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
6 1977-10-02 @ NYJ W, 30-27 1 3 pass Charlie White 3 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
7 1977-10-02 @ NYJ W, 30-27 1 7 rush Richard Todd 7 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
8 1977-10-02 @ NYJ W, 30-27 4 44 interception Greg Buttle 44 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1977-10-02 @ NYJ W, 30-27 4 25 pass Wesley Walker 25 yard pass from Richard Todd
10 1977-10-16 @ SDG L, 20-24 1 1 rush Clarence Williams 1 yard rush
11 1977-10-16 @ SDG L, 20-24 3 1 rush Rickey Young 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
12 1977-10-16 @ SDG L, 20-24 4 16 pass Charlie Joiner 16 yard pass from Bill Munson (Rolf Benirschke kick)
13 1977-10-30 NYJ L, 13-24 2 30 pass Jerome Barkum 30 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
14 1977-11-06 BUF W, 24-14 1 7 pass Reuben Gant 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Carson Long kick)
15 1977-11-06 BUF W, 24-14 1 2 rush Jim Braxton 2 yard rush (Carson Long kick)
16 1977-11-06 BUF W, 24-14 3 24 interception Doug Jones 24 yard interception return (Carson Long kick)
17 1977-11-13 @ MIA W, 17-5 2 1 rush Gary Davis 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1977-11-13 @ MIA W, 17-5 4 26 pass Nat Moore 26 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1977-11-20 @ BUF L, 7-20 3 24 pass Jim Braxton 24 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Carson Long kick)
20 1977-11-27 PHI L, 6-14 4 12 pass Charlie Smith 12 yard pass from Ron Jaworski
21 1977-12-04 @ ATL L, 10-16 3 15 pass Wallace Francis 15 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
22 1977-12-11 MIA L, 10-14 3 23 pass Nat Moore 23 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1977-12-18 @ BAL W, 30-24 3 14 pass Glenn Doughty 14 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
24 1977-12-18 @ BAL W, 30-24 3 78 pass Raymond Chester 78 yard pass from Bert Jones
25 1977-12-18 @ BAL W, 30-24 4 12 pass Freddie Scott 12 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
26 1977-12-18 @ BAL W, 30-24 4 3 rush Don McCauley 3 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)