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1978 New England Patriots

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.0, Offense: 3.6, Defense: 1.4, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 358 points (22.4/g), 4th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (17.9/g), 13th.
 Differential of 72 points (4.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.1-5.9.

Coach: Hank Bullough (0-1-0) (co-coach with Ron Erhardt), Ron Erhardt (0-1-0) and Chuck Fairbanks (11-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ron Erhardt
 Defensive Coordinator: Hank Bullough

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 358 5965 1085 5.5 46 21 16 322 196 390 2800 15 25 6.8 125 671 3165 30 4.7 181
Team Defense 286 4615 971 4.8 43 21 15 258 235 425 2763 21 22 6.0 143 511 1852 14 3.6 100
Lg Rank Offense 4 1 22 21 3 17 9 18 19 1 1 1 1 1
Lg Rank Defense 13 9 8 3 6 11 21 23 13 21 5 4 9 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 Washington Redskins 14 16 21 326 165 161 3 14 324 175 149 2
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 1-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 16 6 21 441 172 269 4 9 193 136 57 3
3 Mon September 18 boxscore L 1-2 Baltimore Colts 27 34 23 429 223 206 4 15 361 265 96 4
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-2 @ Oakland Raiders 21 14 22 404 197 207 4 14 236 153 83 3
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 3-2 San Diego Chargers 28 23 19 299 198 101 1 18 322 162 160 3
6 Sun October 8 boxscore W 4-2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 14 22 394 189 205 4 17 293 186 107 4
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 5-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 3 19 298 162 136 2 17 279 206 73 3
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 6-2 Miami Dolphins 33 24 24 393 168 225 2 20 333 189 144 2
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 7-2 New York Jets 55 21 26 529 289 240 1 20 276 172 104 2
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 8-2 @ Buffalo Bills 14 10 20 332 53 279 3 15 247 107 140 3
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 8-3 Houston Oilers 23 26 16 274 130 144 4 24 322 194 128 4
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 9-3 @ New York Jets 19 17 18 324 99 225 2 12 208 139 69 3
13 Sun November 26 boxscore W 10-3 @ Baltimore Colts 35 14 15 460 232 228 2 18 300 155 145 3
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 10-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 10 17 16 363 150 213 3 17 329 230 99 1
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 11-4 Buffalo Bills 26 24 24 403 154 249 3 16 307 123 184 2
16 Mon December 18 boxscore L 11-5 @ Miami Dolphins 3 23 16 296 219 77 4 12 285 171 114 1
Playoffs
Division Sun December 31 boxscore L 11-6 Houston Oilers 14 31 15 263 180 83 3 21 344 170 174 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 25 QB 16 16 11-5-0 181 362 50.0% 2824 15 4.1 23 6.4 75 7.8 5.8 15.6 176.5 63.6 21 184 6.89 4.97 5.5 3 6
17 Tom Owen 26 2 0 15 26 57.7% 182 0 0.0 2 7.7 23 7.0 3.5 12.1 91.0 47.3 3 22 5.52 2.41 10.3
32 Andy Johnson 26 RB 15 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
Team Total 26.2 16 11-5-0 196 390 50.3% 3006 15 3.8 25 6.4 75 7.7 5.6 15.3 187.9 62.2 24 206 6.76 4.77 5.8 3 6
Opp Total 16 235 425 55.3% 3059 21 4.9 22 5.2 7.2 5.86 13.0 191.2 73.1 35 296 6.0 4.8 7.6

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* 28 FB 16 14 199 768 8 52 3.9 48.0 12.4 31 297 9.6 0 31 1.9 18.6 1065 8 4
32 Andy Johnson 26 RB 15 13 147 675 3 52 4.6 45.0 9.8 26 267 10.3 0 31 1.7 17.8 942 3 4
23 Horace Ivory 24 rb 15 3 141 693 11 28 4.9 46.2 9.4 14 122 8.7 0 18 0.9 8.1 815 11 5
14 Steve Grogan 25 QB 16 16 81 539 5 31 6.7 33.7 5.1 539 5 9
44 Don Calhoun 26 rb 14 2 76 391 1 73 5.1 27.9 5.4 3 29 9.7 0 15 0.2 2.1 420 1 1
37 James McAlister 27 16 0 19 77 2 16 4.1 4.8 1.2 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 0.8 89 2 3
30 Mosi Tatupu 23 16 0 3 6 0 3 2.0 0.4 0.2 6 0 0
86 Stanley Morgan 23 PR/WR 16 16 2 11 0 6 5.5 0.7 0.1 34 820 24.1 5 75 2.1 51.3 831 5 6
29 Harold Jackson 32 WR 16 13 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.4 0.1 37 743 20.1 6 57 2.3 46.4 750 6 0
83 Don Westbrook 25 16 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 3 38 12.7 0 19 0.2 2.4 36 0 0
4 Jerrel Wilson 37 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
81 Russ Francis* 25 TE 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 543 13.9 4 53 2.6 36.2 543 4 1
80 Don Hasselbeck 23 te 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 107 15.3 0 24 0.4 6.7 107 0 0
88 Carlos Pennywell 22 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 28 28.0 0 28 0.1 1.8 28 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 671 3165 30 73 4.7 197.8 41.9 196 3006 15.3 15 75 12.3 187.9 6171 45 35
Opp Total 16 511 1852 14 3.6 115.8 31.9 235 2763 11.8 21 14.7 172.7 4615 35 34

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
86 Stanley Morgan 23 PR/WR 16 16 32 335 0 48 10.5 1 17 0 17 17.0 1183
26 Raymond Clayborn 23 KR/LCB 16 16 27 636 0 60 23.6 636
40 Mike Haynes* 25 RCB 16 16 14 183 0 35 13.1 183
37 James McAlister 27 16 0 10 186 0 32 18.6 275
23 Horace Ivory 24 rb 15 3 7 165 0 33 23.6 980
83 Don Westbrook 25 16 0 7 125 0 33 17.9 161
22 Dick Conn 27 15 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 1 26 0 26 26.0 28
30 Mosi Tatupu 23 16 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 23
62 Dwight Wheeler 23 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 47 520 0 48 11.1 55 1172 0 60 21.3 7863
Opp Total 16 29 272 0 9.4 69 1576 1 22.8

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
4 Jerrel Wilson 37 P 14 0 1 0.0%% 54 1921 57 0 35.6
9 David Posey 22 K 11 0 1 1 4 3 11 5 6 2 22 11 50.0%% 31 29 93.5%%
7 Nick Lowery 22 k 2 0 1 1 0.0%% 7 7 100.0%%
1 John Smith 29 k 3 0 1 1 1 1 100.0%% 7 6 85.7%%
2 Mike Patrick 26 p 1 0 7 216 47 0 30.9
Team Total 26.2 16 1 1 5 4 11 5 7 2 24 12 50.0%% 46 42 91.3%% 61 2137 57 0 35.0
Opp Total 16 19 9 47.4%% 38 31 81.6%% 78 3081 39.5

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
14 Steve Grogan 25 QB 16 16 0 9 2 -24 0
57 Steve Nelson 27 LILB 14 14 5 104 0 37 0 0 0 4 0 0
40 Mike Haynes* 25 RCB 16 16 6 123 1 50 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Horace Ivory 24 rb 15 3 0 5 2 0 0
32 Andy Johnson 26 RB 15 13 0 4 2 0 0
86 Stanley Morgan 23 PR/WR 16 16 0 6 0 0 0
26 Raymond Clayborn 23 KR/LCB 16 16 4 72 0 44 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Sam Cunningham* 28 FB 16 14 0 4 0 0 0
54 Steve Zabel 30 LOLB 11 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
27 Doug Beaudoin 24 SS 15 13 3 25 0 13 0
48 Tim Fox 25 FS 16 16 2 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
71 Ray Hamilton 27 NT 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
37 James McAlister 27 16 0 0 3 0 0 0
56 Rod Shoate 25 ROLB 15 15 0 0 3 0 0
64 Richard Bishop 28 RDE 16 15 0 0 2 0 0 1
55 Ray Costict 23 lb 16 3 0 0 2 0 0
81 Russ Francis* 25 TE 15 15 0 1 1 0 0
73 John Hannah*+ 27 LG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
4 Jerrel Wilson 37 P 14 0 0 1 1 -13 0
44 Don Calhoun 26 rb 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
22 Dick Conn 27 15 0 1 24 0 24 0
63 Ernie Holmes 30 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Tony McGee 29 de 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
83 Don Westbrook 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 22 358 1 50 0 0 35 32 -37 0 2
Opp Total 16 24 34 13

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
23 Horace Ivory 24 rb 15 3 11 11 66
9 David Posey 22 K 11 0 29 11 62
39 Sam Cunningham* 28 FB 16 14 8 8 48
29 Harold Jackson 32 WR 16 13 6 6 36
14 Steve Grogan 25 QB 16 16 5 5 30
86 Stanley Morgan 23 PR/WR 16 16 5 5 30
81 Russ Francis* 25 TE 15 15 4 4 24
32 Andy Johnson 26 RB 15 13 3 3 18
37 James McAlister 27 16 0 2 2 12
1 John Smith 29 k 3 0 6 1 9
7 Nick Lowery 22 k 2 0 7 7
44 Don Calhoun 26 rb 14 2 1 1 6
40 Mike Haynes* 25 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
64 Richard Bishop 28 RDE 16 15 1 2
48 Tim Fox 25 FS 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.2 16 30 15 1 46 42 12 2 358
Opp Total 16 14 21 1 1 1 31 9 286

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 WAS L, 14-16 3 33 pass Stanley Morgan 33 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
2 1978-09-03 WAS L, 14-16 4 45 pass Harold Jackson 45 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
3 1978-09-10 @ STL W, 16-6 2 5 rush Steve Grogan 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ STL W, 16-6 2 24 pass Russ Francis 24 yard pass from Steve Grogan
5 1978-09-18 BAL L, 27-34 1 1 rush Andy Johnson 1 yard rush
6 1978-09-18 BAL L, 27-34 2 62 pass Stanley Morgan 62 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
7 1978-09-18 BAL L, 27-34 4 4 rush Steve Grogan 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
8 1978-09-18 BAL L, 27-34 4 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
9 1978-09-24 @ OAK W, 21-14 2 25 pass Russ Francis 25 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Nick Lowery kick)
10 1978-09-24 @ OAK W, 21-14 3 16 rush Horace Ivory 16 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
11 1978-09-24 @ OAK W, 21-14 4 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
12 1978-10-01 SDG W, 28-23 1 30 pass Harold Jackson 30 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Nick Lowery kick)
13 1978-10-01 SDG W, 28-23 3 14 pass Harold Jackson 14 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Nick Lowery kick)
14 1978-10-01 SDG W, 28-23 4 6 pass Russ Francis 6 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Nick Lowery kick)
15 1978-10-01 SDG W, 28-23 4 4 rush Steve Grogan 4 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
16 1978-10-08 PHI W, 24-14 1 4 rush Don Calhoun 4 yard rush (David Posey kick)
17 1978-10-08 PHI W, 24-14 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
18 1978-10-08 PHI W, 24-14 3 58 pass Stanley Morgan 58 yard pass from Steve Grogan (David Posey kick)
19 1978-10-15 @ CIN W, 10-3 4 3 rush Sam Cunningham 3 yard rush (David Posey kick)
20 1978-10-22 MIA W, 33-24 2 1 rush Andy Johnson 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
21 1978-10-22 MIA W, 33-24 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
22 1978-10-22 MIA W, 33-24 3 1 rush Horace Ivory 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
23 1978-10-22 MIA W, 33-24 4 23 rush Horace Ivory 23 yard rush (David Posey kick)
24 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 1 11 pass Harold Jackson 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (David Posey kick)
25 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 1 30 pass Stanley Morgan 30 yard pass from Steve Grogan (David Posey kick)
26 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 1 7 rush Horace Ivory 7 yard rush (David Posey kick)
27 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 2 9 rush Horace Ivory 9 yard rush (David Posey kick)
28 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 2 28 pass Harold Jackson 28 yard pass from Steve Grogan
29 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 2 11 pass Russ Francis 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (David Posey kick)
30 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 3 1 rush James McAlister 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
31 1978-10-29 NYJ W, 55-21 4 1 rush James McAlister 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
32 1978-11-05 @ BUF W, 14-10 2 19 rush Horace Ivory 19 yard rush (David Posey kick)
33 1978-11-05 @ BUF W, 14-10 3 5 rush Horace Ivory 5 yard rush (David Posey kick)
34 1978-11-12 HOU L, 23-26 2 3 rush Horace Ivory 3 yard rush (David Posey kick)
35 1978-11-12 HOU L, 23-26 2 7 rush Steve Grogan 7 yard rush (David Posey kick)
36 1978-11-19 @ NYJ W, 19-17 2 1 rush Horace Ivory 1 yard rush (David Posey kick)
37 1978-11-19 @ NYJ W, 19-17 4 11 rush Horace Ivory 11 yard rush
38 1978-11-26 @ BAL W, 35-14 1 36 interception Mike Haynes 36 yard interception return (David Posey kick)
39 1978-11-26 @ BAL W, 35-14 1 23 pass Harold Jackson 23 yard pass from Steve Grogan (David Posey kick)
40 1978-11-26 @ BAL W, 35-14 2 11 rush Andy Johnson 11 yard rush (David Posey kick)
41 1978-11-26 @ BAL W, 35-14 3 75 pass Stanley Morgan 75 yard pass from Steve Grogan (David Posey kick)
42 1978-11-26 @ BAL W, 35-14 4 4 rush Sam Cunningham 4 yard rush (David Posey kick)
43 1978-12-03 @ DAL L, 10-17 1 52 rush Sam Cunningham 52 yard rush (David Posey kick)
44 1978-12-10 BUF W, 26-24 2 4 rush Sam Cunningham 4 yard rush (David Posey kick)
45 1978-12-10 BUF W, 26-24 3 4 rush Steve Grogan 4 yard rush (David Posey kick)
46 1978-12-10 BUF W, 26-24 4 20 rush Horace Ivory 20 yard rush (David Posey kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 WAS W, 16-14 3 15 pass Mike Thomas 15 yard pass from Joe Theismann
2 1978-09-03 WAS W, 16-14 4 31 fumble Brad Dusek 31 yard fumble return (Mark Moseley kick)
3 1978-09-10 @ STL L, 6-16 3 8 pass Jimmy Childs 8 yard pass from Jim Hart
4 1978-09-18 BAL W, 34-27 2 3 rush Don McCauley 3 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
5 1978-09-18 BAL W, 34-27 4 54 pass Roger Carr 54 yard pass from Joe Washington (Toni Linhart kick)
6 1978-09-18 BAL W, 34-27 4 23 pass Joe Washington 23 yard pass from Bill Troup
7 1978-09-18 BAL W, 34-27 4 67 pass Roger Carr 67 yard pass from Bill Troup (Toni Linhart kick)
8 1978-09-18 BAL W, 34-27 4 90 kickoff Joe Washington 90 yard kickoff return (Toni Linhart kick)
9 1978-09-24 @ OAK L, 14-21 1 13 pass Dave Casper 13 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
10 1978-09-24 @ OAK L, 14-21 1 4 rush Arthur Whittington 4 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
11 1978-10-01 SDG L, 23-28 2 3 pass Pat Curran 3 yard pass from Dan Fouts
12 1978-10-01 SDG L, 23-28 2 21 pass John Jefferson 21 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
13 1978-10-01 SDG L, 23-28 3 40 pass John Jefferson 40 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
14 1978-10-08 PHI L, 14-24 2 28 pass Harold Carmichael 28 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1978-10-08 PHI L, 14-24 3 1 rush John Sciarra 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1978-10-22 MIA L, 24-33 1 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1978-10-22 MIA L, 24-33 2 9 pass Nat Moore 9 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1978-10-22 MIA L, 24-33 3 4 pass Andre Tillman 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1978-10-29 NYJ L, 21-55 1 1 rush Bruce Harper 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
20 1978-10-29 NYJ L, 21-55 4 2 rush Tom Newton 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
21 1978-10-29 NYJ L, 21-55 4 3 rush Tom Newton 3 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
22 1978-11-05 @ BUF L, 10-14 4 11 pass Bob Chandler 11 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
23 1978-11-12 HOU W, 26-23 2 8 rush Rob Carpenter 8 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
24 1978-11-12 HOU W, 26-23 3 1 rush Rob Carpenter 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
25 1978-11-12 HOU W, 26-23 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush
26 1978-11-12 HOU W, 26-23 4 10 pass Rich Caster 10 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
27 1978-11-19 @ NYJ L, 17-19 1 1 rush Kevin Long 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
28 1978-11-19 @ NYJ L, 17-19 4 56 pass Wesley Walker 56 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Pat Leahy kick)
29 1978-11-26 @ BAL L, 14-35 1 21 interception Lyle Blackwood 21 yard interception return (Toni Linhart kick)
30 1978-11-26 @ BAL L, 14-35 3 19 pass Ron Lee 19 yard pass from Bill Troup (Toni Linhart kick)
31 1978-12-03 @ DAL W, 17-10 3 40 pass Tony Hill 40 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
32 1978-12-03 @ DAL W, 17-10 4 36 pass Billy Joe DuPree 36 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
33 1978-12-10 BUF L, 24-26 2 28 rush Roland Hooks 28 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
34 1978-12-10 BUF L, 24-26 3 32 rush Terry Miller 32 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
35 1978-12-10 BUF L, 24-26 4 21 pass Frank Lewis 21 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
36 1978-12-18 @ MIA W, 23-3 1 6 pass Nat Moore 6 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
37 1978-12-18 @ MIA W, 23-3 2 17 pass Duriel Harris 17 yard pass from Bob Griese
38 1978-12-18 @ MIA W, 23-3 3 1 rush Gary Davis 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)