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1997 New England Patriots

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.3, Offense: 2.3, Defense: 3.0, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 369 points (23.1/g), 8th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 289 points (18.1/g), 8th.
 Differential of 80 points (5.0/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-5.7.

Coach: Pete Carroll (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Larry Kennan
 Defensive Coordinator: Steve Sidwell
 Other Notable Asst.: Jeff Davidson (Tight Ends)

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

Team Info

Director of Player Personnel Bobby Grier
Chairman/CEO Robert Kraft
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 369 5014 960 5.2 22 7 23 267 321 532 3550 31 15 6.3 173 398 1464 6 3.7 71
Team Defense 289 5085 1100 4.6 32 13 25 322 368 619 3469 14 19 5.2 183 436 1616 16 3.7 114
Lg Rank Offense 8 15 7 2 26 15 7 2 14 6 28 26 28 22
Lg Rank Defense 8 19 6 13 27 30 23 4 7 7 10 5 22 7

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore W 1-0 San Diego Chargers 41 7 22 424 340 84 14 227 142 85 3
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 2-0 @ Indianapolis Colts 31 6 15 382 260 122 19 255 214 41 1
3 Sun September 14 boxscore W OT 3-0 New York Jets 27 24 23 375 162 213 3 22 355 225 130 3
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 4-0 Chicago Bears 31 3 23 402 315 87 3 9 199 120 79 3
5 Bye Week
6 Mon October 6 boxscore L 4-1 @ Denver Broncos 13 34 13 262 211 51 2 25 380 188 192 2
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 5-1 Buffalo Bills 33 6 19 310 171 139 1 13 242 148 94 4
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L 5-2 @ New York Jets 19 24 19 372 267 105 1 22 330 254 76
9 Mon October 27 boxscore L 5-3 Green Bay Packers 10 28 18 324 255 69 4 27 371 227 144 1
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 5-4 @ Minnesota Vikings 18 23 21 410 293 117 1 18 288 222 66
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 6-4 @ Buffalo Bills 31 10 11 267 164 103 14 241 119 122 4
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 6-5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 27 10 168 93 75 3 21 348 202 146 2
13 Sun November 23 boxscore W 7-5 Miami Dolphins 27 24 15 318 234 84 33 406 370 36 3
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 8-5 Indianapolis Colts 20 17 17 258 187 71 23 403 285 118 1
15 Sun December 7 boxscore W 9-5 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 26 20 16 282 227 55 23 341 234 107 2
16 Sat December 13 boxscore L OT 9-6 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 24 15 253 211 42 2 22 404 266 138 2
17 Mon December 22 boxscore W 10-6 @ Miami Dolphins 14 12 10 207 160 47 2 17 295 253 42 1
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 28 boxscore W 11-6 Miami Dolphins 17 3 15 228 120 108 10 162 120 42 3
Division Sat January 3 boxscore L 11-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 6 7 15 280 244 36 4 16 279 134 145 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Drew Bledsoe* 25 QB 16 16 10-6-0 314 522 60.2 3706 28 5.4 15 2.9 76 7.1 6.9 11.8 231.6 87.7 30 258 6.25 6.04 5.4 0 1
16 Scott Zolak 30 4 0 6 9 66.7 67 2 22.2 0 0.0 20 7.4 11.9 11.2 16.8 128.2 0 0 7.44 11.89 0.0
22 Dave Meggett 31 KR/PR 16 2 1 1 100.0 35 1 100.0 0 0.0 35 35.0 55.0 35.0 2.2 158.3 0 0 35.00 55.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 16 10-6-0 321 532 60.3 3808 31 5.8 15 2.8 76 7.2 7.1 11.9 238.0 89.9 30 258 6.32 6.22 5.3 0 1
Opp Total 16 368 619 59.5 3772 14 2.3 19 3.1 6.1 5.16 10.3 235.8 71.8 45 303 5.2 4.4 6.8

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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
28 Curtis Martin 24 RB 13 13 274 1160 4 70 4.2 89.2 21.1 41 296 7.2 1 22 3.2 22.8 1456 5 3
35 Marrio Grier 26 16 0 33 75 1 12 2.3 4.7 2.1 75 1 0
11 Drew Bledsoe* 25 QB 16 16 28 55 0 8 2.0 3.4 1.8 55 0 4
29 Derrick Cullors 25 rb 15 1 22 101 0 24 4.6 6.7 1.5 2 8 4.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 109 0 3
22 Dave Meggett 31 KR/PR 16 2 20 60 1 10 3.0 3.8 1.3 19 203 10.7 1 49 1.2 12.7 263 2 2
41 Keith Byars 34 FB 16 8 11 24 0 5 2.2 1.5 0.7 20 189 9.5 3 51 1.3 11.8 213 3 1
33 Sam Gash 28 fb 16 5 6 10 0 4 1.7 0.6 0.4 22 154 7.0 3 19 1.4 9.6 164 3 0
16 Scott Zolak 30 4 0 3 -3 0 -1 -1.0 -0.8 0.8 -3 0 0
80 Troy Brown 26 wr 16 6 1 -18 0 -18 -18.0 -1.1 0.1 41 607 14.8 6 67 2.6 37.9 589 6 0
87 Ben Coates* 28 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 66 737 11.2 8 35 4.1 46.1 737 8 0
84 Shawn Jefferson 28 WR 16 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 54 841 15.6 2 76 3.4 52.6 841 2 2
88 Terry Glenn 23 WR 9 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 431 16.0 2 50 3.0 47.9 431 2 1
82 Vincent Brisby 26 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 276 12.0 2 31 1.4 17.3 276 2 0
85 Lovett Purnell 25 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 57 11.4 3 20 0.3 3.6 57 3 0
83 Dietrich Jells 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.8 9 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 398 1464 6 70 3.7 91.5 24.9 321 3808 11.9 31 76 20.1 238.0 5272 37 17
Opp Total 16 436 1616 16 3.7 101.0 27.3 368 3469 9.4 14 23.0 216.8 5085 30 29

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Dave Meggett 31 KR/PR 16 2 45 467 0 47 10.4 33 816 0 61 24.7 1546
29 Derrick Cullors 25 rb 15 1 15 386 1 86 25.7 495
26 Chris Canty 21 db 16 1 4 115 0 63 28.8 115
87 Ben Coates* 28 TE 16 16 1 20 0 20 20.0 757
Team Total 26.3 16 45 467 0 47 10.4 53 1337 1 86 25.2 7076
Opp Total 16 38 437 0 11.5 75 1651 1 22.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
19 Tom Tupa 31 P 16 0 78 3569 73 1 45.8
4 Adam Vinatieri 25 K 16 0 11 11 9 7 8 6 1 1 29 25 86.2% 40 40 100.0%
Team Total 26.3 16 11 11 9 7 8 6 1 1 29 25 86.2% 40 40 100.0% 78 3569 73 1 45.8
Opp Total 16 29 20 69.0% 29 29 100.0% 74 3286 44.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
52 Ted Johnson 25 MLB 16 16 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 95 32
36 Lawyer Milloy 24 SS 16 16 3 15 0 15 0 2 0 2 0 0 82 30
32 Willie Clay 27 FS 16 16 6 109 1 53 0 1 0 2 0 0 68 27
59 Todd Collins 27 RLB 15 15 1.5 2 0 0 0 0 64 35
96 Mike Jones 28 lde 16 7 4.0 0 0 1 0 0 70 19
53 Chris Slade* 26 LLB 16 16 9.0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 62 26
24 Ty Law 23 LCB 16 16 0.5 3 70 0 40 0 0 1 1 0 0 69 8
31 Jimmy Hitchcock 27 RCB 15 15 2 104 1 100 0 1 0 0 0 0 65 18
95 Henry Thomas 32 RDT 16 16 7.0 2 0 1 0 0 44 25
97 Mark Wheeler 27 LDT 14 14 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 26 10
55 Willie McGinest 26 RDE 11 11 2.0 0 0 3 0 0 25 10
54 Tedy Bruschi 24 lb 16 1 4.0 2 0 2 0 0 25 5
26 Chris Canty 21 db 16 1 2.0 1 0 2 9 0 24 2
74 Chris Sullivan 24 LDE 16 10 16 9
25 Larry Whigham* 25 16 0 2.0 2 60 1 60 0 1 0 0 0 0 15 4
90 Chad Eaton 25 dt 16 1 1.0 13 8
92 Ferric Collons 28 lde 5 5 1.0 0 0 1 5 0 11 4
58 Marty Moore 26 16 0 2 7 0 7 0 6 2
98 Brandon Mitchell 22 12 0 6 3
27 Michael McGruder 33 3 0 1.0 4 0
11 Drew Bledsoe* 25 QB 16 16 0 4 3 -4 0
72 Devin Wyman 24 6 0 1 2
29 Derrick Cullors 25 rb 15 1 0 3 0 0 0
28 Curtis Martin 24 RB 13 13 0 3 0 0 0
22 Dave Meggett 31 KR/PR 16 2 0 2 1 0 0
42 Chris Carter 23 16 0 1 0
84 Shawn Jefferson 28 WR 16 14 0 2 0 0 0
41 Keith Byars 34 FB 16 8 0 1 0 0 0
99 Vernon Crawford 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Terry Glenn 23 WR 9 9 0 1 0 0 0
21 Steve Israel 28 5 0 1.0
68 Max Lane 26 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
85 Lovett Purnell 25 te 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 44.0 19 366 4 100 0 16 17 22 10 0 792 279
Opp Total 16 30 29 16

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
4 Adam Vinatieri 25 K 16 0 40 25 115
87 Ben Coates* 28 TE 16 16 8 8 48
80 Troy Brown 26 wr 16 6 6 6 36
28 Curtis Martin 24 RB 13 13 4 1 5 30
41 Keith Byars 34 FB 16 8 3 3 18
33 Sam Gash 28 fb 16 5 3 3 18
85 Lovett Purnell 25 te 16 2 3 3 18
82 Vincent Brisby 26 wr 16 4 2 2 12
88 Terry Glenn 23 WR 9 9 2 2 12
84 Shawn Jefferson 28 WR 16 14 2 2 12
22 Dave Meggett 31 KR/PR 16 2 1 1 2 12
32 Willie Clay 27 FS 16 16 1 1 6
29 Derrick Cullors 25 rb 15 1 1 1 6
35 Marrio Grier 26 16 0 1 1 6
31 Jimmy Hitchcock 27 RCB 15 15 1 1 6
53 Chris Slade* 26 LLB 16 16 1 1 6
25 Larry Whigham* 25 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 6 31 1 4 42 40 25 367
Opp Total 16 16 14 1 2 1 29 20 289