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1961 San Diego Chargers

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in AFL West Division  · 1961 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.1, Offense: 2.6, Defense: 8.4, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 396 points (28.3/g), 3rd of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 219 points (15.6/g), 1st.
 Differential of 177 points (12.6/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 11.2-2.8.

Coach: Sid Gillman (12-2-0)
 Other Notable Asst.: Chuck Noll (Defensive Assistant)

Stadium: Balboa Stadium
 Training Camp: University of San Diego (San Diego, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Barron Hilton
Head Coach/General Manager Sid Gillman
Offensive Scheme Vertical
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 396 4313 842 5.1 44 19 17 208 190 423 2847 17 25 6.3 110 391 1466 24 3.7 81
Team Defense 219 3720 928 4.0 66 17 21 224 224 485 2363 16 49 4.5 124 401 1357 7 3.4 79
Lg Rank Offense 3 3 4 6 7 5 2 6 2 2 5 6 1 5
Lg Rank Defense 1 1 1 4 2 7 1 2 1 2 4 2 1 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 10 boxscore W 1-0 @ Dallas Texans 26 10 17 365 167 198 2 16 292 83 209 6
2 Sun September 17 boxscore W 2-0 Oakland Raiders 44 0 23 386 183 203 13 106 21 85 6
3 Sun September 24 boxscore W 3-0 Houston Oilers 34 24 7 158 108 50 1 19 372 300 72 7
4 Sat September 30 boxscore W 4-0 @ Buffalo Bills 19 11 15 302 140 162 1 15 239 137 102 2
5 Sat October 7 boxscore W 5-0 @ Boston Patriots 38 27 19 399 315 84 3 17 253 148 105 3
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 6-0 @ New York Titans 25 10 19 422 299 123 5 14 202 140 62 5
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 7-0 @ Oakland Raiders 41 10 20 334 116 218 3 6 58 56 2 6
8 Sun October 29 boxscore W 8-0 Denver Broncos 37 0 13 312 211 101 5 14 304 228 76 7
9 Sun November 5 boxscore W 9-0 New York Titans 48 13 17 353 169 184 4 16 201 111 90 6
10 Sun November 12 boxscore W 10-0 @ Denver Broncos 19 16 13 209 153 56 3 19 358 272 86 5
11 Sun November 19 boxscore W 11-0 Dallas Texans 24 14 13 338 335 3 3 17 288 180 108 3
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 11-1 @ Houston Oilers 13 33 14 306 271 35 4 22 473 351 122 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 12-1 Buffalo Bills 28 10 7 237 190 47 2 18 279 180 99 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 12-2 Boston Patriots 0 41 11 192 190 2 6 18 295 156 139 3
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 24 boxscore L 12-3 Houston Oilers 3 10 15 256 177 79 6 18 256 160 96 7

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
15 Jack Kemp* 26 QB 14 14 12-2-0 165 364 45.3% 2686 15 4.1 22 6.0 91 7.4 5.5 16.3 191.9 59.2 1 1
17 Hunter Enis 25 13 0 23 55 41.8% 365 2 3.6 3 5.5 45 6.6 4.9 15.9 28.1 54.0
23 Paul Lowe 25 HB 14 0 2 4 50.0% 70 0 0.0 0 0.0 36 17.5 17.5 35.0 5.0 95.8
Team Total 24.5 14 12-2-0 190 423 44.9% 3121 17 4.0 25 5.9 91 7.4 5.5 16.4 222.9 59.0 1 1
Opp Total 14 224 485 46.2% 2736 16 3.3 49 10.1 5.6 1.75 12.2 195.4 35.5 42 373 4.5 0.9 8.0

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
23 Paul Lowe 25 HB 14 0 175 767 9 87 4.4 54.8 12.5 17 103 6.1 0 17 1.2 7.4 870 9 6
26 Bo Roberson 26 KR 14 0 58 275 3 59 4.7 19.6 4.1 6 81 13.5 0 24 0.4 5.8 356 3 3
41 Charlie Flowers 24 FB 14 0 51 177 3 11 3.5 12.6 3.6 16 175 10.9 0 31 1.1 12.5 352 3 2
15 Jack Kemp* 26 QB 14 14 43 105 6 23 2.4 7.5 3.1 105 6 10
22 Keith Lincoln 22 14 0 41 150 0 17 3.7 10.7 2.9 12 208 17.3 2 91 0.9 14.9 358 2 0
17 Hunter Enis 25 13 0 16 13 2 9 0.8 1.0 1.2 13 2 4
53 Bob Laraba 28 14 0 5 5 1 9 1.0 0.4 0.4 5 1 0
84 Paul Maguire 23 P/RLB 14 0 1 -11 0 -11 -11.0 -0.8 0.1 -11 0 0
83 Dave Kocourek* 24 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 55 1055 19.2 4 76 3.9 75.4 1055 4 1
88 Don Norton* 23 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 816 17.4 6 52 3.4 58.3 816 6 0
24 Luther Hayes 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 280 20.0 3 39 1.0 20.0 280 3 1
87 Howard Clark 26 TE 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 182 16.5 0 33 1.1 18.2 182 0 0
46 Bob Scarpitto 22 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 163 18.1 2 69 1.3 23.3 163 2 0
67 Jacque MacKinnon 23 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 58 19.3 0 45 0.3 6.4 58 0 0
Team Total 24.5 14 390 1481 24 87 3.8 105.8 27.9 190 3121 16.4 17 91 13.6 222.9 4602 41 31
Opp Total 14 401 1357 7 3.4 96.9 28.6 224 2363 10.5 16 16.0 168.8 3720 23 33

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
25 Claude Gibson 22 LCB/PR 14 0 14 209 0 39 14.9 3 17 0 9 5.7 226
26 Bo Roberson 26 KR 14 0 13 207 0 32 15.9 563
22 Keith Lincoln 22 14 0 7 150 1 57 21.4 4 98 0 31 24.5 606
23 Paul Lowe 25 HB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 10 240 0 35 24.0 1110
46 Bob Scarpitto 22 7 0 4 47 0 28 11.8 3 50 0 22 16.7 260
39 George Blair* 23 K 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
68 Orlando Ferrante 29 LG 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
56 Emil Karas* 28 LLB 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
74 Ron Mix*+ 23 RT 10 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
76 Henry Schmidt 26 14 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
78 Gene Selawski 26 8 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
34 Bob Zeman 24 LS 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 24.5 14 27 418 1 57 15.5 39 642 0 35 16.5 5662
Opp Total 14 22 172 0 7.8 65 1521 0 23.4

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
39 George Blair* 23 K 14 0 14 8 5 2 3 1 5 2 27 13 48.1%% 47 42 89.4%%
84 Paul Maguire 23 P/RLB 14 0 63 2615 82 1 41.5
53 Bob Laraba 28 14 0 2 1 50.0%%
Team Total 24.5 14 14 8 5 2 3 1 5 2 27 13 48.1%% 49 43 87.8%% 63 2615 82 1 41.5
Opp Total 14 23 10 43.5%% 26 23 88.5%% 71 2804 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
15 Jack Kemp* 26 QB 14 14 0 10 0 0 0
27 Charlie McNeil*+ 25 RS 14 0 9 349 2 76 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 Bob Zeman 24 LS 14 0 8 89 0 21 0
36 Dick Harris*+ 24 RCB 14 0 7 140 3 56 0
25 Claude Gibson 22 LCB/PR 14 0 5 43 0 23 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Paul Lowe 25 HB 14 0 0 6 0 0 0
50 Chuck Allen 22 MLB 9 0 5 111 1 59 0
53 Bob Laraba 28 14 0 5 151 2 60 0
17 Hunter Enis 25 13 0 0 4 0 0 0
56 Emil Karas* 28 LLB 14 0 3 21 0 11 0
26 Bo Roberson 26 KR 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
39 George Blair* 23 K 14 0 2 4 0 4 0
86 Earl Faison*+ 22 LDE 14 0 2 14 0 8 0
41 Charlie Flowers 24 FB 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
68 Orlando Ferrante 29 LG 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Luther Hayes 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
79 Bill Hudson* 26 LDT 14 0 1 5 1 5 0
83 Dave Kocourek* 24 FL 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Paul Maguire 23 P/RLB 14 0 1 2 0 2 0
76 Henry Schmidt 26 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
47 Bud Whitehead 22 9 0 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 24.5 14 49 929 9 76 0 0 31 0 0 0
Opp Total 14 28 33 16 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
39 George Blair* 23 K 14 0 42 13 81
23 Paul Lowe 25 HB 14 0 9 9 54
15 Jack Kemp* 26 QB 14 14 6 6 36
88 Don Norton* 23 SE 14 0 6 6 36
83 Dave Kocourek* 24 FL 14 0 4 4 24
53 Bob Laraba 28 14 0 1 2 3 1 19
41 Charlie Flowers 24 FB 14 0 3 3 18
36 Dick Harris*+ 24 RCB 14 0 3 3 18
24 Luther Hayes 22 14 0 3 3 18
22 Keith Lincoln 22 14 0 2 1 3 18
26 Bo Roberson 26 KR 14 0 3 3 18
17 Hunter Enis 25 13 0 2 2 12
27 Charlie McNeil*+ 25 RS 14 0 2 2 12
46 Bob Scarpitto 22 7 0 2 2 12
50 Chuck Allen 22 MLB 9 0 1 1 6
79 Bill Hudson* 26 LDT 14 0 1 1 6
34 Bob Zeman 24 LS 14 0 1 1 6
25 Claude Gibson 22 LCB/PR 14 0 1 2
Team Total 24.5 14 24 17 1 9 1 52 1 43 13 396
Opp Total 14 7 16 2 1 23 10 1 219

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-10 @ DTX W, 26-10 1 87 rush Paul Lowe 87 yard rush
2 1961-09-10 @ DTX W, 26-10 4 1 rush Bob Laraba 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
3 1961-09-10 @ DTX W, 26-10 4 59 rush Bo Roberson 59 yard rush (George Blair kick)
4 1961-09-17 OAK W, 44-0 1 41 interception Dick Harris 41 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
5 1961-09-17 OAK W, 44-0 1 2 rush Paul Lowe 2 yard rush (George Blair kick)
6 1961-09-17 OAK W, 44-0 2 34 rush Bo Roberson 34 yard rush (George Blair kick)
7 1961-09-17 OAK W, 44-0 2 2 rush Charlie Flowers 2 yard rush
8 1961-09-17 OAK W, 44-0 4 1 rush Charlie Flowers 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
9 1961-09-17 OAK W, 44-0 4 17 rush Bo Roberson 17 yard rush (George Blair kick)
10 1961-09-24 HOU W, 34-24 2 7 pass Dave Kocourek 7 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
11 1961-09-24 HOU W, 34-24 2 2 rush Paul Lowe 2 yard rush (George Blair kick)
12 1961-09-24 HOU W, 34-24 2 76 interception Charlie McNeil 76 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
13 1961-09-24 HOU W, 34-24 2 37 pass Luther Hayes 37 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
14 1961-09-30 @ BUF W, 19-11 1 56 interception Dick Harris 56 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
15 1961-09-30 @ BUF W, 19-11 1 30 rush Paul Lowe 30 yard rush
16 1961-10-07 @ BOS W, 38-27 1 12 pass Luther Hayes 12 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
17 1961-10-07 @ BOS W, 38-27 2 35 blocked punt Bob Zeman 35 yard blocked punt return (George Blair kick)
18 1961-10-07 @ BOS W, 38-27 2 75 pass Dave Kocourek 75 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
19 1961-10-07 @ BOS W, 38-27 2 30 pass Don Norton 30 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
20 1961-10-07 @ BOS W, 38-27 4 3 rush Jack Kemp 3 yard rush (George Blair kick)
21 1961-10-15 @ NYT W, 25-10 1 1 rush Jack Kemp 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
22 1961-10-15 @ NYT W, 25-10 2 1 rush Jack Kemp 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
23 1961-10-15 @ NYT W, 25-10 4 25 rush Paul Lowe 25 yard rush (two point run successful)
24 1961-10-22 @ OAK W, 41-10 1 35 rush Paul Lowe 35 yard rush
25 1961-10-22 @ OAK W, 41-10 1 46 rush Paul Lowe 46 yard rush (George Blair kick)
26 1961-10-22 @ OAK W, 41-10 1 15 pass Don Norton 15 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
27 1961-10-22 @ OAK W, 41-10 2 1 rush Charlie Flowers 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
28 1961-10-22 @ OAK W, 41-10 2 1 rush Jack Kemp 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
29 1961-10-22 @ OAK W, 41-10 3 2 rush Hunter Enis 2 yard rush (George Blair kick)
30 1961-10-29 DEN W, 37-0 2 57 interception Bob Laraba 57 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
31 1961-10-29 DEN W, 37-0 2 58 interception Chuck Allen 58 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
32 1961-10-29 DEN W, 37-0 3 33 pass Don Norton 33 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
33 1961-10-29 DEN W, 37-0 4 34 pass Keith Lincoln 34 yard pass from Hunter Enis (George Blair kick)
34 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 2 1 rush Jack Kemp 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
35 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 3 1 rush Jack Kemp 1 yard rush (George Blair kick)
36 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 3 61 rush Paul Lowe 61 yard rush (George Blair kick)
37 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 3 13 pass Don Norton 13 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
38 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 3 41 interception Charlie McNeil 41 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
39 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 4 1 rush Hunter Enis 1 yard rush
40 1961-11-05 NYT W, 48-13 4 17 pass Luther Hayes 17 yard pass from Hunter Enis (George Blair kick)
41 1961-11-12 @ DEN W, 19-16 3 91 pass Keith Lincoln 91 yard pass from Jack Kemp
42 1961-11-12 @ DEN W, 19-16 3 30 interception Dick Harris 30 yard interception return
43 1961-11-12 @ DEN W, 19-16 4 16 pass Bob Scarpitto 16 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Bob Laraba kick)
44 1961-11-19 DTX W, 24-14 2 61 pass Dave Kocourek 61 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
45 1961-11-19 DTX W, 24-14 2 61 interception Bob Laraba 61 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
46 1961-11-19 DTX W, 24-14 4 53 pass Bob Scarpitto 53 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
47 1961-12-03 @ HOU L, 13-33 1 10 pass Don Norton 10 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)
48 1961-12-03 @ HOU L, 13-33 4 4 pass Don Norton 4 yard pass from Jack Kemp (run failed)
49 1961-12-10 BUF W, 28-10 2 57 punt Keith Lincoln 57 yard punt return (George Blair kick)
50 1961-12-10 BUF W, 28-10 2 5 interception Bill Hudson 5 yard interception return (George Blair kick)
51 1961-12-10 BUF W, 28-10 3 4 rush Paul Lowe 4 yard rush (George Blair kick)
52 1961-12-10 BUF W, 28-10 3 76 pass Dave Kocourek 76 yard pass from Jack Kemp (George Blair kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-10 @ DTX L, 10-26 4 74 rush Jack Spikes 74 yard rush (Jack Spikes kick)
2 1961-09-24 HOU L, 24-34 3 13 pass Ken Hall 13 yard pass from Jacky Lee (George Blanda kick)
3 1961-09-24 HOU L, 24-34 4 40 pass John White 40 yard pass from Jacky Lee (George Blanda kick)
4 1961-09-24 HOU L, 24-34 4 3 pass Charley Tolar 3 yard pass from Jacky Lee (George Blanda kick)
5 1961-09-30 @ BUF L, 11-19 2 29 pass Elbert Dubenion 29 yard pass from M.C. Reynolds (two point run successful)
6 1961-10-07 @ BOS L, 27-38 2 1 rush Billy Lott 1 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
7 1961-10-07 @ BOS L, 27-38 2 17 fumble Thomas Stephens 17 yard fumble return (Gino Cappelletti kick)
8 1961-10-07 @ BOS L, 27-38 3 30 pass Jim Colclough 30 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
9 1961-10-07 @ BOS L, 27-38 4 47 pass Gino Cappelletti 47 yard pass from Babe Parilli
10 1961-10-15 @ NYT L, 10-25 2 4 pass Bill Mathis 4 yard pass from Al Dorow (Bill Shockley kick)
11 1961-10-22 @ OAK L, 10-41 1 28 pass Bob Coolbaugh 28 yard pass from Tom Flores (George Fleming kick)
12 1961-11-05 NYT L, 13-48 1 5 rush Bill Mathis 5 yard rush (Dick Guesman kick)
13 1961-11-05 NYT L, 13-48 2 1 rush Al Dorow 1 yard rush
14 1961-11-12 @ DEN L, 16-19 1 1 rush Fred Bukaty 1 yard rush (Jack Hill kick)
15 1961-11-12 @ DEN L, 16-19 4 87 pass Al Frazier 87 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Jack Hill kick)
16 1961-11-19 DTX L, 14-24 3 1 rush Cotton Davidson 1 yard rush (Cotton Davidson kick)
17 1961-11-19 DTX L, 14-24 4 34 pass Johnny Robinson 34 yard pass from Cotton Davidson (Cotton Davidson kick)
18 1961-12-03 @ HOU W, 33-13 1 17 pass Bob McLeod 17 yard pass from George Blanda
19 1961-12-03 @ HOU W, 33-13 1 31 pass Charley Hennigan 31 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
20 1961-12-03 @ HOU W, 33-13 3 14 pass Charley Hennigan 14 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
21 1961-12-03 @ HOU W, 33-13 3 32 pass Charley Hennigan 32 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
22 1961-12-10 BUF L, 10-28 1 24 fumble Don McDonald 24 yard fumble return (Billy Atkins kick)
23 1961-12-17 BOS W, 41-0 1 33 pass Jim Colclough 33 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
24 1961-12-17 BOS W, 41-0 1 31 interception Don Webb 31 yard interception return (Gino Cappelletti kick)
25 1961-12-17 BOS W, 41-0 2 5 rush Billy Lott 5 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
26 1961-12-17 BOS W, 41-0 3 7 pass Gino Cappelletti 7 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
27 1961-12-17 BOS W, 41-0 4 20 blocked punt Don Webb 20 yard blocked punt return (Gino Cappelletti kick)