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1971 San Diego Chargers

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.1, Offense: 2.6, Defense: -6.6, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 311 points (22.2/g), 7th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 341 points (24.4/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -30 points (-2.1/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 6.2-7.8.

Coach: Harland Svare (2-2-0) and Sid Gillman (4-6-0)

Stadium: San Diego Stadium
 Training Camp: UC Irvine (Irvine, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Eugene Klein
General Manager/Interim Head Coach Harland Svare
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 311 4738 859 5.5 43 15 31 264 244 450 3134 23 28 6.7 147 390 1604 11 4.1 86
Team Defense 341 4558 859 5.3 32 10 15 272 193 347 2262 15 22 6.2 114 493 2296 25 4.7 143
Lg Rank Offense 7 2 19 11 3 2 1 1 23 3 23 19 15 12
Lg Rank Defense 23 24 19 24 26 10 16 11 11 20 22 24 26 25

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs 21 14 21 356 254 102 1 17 231 115 116 2
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 Oakland Raiders 0 34 13 226 153 73 5 20 375 163 212 1
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 21 28 427 258 169 4 16 282 157 125 1
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 1-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 31 11 179 125 54 2 21 388 167 221
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 1-4 @ Denver Broncos 16 20 15 288 212 76 4 17 296 71 225 2
6 Sat October 23 boxscore W 2-4 Buffalo Bills 20 3 22 446 248 198 5 11 189 37 152 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 3-4 New York Jets 49 21 20 523 358 165 2 19 263 94 169 4
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 3-5 @ New York Giants 17 35 18 319 227 92 3 21 417 260 157 1
9 Mon November 15 boxscore W 4-5 St. Louis Cardinals 20 17 21 389 249 140 3 21 346 214 132 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 4-6 @ Oakland Raiders 33 34 22 408 312 96 2 21 360 190 170 1
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 4-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 0 31 8 130 83 47 6 28 411 238 173 2
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 5-7 Minnesota Vikings 30 14 21 314 165 149 1 19 315 173 142 5
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 6-7 Denver Broncos 45 17 24 498 343 155 1 19 330 163 167 3
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 6-8 @ Houston Oilers 33 49 20 235 147 88 4 22 355 220 135 5

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
21 John Hadl 31 QB 14 14 6-8-0 233 431 54.1% 3075 21 4.9 25 5.8 77 7.1 5.5 13.2 219.6 68.9 16 145 6.55 4.98 3.6 2 3
14 Marty Domres 24 4 0 7 12 58.3% 97 1 8.3 3 25.0 25 8.1 -1.5 13.9 24.3 72.6 3 26 4.73 -2.93 20.0
23 Mike Montgomery 22 11 3 3 6 50.0% 80 1 16.7 0 0.0 33 13.3 16.7 26.7 7.3 135.4 0 0 13.33 16.67 0.0
20 Mike Garrett 27 RB 13 11 1 1 100.0% 53 0 0.0 0 0.0 53 53.0 53.0 53.0 4.1 118.7 0 0 53.00 53.00 0.0
Team Total 25.7 14 6-8-0 244 450 54.2% 3305 23 5.1 28 6.2 77 7.3 5.6 13.5 236.1 69.0 19 171 6.68 4.98 4.1 2 3
Opp Total 14 193 347 55.6% 2439 15 4.3 22 6.3 7.0 5.04 12.6 174.2 65.7 19 177 6.2 4.3 5.2

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
20 Mike Garrett 27 RB 13 11 140 591 4 36 4.2 45.5 10.8 41 283 6.9 3 40 3.2 21.8 874 7 6
47 Jeff Queen 25 FB 14 10 95 318 4 41 3.3 22.7 6.8 23 270 11.7 3 54 1.6 19.3 588 7 4
38 Leon Burns 29 14 4 61 223 1 25 3.7 15.9 4.4 3 22 7.3 0 10 0.2 1.6 245 1 2
23 Mike Montgomery 22 11 3 60 226 1 26 3.8 20.5 5.5 28 361 12.9 2 39 2.5 32.8 587 3 4
21 John Hadl 31 QB 14 14 18 75 1 37 4.2 5.4 1.3 75 1 4
32 Billy Parks 23 WR 10 10 5 77 0 54 15.4 7.7 0.5 41 609 14.9 4 56 4.1 60.9 686 4 2
25 Jerry LeVias 25 KR/PR 14 4 4 73 0 38 18.3 5.2 0.3 21 265 12.6 1 37 1.5 18.9 338 1 3
36 Eddie Ray 24 4 0 2 15 0 8 7.5 3.8 0.5 15 0 0
27 Gary Garrison* 27 WR 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 42 889 21.2 6 77 3.0 63.5 889 6 0
88 Pettis Norman 32 TE 14 12 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 27 358 13.3 1 30 1.9 25.6 359 1 0
28 Chuck Dicus 23 14 2 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 6 89 14.8 1 29 0.4 6.4 87 1 0
14 Marty Domres 24 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
29 Dennis Partee 25 K/P 14 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.5 0.1 7 0 0
84 Walker Gillette 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 147 14.7 2 25 0.8 12.3 147 2 0
89 Art Strozier 25 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.2 1.0 6 0 0
85 John Tanner 26 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 6 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 390 1604 11 54 4.1 114.6 27.9 244 3305 13.5 23 77 17.4 236.1 4909 34 30
Opp Total 14 493 2296 25 4.7 164.0 35.2 193 2262 11.7 15 13.8 161.6 4558 40 27

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 Jerry LeVias 25 KR/PR 14 4 22 145 0 19 6.6 24 559 0 71 23.3 1042
44 Chris Fletcher 23 FS 14 4 12 68 0 18 5.7 11 217 0 25 19.7 285
30 Bryant Salter 21 SS 14 8 8 172 0 29 21.5 172
20 Mike Garrett 27 RB 13 11 3 2 0 4 0.7 876
38 Leon Burns 29 14 4 2 19 0 15 9.5 264
53 Mel Rogers 24 13 4 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
78 Walt Sweeney* 30 RG 14 14 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
73 Lee Thomas 25 9 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
63 Doug Wilkerson 24 LG 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 37 215 0 19 5.8 49 1000 0 71 20.4 6124
Opp Total 14 20 40 0 2.0 55 1245 0 22.6

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
29 Dennis Partee 25 K/P 14 0 5 5 6 6 3 1 12 4 3 1 29 17 58.6%% 37 36 97.3%% 55 2392 73 0 43.5
Team Total 25.7 14 5 5 6 6 3 1 12 4 3 1 29 17 58.6%% 37 36 97.3%% 55 2392 73 0 43.5
Opp Total 14 24 11 45.8%% 44 44 100.0%% 67 2928 43.7

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
20 Mike Garrett 27 RB 13 11 0 6 2 0 0
30 Bryant Salter 21 SS 14 8 6 48 0 44 0 0 1 1 0 0
44 Chris Fletcher 23 FS 14 4 3 63 1 36 0 0 2 1 0 0
24 Bob Howard 27 LCB 14 14 4 47 0 29 0 0 0 2 0 0
23 Mike Montgomery 22 11 3 0 4 2 0 0
47 Jeff Queen 25 FB 14 10 0 4 2 0 0
40 Joe Beauchamp 27 RCB 13 13 4 95 0 52 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 John Hadl 31 QB 14 14 0 4 1 -1 0
25 Jerry LeVias 25 KR/PR 14 4 0 3 1 0 0
60 Bob Babich 24 MLB 14 14 0 0 3 36 1
38 Leon Burns 29 14 4 0 2 1 0 0
32 Billy Parks 23 WR 10 10 0 2 1 0 0
59 Pete Barnes 26 RLB 14 12 2 57 1 36 0
39 Jim Hill 25 14 11 2 7 0 7 0
14 Marty Domres 24 4 0 0 1 0 -11 0
77 Ron East 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
80 Kevin Hardy 26 RDT 13 10 0 0 1 9 0
88 Pettis Norman 32 TE 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
66 Rick Redman 28 LLB 12 10 1 0 0 0 0
79 Andy Rice 31 12 5 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mel Rogers 24 13 4 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 22 317 2 52 0 0 30 22 33 1 1
Opp Total 14 19 27 17

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
29 Dennis Partee 25 K/P 14 0 36 17 87
20 Mike Garrett 27 RB 13 11 4 3 7 42
47 Jeff Queen 25 FB 14 10 4 3 7 42
27 Gary Garrison* 27 WR 14 14 6 6 36
32 Billy Parks 23 WR 10 10 4 4 24
23 Mike Montgomery 22 11 3 1 2 3 18
84 Walker Gillette 24 12 0 2 2 12
60 Bob Babich 24 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
59 Pete Barnes 26 RLB 14 12 1 1 6
38 Leon Burns 29 14 4 1 1 6
28 Chuck Dicus 23 14 2 1 1 6
44 Chris Fletcher 23 FS 14 4 1 1 6
21 John Hadl 31 QB 14 14 1 1 6
25 Jerry LeVias 25 KR/PR 14 4 1 1 6
88 Pettis Norman 32 TE 14 12 1 1 6
52 Ray White 22 14 1 1 2
Team Total 25.7 14 11 23 1 2 37 36 17 1 311
Opp Total 14 25 15 4 44 11 341

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 KAN W, 21-14 3 39 pass Mike Montgomery 39 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
2 1971-09-19 KAN W, 21-14 4 37 pass Jerry LeVias 37 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
3 1971-09-19 KAN W, 21-14 4 26 rush Mike Garrett 26 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
4 1971-10-03 @ PIT L, 17-21 2 16 pass Billy Parks 16 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ PIT L, 17-21 3 4 rush Mike Garrett 4 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
6 1971-10-10 @ KAN L, 10-31 2 3 pass Mike Garrett 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
7 1971-10-17 @ DEN L, 16-20 3 21 pass Gary Garrison 21 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
8 1971-10-23 BUF W, 20-3 1 56 pass Billy Parks 56 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
9 1971-10-23 BUF W, 20-3 4 12 pass Billy Parks 12 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
10 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 2 2 rush John Hadl 2 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
11 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 2 37 pass Mike Montgomery 37 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
12 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 2 17 pass Billy Parks 17 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
13 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 3 49 pass Gary Garrison 49 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
14 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 4 13 rush Mike Montgomery 13 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
15 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 4 21 pass Pettis Norman 21 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
16 1971-10-31 NYJ W, 49-21 4 36 interception Chris Fletcher 36 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
17 1971-11-07 @ NYG L, 17-35 3 7 pass Gary Garrison 7 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
18 1971-11-07 @ NYG L, 17-35 3 21 pass Gary Garrison 21 yard pass from Mike Montgomery (Dennis Partee kick)
19 1971-11-15 STL W, 20-17 3 4 rush Jeff Queen 4 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
20 1971-11-15 STL W, 20-17 4 4 pass Jeff Queen 4 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
21 1971-11-21 @ OAK L, 33-34 1 2 rush Jeff Queen 2 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
22 1971-11-21 @ OAK L, 33-34 2 11 rush Mike Garrett 11 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
23 1971-11-21 @ OAK L, 33-34 2 18 pass Mike Garrett 18 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
24 1971-11-21 @ OAK L, 33-34 4 15 pass Walker Gillette 15 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
25 1971-12-05 MIN W, 30-14 1 5 pass Gary Garrison 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
26 1971-12-05 MIN W, 30-14 4 5 pass Mike Garrett 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
27 1971-12-05 MIN W, 30-14 4 36 interception Pete Barnes 36 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
28 1971-12-12 DEN W, 45-17 1 9 pass Jeff Queen 9 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
29 1971-12-12 DEN W, 45-17 2 13 pass Chuck Dicus 13 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
30 1971-12-12 DEN W, 45-17 3 77 pass Gary Garrison 77 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
31 1971-12-12 DEN W, 45-17 3 2 pass Jeff Queen 2 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
32 1971-12-12 DEN W, 45-17 4 1 rush Mike Garrett 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
33 1971-12-12 DEN W, 45-17 4 25 pass Walker Gillette 25 yard pass from Marty Domres (Dennis Partee kick)
34 1971-12-19 @ HOU L, 33-49 2 4 rush Jeff Queen 4 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
35 1971-12-19 @ HOU L, 33-49 2 5 rush Jeff Queen 5 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
36 1971-12-19 @ HOU L, 33-49 2 27 fumble Bob Babich 27 yard fumble return
37 1971-12-19 @ HOU L, 33-49 3 1 rush Leon Burns 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 KAN L, 14-21 1 6 rush Warren McVea 6 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1971-09-19 KAN L, 14-21 2 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1971-09-26 OAK W, 34-0 3 36 pass Fred Biletnikoff 36 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
4 1971-09-26 OAK W, 34-0 3 2 rush Clarence Davis 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
5 1971-09-26 OAK W, 34-0 4 13 pass Fred Biletnikoff 13 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
6 1971-09-26 OAK W, 34-0 4 1 rush Ken Stabler 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
7 1971-10-03 @ PIT W, 21-17 1 5 rush John Fuqua 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1971-10-03 @ PIT W, 21-17 3 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1971-10-03 @ PIT W, 21-17 4 5 rush Terry Bradshaw 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1971-10-10 @ KAN W, 31-10 2 3 pass Jim Otis 3 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1971-10-10 @ KAN W, 31-10 3 15 pass Otis Taylor 15 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1971-10-10 @ KAN W, 31-10 4 15 rush Warren McVea 15 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1971-10-10 @ KAN W, 31-10 4 7 rush Ed Podolak 7 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1971-10-17 @ DEN W, 20-16 1 1 rush Bobby Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1971-10-17 @ DEN W, 20-16 2 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
16 1971-10-31 NYJ L, 21-49 1 23 pass Rich Caster 23 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1971-10-31 NYJ L, 21-49 2 31 pass John Riggins 31 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1971-10-31 NYJ L, 21-49 3 6 rush Emerson Boozer 6 yard rush (Ralph Baker pass from Bob Davis)
19 1971-11-07 @ NYG W, 35-17 1 1 rush Ron Johnson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
20 1971-11-07 @ NYG W, 35-17 2 9 rush Charlie Evans 9 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
21 1971-11-07 @ NYG W, 35-17 2 43 pass Rich Kotite 43 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
22 1971-11-07 @ NYG W, 35-17 4 1 rush Charlie Evans 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
23 1971-11-07 @ NYG W, 35-17 4 1 rush Charlie Evans 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
24 1971-11-15 STL L, 17-20 1 3 pass Jim McFarland 3 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1971-11-15 STL L, 17-20 4 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1971-11-21 @ OAK W, 34-33 2 16 pass Raymond Chester 16 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
27 1971-11-21 @ OAK W, 34-33 3 13 pass Raymond Chester 13 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
28 1971-11-21 @ OAK W, 34-33 3 2 rush Pete Banaszak 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
29 1971-11-21 @ OAK W, 34-33 4 32 pass Rod Sherman 32 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
30 1971-11-28 @ CIN W, 31-0 1 2 rush Fred Willis 2 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
31 1971-11-28 @ CIN W, 31-0 2 10 pass Bob Trumpy 10 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
32 1971-11-28 @ CIN W, 31-0 2 18 interception Al Beauchamp 18 yard interception return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
33 1971-11-28 @ CIN W, 31-0 3 3 rush Fred Willis 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
34 1971-12-05 MIN L, 14-30 1 10 rush Oscar Reed 10 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
35 1971-12-05 MIN L, 14-30 2 1 rush Clint Jones 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
36 1971-12-12 DEN L, 17-45 3 12 rush Floyd Little 12 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
37 1971-12-12 DEN L, 17-45 4 40 pass Fran Lynch 40 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
38 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 2 14 pass Charlie Joiner 14 yard pass from Woody Campbell (Mark Moseley kick)
39 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 3 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
40 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 3 62 pass Ken Burrough 62 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
41 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 3 35 interception Ken Houston 35 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
42 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 3 29 interception Ken Houston 29 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
43 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 4 2 rush Robert Holmes 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
44 1971-12-19 @ HOU W, 49-33 4 25 interception Bob Atkins 25 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)