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1977 San Diego Chargers

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7-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.7, Offense: -1.4, Defense: 5.2, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 222 points (15.9/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 205 points (14.6/g), 6th.
 Differential of 17 points (1.2/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-6.3.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (7-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Eugene Klein
General Manager Johnny Sanders
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 222 4005 881 4.5 31 11 21 235 206 369 2244 11 20 5.7 121 488 1761 10 3.6 93
Team Defense 205 3652 882 4.1 31 10 21 228 172 330 1725 14 21 4.6 105 508 1927 11 3.8 102
Lg Rank Offense 18 15 11 4 15 11 9 20 12 7 18 22 18 20
Lg Rank Defense 6 6 19 25 14 9 6 12 11 3 10 16 10 15

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 L 0-1 @ Oakland Raiders 0 24 7 121 62 59 3 21 317 139 178 1
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 1-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 23 7 20 287 73 214 3 9 149 74 75 3
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals 24 3 25 385 220 165 2 15 219 127 92 4
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 3-1 @ New Orleans Saints 14 0 14 269 137 132 2 18 200 43 157 2
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L 3-2 New England Patriots 20 24 16 283 230 53 2 22 325 69 256 1
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 3-3 Kansas City Chiefs 16 21 19 342 226 116 4 19 285 170 115 2
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 4-3 @ Miami Dolphins 14 13 14 212 122 90 3 15 241 63 178 5
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 4-4 @ Detroit Lions 0 20 14 229 118 111 15 264 67 197
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L 4-5 Denver Broncos 14 17 13 320 192 128 2 14 222 120 102 3
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 5-5 Oakland Raiders 12 7 18 310 47 263 2 10 142 30 112 1
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 6-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 30 28 21 323 192 131 1 20 390 281 109 3
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 7-5 Cleveland Browns 37 14 23 425 258 167 17 319 208 111 1
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 7-6 @ Denver Broncos 9 17 17 324 260 64 3 20 298 142 156 3
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 7-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 10 14 175 107 68 4 13 281 192 89 2

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
12 James Harris 30 QB 9 9 4-5-0 109 211 51.7% 1240 5 2.4 11 5.2 78 5.9 4.0 11.4 137.8 55.8 12 106 5.09 3.31 5.4 1 1
14 Dan Fouts 26 qb 4 4 2-2-0 69 109 63.3% 869 4 3.7 6 5.5 67 8.0 6.2 12.6 217.3 77.4 10 77 6.66 5.06 8.4 1 1
19 Bill Munson 36 4 0 20 31 64.5% 225 1 3.2 1 3.2 28 7.3 6.5 11.3 56.3 83.4 1 11 6.69 5.91 3.1
10 Cliff Olander 22 qb 2 1 1-0-0 7 16 43.8% 76 0 0.0 2 12.5 15 4.8 -0.9 10.9 38.0 18.7 1 4 4.24 -1.06 5.9
24 Joe Washington 24 13 0 1 1 100.0% 32 1 100.0 0 0.0 32 32.0 52.0 32.0 2.5 158.3 0 0 32.00 52.00 0.0
33 Don Woods 26 RB 14 14 0 1 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 25.4 14 7-7-0 206 369 55.8% 2442 11 3.0 20 5.4 78 6.6 4.8 11.9 174.4 63.5 24 198 5.71 3.98 6.1 2 2
Opp Total 14 172 330 52.1% 2088 14 4.2 21 6.4 6.3 4.31 12.1 149.1 59.5 44 363 4.6 2.8 11.8

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
34 Rickey Young 24 FB 14 14 157 543 4 15 3.5 38.8 11.2 48 423 8.8 0 28 3.4 30.2 966 4 4
33 Don Woods 26 RB 14 14 118 405 1 29 3.4 28.9 8.4 18 218 12.1 1 78 1.3 15.6 623 2 2
24 Joe Washington 24 13 0 62 217 0 19 3.5 16.7 4.8 31 244 7.9 0 29 2.4 18.8 461 0 1
40 Clarence Williams 22 KR 14 0 50 215 2 46 4.3 15.4 3.6 3 20 6.7 0 9 0.2 1.4 235 2 2
41 Bo Matthews 26 12 0 43 193 0 22 4.5 16.1 3.6 3 41 13.7 0 23 0.3 3.4 234 0 0
35 Larry Barnes 23 5 0 24 70 0 7 2.9 14.0 4.8 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.2 2.0 80 0 0
12 James Harris 30 QB 9 9 10 13 2 12 1.3 1.4 1.1 13 2 4
10 Cliff Olander 22 qb 2 1 7 30 0 17 4.3 15.0 3.5 30 0 0
14 Dan Fouts 26 qb 4 4 6 13 0 11 2.2 3.3 1.5 13 0 4
37 Hank Bauer 23 13 0 4 4 0 3 1.0 0.3 0.3 1 15 15.0 1 15 0.1 1.2 19 1 1
20 Johnny Rodgers 26 WR 11 7 3 44 0 33 14.7 4.0 0.3 12 187 15.6 0 43 1.1 17.0 231 0 2
82 Pat Curran 32 te 14 5 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 10 123 12.3 0 20 0.7 8.8 125 0 0
42 Mike Fuller 24 PR/SS 14 14 1 7 1 7 7.0 0.5 0.1 7 1 2
19 Bill Munson 36 4 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.5 0.3 2 0 2
85 Artie Owens 24 wr 14 1 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 3 0 2
18 Charlie Joiner 30 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 542 15.5 6 32 2.5 38.7 542 6 1
84 Bob Klein 30 TE 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 244 12.2 1 41 1.7 20.3 244 1 0
89 Dwight McDonald 26 wr 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 174 13.4 0 22 1.2 15.8 174 0 0
87 Larry Dorsey 24 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 198 19.8 2 67 0.8 15.2 198 2 0
80 Jeff West 24 P 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 3 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 488 1761 10 46 3.6 125.8 34.9 206 2442 11.9 11 78 14.7 174.4 4203 21 29
Opp Total 14 508 1927 11 3.8 137.6 36.3 172 1725 10.0 14 12.3 123.2 3652 25 28

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
42 Mike Fuller 24 PR/SS 14 14 28 360 1 88 12.9 367
40 Clarence Williams 22 KR 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 24 481 0 32 20.0 716
20 Johnny Rodgers 26 WR 11 7 15 158 0 52 10.5 4 66 0 33 16.5 455
85 Artie Owens 24 wr 14 1 8 132 0 19 16.5 135
48 Jerome Dove 24 db 14 4 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
18 Charlie Joiner 30 WR 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 550
57 Rick Middleton 26 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
29 Mike Williams 24 RCB 10 10 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
33 Don Woods 26 RB 14 14 1 27 0 27 27.0 650
Team Total 25.4 14 46 521 1 88 11.3 39 734 0 33 18.8 5458
Opp Total 14 40 378 0 9.5 47 952 0 20.3

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
80 Jeff West 24 P 13 0 72 2707 59 1 37.6
6 Rolf Benirschke 22 K 14 0 5 5 9 6 8 6 1 23 17 73.9%% 24 21 87.5%%
Team Total 25.4 14 5 5 9 6 8 6 1 23 17 73.9%% 24 21 87.5%% 72 2707 59 1 37.6
Opp Total 14 13 8 61.5%% 26 25 96.2%% 76 3086 40.6

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
42 Mike Fuller 24 PR/SS 14 14 5 61 0 37 0 0 2 2 0 0
21 Clarence Duren 27 FS 14 14 4 45 0 25 0 0 0 3 0 0
12 James Harris 30 QB 9 9 0 4 3 0 0
34 Rickey Young 24 FB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
14 Dan Fouts 26 qb 4 4 0 4 0 0 0
85 Artie Owens 24 wr 14 1 0 2 2 0 0
45 Hal Stringert 25 LCB 14 14 4 64 0 29 0
29 Mike Williams 24 RCB 10 10 3 36 0 36 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Fred Dean 25 RDE 11 11 1 22 1 22 0 0 0 2 11 1
19 Bill Munson 36 4 0 0 2 1 0 0
20 Johnny Rodgers 26 WR 11 7 0 2 1 0 0
37 Hank Bauer 23 13 0 0 1 1 0 0
48 Jerome Dove 24 db 14 4 1 32 0 32 0 0 1 0 0 0
74 Louie Kelcher* 24 LDT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
63 Doug Wilkerson 30 LG 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
40 Clarence Williams 22 KR 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
33 Don Woods 26 RB 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
55 Bob Horn 23 lb 14 3 1 12 0 12 0
79 Gary Johnson 25 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
18 Charlie Joiner 30 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
68 Leroy Jones 27 LDE 14 13 1 17 1 17 0
84 Bob Klein 30 TE 12 9 0 0 1 0 0
51 Woodrow Lowe 23 RLB 14 14 1 28 0 28 0
62 Don Macek 23 RG 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
41 Bo Matthews 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Dwight McDonald 26 wr 11 6 0 0 1 0 0
24 Joe Washington 24 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
70 Russ Washington* 31 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 21 317 2 37 0 0 29 26 11 1
Opp Total 14 24 28 18

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
6 Rolf Benirschke 22 K 14 0 21 17 72
18 Charlie Joiner 30 WR 14 14 6 6 36
34 Rickey Young 24 FB 14 14 4 4 24
71 Fred Dean 25 RDE 11 11 1 1 2 12
87 Larry Dorsey 24 13 0 2 2 12
42 Mike Fuller 24 PR/SS 14 14 1 1 2 12
12 James Harris 30 QB 9 9 2 2 12
40 Clarence Williams 22 KR 14 0 2 2 12
33 Don Woods 26 RB 14 14 1 1 2 12
37 Hank Bauer 23 13 0 1 1 6
68 Leroy Jones 27 LDE 14 13 1 1 6
84 Bob Klein 30 TE 12 9 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 14 10 11 1 1 2 25 21 17 222
Opp Total 14 11 14 1 25 8 205

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-25 @ KAN W, 23-7 1 12 pass Don Woods 12 yard pass from James Harris (Rolf Benirschke kick)
2 1977-09-25 @ KAN W, 23-7 2 17 interception Leroy Jones 17 yard interception return
3 1977-09-25 @ KAN W, 23-7 4 7 rush Mike Fuller 7 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
4 1977-10-02 CIN W, 24-3 1 30 pass Charlie Joiner 30 yard pass from James Harris (Rolf Benirschke kick)
5 1977-10-02 CIN W, 24-3 2 15 pass Charlie Joiner 15 yard pass from James Harris (Rolf Benirschke kick)
6 1977-10-02 CIN W, 24-3 3 1 rush James Harris 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
7 1977-10-09 @ NOR W, 14-0 1 88 punt Mike Fuller 88 yard punt return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
8 1977-10-09 @ NOR W, 14-0 4 5 rush Rickey Young 5 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
9 1977-10-16 NWE L, 20-24 1 1 rush Clarence Williams 1 yard rush
10 1977-10-16 NWE L, 20-24 3 1 rush Rickey Young 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
11 1977-10-16 NWE L, 20-24 4 16 pass Charlie Joiner 16 yard pass from Bill Munson (Rolf Benirschke kick)
12 1977-10-23 KAN L, 16-21 2 26 pass Larry Dorsey 26 yard pass from James Harris (Rolf Benirschke kick)
13 1977-10-30 @ MIA W, 14-13 2 2 pass Bob Klein 2 yard pass from James Harris (Rolf Benirschke kick)
14 1977-10-30 @ MIA W, 14-13 4 5 rush James Harris 5 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
15 1977-11-13 DEN L, 14-17 1 11 fumble Fred Dean 11 yard fumble return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
16 1977-11-13 DEN L, 14-17 2 32 pass Charlie Joiner 32 yard pass from Joe Washington (Rolf Benirschke kick)
17 1977-11-20 OAK W, 12-7 2 4 rush Rickey Young 4 yard rush
18 1977-11-27 @ SEA W, 30-28 1 1 rush Rickey Young 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
19 1977-11-27 @ SEA W, 30-28 4 17 pass Charlie Joiner 17 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
20 1977-11-27 @ SEA W, 30-28 4 22 interception Fred Dean 22 yard interception return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
21 1977-12-04 CLE W, 37-14 1 29 rush Don Woods 29 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
22 1977-12-04 CLE W, 37-14 1 15 pass Hank Bauer 15 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
23 1977-12-04 CLE W, 37-14 2 30 pass Charlie Joiner 30 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
24 1977-12-04 CLE W, 37-14 4 67 pass Larry Dorsey 67 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
25 1977-12-18 PIT L, 9-10 1 2 rush Clarence Williams 2 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 @ OAK W, 24-0 1 7 pass Cliff Branch 7 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
2 1977-09-18 @ OAK W, 24-0 2 1 pass Dave Casper 1 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
3 1977-09-18 @ OAK W, 24-0 3 2 rush Pete Banaszak 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
4 1977-09-25 @ KAN L, 7-23 1 19 pass Henry Marshall 19 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1977-10-16 NWE W, 24-20 1 1 pass Don Hasselbeck 1 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
6 1977-10-16 NWE W, 24-20 3 7 rush Ike Forte 7 yard rush (John Smith kick)
7 1977-10-16 NWE W, 24-20 4 4 pass Don Hasselbeck 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
8 1977-10-23 KAN W, 21-16 3 5 pass Walter White 5 yard pass from Tony Adams (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1977-10-23 KAN W, 21-16 4 1 rush Tony Reed 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1977-10-23 KAN W, 21-16 4 15 fumble Tim Gray 15 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1977-10-30 @ MIA L, 13-14 4 3 rush Norm Bulaich 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1977-11-06 @ DET W, 20-0 3 2 rush Rick Kane 2 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1977-11-06 @ DET W, 20-0 4 1 rush Rick Kane 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1977-11-06 @ DET W, 20-0 4 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush
15 1977-11-13 DEN W, 17-14 3 33 pass Haven Moses 33 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
16 1977-11-13 DEN W, 17-14 4 8 pass Haven Moses 8 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
17 1977-11-20 OAK L, 7-12 2 7 rush Mike Rae 7 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
18 1977-11-27 @ SEA L, 28-30 2 5 pass Don Testerman 5 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
19 1977-11-27 @ SEA L, 28-30 2 27 pass Steve Largent 27 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
20 1977-11-27 @ SEA L, 28-30 3 10 pass Steve Largent 10 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
21 1977-11-27 @ SEA L, 28-30 4 16 pass David Sims 16 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
22 1977-12-04 CLE L, 14-37 4 16 pass Reggie Rucker 16 yard pass from Dave Mays (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1977-12-04 CLE L, 14-37 4 6 rush Cleo Miller 6 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1977-12-11 @ DEN W, 17-9 1 41 pass Lonnie Perrin 41 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
25 1977-12-11 @ DEN W, 17-9 4 19 rush Rick Upchurch 19 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1977-12-18 PIT W, 10-9 3 1 rush Sidney Thornton 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)