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1973 New England Patriots (NFL)
3rd place American Football Conference Eastern Division 5-9-0 .357
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks
Hank Bullough Defensive Line Ron Erhardt Offensive Backs Red Miller Offensive Line Bill Nelsen Quarterbacks Sam Rutigliano Receivers Charlie Sumner Linebackers Jim Valek Special Teams Larrye Weaver Defensive Backs
SCORES
Day Date Opponent Score Location Venue Attendance Notes
Sat 7/28/1973 N San Francisco 49ers 7-20 L Canton, OH Fawcett Stadium 19685
Sun 8/5/1973 H Oakland Raiders 17-17 T Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 43914
Sun 8/12/1973 H New York Giants 7-13 L Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 49209
Sat 8/18/1973 A Atlanta Falcons 10-27 L Atlanta, GA Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 56238
Sat 8/25/1973 A New Orleans Saints 31-6 W New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium 64131
Sun 9/2/1973 H Washington Redskins 14-35 L Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 50369
Fri 9/7/1973 A Detroit Lions 21-34 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 50104
Sun 9/16/1973 H Buffalo Bills 13-31 L Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 56119
Sun 9/23/1973 H Kansas City Chiefs 7-10 L Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 57918
Sun 9/30/1973 A Miami Dolphins 23-44 L Miami, FL Orange Bowl 62508
Sun 10/7/1973 H Baltimore Colts 24-16 W Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 57044
Sun 10/14/1973 H New York Jets 7-9 L Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 57781
Sun 10/21/1973 A Chicago Bears 13-10 W Chicago, IL Soldier Field 47643
Sun 10/28/1973 H Miami Dolphins 14-30 L Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 57919
Sun 11/4/1973 A Philadelphia Eagles 23-24 L Philadelphia, PA Veterans Stadium 65070
Sun 11/11/1973 A New York Jets 13-33 L New York, NY Shea Stadium 51034
Sun 11/18/1973 H Green Bay Packers 33-24 W Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 60525
Sun 11/25/1973 A Houston Oilers 32-0 W Houston, TX Astrodome 27344
Sun 12/2/1973 H San Diego Chargers 30-14 W Foxborough, MA Schaefer Stadium 58150
Sun 12/9/1973 A Buffalo Bills 13-37 L Orchard Park, NY Rich Stadium 72470
Sun 12/16/1973 A Baltimore Colts 13-18 L Baltimore, MD Memorial Stadium 52065
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
ROSTER
No Player Pos Ht Wt Age College GP GS
51 Ron Acks RLB 6-2 210 29 Illinois 14 14
80 Bob Adams TE 6-2 225 27 San Mateo JC; Pacific 12 5
85 Julius Adams RDT 6-3 262 25 Texas Southern 14 14
61 Sam Adams LOT 6-3 260 25 Prairie View A&M 12 8
49 Ralph Anderson RS 6-1 180 24 West Texas A&M 13 11
31 Josh Ashton RB 6-1 205 24 Blinn; Tulsa 12 8
78 Willie Banks LOG 6-2 240 27 Alcorn State 13 1
3 Bruce Barnes P 5-11 214 22 UCLA 14 0
8 Bill Bell K 6-1 191 26 Kansas 3 0
27 Ron Bolton RCB 6-2 170 23 Norfolk State 14 14
29 Greg Boyd S 6-2 201 23 Arizona 2 0
63 Rick Cash RDE 6-5 260 28 Missouri; Truman State 14 14
50 Edgar Chandler MLB 6-3 227 27 Georgia 12 11
39 Sam Cunningham RB 6-3 230 23 Southern California 14 10
66 Nate Dorsey DE 6-4 240 23 Mississippi Valley State 2 0
14 Brian Dowling QB 6-2 207 26 Yale 11 0
58 Doug Dumler C 6-3 243 23 Nebraska 14 0
22 Sandy Durko LS 6-1 185 25 Southern California 14 14
55 Will Foster MLB 6-2 230 25 Eastern Michigan 9 1
59 Bob Geddes LB 6-2 240 27 Riverside CC; UCLA 2 0
46 Paul Gipson RB 6-0 210 27 Houston 5 0
70 Leon Gray LOT-ROT 6-3 261 22 Jackson State 9 8
71 Ray Hamilton LDE 6-1 244 22 Oklahoma 14 14
73 John Hannah LOG 6-3 265 22 Alabama 13 13
42 Mack Herron RB 5-5 174 25 Hutchinson CC; Kansas State 14 1
23 George Hoey LCB 5-10 174 27 Michigan 13 12
62 Kevin Hunt OT 6-5 260 25 Doane 1 0
29 Honor Jackson RRS 6-2 190 25 Marin JC; Pacific 7 2
57 Steve Kiner LLB 6-0 219 26 Tennessee 14 14
52 Steve King LB 6-4 230 22 Tulsa 7 0
67 Bill Lenkaitis C 6-3 260 27 Penn State 12 12
72 Mel Lunsford DT 6-3 256 23 Central State (Ohio) 4 0
38 Don Martin LCB 5-11 187 24 Yale 14 2
29 Dave Mason RS 6-0 199 24 Nebraska 7 1
24 Bob McCall RB 6-0 205 23 Arizona 8 1
75 Art Moore DE 6-5 255 22 Tulsa 13 0
56 Jon Morris C 6-4 247 31 Holy Cross 2 2
77 Tom Neville ROT 6-4 252 30 Mississippi State 8 8
16 Jim Plunkett QB 6-2 207 26 Stanford 14 14
74 Bob Reynolds LOT 6-6 264 34 Bowling Green State 7 4
76 Dave Rowe LDT 6-6 274 28 Penn State 14 14
33 Reggie Rucker WR 6-2 190 26 Boston University 14 14
60 Len St. Jean ROG 6-1 244 32 Northern Michigan 14 14
11 Dick Shiner QB 6-0 197 31 Maryland 3 0
65 Donnell Smith DE 6-4 245 24 Southern University 12 0
59 Brian Stenger MLB 6-4 233 26 Notre Dame 10 2
84 Darryl Stingley WR 6-0 194 22 Purdue 14 10
53 John Tanner LB 6-4 237 28 Brevard JC; Tennessee Tech 13 0
36 John Tarver RB 6-3 224 24 Bakersfield CC; Colorado 9 7
18 Randy Vataha WR 5-10 173 25 Golden West JC; Stanford 14 4
34 Claxton Welch RB 5-11 203 26 Oregon 2 1
2 Jeff White K 5-11 185 25 Texas-El Paso 11 0
86 Bob Windsor TE 6-4 227 31 Montgomery JC; Kentucky 13 9
DRAFT LIST
Round Overall Player Pos College Notes
1 4 John Hannah G Alabama
1 11 Sam Cunningham RB Southern California
1 19 Darryl Stingley WR Purdue
3 56 Brad Dusek DB Texas A&M
3 73 Charles Davis RB Alcorn State
4 82 Allen Gallaher T Southern California
5 108 Doug Dumler C Nebraska
8 186 Ike Brown RB Western Kentucky
9 212 Buster Callaway T Texas A&M
10 238 Dan Ruster DB Oklahoma
11 264 Homer May TE Texas A&M
12 290 Bruce Barnes P UCLA
13 316 Alan Lowry DB Texas
14 342 Ray Hamilton LB Oklahoma
15 368 Condie Pugh RB Norfolk State
16 394 Mike Kutter DE Concordia (Moorhead)
17 420 Eddie McAshan QB-DB Georgia Tech
SCORING BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Team Totals 48 69 74 67
Opponents Totals 57 86 77 70
TEAM STATS TOP 1ST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty 3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4TH DOWN EFFICIENCY PEN YDS
Team Totals 237 97 122 18 74/195 37.9% / % 50 550
Opponents Totals 215 142 67 6 69/185 37.3% / % 77 693
SCORING TD X1 X1A PCT FG FGA PCT SAF PTS
Jeff White 0 21 25 84.0 14 25 56.0 0 63
Sam Cunningham 5 0 0 0 0 0 30
Jim Plunkett 5 0 0 0 0 0 30
Mack Herron 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
John Tarver 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Bob Windsor 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Reggie Rucker 3 0 0 0 0 0 18
Randy Vataha 3 0 0 0 0 0 18
Darryl Stingley 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
Bill Bell 0 4 5 80.0 1 4 25.0 0 7
Will Foster 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Steve Kiner 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
(Team) 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 31 25 31 80.6 15 29 51.7 1 258
Opponents Totals 32 30 32 93.8 26 32 81.3 0 300
FIELD GOALS MADE ATT PCT 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Bill Bell 1 4 25.0 0/0 0/0 1/3 0/0 0/1
Jeff White 14 25 56.0 6/8 2/3 3/5 3/7 0/2
Team Totals 15 29 51.7 6/8 2/3 4/8 3/7 0/3
Opponents Totals 26 32 81.3 3/3 6/7 12/14 5/8 0/0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Sam Cunningham 155 516 3.3 25 4
John Tarver 72 321 4.5 28 4
Josh Ashton 93 305 3.3 34 0
Jim Plunkett 44 209 4.8 20 5
Mack Herron 61 200 3.3 17 2
Darryl Stingley 6 64 10.7 19 0
Bob McCall 10 15 1.5 14 0
Bob Adams 2 7 3.5 4 0
Reggie Rucker 2 -1 -0.5 0 0
Paul Gipson 5 -1 -0.2 4 0
Claxton Welch 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
Bob Windsor 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0
Randy Vataha 2 -15 -7.5 -4 0
Team Totals 454 1612 3.6 34 15
Opponents Totals 560 2850 5.1 80t 16
PASSING ATT COM PCT INC YDS Y/ATT Y/COM LG TD TD% INT INT% TS YL NYP RTG
Jim Plunkett 376 193 51.3 166 2550 6.8 13.2 64 13 3.5 17 4.5 37 350 2200 65.8
Dick Shiner 4 2 50.0 2 31 7.8 15.5 23 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 31 76.0
Team Totals 380 195 51.3 168 2581 6.8 13.2 64 13 3.4 17 4.5 37 350 2231 65.9
Opponents Totals 240 134 55.8 93 1600 6.7 11.9 50 11 4.6 13 5.4 32 262 1338 69.1
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG LG TD
Reggie Rucker 53 743 14.0 64 3
Bob Windsor 23 348 15.1 36 4
Darryl Stingley 23 339 14.7 25 2
Randy Vataha 20 341 17.1 48 2
Mack Herron 18 265 14.7 29 1
Sam Cunningham 15 144 9.6 34t 1
Bob Adams 14 197 14.1 30 0
Josh Ashton 11 113 10.3 51 0
John Tarver 9 51 5.7 13 0
Claxton Welch 6 22 3.7 8 0
Bob McCall 3 18 6.0 14 0
Team Totals 195 2581 13.2 64 13
Opponents Totals 134 1600 11.9 50 11
INTERCEPTIONS INT YDS AVG LG TD
Ron Bolton 6 65 10.8 56 0
Sandy Durko 3 26 8.7 16 0
Ralph Anderson 2 3 1.5 3 0
Ron Acks 1 11 11.0 11 0
Honor Jackson 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 13 105 8.1 56 0
Opponents Totals 17 285 16.8 47t 1
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG BL TB I20 RYDS NYDS NET
Bruce Barnes 55 2134 38.8 53 0
Jeff White 6 163 27.2 51 0
Team Totals 61 2297 37.7 53 0 152
Opponents Totals 62 2509 40.5 58 1 324
PUNT RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Mack Herron 27 8 282 10.4 54 0
Sandy Durko 3 2 21 7.0 15 0
Darryl Stingley 3 2 21 7.0 16 0
Team Totals 33 12 324 9.8 54 0
Opponents Totals 29 23 152 5.2 27 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Mack Herron 41 1092 26.6 92t 1
Darryl Stingley 6 143 23.8 29 0
Reggie Rucker 5 103 20.6 42 0
Bob McCall 2 17 8.5 17 0
John Tarver 1 17 17.0 17 0
John Hannah 1 0 0.0 0 0
Bob Windsor 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 57 1372 24.1 92t 1
Opponents Totals 40 963 24.1 90t 1
FUMBLES NO LOST OWN OPP REC YDS TD
Ron Acks 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Julius Adams 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Ralph Anderson 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Josh Ashton 4 1 0 1 -1 0
Ron Bolton 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Rick Cash 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Edgar Chandler 1 0 2 2 14 0
Sam Cunningham 10 2 0 2 0 0
Doug Dumler 1 0 0 0 -15 0
Sandy Durko 2 0 0 0 0 0
Will Foster 0 0 1 1 2 0 1
Paul Gipson 1 0 1 1 20 0
Leon Gray 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Ray Hamilton 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
John Hannah 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Mack Herron 7 3 0 3 0 0
Steve Kiner 0 0 0 1 1 11 0
Dave Mason 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Bob McCall 4 2 0 2 0 0
Art Moore 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Tom Neville 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Jim Plunkett 6 1 0 1 0 0
Bob Reynolds 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Reggie Rucker 2 2 0 2 0 0
Brian Stenger 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Darryl Stingley 1 0 0 0 0 0
John Tarver 8 3 0 3 0 0
Randy Vataha 0 0 1 0 1 46 1
Claxton Welch 1 1 0 1 0 0
Jeff White 1 1 0 1 0 0
Bob Windsor 2 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 51 30 21 18 39 75 2
Opponents Totals 29 18 11 25 36 3
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