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1973 New England Patriots (NFL) 3rd place American Football Conference Eastern Division 5-9-0 .357
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks
Defensive LineHank Bullough
Offensive BacksRon Erhardt
Offensive LineRed Miller
QuarterbacksBill Nelsen
ReceiversSam Rutigliano
LinebackersCharlie Sumner
Special TeamsJim Valek
Defensive BacksLarrye Weaver
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat7/28/1973NSan Francisco 49ers7-20LCanton, OHFawcett Stadium19685
Sun8/5/1973HOakland Raiders17-17TFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium43914
Sun8/12/1973HNew York Giants7-13LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium49209
Sat8/18/1973AAtlanta Falcons10-27LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium56238
Sat8/25/1973ANew Orleans Saints31-6WNew Orleans, LATulane Stadium64131
Sun9/2/1973HWashington Redskins14-35LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium50369
Fri9/7/1973ADetroit Lions21-34LDetroit, MITiger Stadium50104
Sun9/16/1973HBuffalo Bills13-31LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium56119
Sun9/23/1973HKansas City Chiefs7-10LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57918
Sun9/30/1973AMiami Dolphins23-44LMiami, FLOrange Bowl62508
Sun10/7/1973HBaltimore Colts24-16WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57044
Sun10/14/1973HNew York Jets7-9LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57781
Sun10/21/1973AChicago Bears13-10WChicago, ILSoldier Field47643
Sun10/28/1973HMiami Dolphins14-30LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57919
Sun11/4/1973APhiladelphia Eagles23-24LPhiladelphia, PAVeterans Stadium65070
Sun11/11/1973ANew York Jets13-33LNew York, NYShea Stadium51034
Sun11/18/1973HGreen Bay Packers33-24WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60525
Sun11/25/1973AHouston Oilers32-0WHouston, TXAstrodome27344
Sun12/2/1973HSan Diego Chargers30-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium58150
Sun12/9/1973ABuffalo Bills13-37LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium72470
Sun12/16/1973ABaltimore Colts13-18LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium52065
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
51Ron AcksRLB6-221029Illinois1414
80Bob AdamsTE6-222527San Mateo JC; Pacific125
85Julius AdamsRDT6-326225Texas Southern1414
61Sam AdamsLOT6-326025Prairie View A&M128
49Ralph AndersonRS6-118024West Texas A&M1311
31Josh AshtonRB6-120424Tulsa128
78Willie BanksLOG6-224027Alcorn State131
3Bruce BarnesP5-1121422UCLA140
8Bill BellK6-119126Kansas30
27Ron BoltonRCB6-217023Norfolk State1414
29Greg BoydS6-220123Arizona20
63Rick CashRDE6-526028Missouri; Truman State1414
50Edgar ChandlerMLB6-322727Georgia1211
39Sam CunninghamRB6-323023Southern California1410
66Nate DorseyDE6-424023Mississippi Valley State20
14Brian DowlingQB6-220726Yale110
58Doug DumlerC6-324323Nebraska140
22Sandy DurkoLS6-118525Southern California1414
55Will FosterMLB6-223025Eastern Michigan91
59Bob GeddesLB6-224027Riverside CC; UCLA20
46Paul GipsonRB6-021027Houston50
70Leon GrayLOT-ROT6-326122Jackson State98
71Ray HamiltonLDE6-124422Oklahoma1414
73John HannahLOG6-326522Alabama1313
42Mack HerronRB5-517425Hutchinson CC; Kansas State141
23George HoeyLCB5-1017427Michigan1312
62Kevin HuntOT6-526025Doane10
29Honor JacksonRRS6-219025Marin JC; Pacific72
57Steve KinerLLB6-021926Tennessee1414
52Steve KingLB6-423022Tulsa70
67Bill LenkaitisC6-326027Penn State1212
72Mel LunsfordDT6-325623Central State (Ohio)40
38Don MartinLCB5-1118724Yale142
29Dave MasonRS6-019924Nebraska71
24Bob McCallRB6-020523Arizona81
75Art MooreDE6-525522Tulsa130
56Jon MorrisC6-424731Holy Cross22
77Tom NevilleROT6-425230Mississippi State88
16Jim PlunkettQB6-220726Stanford1414
74Bob ReynoldsLOT6-626434Bowling Green State74
76Dave RoweLDT6-627428Penn State1414
33Reggie RuckerWR6-219026Boston University1414
60Len St. JeanROG6-124432Northern Michigan1414
11Dick ShinerQB6-019731Maryland30
65Donnell SmithDE6-424524Southern University120
59Brian StengerMLB6-423326Notre Dame102
84Darryl StingleyWR6-019422Purdue1410
53John TannerLB6-423728Brevard JC; Tennessee Tech130
36John TarverRB6-322424Bakersfield CC; Colorado97
18Randy VatahaWR5-1017325Golden West JC; Stanford144
34Claxton WelchRB5-1120326Oregon21
2Jeff WhiteK5-1118525Texas-El Paso110
86Bob WindsorTE6-422731Montgomery JC; Kentucky139
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
John Hannah14GAlabama
Sam Cunningham111RBSouthern Californiafrom LARM
Darryl Stingley119WRPurduefrom CHIB
Brad Dusek356DBTexas A&M
Charles Davis373RBAlcorn Statefrom DAL
Allen Gallaher482TSouthern California
Doug Dumler5108CNebraska
Ike Brown8186RBWestern Kentucky
Buster Callaway9212TTexas A&M
Dan Ruster10238DBOklahoma
Homer May11264TETexas A&M
Bruce Barnes12290PUCLA
Alan Lowry13316DBTexas
Ray Hamilton14342LBOklahoma
Condie Pugh15368RBNorfolk State
Mike Kutter16394DEConcordia (St. Paul)
Eddie McAshan17420QB-DBGeorgia Tech
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals48697467
Opponents Totals57867770
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushingPassingPenalty3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY4TH DOWN EFFICIENCYPENYDS
Team Totals237971221874/195 37.9%/ %50550
Opponents Totals21514267669/185 37.3%/ %77693
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Jeff White0212584.0142556.0063
Sam Cunningham50000030
Jim Plunkett50000030
Mack Herron40000024
John Tarver40000024
Bob Windsor40000024
Reggie Rucker30000018
Randy Vataha30000018
Darryl Stingley20000012
Bill Bell04580.01425.007
Will Foster1000006
Steve Kiner0000012
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals31253180.6152951.71258
Opponents Totals32303293.8263281.30300
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Bill Bell1425.00/00/01/30/00/1
Jeff White142556.06/82/33/53/70/2
Team Totals152951.76/82/34/83/70/3
Opponents Totals263281.33/36/712/145/80/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Sam Cunningham1555163.3254
John Tarver723214.5284
Josh Ashton933053.3340
Jim Plunkett442094.8205
Mack Herron612003.3172
Darryl Stingley66410.7190
Bob McCall10151.5140
Bob Adams273.540
Reggie Rucker2-1-0.500
Paul Gipson5-1-0.240
Claxton Welch1-2-2.0-20
Bob Windsor1-6-6.0-60
Randy Vataha2-15-7.5-40
Team Totals45416123.63415
Opponents Totals56028505.180t16
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Jim Plunkett37619351.316625506.813.264133.5174.537350220065.8
Dick Shiner4250.02317.815.52300.000.0003176.0
Team Totals38019551.316825816.813.264133.4174.537350223165.9
Opponents Totals24013455.89316006.711.950114.6135.432262133869.1
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Reggie Rucker5374314.0643
Bob Windsor2334815.1364
Darryl Stingley2333914.7252
Randy Vataha2034117.1482
Mack Herron1826514.7291
Sam Cunningham151449.634t1
Bob Adams1419714.1300
Josh Ashton1111310.3510
John Tarver9515.7130
Claxton Welch6223.780
Bob McCall3186.0140
Team Totals195258113.26413
Opponents Totals134160011.95011
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Ron Bolton66510.8560
Sandy Durko3268.7160
Ralph Anderson231.530
Ron Acks11111.0110
Honor Jackson100.000
Team Totals131058.1560
Opponents Totals1728516.847t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Bruce Barnes55213438.8530
Jeff White616327.2510
Team Totals61229737.7530152
Opponents Totals62250940.5581324
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mack Herron27828210.4540
Sandy Durko32217.0150
Darryl Stingley32217.0160
Team Totals33123249.8540
Opponents Totals29231525.2270
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mack Herron41109226.692t1
Darryl Stingley614323.8290
Reggie Rucker510320.6420
Bob McCall2178.5170
John Tarver11717.0170
John Hannah100.000
Bob Windsor100.000
Team Totals57137224.192t1
Opponents Totals4096324.190t1
Team Totals32.0262.0Opponents Totals37.0350.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Ron Acks0001100
Julius Adams0001100
Ralph Anderson0002200
Josh Ashton4101-10
Ron Bolton0001100
Rick Cash0001100
Edgar Chandler1022140
Sam Cunningham1020200
Doug Dumler1000-150
Sandy Durko200000
Will Foster0011201
Paul Gipson1011200
Leon Gray0010100
Ray Hamilton0002200
John Hannah0001100
Mack Herron730300
Steve Kiner00011110
Dave Mason0001100
Bob McCall420200
Art Moore0001100
Tom Neville0010100
Jim Plunkett610100
Bob Reynolds0010100
Reggie Rucker220200
Brian Stenger0002200
Darryl Stingley100000
John Tarver830300
Randy Vataha00101461
Claxton Welch110100
Jeff White110100
Bob Windsor200000
Team Totals5130211839752
Opponents Totals29181125363
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