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1974 New England Patriots (NFL) 3rd place American Football Conference Eastern Division 7-7-0 .500
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks
Defensive LineHank Bullough
Offensive BacksRon Erhardt
Offensive LineRed Miller
QuarterbacksBill Nelsen
ReceiversRay Perkins
LinebackersCharlie Sumner
Special TeamsJim Valek
Defensive BacksLarrye Weaver
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/2/1974AWashington Redskins21-16WWashington, DCRFK Stadium16405
Sun8/11/1974HNew York Giants6-21LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium17992
Sun8/18/1974HNew Orleans Saints7-3WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium20456
Sat8/24/1974ASan Diego Chargers23-14WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium18903
Sat8/31/1974NDenver Broncos21-27LSpokane, WAJoe Albi Stadium18000
Sun9/8/1974HPhiladelphia Eagles27-17WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium35412
Sun9/15/1974HMiami Dolphins34-24WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium51508
Sun9/22/1974ANew York Giants28-20WNew Haven, CTYale Bowl44082
Sun9/29/1974HLos Angeles Rams20-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium59712
Sun10/6/1974HBaltimore Colts42-3WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium55820
Sun10/13/1974ANew York Jets24-0WNew York, NYShea Stadium57828
Sun10/20/1974ABuffalo Bills28-30LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium78926
Sun10/27/1974AMinnesota Vikings17-14WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium48177
Sun11/3/1974HBuffalo Bills28-29LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium58932
Sun11/10/1974HCleveland Browns14-21LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57263
Sun11/17/1974HNew York Jets16-21LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57165
Sun11/24/1974ABaltimore Colts27-17WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium33782
Sun12/1/1974AOakland Raiders26-41LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum50120
Sun12/8/1974HPittsburgh Steelers17-21LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium52107
Sun12/15/1974AMiami Dolphins27-34LMiami, FLOrange Bowl56920
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
80Bob AdamsTE6-222528San Mateo JC; Pacific137
85Julius AdamsRDE6-326226Texas Southern1414
61Sam AdamsROG6-326026Prairie View A&M1413
31Josh AshtonRB6-120425Tulsa120
3Bruce BarnesP5-1121423UCLA90
59Rodrigo BarnesLB6-121524Rice50
27Ron BoltonRCB6-217024Norfolk State1414
51Kent CarterLB6-323524Los Angeles CC; Southern California20
10Dave ChappleP6-018427California-Santa Barbara50
54Gail ClarkLB6-122323Michigan State80
39Sam CunninghamRB6-323024Southern California1010
51Maury DamkrogerLB6-223022Nebraska110
68Bill DuLacROG6-426023Eastern Michigan131
58Doug DumlerC6-324324Nebraska140
22Sandy DurkoLS6-118526Southern California114
55Will FosterLB6-223026Eastern Michigan120
64Allen GallaherOT6-325524Southern California140
59Bob GeddesLILB6-224028Riverside CC; UCLA95
38Noe GonzalesRB6-021023Texas State20
15Neil GraffQB6-320024Wisconsin140
70Leon GrayLOT6-326123Jackson State1414
71Ray HamiltonMG6-124423Oklahoma1414
73John HannahLOG6-326523Alabama1414
74Craig HannemanDE6-324025Oregon State90
42Mack HerronRB5-517426Hutchinson CC; Kansas State1414
82Eddie HintonWR6-020027Oklahoma91
50Sam HuntRILB6-124823Stephen F. Austin State1414
30Ed JenkinsRB6-221024Holy Cross30
32Andy JohnsonWR6-020422Georgia143
52Steve KingROLB6-423023Tulsa1414
67Bill LenkaitisC6-326028Penn State1414
72Mel LunsfordLDE-RDE6-325624Central State (Ohio)1313
88Al MarshallWR6-219023Boise State40
47Jim MasseyCB5-1119826Linfield10
34Prentice McCrayRS6-118523Arizona State1414
40Dave McCurryS6-118723Iowa State20
78Tony McGeeLDE6-324925Wyoming; Bishop141
45Jack MildrenLS6-120025Oklahoma1410
75Art MooreDT6-525523Tulsa110
56Jon MorrisC6-424732Holy Cross30
57Steve NelsonLILB6-223023Augsburg; North Dakota State119
77Tom NevilleROT6-425231Mississippi State141
37Willie OsleyLCB6-019523Illinois104
16Jim PlunkettQB6-220727Stanford1414
41Ken PopeCB5-1120023Oklahoma40
33Reggie RuckerWR6-219027Boston University1010
25John SandersLCB6-117823South Dakota1410
87Steve SchubertWR5-1018423Massachusetts82
11Dick ShinerQB6-019732Maryland10
65Donnell SmithDE6-424525Southern University90
1John SmithK6-017225King Alfred's; Southampton (England)140
84Darryl StingleyWR6-019423Purdue52
81Joe SweetWR6-219626Tennessee State40
53John TannerLOLB6-423729Brevard JC; Tennessee Tech132
36John TarverRB6-322425Bakersfield CC; Colorado144
18Randy VatahaWR5-1017326Golden West JC; Stanford1210
90George WebsterLOLB6-422529Michigan State143
23Joe WilsonRB5-1021024Holy Cross120
86Bob WindsorTE6-422732Montgomery JC; Kentucky77
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Steve Corbett230GBoston Collegefrom CHIB
Steve Nelson234LBNorth Dakota State
Andy Johnson5112RBGeorgiafrom WAS/NO
Charlie Battle5124LB-DEGrambling State
Chuck Ramsey6141PWake Forestfrom PHI
Maury Damkroger7178LBNebraskafrom WAS
Eddie McCartney9209LBNortheastern Statefrom HOU
Archie Gibson11268RBUtah State
Eddie Foster12296TOklahoma
Phil Bennett13321RBBoston College
Cecil Bowens14346RBKentucky
Sam Hunt15374LBStephen F. Austin State
Lucious Selmon16399DTOklahoma
Gary Hudson17424DBBoston College
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals861166482
Opponents Totals68924980
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals255123113199220145.887843
Opponents Totals240100129117219137.776642
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
John Smith0424397.7162272.7090
Mack Herron120000072
Sam Cunningham110000066
Reggie Rucker40000024
Randy Vataha30000018
Jim Plunkett20000012
Darryl Stingley20000012
John Tarver20000012
Bob Geddes1000006
John Hannah1000006
Al Marshall1000006
John Sanders1000006
Steve Schubert1000006
John Tanner1000006
Bob Windsor1000006
Team Totals43424397.7162272.70348
Opponents Totals37323786.5111861.11298
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
John Smith162272.70/06/78/102/50/0
Team Totals162272.70/06/78/102/50/0
Opponents Totals111861.10/05/52/44/90/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Mack Herron2318243.6287
Sam Cunningham1668114.975t9
Jim Plunkett301615.4372
John Tarver411012.5182
Josh Ashton26993.8220
Darryl Stingley56312.623t1
Joe Wilson15573.8120
Randy Vataha3217.0240
Eddie Hinton111.010
Andy Johnson2-4-2.0-20
Team Totals52021344.175t21
Opponents Totals46715873.43416
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Jim Plunkett35217349.115724577.014.269t195.4226.321174228364.1
Neil Graff11100.002020.020.02000.000.00020118.8
Dick Shiner6350.02376.212.31800.0116.7003729.9
Team Totals35917749.315925147.014.269t195.3236.421174234063.3
Opponents Totals37421056.114027747.413.267t174.5246.438294248068.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Mack Herron3847412.5485
Reggie Rucker2743616.169t4
Randy Vataha2556122.459t3
Sam Cunningham222149.7372
Bob Adams1724414.4290
Bob Windsor1212710.6201
Darryl Stingley1013913.920t1
John Tarver9374.1120
Andy Johnson814718.4340
Joe Wilson33812.7230
Eddie Hinton23618.0200
John Tanner22311.5211
Steve Schubert12121.021t1
Al Marshall11717.017t1
Team Totals177251414.269t19
Opponents Totals210277413.267t17
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Ron Bolton7182.6100
John Sanders55711.423t1
Sam Hunt36622.0270
Prentice McCray36120.3330
Jack Mildren35117.0410
Bob Geddes23216.029t1
Steve King199.090
Team Totals2429412.3412
Opponents Totals2333114.472t2
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Bruce Barnes45160435.6500
Dave Chapple2696737.2570
Team Totals71257136.2570314
Opponents Totals75288238.4590533
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mack Herron35451714.8660
Steve Schubert32155.0110
Sandy Durko1111.010
Eddie Hinton1000.000
Andy Johnson0300
John Sanders01000
Team Totals401153313.3660
Opponents Totals4163147.7420
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mack Herron2862922.5620
Andy Johnson1530320.2410
Steve Schubert511222.4320
Eddie Hinton38327.7530
Joe Wilson23316.5180
John Tanner2178.5170
Sam Hunt12121.0210
Sandy Durko100.000
Donnell Smith100.000
Team Totals58119820.7620
Opponents Totals64167826.288t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Josh Ashton0010100
Rodrigo Barnes0001100
Sam Cunningham200000
Ray Hamilton0002200
John Hannah0010101
Craig Hanneman0001100
Mack Herron1230300
Eddie Hinton110100
Ed Jenkins0001100
Andy Johnson101100
Mel Lunsford0001100
Prentice McCray0001120
Jack Mildren0002250
Steve Nelson0001100
Jim Plunkett410100
Reggie Rucker100000
John Sanders0001100
Steve Schubert00011130
Donnell Smith0010100
John Tanner100000
John Tarver200000
Randy Vataha110100
George Webster0001100
Joe Wilson110100
Team Totals2616101424201
Opponents Totals29141315281
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