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1976 New England Patriots (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Eastern Division 11-3-0 .786
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive LineHank Bullough
Outside LinebackersRollie Dotsch
Offensive BacksRon Erhardt
Offensive LineRed Miller
ReceiversRay Perkins
QuarterbacksJohn Polonchek
Inside LinebackersCharlie Sumner
Advisory CoachLarrye Weaver
Special TeamsTom Yewcic
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun8/1/1976HNew York Giants13-7WOTFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium30032
Fri8/6/1976NSan Diego Chargers17-26LNorman, OKOwen Field23800
Sun8/15/1976HGreen Bay Packers14-16LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium30552
Sat8/21/1976AAtlanta Falcons28-17WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium23495
Mon8/30/1976ACleveland Browns27-30LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium36016
Sun9/5/1976HPhiladelphia Eagles20-7WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium32254
Sun9/12/1976HBaltimore Colts13-27LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium39512
Sun9/19/1976HMiami Dolphins30-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium41879
Sun9/26/1976APittsburgh Steelers30-27WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium47379
Sun10/3/1976HOakland Raiders48-17WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium61068
Sun10/10/1976ADetroit Lions10-30LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome59730
Mon10/18/1976HNew York Jets41-7WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium50883
Sun10/24/1976ABuffalo Bills26-22WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium45144
Sun10/31/1976AMiami Dolphins3-10LMiami, FLOrange Bowl52863
Sun11/7/1976HBuffalo Bills20-10WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium61157
Sun11/14/1976ABaltimore Colts21-14WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium58226
Sun11/21/1976ANew York Jets38-24WNew York, NYShea Stadium49983
Sun11/28/1976HDenver Broncos38-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium61128
Sun12/5/1976HNew Orleans Saints27-6WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium53592
Sun12/12/1976ATampa Bay Buccaneers31-14WTampa, FLTampa Stadium39606
Sat12/18/1976AOakland Raiders21-24LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum53045AFC Divisional Playoff
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
85Julius AdamsRDE6'326228Texas Southern1414
61Sam AdamsROG6'326028Prairie View A&M1414
59Pete BarnesROLB6'224331Southern University137
27Doug BeaudoinS6'119022Minnesota90
64Richard BishopNT6'126526Marshalltown JC; Louisville140
21Joe BlahakCB5'918126Nebraska20
88Marlin BriscoeWR5'1017831Nebraska-Omaha145
58Pete BrockC6'527022Colorado140
82Steve BurksWR6'520523Arkansas State81
44Don CalhounRB6'021524Kansas State143
21Allen CarterRB5'1120824Southern California10
87Al ChandlerTE6'223326Oklahoma143
22Dick ConnRSL-LS6'018025Georgia131
39Sam CunninghamRB6'323026Southern California1111
83Ricky FeacherWR5'1017422Mississippi Valley State30
38Ike ForteRB6'019822Tyler JC; Arkansas101
48Tim FoxRS5'1118823Ohio State1313
81Russ FrancisTE6'624223Oregon1312
29Willie GermanyS6'019327Morgan State100
70Leon GrayLOT6'326125Jackson State1414
14Steve GroganQB6'421023Kansas State1414
71Ray HamiltonNT6'124425Oklahoma1414
73John HannahLOG6'326525Alabama1414
40Mike HaynesRCB6'219423Arizona State1414
24Bobby HowardLCB6'118432Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo); San Diego State1414
50Sam HuntRILB-LILB6'124825Stephen F. Austin State1412
32Andy JohnsonHB6'020424Georgia1413
52Steve KingROLB6'423025Tulsa117
67Bill LenkaitisC6'326030Penn State1414
72Mel LunsfordLDE-RDE6'325626Central State (Ohio)142
34Prentice McCrayLS6'118525Arizona State1414
78Tony McGeeLDE6'324927Wyoming; Bishop1412
66Bob McKayROT6'526529Texas1413
75Art MooreNT6'525525Tulsa40
57Steve NelsonLILB6'223025Augsburg; North Dakota State1010
77Tom NevilleROT-LOT6'425233Mississippi State1414
17Tom OwenQB6'119424Wichita State20
2Mike PatrickP6'020924Mississippi State140
35Jess PhillipsRB6'120829Michigan State130
53Jim RomaniszynLILB-RILB6'221925Edinboro112
25John SandersS6'117825South Dakota20
1John SmithK6'017227King Alfred's; Southampton (England)140
84Darryl StingleyWR6'019425Purdue1313
63Fred SturtLOG-ROG6'425025Bowling Green State140
51Donnie ThomasLILB6'224523Indiana31
60Dave TiptonNT6'225523Western Illinois80
18Randy VatahaWR5'1017328Golden West JC; Stanford128
90George WebsterRILB--LOLB6'422531Michigan State133
54Steve ZabelLOLB6'422828Oklahoma1414
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Mike Haynes15DBArizona State
Pete Brock112CColoradofrom SF
Tim Fox121DBOhio Statefrom HOU/SF
Ike Forte235RBArkansas
Greg Boyd6170DESan Diego State
Perry Brooks7202DTSouthern Universityfrom HOU
Stu Betts8235RBNorthern Michiganfrom MIN
Doug Beaudoin9243DBMinnesota
Ricky Feacher10270WRMississippi Valley State
Donnie Thomas11298LBIndiana
Nathan Bell12325DTTulane
Jimmy Jones13352DBCentral Michigan
Dave Quehl14382WRHoly Cross
Bernard Coleman15409WRBethune-Cookman
Cliff Brown16436DTTuskegee
Todd Anderson17465CStanford
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals541339792
Opponents Totals40913075
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals26015095157619239.6102914
Opponents Totals258102134229020943.183715
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
John Smith0424691.3152560.0087
Steve Grogan130000078
Andy Johnson100000060
Darryl Stingley40000024
Al Chandler30000018
Sam Cunningham30000018
Russ Francis30000018
Ike Forte20000012
Mike Haynes20000012
Prentice McCray20000012
Marlin Briscoe1000006
Pete Brock1000006
Don Calhoun1000006
Sam Hunt1000006
Jess Phillips1000006
Randy Vataha1000006
Steve Zabel011100.00001
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals48434889.6152560.00376
Opponents Totals29262989.7121770.60236
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
John Smith152560.00/14/44/67/140/0
Team Totals152560.00/14/44/67/140/0
Opponents Totals121770.61/12/24/54/81/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Sam Cunningham1728244.8243
Don Calhoun1297215.6541
Andy Johnson1696994.169t6
Steve Grogan603976.641t12
Jess Phillips241646.8461
Ike Forte251004.0261
Darryl Stingley8455.6270
Russ Francis2126.080
Steve Burks122.020
Mike Patrick1-16-16.0-160
Team Totals59129485.069t24
Opponents Totals46218474.04612
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Steve Grogan30214548.013719036.313.158t186.0206.618155174860.6
Tom Owen5120.0471.47.0700.000.000739.6
Andy Johnson200.0200.000.000.000039.6
Marlin Briscoe0000019-9
Team Totals30914647.214319106.213.158t185.8206.519164174659.7
Opponents Totals43722952.418526046.011.455163.7235.347429217560.9
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Andy Johnson2934311.8534
Sam Cunningham2729911.1410
Russ Francis2636714.1483
Darryl Stingley1737021.858t4
Don Calhoun12564.7120
Randy Vataha1119217.5441
Marlin Briscoe1013613.6211
Al Chandler5499.8293
Ike Forte393.06t1
Ricky Feacher23819.0210
Steve Burks22713.5170
Jess Phillips11818.0180
Pete Brock166.06t1
Team Totals146191013.158t18
Opponents Totals229260411.45516
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Haynes89011.3280
Prentice McCray518236.463t2
Tim Fox36722.3290
Bobby Howard3289.3150
Sam Hunt210653.068t1
Steve Nelson23216.0340
Team Totals2350522.068t3
Opponents Totals2038019.0760
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Mike Patrick67268840.15201212288216032.2
Team Totals67268840.15201212288216032.2
Opponents Totals75290938.85787628212128.3
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Haynes45060813.589t2
Doug Beaudoin20189.0110
Darryl Stingley1022.020
Team Totals48062813.189t2
Opponents Totals3772887.8320
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Jess Phillips1439728.4710
Ricky Feacher1024024.0460
Don Calhoun918320.3330
Doug Beaudoin613422.3440
Ike Forte36220.7290
Dick Conn22914.5260
Bob McKay12323.0230
Allen Carter11919.0190
Team Totals46108723.6710
Opponents Totals71156922.1580
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Pete Barnes0001100
Doug Beaudoin100000
Richard Bishop0002200
Pete Brock0010100
Don Calhoun400000
Al Chandler0002200
Sam Cunningham510100
Ike Forte100000
Tim Fox00134110
Russ Francis110100
Leon Gray0010100
Steve Grogan6404-181
Ray Hamilton0002200
Mike Haynes312300
Sam Hunt0002200
Andy Johnson500000
Mel Lunsford0002200
Prentice McCray0002200
Steve Nelson0003300
Jess Phillips100000
Jim Romaniszyn0001100
Darryl Stingley100000
Dave Tipton0001150
George Webster0001100
Steve Zabel0003320
Team Totals281810273701
Opponents Totals3727816241
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