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1978 New England Patriots (NFL) 1st place American Football Conference Eastern Division 11-5-0 .688
Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (1--4); b>Co-Head Coach: Hank Bullough and Ron Erhardt (0-1)
ReceiversRaymond Berry
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive LineHank Bullough
Offensive Coordinator/QuarterbacksRon Erhardt
QuarterbacksJohn Polonchek
Offensive LineJim Ringo
Defensive LineFritz Shurmur
Defensive BacksCharlie Sumner
Special TeamsTom Yewcic
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978ALos Angeles Rams14-7WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum60134
Sat8/12/1978AOakland Raiders21-7WOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum53335
Sun8/20/1978HKansas City Chiefs24-7WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium39043
Sun8/27/1978HCleveland Browns21-10WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium42696
Sun9/3/1978HWashington Redskins14-16LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium55037
Sun9/10/1978ASt. Louis Cardinals16-6WSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium48233
Mon9/18/1978HBaltimore Colts27-34LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium57284
Sun9/24/1978AOakland Raiders21-14WOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum52904
Sun10/1/1978HSan Diego Chargers28-23WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60781
Sun10/8/1978HPhiladelphia Eagles24-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium61016
Sun10/15/1978ACincinnati Bengals10-3WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium48699
Sun10/22/1978HMiami Dolphins33-24WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60424
Sun10/29/1978HNew York Jets55-21WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60585
Sun11/5/1978ABuffalo Bills14-10WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium44897
Sun11/12/1978HHouston Oilers23-26LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60356
Sun11/19/1978ANew York Jets19-17WNew York, NYShea Stadium55568
Sun11/26/1978ABaltimore Colts35-14WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium42828
Sun12/3/1978ADallas Cowboys10-17LIrving, TXTexas Stadium63263
Sun12/10/1978HBuffalo Bills26-24WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium59598
Mon12/18/1978AMiami Dolphins3-23LMiami, FLOrange Bowl72071
Sun12/31/1978HHouston Oilers14-31LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60881AFC Divisional Playoff
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
85Julius AdamsRDE6-326230Texas Southern11
61Sam AdamsROG6-326030Prairie View A&M1616
27Doug BeaudoinSS6-119024Minnesota1513
64Richard BishopRDE6-126528Marshalltown JC; Louisville1615
65Greg BoydDE6-628026Fresno CC; San Diego State100
58Pete BrockC6-527024Colorado150
21Sidney BrownCB6-018622Oklahoma160
44Don CalhounFB6-021526Kansas State142
87Al ChandlerTE6-223328Oklahoma40
26Ray ClaybornLCB6-018623Texas1616
22Dick ConnS6-018027Georgia150
55Ray CostictLILB-RILB-ROLB6-021823Mississippi State164
75Bob CryderOG6-427522Alabama50
39Sam CunninghamFB6-323028Southern California1614
68Terry FalconOG6-326023Minot State; Montana80
48Tim FoxFS5-1118825Ohio State1616
81Russ FrancisTE6-624225Oregon1515
70Leon GrayLOT6-326127Jackson State1616
14Steve GroganQB6-421025Kansas State1616
71Ray HamiltonNT6-124427Oklahoma1616
73John HannahLOG6-326527Alabama1616
80Don HasselbeckTE6-724423Colorado164
59Mike HawkinsLB6-223223Texas A&M-Kingsville120
40Mike HaynesRCB6-219425Arizona State1616
63Ernie HolmesNT6-326030Texas Southern30
50Sam HuntRILB6-124827Stephen F. Austin State1515
23Horace IvoryHB6-019824Navarro JC; Oklahoma153
29Harold JacksonWR5-1017532Jackson State1613
32Andy JohnsonHB6-020426Georgia1513
74Shelby JordanROT6-727026Washington-St. Louis1616
52Steve KingLOLB-ROLB6-423027Tulsa166
53Merv KrakauLB6-124227Iowa State10
67Bill LenkaitisC6-326032Penn State1616
7Nick LoweryK6-418922Dartmouth20
72Mel LunsfordLDE6-325628Central State (Ohio)1615
37James McAlisterRB6-220527UCLA160
34Prentice McCrayS6-118527Arizona State83
78Tony McGeeLDE6-324929Wyoming; Bishop161
66Bob McKayOT6-526531Texas120
86Stanley MorganWR5-1118123Tennessee1616
57Steve NelsonLILB6-223027Augsburg; North Dakota State1414
17Tom OwenQB6-119426Wichita State20
2Mike PatrickP6-020926Mississippi State10
88Carlos PennywellWR6-218022Grambling State160
9David PoseyK5-1016722Florida110
76Greg SchaumDE6-424524Michigan State140
56Rod ShoateROLB6-121525Oklahoma1514
1John SmithK6-017229King Alfred's; Southampton (England)30
63Fred SturtOG6-425027Bowling Green State10
30Mosi TatupuRB6-022723Southern California160
83Don WestbrookWR5-1018525Nebraska160
62Dwight WheelerOT6-327023Tennessee State20
4Jerrel WilsonP6-422237Pearl River CC; Southern Mississippi140
54Steve ZabelLOLB6-422830Oklahoma1111
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Bob Cryder118GAlabama
Matt Cavanaugh250QBPittsburgh
Carlos Pennywell377WRGrambling State
Dwight Wheeler4102TTennessee State
Bill Matthews5129LBSouth Dakota State
Kem Coleman6156LBMississippi
Mike Hawkins7188LBTexas A&M-Kingsville
Terry Falcon8198GMontanafrom BUF/PHI
Mosi Tatupu8215RBSouthern California
Tim Petersen9242LBArizona State
Bryan Ferguson10269DBMiami (Florida)
Charlie Williams11296LBFlorida
John Gibney12328CColgate
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals771226396
Opponents Totals58607197
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals322181125169220345.392852
Opponents Totals258100143159622043.681683
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Horace Ivory110000066
David Posey0293193.5112250.0062
Sam Cunningham80000048
Harold Jackson60000036
Steve Grogan50000030
Stanley Morgan50000030
Russ Francis40000024
Andy Johnson30000018
James McAlister20000012
John Smith06785.711100.009
Nick Lowery077100.0010.007
Don Calhoun1000006
Mike Haynes1000006
Richard Bishop0000012
Tim Fox0000012
Jerrel Wilson0010.00000
Team Totals46424691.3122450.02358
Opponents Totals38313881.691947.40286
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Nick Lowery010.00/00/00/00/10/0
David Posey112250.01/13/45/112/60/0
John Smith11100.00/01/10/00/00/0
Team Totals122450.01/13/56/112/70/0
Opponents Totals91947.40/05/61/52/51/3
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Sam Cunningham1997683.952t8
Horace Ivory1416934.92811
Andy Johnson1476754.6523
Steve Grogan815396.7315
Don Calhoun763915.1731
James McAlister19774.1162
Stanley Morgan2115.560
Harold Jackson177.070
Mosi Tatupu362.030
Jerrel Wilson100.000
Don Westbrook1-2-2.0-20
Team Totals67131654.77330
Opponents Totals51118523.632t14
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Steve Grogan36218150.015828247.815.675t154.1236.421184264063.6
Tom Owen261557.791827.012.12300.027.732216047.3
Andy Johnson200.0200.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals39019650.316930067.715.375t153.8256.424206280062.2
Opponents Totals42523555.316830597.213.067t214.9225.235296276373.1
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Russ Francis3954313.9534
Harold Jackson3774320.1576
Stanley Morgan3482024.175t5
Sam Cunningham312979.6310
Andy Johnson2626710.3310
Horace Ivory141228.7180
Don Hasselbeck710715.3240
Don Westbrook33812.7190
Don Calhoun3299.7150
Carlos Pennywell12828.0280
James McAlister11212.0120
Team Totals196300615.375t15
Opponents Totals235305913.067t21
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Haynes612320.5501
Steve Nelson510420.8370
Ray Clayborn47218.0440
Doug Beaudoin3258.3130
Tim Fox2105.0100
Dick Conn12424.0240
Steve Zabel100.000
Team Totals2235816.3501
Opponents Totals2525210.1491
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Jerrel Wilson54192135.6570414251159029.4
Mike Patrick721630.9470022119527.9
Team Totals61213735.0570416272178529.3
Opponents Totals78308139.5630817520240130.8
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Haynes14218313.1350
Stanley Morgan32533510.5480
Dick Conn1222.020
Team Totals47952011.1480
Opponents Totals29102729.4300
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Ray Clayborn2763623.6600
James McAlister1018618.6320
Horace Ivory716523.6330
Don Westbrook712517.9330
Dick Conn12626.0260
Stanley Morgan11717.0170
Mosi Tatupu11717.0170
Dwight Wheeler100.000
Team Totals55117221.3600
Opponents Totals69157622.890t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Richard Bishop0002200
Don Calhoun100000
Ray Clayborn0001100
Ray Costict0002200
Sam Cunningham400000
Tim Fox0001100
Russ Francis110100
Steve Grogan9202-240
Ray Hamilton0003300
John Hannah0020200
Mike Haynes100000
Ernie Holmes0001100
Horace Ivory520200
Andy Johnson420200
James McAlister300000
Tony McGee0001100
Stanley Morgan600000
Steve Nelson0004400
Rod Shoate0012300
Don Westbrook0001100
Jerrel Wilson1101-130
Steve Zabel0003300
Team Totals3524112132-370
Opponents Totals34211121321
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