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1979 New England Patriots (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Eastern Division 9-7-0 .563
Head Coach: Ron Erhardt
ReceiversRaymond Berry
Administrative AssistantRick Buffington
Defensive Coordinator/LinebackersHank Bullough
Special TeamsGino Cappelletti
Defensive BacksBilly Kinard
QuarterbacksJohn Polonchek
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LineJim Ringo
Defensive LineFritz Shurmur
Offensive BacksTom Yewcic
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/4/1979AAtlanta Falcons37-14WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium53228
Sun8/12/1979HLos Angeles Rams3-15LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium44955
Sun8/19/1979HOakland Raiders35-14WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium45518
Fri8/24/1979ADenver Broncos17-20LOTDenver, COMile High Stadium75103
Mon9/3/1979HPittsburgh Steelers13-16LOTFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60978
Sun9/9/1979HNew York Jets56-3WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium53113
Sun9/16/1979ACincinnati Bengals20-14WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium41805
Sun9/23/1979HSan Diego Chargers27-21WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60916
Mon10/1/1979AGreen Bay Packers14-27LGreen Bay, WILambeau Field52842
Sun10/7/1979HDetroit Lions24-17WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60629
Sun10/14/1979AChicago Bears27-7WChicago, ILSoldier Field54128
Sun10/21/1979HMiami Dolphins28-13WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium61096
Sun10/28/1979ABaltimore Colts26-31LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium41029
Sun11/4/1979ABuffalo Bills26-6WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium67935
Sun11/11/1979ADenver Broncos10-45LDenver, COMile High Stadium74379
Sun11/18/1979HBaltimore Colts50-21WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60879
Sun11/25/1979HBuffalo Bills13-16LOTFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60991
Thu11/29/1979AMiami Dolphins24-39LMiami, FLOrange Bowl69174
Sun12/9/1979ANew York Jets26-27LNew York, NYShea Stadium45131
Sun12/16/1979HMinnesota Vikings27-23WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium54719
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 AdamsRDE6'326231Texas Southern162
61Sam AdamsROG6'326031Prairie View A&M1513
27Doug BeaudoinSS6'119025Minnesota108
64Richard BishopRDE-LDE-RDT6'126529Marshalltown JC; Louisville1414
58Pete BrockLOT-ROG6'527025Colorado167
63Mark BubenDE6'326522Tufts160
44Don CalhounFB-HB6'021527Kansas State166
12Matt CavanaughQB6'221123Pittsburgh130
82Al ChandlerTE6'223329Oklahoma70
35Allan ClarkRB5'1019022Northern Arizona160
26Ray ClaybornLCB6'018624Texas1616
22Dick ConnS6'018028Georgia10
55Ray CostictROLB6'021824Mississippi State161
75Bob CryderROG6'427523Alabama162
39Sam CunninghamFB6'323029Southern California1212
68Terry FalconOG-OT6'326024Minot State; Montana100
48Tim FoxFS5'1118826Ohio State1616
81Russ FrancisTE6'624226Oregon1212
51Bob GolicLB6'226722Notre Dame10
14Steve GroganQB6'421026Kansas State1616
71Ray HamiltonNT-LDT6'124428Oklahoma1616
73John HannahLOG6'326528Alabama1616
8Eddie HareP6'420922Tulsa160
80Don HasselbeckTE6'724424Colorado163
59Mike HawkinsLOLB6'223224Texas A&M-Kingsville1614
40Mike HaynesRCB6'219426Arizona State1615
50Sam HuntRILB-MLB6'124828Stephen F. Austin State1515
23Horace IvoryHB6'019825Navarro JC; Oklahoma109
29Harold JacksonWR5'1017533Jackson State1616
87Ray JarvisWR6'019730Norfolk State70
32Andy JohnsonHB6'020427Georgia55
74Shelby JordanROT6'727027Washington-St. Louis1412
52Steve KingROLB6'423028Tulsa161
67Bill LenkaitisC6'326033Penn State1616
73Mel LunsfordLDE6'325629Central State (Ohio)1616
53Bill MatthewsLLB6'223523South Dakota State161
34Prentice McCraySS6'118528Arizona State145
78Tony McGeeRDE6'324930Wyoming; Bishop162
86Stanley MorganWR5'1118124Tennessee1616
57Steve NelsonLILB-MLB6'223028Augsburg; North Dakota State1515
17Tom OwenQB6'119427Wichita State60
88Carlos PennywellWR6'218023Grambling State60
77Garry PuetzROT6'426527Valparaiso54
25Rick SanfordSS6'119222South Carolina164
56Rod ShoateROLB-RLB6'121526Oklahoma1414
1John SmithK6'017230King Alfred's; Southampton (England)160
30Mosi TatupuRB6'022724Southern California160
46Mark WashingtonCB5'1118732Morgan State120
83Don WestbrookWR5'1018526Nebraska160
62Dwight WheelerLOT6'327024Tennessee State1310
54John ZamberlinRILB6'222623Pacific Lutheran161
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Rick Sanford125DBSouth Carolina
Bob Golic252LBNotre Dame
Eddie Hare4106PTulsa
John Zamberlin5135LBPacific Lutheran
Judson Flint7177DBMemphisfrom WAS
Randy Love8216RBHouston
John Spagnola9245TEYale
Martin Cox10270WRVanderbiltfrom DEN
Allan Clark10271RBNorthern Arizona
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals85137601290
Opponents Totals879371696
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals3181321592711325444.599864
Opponents Totals283118139268522537.8102902
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
John Smith0464993.9233369.70115
Stanley Morgan130000078
Harold Jackson70000042
Don Calhoun60000036
Sam Cunningham50000030
Russ Francis50000030
Horace Ivory30000018
Allan Clark20000012
Steve Grogan20000012
Mike Hawkins1000006
Ray Jarvis1000006
Andy Johnson1000006
Carlos Pennywell1000006
Rick Sanford1000006
Don Westbrook1000006
(Team)0000012
Team Totals49464993.9233369.71411
Opponents Totals39363992.3182669.21326
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
John Smith233369.70/06/611/136/140/0
Team Totals233369.70/06/611/136/140/0
Opponents Totals182669.20/07/75/75/111/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Sam Cunningham1595633.5275
Horace Ivory1435223.7521
Don Calhoun1374563.3295
Steve Grogan643685.8262
Andy Johnson431323.1151
Allan Clark19844.4192
Mosi Tatupu23713.1120
Stanley Morgan7395.6170
Harold Jackson3124.0120
Don Westbrook284.040
Eddie Hare100.000
Tom Owen2-1-0.500
Matt Cavanaugh1-2-2.0-20
Team Totals60422523.75216
Opponents Totals49517703.63922
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Steve Grogan42320648.719732867.816.063t286.6204.745341294577.4
Tom Owen472757.4172485.39.23224.336.444120759.5
Don Westbrook22100.005226.026.02800.000.00052118.8
Matt Cavanaugh11100.001010.010.01000.000.00010108.3
Eddie Hare11100.0044.04.0400.000.000483.3
Harold Jackson100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals47523749.921536007.615.263t306.3234.849382321876.1
Opponents Totals46724652.720130656.612.582132.8204.357512255364.8
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Harold Jackson45101322.5597
Stanley Morgan44100222.863t12
Russ Francis3955714.3445
Sam Cunningham292368.1200
Horace Ivory232169.4242
Don Calhoun15664.4141
Don Hasselbeck1315812.2410
Don Westbrook917319.2381
Andy Johnson9687.6110
Carlos Pennywell4358.813t1
Allan Clark23517.5200
Ray Jarvis23015.015t1
Mosi Tatupu294.550
Al Chandler122.020
Team Totals237360015.263t30
Opponents Totals246306512.58213
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Ray Clayborn55611.2270
Mike Haynes36622.0330
Prentice McCray34816.0260
Tim Fox23819.0250
Mike Hawkins23517.535t1
Rick Sanford13939.0270
Doug Beaudoin13030.0300
Ray Costict12222.0220
Steve Nelson11818.0180
Rod Shoate100.000
Team Totals2035217.635t1
Opponents Totals2341718.1560
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Eddie Hare83303836.65811120317250129.8
Team Totals84303836.25811120317250129.8
Opponents Totals94364138.7631912311315033.5
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Stanley Morgan292128910.080t1
Mike Haynes51163.250
Don Westbrook2052.550
Rick Sanford1011.010
Team Totals37223118.480t1
Opponents Totals281731711.375t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Allan Clark3781622.1380
Don Westbrook1115113.7300
Rick Sanford1017917.9230
Mosi Tatupu3155.0120
Ray Clayborn23316.5200
Mark Washington11818.0180
Horace Ivory11515.0150
Stanley Morgan11212.0120
Team Totals66123918.8380
Opponents Totals80162120.3450
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Julius Adams0001100
Doug Beaudoin0002200
Richard Bishop0001100
Pete Brock200000
Mark Buben0001100
Don Calhoun210100
Allan Clark0002200
Ray Costict00022160
Bob Cryder0001100
Sam Cunningham400000
Tim Fox0001140
Steve Grogan12404-120
John Hannah0010100
Eddie Hare0020200
Don Hasselbeck100000
Mike Haynes103300
Sam Hunt0001100
Horace Ivory410100
Shelby Jordan0010100
Bill Lenkaitis0010100
Mel Lunsford0002200
Prentice McCray0001100
Stanley Morgan100000
Steve Nelson0001100
Tom Owen100000
Rick Sanford00022100
Rod Shoate0001100
Don Westbrook0001100
Dwight Wheeler1000-140
Team Totals291811233440
Opponents Totals35231115262
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