1971 Baltimore Colts season

The 1971 Baltimore Colts season was the 19th season for the team in the National Football League. Led by second-year head coach Don McCafferty, the Colts appeared to be on the verge of winning the AFC East again after beating the Miami Dolphins 14–3 in the penultimate game of the regular season. However, the Colts lost the final game of the season at home to the New England Patriots, dropping them to 10–4 and the wild card berth.[1] They lost to the Dolphins in the AFC Championship game. The Baltimore defense gave up a total of 140 points for 14 regular season (10 PPG) & in their four defeats, they lost by 15 points total.

1971 Baltimore Colts season
Head coachDon McCafferty
General managerDon Klosterman
OwnerCarroll Rosenbloom
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
Results
Record10–4
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs
(Browns) 20–3
Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 0–21
The Colts playing against the Browns in the 1971 AFC Divisional Playoffs Game..

This was the final season under the ownership of Carroll Rosenbloom, who traded franchises with the Los Angeles Rams in July 1972, with players and coaching staffs remaining intact.[2][3][4]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

PersonnelEdit

Staff/CoachesEdit

1971 Baltimore Colts staff
Front Office

Coaching Staff

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

RosterEdit

1971 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 19 New York Jets W 22–0 1–0 Memorial Stadium
56,458
2 September 26 Cleveland Browns L 13–14 1–1 Memorial Stadium
56,837
3 October 3 at New England Patriots W 23–3 2–1 Schaefer Stadium
61,232
4 October 10 at Buffalo Bills W 43–0 3–1 War Memorial Stadium
46,206
5 October 17 at New York Giants W 31–7 4–1 Yankee Stadium
62,860
6 October 25 at Minnesota Vikings L 3–10 4–2 Metropolitan Stadium
49,784
7 October 31 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–21 5–2 Memorial Stadium
60,238
8 November 8 Los Angeles Rams W 24–17 6–2 Memorial Stadium
57,722
9 November 14 at New York Jets W 14–13 7–2 Shea Stadium
63,947
10 November 21 at Miami Dolphins L 14–17 7–3 Orange Bowl
75,312
11 November 28 at Oakland Raiders W 37–14 8–3 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
54,689
12 December 5 Buffalo Bills W 24–0 9–3 Memorial Stadium
58,476
13 December 11 Miami Dolphins W 14–3 10–3   Memorial Stadium
60,238
14 December 19 New England Patriots L 17–21 10–4   Memorial Stadium
57,942

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Jets 0 000 0
• Colts 10 903 22
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 56,458
  • Game weather:
    72 °F (22 °C); wind 8 mph (13 km/h)

[5]

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins 10 3 1 .769 5–3 7–3–1 315 174 W1
Baltimore Colts 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 313 140 L1
New England Patriots 6 8 0 .429 4–4 6–5 238 325 W1
New York Jets 6 8 0 .429 4–4 6–5 212 299 W2
Buffalo Bills 1 13 0 .071 1–7 1–10 184 394 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972. [6]

PostseasonEdit

The team made it to the playoffs as a No. 4 seed and traveled to Cleveland to play the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round. The Colts led 14–0 at the half and would cruise to a 20–3 win. They then traveled south to play the Miami Dolphins and tried to make it to their second consecutive Super Bowl. Colts QB Johnny Unitas was intercepted three times as they were shut out 21–0.

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site Attendance
Divisional December 26, 1971 at Cleveland Browns (4) W 20–3 1–0 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
70,734
Conference Championship January 2, 1972 at Miami Dolphins (1) L 0–21 1–1 Orange Bowl
76,622

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Plunkett bumps Colts from lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. December 20, 1971. p. 1, part 2.
  2. ^ "Colts owner trades club for Rams". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. July 14, 1972. p. 1, part 2.
  3. ^ "Colts' owner now sole owner of Rams". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. July 14, 1972. p. 12.
  4. ^ Maule, Tex (August 14, 1972). "Nay on the neighs, yea on the baas". Sports Illustrated. p. 67.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Aug-14.
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297