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1979 New England Patriots season

The 1979 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 10th season in the National Football League and 20th overall. The Patriots ended the season with a record of nine wins and seven losses and finished second in the AFC East Division. Ron Erhardt was named the Patriots the new coach. In their season opener, the Patriots faced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night as Darryl Stingley returned to Schaffer Stadium. Patriots fans gave the paralyzed star a long sustained standing ovation. However, the emotion did not carry over as the Pats lost 16-13 in overtime. The Pats would find themselves at 8-4, as the team featured a more wide-open offense under quarterback Steve Grogan. However, a three-game losing streak ended their playoff chances, as the team settled for a disappointing 9–7 season.

1979 New England Patriots season
Head coachRon Erhardt
General managerBucko Kilroy
OwnerBilly Sullivan
Home fieldSchaefer Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersG John Hannah
CB Mike Haynes
WR Stanley Morgan
AP All-ProsG John Hannah (1st team)
CB Mike Haynes (2nd team)
Uniform
AFC-1979-1980-Uniform-NE.PNG

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1979 New England Patriots draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Rick Sanford  Cornerback South Carolina
2 52 Bob Golic *  Defensive tackle Notre Dame
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

New England Patriots 1979 staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

RosterEdit

1979 New England Patriots 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 Opponent Result Stadium Record Attendance
1 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–16 (OT) Schaefer Stadium 0–1
60,978
2 New York Jets W 56–3 Schaefer Stadium 1–1
53,113
3 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–14 Riverfront Stadium 2–1
41,805
4 San Diego Chargers W 27–21 Schaefer Stadium 3–1
60,916
5 at Green Bay Packers L 14–27 Lambeau Field 3–2
52,842
6 Detroit Lions W 24–17 Schaefer Stadium 4–2
60,629
7 at Chicago Bears W 27–7 Soldier Field 5–2
54,128
8 Miami Dolphins W 28–13 Schaefer Stadium 6–2
61,096
9 at Baltimore Colts L 26–31 Memorial Stadium 6–3
41,029
10 at Buffalo Bills W 26–6 Rich Stadium 7–3
67,935
11 at Denver Broncos L 10–45 Mile High Stadium 7–4
74,379
12 Baltimore Colts W 50–21 Schaefer Stadium 8–4
60,879
13 Buffalo Bills L 13–16 Schaefer Stadium 8–5
60,991
14 at Miami Dolphins L 24–39 Miami Orange Bowl 8–6
69,174
15 at New York Jets L 26–27 Shea Stadium 8–7
45,131
16 Minnesota Vikings W 27–23 Schaefer Stadium 9–7
54,719

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(3) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 6–6 341 257 L1
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 411 326 W1
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 4–4 5–7 337 383 W3
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 4–4 5–7 268 279 L3
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–10 271 351 W1


See alsoEdit