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1977 Season Replay
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 1:00 PM WEEK 1

Miami Dolphins (1-0) Buffalo Bills (0-1)

At Rich Stadium Orchard Park, NY.

MIA - 3 10 00 7 20
BUF - 0 00 00 7 07







The Miami Dolphins Opened The 1977 NFL Season With a 20-7 Win Over Division Rivals The Buffalo Bills In Buffalo. Miami Held a 13-0 Halftime Lead Courtesy Of Two Garo Yepremian Field Goals Of 25 & 33 Yards And Scored Their First TD Right Before Halftime On a Bob Griese To Nat Moore 15 Yard Strike. The Two Teams Played a Scoreless Third Quarter. Both Teams Would Find The Endzone In The Final Frame As Miami Would Build a 20-0 Lead On a Norm Buliach 1 Yard TD Run & Buffalo Would Finish Out The Scoring On Their Only Points Of The Afternoon When Jim Braxton Ran One Over From 5 Yards Out. The Juice O.J.Simpson Had His Way With The Miami Defense Finishing With 132 Yards On 19 Carries. The Buffalo Defense Sacked Bob Griese 4 Times In The Game & Miami Would Get To Joe Ferguson Twice.



1ST Q-Garo Yepremian 33 Yard Field Goal 3-0 (MIA)

2ND Q-Garo Yepremian 25 Yard Field Goal 6-0 (MIA)

2ND Q-Bob Griese To Nat Moore 15 Yard TD Pass (Garo Yepremian XP) 13-0 (MIA)

4TH Q-Norm Bulaich 1 Yard TD Run (Garo Yepremian XP) 20-0 (MIA)

4TH Q-Jim Braxton 5 Yard TD Run (Carson Long XP) 20-7 (BUF)







PASSING YARDS:

MIA - Bob Griese 10-14-155 TD 4 SACKS
BUF - Joe Ferguson 9-22-117 INT 2 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

MIA - Gary Davis 8-36 TD Benny Malone 7-32
BUF - O.J.Simpson 19-132 Jim Braxton 7-37 TD

RECEIVING YARDS:

MIA - Nat Moore 4-76 TD Duriel Harris 2-30
BUF - Bob Chandler 2-30 Lou Piccone 2-30

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

MIA - 31-106
BUF - 37-194

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

MIA - 10-155
BUF - 09-117

TOTAL YARDS:

MIA -261
BUF -311

PENALTY YARDS:

MIA - 0-00
BUF - 5-30

1ST DOWNS:

MIA - 16
BUF - 19

PLACE KICKER STATS:

MIA - Garo Yepremian XP 2-2 FG 2-3 (25-33 G)(26 NG)
BUF - Carson Long XP 1-1 FG 0-2 (26-34)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

MIA - Freddie Solomon 1-27
BUF - Keith Moody 3-64



PUNT RETURN STATS:

MIA - Freddie Solomon 2-52
BUF - Keith Moody 1-12



EXTRAS:

MIA - A.J.DUHE (2 SACKS) CURTIS JOHNSON (45 YD INTERCEPTION)
BUF - MIKE KADISH (SACK)(FUMBLE RECOVERY) BEN WILLIAMS (FUMBLE RECOVERY) SHERMAN WHITE (3 SACKS)(FUMBLE RECOVERY)
Edited by ALAN COMPLITANO on 08/07/2019
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 1:00 PM WEEK 1

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) New England Patriots (0-1)

At Schaefer Stadium Foxborough, Mass.

KCC - 0 03 07 14 24
NEP - 3 07 07 00 17









Mike Livingston Threw For 221 Yards & One TD & Tony Reed & MacArthur Lane Rushed For a TD Each But It Was The New England Patriots Fourth Quarter Blunders That Led To a 24-17 Opening Day Game Win By Kansas City Over The Favored Patriots. New England Looked Like They Had Control Of The Game Untill They Committed Three Fumbles In a Row. First Don Calhoun Fumbled, Then On Their Next Possession It Was Darryl Stingley Who Fumbled After Catching a 20 Yard Pass, And On The Following Possession It Was Raymond Clayborn's Turn When He Fumbled Away a Kickoff Return. The Chiefs Would Turn The Miscues Into 14 Points.



1ST Q-John Smith 35 Yard Field Goal 0-3 (NEP)

2ND Q-Steve Grogan 6 Yard TD Pass To Russ Francis (John Smith XP) 0-10 (NEP)

2ND Q-Jan Stenerud 18 Yard Field Goal 3-10 (KCC)

3RD Q-Sam Cunningham 4 Yard TD Run (John Smith XP) 3-17 (NEP)

3RD Q-Tony Reed 2 Yard TD Run (Jan Stenerud XP) 10-17 (KCC)

4TH Q-MacArthur Lane 2 Yard TD Run (Jan Stenerud XP) 17-17 (KCC)

4TH Q-Mike Livingston 10 Yard TD Pass To Lawrence Williams (Jan Stenerud XP) 24-17 (KCC)







PASSING YARDS:

KCC - Mike Livingston 17-29-221 TD
NEP - Steve Grogan 8-22-118 TD

RUSHING YARDS:

KCC - Tony Reed 23-76 TD MacArthur Lane 15-29 TD
NEP - Sam Cunningham 11-52 TD Don Calhoun 9-21

RECEIVING YARDS:

KCC - Henry Marshall 5-73 Walter White 5-64
NEP - Darryl Stingley 3-59 Russ Francis 4-47 TD

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

KCC - 40-112
NEP - 22-77

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

KCC - 17-221
NEP - 08-118

TOTAL YARDS:

KCC -333
NEP -195

PENALTY YARDS:

KCC - 5-50
NEP - 5-45

1ST DOWNS:

KCC - 19
NEP - 11

PLACE KICKER STATS:

KCC - Jan Stenerud XP 3-3 FG 1-1 (18)
NEP - John Smith XP 2-2 FG 1-1 (35)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

KCC - Lawrence Williams 2-32 Ted McKnight 1-22
NEP - Raymond Clayborn 4-123



PUNT RETURN STATS:

KCC - Larry Brunson 3-15
NEP - Stanley Morgan 2-26 Mike Haynes 1-22



EXTRAS:

KCC - CLIFF FRAZIER (FUMBLE RECOVERY) WILBER YOUNG 2 FUMBLE RECOVERY)
NEP - MEL LUNSFORD (FUMBLE RECOVERY) STEVE ZABEL (FUMBLE RECOVERY)
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 1:00 PM WEEK 1



Los Angeles Rams (0-1) Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta,GA

LAR - 0 00 00 00 07
ATL - 3 07 14 10 27






Haskel Stanback & Monroe Eley Scored a TD Apiece & The Atlanta Falcons Defense Had a Field Day With a 27-7 Victory Over The Los Angeles Rams On Opening Day. The Falcon Defense Made Life Miserable For Joe Namath All Game Long Sacking Him 5 Times For 36 Yards & Bringing An Intercepted Pass Back For a TD As Well. Claude Humphrey Recorded 2 Of The 5 Sacks For Atlanta. This Division Rival Matchup Unfortunately Deteriorated Into a Penalty Fest With 155 Minutes Being Handed Out By Games End.



1ST Q-Nick Mike-Mayer 11 Yard Field Goal 0-3 (ATL)

2ND Q-Lawrence McCutcheon 4 Yard TD Run (Rafael Septien XP) 7-3 (LAR)

3RD Q-Haskel Stanback 2 Yard TD Run (Nick Mike-Mayer XP) 7-10 (ATL)

3RD Q-Monroe Eley 1 Yard TD Run (Nick Mike-Mayer XP) 7-17 (ATL)

4TH Q-Nick Mike-Mayer 33 Yard Field Goal 7-20 (ATL)

4TH Q-Ray Brown 28 Yard Interception Return TD (Nick Mike-Mayer XP) 7-27 (ATL)







PASSING YARDS:

LAR - Joe Namath 12-25-156 INT 5 SACKS
ATL - Scott Hunter 15-27-184 2 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

LAR - Lawrence McCutcheon 20-66 TD John Cappelletti 6-14
ATL - Monroe Eley 14-54 TD Haskel Stanback 15-46 TD

RECEIVING YARDS:

LAR - Harold Jackson 5-72 Ron Jessie 3-34
ATL - Wallace Francis 7-86 Alfred Jenkins 4-58

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

LAR - 29-86
ATL - 32-114

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

LAR - 12-156
ATL - 15-184

TOTAL YARDS:

LAR -242
ATL -298

PENALTY YARDS:

LAR - 08-65
ATL - 10-90

1ST DOWNS:

LAR - 17
ATL - 17

PLACE KICKER STATS:

LAR - Rafael Septien XP 1-1 FG 0-2 (25-35)
ATL - Nick Mike-Mayer XP 3-3 FG 2-2 (11-33)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

LAR - Jim Jodat 1-19 Wendell Tyler 3-46
ATL - Karl Farmer 2-37



PUNT RETURN STATS:

LAR - Cullen Bryant 2-12 Billy Waddy 2-22
ATL - Rolland Lawrence 1-2 Billy Ryckman 4-23



EXTRAS:

LAR - AL COWLINGS (FUMBLE RECOVERY) DAVE ELMENDORF (INTERCEPTION) MIKE FANNING (2 SACKS)
ATL - RALPH ORTEGA (FUMBLE RECOVERY) MIKE LEWIS (SACK) CLAUDE HUMPHREY (2 SACKS) EDGAR FIELDS (SACK) RON McCARTNEY (SACK) RAY BROWN (28 YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN TD)
Edited by ALAN COMPLITANO on 08/10/2019
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 1:00 PM WEEK 1



Washington Redskins (0-1) New York Giants (1-0)

At Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey


WSH -7 00 00 00 07
NYG - 0 00 03 07 10






The New York Giants Opened Up The 1977 NFL Season By Squeaking Out a 10-7 Victory Over The Washington Redskins In East Rutherford. The Game Was Evenly Played With Both Teams Seemly Having First Game Jitters As Numerous Mistakes Were Made Throughout The Game. The Game Winner Came On a Jerry Goldsteyn 22 Yard TD Pass To Jim Robinson Late In The Fourth Quarter. Other Than The TD Pass Goldsteyn Did Not Have a Good Game Otherwise. He Threw 3 Interceptions & Was Sacked Twice By The Redskins Defense But Did Just Enough To Get The Giants The Win. Washington QB Billy Kilmer Did Not Fare Well Either. He Was Sacked Twice As Well & Was Unable To Crack The Giants Defense For a Passing TD. These Division Rivals Combined For a Total Of 125 Penalty Minutes.



1ST Q-John Riggins 2 Yard TD Run (Mark Moseley XP) 7-0 (WSH)

3RD Q-Joe Danelo 35 Yard Field Goal 7-3 (NYG)

4TH Q-Jerry Goldsteyn 22 Yard TD Pass To Jim Robinson (Joe Danelo XP) 3-10 (NYG)









PASSING YARDS:

WSH - Billy Kilmer 13-29-161 2 SACKS
NYG - Jerry Goldsteyn 11-23-184 3 INT 2 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

WSH - Mike Thomas 15-49 John Riggins 8-28 TD
NYG - Larry Csonka 18-43 Bobby Hammond 8-20

RECEIVING YARDS:

WSH - Jean Fugett 4-63 Charley Taylor 6-61
NYG - Jim Robinson 5-96 TD Emery Moorehead 4-51

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

WSH- 29-87
NYG- 27-70

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

WSH-13-161
NYG- 11-184

TOTAL YARDS:

WSH-248
NYG- 254

PENALTY YARDS:

WSH-11-75
NYG- 05-50

1ST DOWNS:

WSH-14
NYG- 13

PLACE KICKER STATS:

WSH- Mark Moseley XP 1-1 FG 0-2 (23-32)
NYG- Joe Danelo XP 1-1 FG 1-1 (35)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

WSH-Eddie Brown 3-73
NYG- Bobby Hammond 1-21



PUNT RETURN STATS:

WSH-Eddie Brown 5-35
NYG- Bobby Hammond 1-7 Jim Robinson 1-10



EXTRAS:

WSH- DIRON TALBERT (FUMBLE RECOVERY) KEN HOUSTON (INTERCEPTION) GERALD WILLIAMS (INTERCEPTION) JOE LAVENDER (INTERCEPTION) KARL LORCH (SACK) DENNIS JOHNSON (SACK)
NYG- BRAD VAN PELT (FUMBLE RECOVERY) JOHN MENDENHALL (SACK) JACK GREGORY (SACK)
Edited by ALAN COMPLITANO on 09/01/2019
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 1:00 PM WEEK 1



Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

At Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, P.A.


TBB - 7 00 00 07 14
PHL - 3 00 07 07 17





The Philadelphia Eagles Scored With :55 Seconds Left To Take What Looked Like a Sure Opening Day Win For Tampa Bay And Turned It Into a Loss Sending The Philadelphia Fans Home With a Stunning 17-14 Win Over The Buccaneers. With Tampa Bay Leading 14-10 With a Little Under 2 Minutes Left In Regulation, The Eagles Started Their Drive Down Field To The Game Winning Score. During The Drive Ron Jaworski Completed 4 Of 8 Passes For 72 Yards To Set Up Mike Hogan's 2 Yard TD Run For The Win.



1ST Q-Anthony Davis 5 Yard TD Run (Allan Leavitt XP) 7-0 (TAM)

1ST Q-Horst Mulhmann 35 Yard Field Goal 7-3 (PHL)

3RD Q-Ron Jaworski 2 Yard TD Run (Horst Mulhmann XP) 7-10 (PHL)

4TH Q-Ed Williams 6 Yard TD Run (Allan Leavitt XP) 14-10 (TAM)

4TH Q-Mike Hogan 2 Yard TD Run (Horst Mulhmann XP) 14-17 (PHL)









PASSING YARDS:

TBB - Randy Hedberg 08-11-102 INT 2 SACKS
PHL - Ron Jaworski 18-38-302 4 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

TBB - Ricky Bell 18-76 Anthony Davis 15-52 TD
PHL - Mike Hogan 10-20 TD Tom Sullivan 5-9

RECEIVING YARDS:

TBB - Morris Owens 3-39 Isaac Hagins 3-39
PHL - Harold Carmichael 8-139 Charlie Smith 4-53

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

TBB- 38-157
PHL- 16-031

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

TBB-08-102
PHL-18-302

TOTAL YARDS:

TBB-259
PHL-333

PENALTY YARDS:

TBB-03-35
PHL-08-65

1ST DOWNS:

TBB-16
PHL-17

PLACE KICKER STATS:

TBB- Allan Leavitt XP 2-2 FG 0-1 (21)
PHL- Horst Mulhmann XP 2-2 FG 1-1 (35)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

TBB-Isaac Hagins 2-46
PHL-Wilbert Montgomery 2-64 Larry Marshall 1-23



PUNT RETURN STATS:

TBB-Danny Reese 3-25
PHL-Larry Marshall 2-18



EXTRAS:

TBB- CHARLEY HANNAH (SACK) COUNCIL RUDOLPH (2 SACKS) DAVE LEWIS (SACK)
PHL-PETE LAZETICH (FUMBLE RECOVERY) JOHN SANDERS (INTERCEPTION) BILL BERGEY (SACK) MANNY SISTRUNK (SACK)
Edited by ALAN COMPLITANO on 08/18/2019
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 1:00 PM WEEK 1



Cleveland Browns (0-1) Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

At Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, O.H.


CLV - 3 00 00 07 10
CIN - 7 07 10 10 34





The Cincinnati Bengals Opened The 1977 NFL Season In Mid Season Form By Running Away From The Cleveland Browns 34-10 In Cincinnati. Cincinnati Got Rushing TD's From Pete Johnson & Archie Griffin And Two More Passing TD's By Ken Anderson To Isaac Curtis & Billy Brooks. Cincinnati Also Capitalized On Numerous Cleveland Mistakes By Intercepting Browns QB Brian Sipe 3 Times Sacking Him Once & Recovered 2 Fumbles By The Mistake Prone Browns. The Browns Also Did Not Help Themselves As They Committed 7 Penalties For 65 Yards.



1ST Q-Ken Anderson 12 Yard TD Pass To Isaac Curtis (Chris Bahr XP) 0-7 (CIN)

1ST Q-Don Cockroft 43 Yard Field Goal 3-7 (CLV)

2ND Q-Ken Anderson 42 Yard TD Pass To Billy Brooks (Chris Bahr XP) 3-14 (CIN)

3RD Q-Archie Griffin 4 Yard TD Run (Chris Bahr XP) 3-21 (CIN)

3RD Q-Chris Bahr 33 Yard Field Goal 3-24 (CIN)

4TH Q-Greg Pruitt 1 Yard TD Run (Don Cockroft XP) 10-24 (CLV)

4TH Q-Chris Bahr 37 Yard Field Goal 10-27 (CIN)

4TH Q-Pete Johnson 5 Yard TD Run (Chris Bahr XP) 10-34 (CIN)









PASSING YARDS:

CLV - Brian Sipe 20-30-264 3 INT SACK
CIN - Ken Anderson 12-16-188 2 TD INT

RUSHING YARDS:

CLV - Cleo Miller 13-58 Greg Pruitt 13-38 TD
CIN - Archie Griffin 15-49 TD Pete Johnson 16-48 TD

RECEIVING YARDS:

CLV - Reggie Rucker 7-109 Gary Parris 4-57
CIN - Billy Brooks 3-62 TD Isaac Curtis 5-75 TD

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

CLV- 28-098
CIN- 37-114

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

CLV-20-264
CIN-12-188

TOTAL YARDS:

CLV-362
CIN-302

PENALTY YARDS:

CLV-07-65
CIN-03-15

1ST DOWNS:

CLV-23
CIN-15

PLACE KICKER STATS:

CLV- Don Cockroft XP 1-1 FG 1-1 (43)
CIN- Chris Bahr XP 4-4 FG 2-3 (33-37 G)(35 NG)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

CLV-Brian Duncan 4-74 Ricky Feacher 1-25
CIN-Willie Shelby 2-42 Archie Griffin 1-13



PUNT RETURN STATS:

CLV-Roland Woosley 1-9
CIN-None



EXTRAS:

CLV- OLIVER DAVIS (INTERCEPTION)
CIN-LEMAR PARRISH (INTERCEPTION) KEN RILEY (INTERCEPTION) BO HARRIS (INTERCEPTION) WILSON WHITLEY (FUMBLE RECOVERY) COY BACON (FUMBLE RECOVERY) (SACK)
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 2:00 PM WEEK 1



Green Bay Packers (1-0) New Orleans Saints (0-1)

At Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans L.A.


GBP - 0 00 00 07 03-10
NOS - 7 00 00 00 00-07




Chester Marcol Kicked The Game Winning Field Goal 13 Minutes Into Overtime To Send The Green Bay Packers Past The New Orleans Saints 10-7 In New Orleans. Chester Marcol's 29 Yard Game Winning Field Goal Was His 5th Attempt Of The Game. He Had Missed Earlier From 28-31-43 & 44 But Split The Uprites On The Game Winner. New Orleans Had Taken The Early 7-0 Lead On a Chuck Muncie 9 Yard TD Catch From Archie Manning. The Score Stayed That Way Untill Late In The Fourth Quarter When Barty Smith Took a Seven Yard Pass From Lynn Dickey Into The Endzone To Knot The Score At 7-7. New Orleans Won The OT Toss But Their Drive Stalled After Archie Manning Was Sacked By Bob Barber On a 3rd & 10. Lynn Dickey Led The Packers Down The Field To The Game Winning Field Goal With Tight End Rick McGeorge Being His Main Target On The Drive. Archie Manning Was Sacked 7 Times By The Green Bay Packer Defense.





1ST Q-Archie Manning 9 Yard TD Pass To Chuck Muncie (Rich Szaro XP) 0-7 (NOS)

4TH Q-Lynn Dickey 7 Yard TD Pass To Barty Smith (Chester Marcol XP) 7-7 (GBP)

OT-Chester Marcol 29 Yard Field Goal 7-10 (GBP)









PASSING YARDS:
GBP - Lynn Dickey 21-35-284 TD INT SACK
NOS - Archie Manning 14-32-162 TD INT 7 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

GBP - Barty Smith 19-73 Eric Torkelson 9-35
NOS - Chuck Muncie 17-85 TD Tony Galbreath 7-26

RECEIVING YARDS:

GBP - Steve Odom 9-156 Rich McGeorge 7-65
NOS - Henry Childs 6-84 Don Hermann 4-43

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

GBP- 33-128
NOS- 26-121

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

GBP-21-284
NOS-14-162

TOTAL YARDS:

GBP-412
NOS-283

PENALTY YARDS:

GBP-04-40
NOS-08-50

1ST DOWNS:

GBP-22
NOS-15

PLACE KICKER STATS:

GBP- Chester Marcol XP 1-1 FG 1-5 (29 G)(28-31-43-44 NG)
NOS- Rich Szaro XP 1-1 FG 0-1 (27 NG)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

GBP-Steve Odom 2-49
NOS-Rich Mauti 2-44 Clarence Chapman 1-22



PUNT RETURN STATS:

GBP-Willard Harrell 5-25 Johnnie Gray 1-0
NOS-Rich Mauti 2-7



EXTRAS:

GPB- MIKE BUTLER (SACK) JIM CARTER (SACK) DAVE ROLLER (SACK) TOM TONER (SACK) CLARENCE WILLIAMS (SACK) BOB BARBER (2 SACKS) WILLIE BUCHANON (INTERCEPTION)
NOS-PAT HUGHES (FUMBLE RECOVERY) ELOIS GROOMS (FUMBLE RECOVERY) JOE CAMPBELL (FUMBLE RECOVERY) JIM MERLO (INTERCEPTION) RICK KINGREA (SACK)
Edited by ALAN COMPLITANO on 08/24/2019
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 2:00 PM WEEK 1



Detroit Lions (0-1) Chicago Bears (1-0)

At Soldier Field, Chicago IL.



DET - 0 00 00 06 06
CHI - 0 07 06 00 13




The Chicago Bears Used a Late Walter Payton 3rd Quarter TD Run & Then Hung On For a 13-6 Opening Day Victory Over Division Rival The Detroit Lions In The Windy City. This Was a Real Black & Blue Division War From Start To Finish As The Two Teams Combined For 135 Penalty Minutes. The Game Featured Numerous After The Whistle Pushing And Shoving Incidents Throughout. The Bears Led 7-0 Going Into Halftime On Walter Payton's First Td Of The Game a 2 Yard Run Late In The Second Quarter. The Game Stayed That Way Untill Payton's Second Score To Put Chicago Up 13-0. Bob Thomas Missed The Extra Point. Detroit Would Finally Put Some Points On The Board On a Horace King 7 Yard Td Run But It Would Be To Little To Late. The Bears Defense Recorded 6 Sacks On Lions QB Greg Landry. Besides The Two Scores Payton Rushed For 106 Yards On 23 Carries.





2ND Q-Walter Payton 2 Yard TD Run (Bob Thomas XP) 0-7 (CHI)

3RD Q-Walter Payton 1 Yard TD Run (Bob Thomas XP NG) 0-13 (CHI)

4TH Q-Horace King 7 Yard TD Run (Steve Mike-Mayer XP) 7-13 (DET)









PASSING YARDS:
DET - Greg Landry 14-23-181 6 SACKS
CHI - Bob Avellini 11-19-139 INT 2 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

DET - Horace King 11-42 TD Greg Landry 3-18
CHI - Walter Payton 23-106 2 TD Roland Harper 11-40

RECEIVING YARDS:

DET - J.D.Hill 6-74 Charlie Sanders 5-65
CHI - James Scott 4-52 Steve Schubert 3-43

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

DET- 20-079
CHI- 43-170

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

DET-14-181
CHI-11-139

TOTAL YARDS:

DET-260
CHI-309

PENALTY YARDS:

DET-10-70
CHI-07-65

1ST DOWNS:

DET-12
CHI-21

PLACE KICKER STATS:

DET- Steve Mike-Mayer XP 0-1 FG 0-2 (23-31)
CHI- Bob Thomas XP 1-2 FG 0-0



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

DET-Eddie Payton 3-77
CHI-Vince Evans 1-24 Brian Baschnagel 1=17



PUNT RETURN STATS:

DET-Eddie Payton 1-7
CHI-Steve Schubert 5-25



EXTRAS:

DET- DICK JAURON (INTERCEPTION) LARRY HAND (SACK) DOUG ENGLISH (SACK)
CHI-BILLY NEWSOME (2 SACKS) JERRY MEYERS (2 SACKS) WAYMOND BRYANT (SACK) MIKE HARTENSTINE (SACK)
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 2:00 PM WEEK 1



Dallas Cowboys (1-0) Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

At Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis,MN



DAL - 0 03 00 07 10
MIN - 3 00 00 00 03




Robert Newhouse Scored On a 2 Yard Run Late In The Fourth Quarter Lifting The Dallas Cowboys Past The Minnesota Vikings 10-3 In Minnesota. The Score Was Tied At 3-3 At Halftime Courtesy Of a 28 Yard Field Goal By Fred Cox & a 22 Yarder By Efren Herrera. This Defensive Battle Featured 5 Sacks Of Dallas QB Roger Staubach & 6 Sacks Of Minnesota QB Fran Tarkenton. The Game Also Featured Some Sloppy Play As There Was a Total Of 4 Fumbles & 2 Interceptions. The Cowboys Finished With 382 Total Yards To Only 201 For Minnesota. Tony Dorsett Carried The Ball 26 Times For 136 Yards.





1ST Q-Fred Cox 28 Yard Field Goal 0-3 (MIN)

2ND Q-Efren Herrera 22 Yard Field Goal 3-3 (DAL)

4TH Q-Robert Newhouse 2 Yard TD Run (Efren Herrera XP) 10-3 (DAL)









PASSING YARDS:
DAL - Roger Staubach 14-24-205 5 SACKS
MIN - Fran Tarkenton 10-24-142 2 INT 6 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

DAL - Tony Dorsett 26-136 Robert Newhouse 12-37 TD
MIN - Chuck Foreman 20-46 Brent McClanahan 4-13

RECEIVING YARDS:

DAL - Drew Pearson 5-107 Tony Dorsett 3-26
MIN - Sammy White 3-57 Stu Voigt 3-42

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

DAL-39-177
MIN-25-059

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

DAL-14-205
MIN-10-142

TOTAL YARDS:

DAL-382
MIN-201

PENALTY YARDS:

DAL-02-15
MIN-02-30

1ST DOWNS:

DAL-18
MIN-10

PLACE KICKER STATS:

DAL- Efren Herrera XP 1-1 FG 1-1 (22)
MIN- Fred Cox XP 0-0 FG 1-1 (28)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

DAL-Larry Brunson 2-40 Butch Johnson 1-28
MIN-Sammy White 1-16 Manfred Moore 1-16



PUNT RETURN STATS:

DAL-Butch Johnson 4-12
MIN-Manfred Moore 3-14



EXTRAS:

DAL- THOMAS HENDERSON (SACK/INTERCEPTION) RANDY WHITE (SACK) HARVEY MARTIN (3 SACKS) RANDY HUGHES (SACK) ED TOO TALL JONES (SACK)
MIN-ALAN PAGE (2 FUMBLE RECOVERY'S) CARL ELLER (FUMBLE RECOVERY) JEFF SIEMON (FUMBLE RECOVERY) MATT BLAIR (2 SACKS) MARK MULLANEY (2 SACKS) JIM MARSHALL (SACK)
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 4:00 PM WEEK 1



New York Jets (0-1) Houston Oilers (1-0)

At Houston Astrodome, Houston,TX


NYJ - 00 00 00 3 03
HOU -16 10 10 0 36










The Houston Oilers Opened The 1977 NFL Season By Crushing The New York Jets 36-3 In Houston. Houston Looked To Be In Mid Season Form Racking Up 462 Total Yards Of Offensive While Holding The Jets To a Mere 230. Houston Put This Game To Bed Early By Scoring 16 First Quarter Points & 10 More In The Second Quarter To Go Into Halftime Up 26-0. The Second Half Of Play Was No Different As Houston Tacked On 10 More Third Quarter Points For a Final Of 36-3.





1ST Q-Dan Pastorini 14 Yard TD Pass To Eddie Foster (Toni Fritsch XP) 0-7 (HOU)

1ST Q-Richard Todd Sacked In The Endzone For a Saftey 0-9 (HOU)

1st Q-Dan Pastorini 5 Yard TD Pass To Rob Carpenter (Toni Fritsch XP) 0-16 (HOU)

2ND Q-Ronnie Coleman 2 Yard TD Run (Toni Fritsch XP) 0-23 (HOU)

2ND Q-Toni Fritsch 30 Yard Field Goal 0-26 (HOU)

3RD Q-Toni Fritsch 23 Yard Field Goal 0-29 (HOU)

3RD Q-Ronnie Coleman 3 Yard TD Run (Toni Fritsch XP) 0-36 (HOU)

4TH Q-Pat Leahy 35 Yard Field Goal 3-36 (NYJ)









PASSING YARDS:
NYJ - Richard Todd 14-30-194 2 INT 4 SACKS
HOU - Dan Pastorini 18-28-240 2 TD SACK

RUSHING YARDS:

NYJ - Clark Gaines 7-18 Bruce Harper 6-12
HOU-Rob Carpenter 16-111 Ronnie Coleman 19-59 2 TD

RECEIVING YARDS:

NYJ - Bruce Harper 3-51 Jerome Barkum 3-40
HOU- Ken Burrough 7-127 Jimie Giles 4-43

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

NYJ- 15-036
HOU-46-222

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

NYJ- 14-194
HOU-18-240

TOTAL YARDS:

NYJ- 230
HOU-462

PENALTY YARDS:

NYJ- 05-55
HOU-02-10

1ST DOWNS:

NYJ- 13
HOU-28

PLACE KICKER STATS:

NYJ- Pat Leahy XP 0-0 FG 1-1 (35)
HOU- Toni Fritsch XP 4-4 FG 2-2 (23-30)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

NYJ- Bruce Harper 6-150
HOU-Billy"Whiteshoes"Johnson 2-43



PUNT RETURN STATS:

NYJ- Ken Schroy 1-13 Bruce Harper 1-0
HOU-Billy"Whiteshoes"Johnson 6-58



EXTRAS:

NYJ- RICHARD NEAL (SACK)
HOU-GREGG BINGHAM (INTERCEPTION/SACK) ELVIN BETHEA (SACK) MIKE REINFELDT (INTERCEPTION) CURLEY CULP (SACK) ROBERT BRAZILE (SACK)
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 4:00 PM WEEK 1





St. Louis Cardinals (1-0) Denver Broncos (0-1)

At Mile High Stadium, Denver,CO

STL - 3 03 07 07 20
DEN -0 07 03 07 17





Wayne Morris Scored With 1:20 Left On The Game Clock To Give The St.Louis Cardinals a 20-17 Victory Over The Home Town Denver Broncos In The 1977 NFL Opener For Both Teams. The Cardinals Defense Made Life Tough For Denver QB Craig Morton All Game Long Sacking Him 5 Times On The Afternoon. The Broncos Defense Sacked Cardinals QB Jim Hart Twice In The Game & Also Intercepted Him Once. This Game Turned Into a Testy Affair With 125 Minutes In Penalties Being Whistled.





1ST Q-Jim Bakken 36 Yard Field Goal 3-0 (STL)

2ND Q-Jon Keyworth 5 Yard TD Run (Jim Turner XP) 3-7 (DEN)

2ND Q-Jim Bakken 25 Yard Field Goal 6-7 (STL)

3RD Q-Jim Hart 6 Yard TD Pass To J.V.Cain (Jim Bakken XP) 13-7 (STL)

3RD Q-Jim Turner 23 Yard Field Goal 13-10 (DEN)

4TH Q-Otis Armstrong 8 Yard TD Run (Jim Turner XP) 13-17 (DEN)

4TH Q-Wayne Morris 12 Yard TD Run (Jim Bakken XP) 13-20 (STL)









PASSING YARDS:
STL - Jim Hart 16-28-256 TD INT 2 SACKS
DEN -Craig Morton 17-29-224 5 SACKS

RUSHING YARDS:

STL -Wayne Morris 14-57 TD Jim Otis 7-26
DEN-Otis Armstrong 18-58 TD Lonnie Perrin 7-23

RECEIVING YARDS:

STL - Mel Gray 7-166 J.V.Cain 4-39 TD
DEN- Rick Upchurch 6-76 Haven Moses 3-53

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

STL- 31-110
DEN-28-098

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

STL- 16-256
DEN-17-224

TOTAL YARDS:

STL- 366
DEN-322

PENALTY YARDS:

STL- 07-65
DEN-06-60

1ST DOWNS:

STL- 15
DEN-19

PLACE KICKER STATS:

STL- Jim Bakken XP 2-2 FG 2-2 (25-36)
DEN- Jim Turner XP 2-2 FG 1-1 (23)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

STL- Terry Metcalf 2-42 Steve Jones 1-23
DEN-John Schultz 1-23 Rick Upchurch 1-13



PUNT RETURN STATS:
STL- Terry Metcalf 4-12
DEN-Rick Upchurch 3-32



EXTRAS:

STL- JOHN ZOOK (2 SACKS) KEN REAVES (FUMBLE RECOVERY/SACK) JEFF SEVERSON (SACK) LEE NELSON (SACK)
DEN-LOUIS WRIGHT (INTERCEPTION) LYLE ALZADO (SACK) MARV KELLUM (SACK) BOB SWENSON (FUMBLE RECOVERY)
Edited by ALAN COMPLITANO on 09/01/2019
 
ALAN COMPLITANO
Sunday, September 18, 1977 4:00 PM WEEK 1





Baltimore Colts (1-0) Seattle Seahawks (0-1)


At Seattle Kingdom, Seattle,WA

BLT - 7 06 17 07 30
SEA - 0 16 00 06 22




Bert Jones Passed For 231 Yards & Running Back Lydell Mitchell Scored Three Times On Opening Day As The Baltimore Colts Defeated The Seattle Seahawks 30-22 In Seattle. The Game Was Close At Halftime With Seattle Leading 16-13 But Baltimore Came Out The Second Half & Scored 17 Third Quarter Points To Break The Game Open. Baltimore Colts Tom Macleod Blocked a Herman Weaver 1st Quarter Punt Leading To Lydell Mitchell's First Of Three TD's In The Game. Seattle's Autry Beamon Intercepted a 2nd Quarter Bert Jones Pass & Returned It 40 Yards For a TD.





1ST Q-Lydell Mitchell 3 Yard TD Run (Toni Linhart XP) 7-0 (BLT)

2ND Q-John Leypoldt 43 Yard Field Goal 7-3 (SEA)

2ND Q-Autry Beamon 40 Yard Interception Return TD (John Leypoldt XP) 7-10 (SEA)

2ND Q-Lydell Mitchell 1 Yard TD Run (Toni Linhart XP NG) 13-10 (BLT)

2ND Q-Jim Zorn 1 Yard TD Run (John Leypoldt XP NG) 13-16 (SEA)

3RD Q-Toni Linhart 42 Yard Field Goal 16-16 (BLT)

3RD Q-Roosevelt Leaks 4 Yard TD Run (Toni Linhart XP) 23-16 (BLT)

3RD Q-Lydell Mitchell 2 Yard TD Run (Toni Linhart XP) 30-16 (BLT)

4TH Q-Jim Zorn 3 Yard TD Pass To Sherman Smith (John Leypoldt XP NG) 30-22 (SEA)









PASSING YARDS:
BLT - Bert Jones 15-24-231 INT 2 SACKS
SEA -Jim Zorn 12-24-177 TD INT

RUSHING YARDS:

BLT -Lydell Mitchell 19-78 3 TD Roosevelt Leaks 9-44 TD
SEA-Sherman Smith 16-54 Don Testerman 10-46

RECEIVING YARDS:

BLT - Roger Carr 8-145 Glenn Doughty 4-52
SEA- Steve Largent 7-120 Sam McCullum 3-51

TOTAL RUSHING YARDS:

BLT- 41-152
SEA-33-132

TOTAL RECIEVING YARDS:

BLT- 15-231
SEA-12-177

TOTAL YARDS:

BLT- 383
SEA-309

PENALTY YARDS:

BLT- 05-40
SEA-07-70

1ST DOWNS:

BLT-23
SEA-18

PLACE KICKER STATS:

BLT- Toni Linhart XP 3-4 FG 1-2 (42 G)(35 NG)
SEA- John Leypoldt XP 1-3 FG 1-2 (43 G)(23 NG)



KICKOFF RETURN STATS:

BLT- Bruce Laird 4-101 Howard Stevens 1-12
SEA-Al Hunter 6-138



PUNT RETURN STATS:

BLT- Howard Stevens 2-20
SEA-Duke Fergerson 1-1



EXTRAS:

BLT- TOM MACLEOD (BLOCKED PUNT) LYLE BLACKWOOD (FUMBLE RECOVERY) NELSON MUNSEY (INTERCEPTION)
SEA-ALDEN ROCHE (2 SACKS) AUTRY BEAMON (FUMBLE RECOVERY/INTERCEPTION RETURN TD)
 
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