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The 1971 YEAR IN FOOTBALL

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Dallas Cowboys (11-3)

Head Coach: Tom Landry

Passing Leader: Roger Staubach (1882)

Rushing Leader: Duane Thomas (793)

Receiving Leader: Walt Garrison (40-396)

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Miami Dolphins (10-3-1)

Head Coach: Don Shula

Passing Leader: Bob Griese (2089)

Rushing Leader: Larry Csonka (1051)

Receiving Leader: Paul Warfield (43-996)

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Washington Redskins (9-4-1)

Head Coach: George Allen

Passing Leader: Billy Kilmer (2221)

Rushing Leader: Larry Brown (948)

Receiving Leader: Roy Jefferson (47-701)

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Baltimore Colts (10-4)

Head Coach: Don McCafferty

Passing Leader: Earl Morrall (1210)

Rushing Leader: Norm Bulaich (741)

Receiving Leader: Tom Mitchell (33-402)

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Philadelphia Eagles (6-7-1)

Head Coach: Jerry Williams (0-3) and Ed Khayat (6-4-1)

Passing Leader: Pete Liske (1957)

Rushing Leader: Ronnie Bull (351)

Receiving Leader: Harold Jackson (47-716)

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New England Patriots (6-8)

Head Coach: John Mazur

Passing Leader: Jim Plunkett (2158)

Rushing Leader: Carl Garrett (784)

Receiving Leader: Randy Vataha (51-872)

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St. Louis Cardinals (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Bob Hollway

Passing Leader: Jim Hart (1626)

Rushing Leader: MacArthur Lane (592)

Receiving Leader: John Gilliam (42-837)

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New York Giants (4-10)

Head Coach: Alex Webster

Passing Leader: Fran Tarkenton (2567)

Rushing Leader: Bob Duhon (344)

Receiving Leader: Bob Tucker (59-791)

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Minnesota Vikings (11-3)

Head Coach: Bud Grant

Passing Leader: Gary Cuozzo (842)

Rushing Leader: Clint Jones (675)

Receiving Leader: Bob Grim (45-691)

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Detroit Lions (7-6-1)

Head Coach: Joe Schmidt

Passing Leader: Greg Landry (2237)

Rushing Leader: Steve Owens (1035)

Receiving Leader: Steve Owens (32-350)

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Chicago Bears (6-8)

Head Coach: Jim Dooley

Passing Leader: Bobby Douglass (1164)

Rushing Leader: Don Shy (420)

Receiving Leader: George Farmer (46-737)

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Green Bay Packers (4-8-2)

Head Coach: Dan Devine

Passing Leader: Scott Hunter (1210)

Rushing Leader: John Brockington (1105)

Receiving Leader: Carroll Dale (31-598)

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San Francisco 49ers (9-5)

Head Coach: Dick Nolan

Passing Leader: John Brodie (2642)

Rushing Leader: Ken Willard (855)

Receiving Leader: Ted Kwalick (52-664)

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Los Angeles Rams (8-5-1)

Head Coach: Tommy Prothro

Passing Leader: Roman Gabriel (2238)

Rushing Leader: Willie Ellison (1000)

Receiving Leader: Lance Rentzel (38-354)

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Atlanta Falcons (7-6-1)

Head Coach: Norm Van Brocklin

Passing Leader: Bob Berry (2005)

Rushing Leader: Cannonball Butler (594)

Receiving Leader: Art Malone (34-380)

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New Orleans Saints (4-8-2)

Head Coach: J.D. Roberts

Passing Leader: Edd Hargett (1191)

Rushing Leader: Jim Strong (404)

Receiving Leader: Dan Abramowicz (37-657)

TEAMS CHANGING NAMES: Boston Patriots to New England Patriots

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19

NY Giants 42, GREEN BAY 40           Dallas 49, BUFFALO 37

CLEVELAND 31, Houston 0              SAN DIEGO 21, Kansas City 14

DENVER 10, Miami 10 (T)              BALTIMORE 22, NY Jets 0

NEW ENGLAND 20, Oakland 6            CINCINNATI 37, Philadelphia 14

ATLANTA 20, San Francisco 17         CHICAGO 17, Pittsburgh 15

NEW ORLEANS 24, Los Angeles 20       Washington 24, ST. LOUIS 17

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20

Minnesota 16, DETROIT 13

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Baltimore       1  0 0 1.000  22   0 Dallas           1  0 0 1.000  49  37

New England     1  0 0 1.000  20   6 NY Giants        1  0 0 1.000  42  40

Miami           0  0 1  .000  10  10 Washington       1  0 0 1.000  24  17

NY Jets         0  1 0  .000   0  22 St. Louis        0  1 0  .500  17  24

Buffalo         0  1 0  .000  37  49 Philadelphia     0  1 0  .500  14  37

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       1  0 0 1.000  31   0 Minnesota        1  0 0 1.000  16  13

Cincinnati      1  0 0 1.000  37  14 Chicago          1  0 0 1.000  17  15

Houston         0  1 0  .000   0  31 Detroit          0  1 0  .000  13  16

Pittsburgh      0  1 0  .000  15  17 GREEN BAY        0  1 0  .000  40  42

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

San Diego       1  0 0 1.000  21  14 Atlanta          1  0 0 1.000  20  17

Denver          0  0 1  .000  10  10 New Orleans      1  0 0 1.000  24  20

Oakland         0  1 0  .000   6  20 San Francisco    0  1 0  .000  17  20

Kansas City     0  1 0  .000  14  21 Los Angeles      0  1 0  .000  20  24

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26

Green Bay 34, Denver 13 at Milwaukee PITTSBURGH 21, Cincinnati 10

LOS ANGELES 20, Atlanta 20 (T)       Detroit 34, NEW ENGLAND 7

Chicago 20, MINNESOTA 17             Kansas City 20, HOUSTON 16

Cleveland 14, BALTIMORE 13           Miami 29, BUFFALO 14

Dallas 42, PHILADELPHIA 7            Oakland 34, SAN DIEGO 0

San Francisco 38, NEW ORLEANS 20     Washington 30, NY GIANTS 3

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27

ST. LOUIS 17, NY Jets 10

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           1  0 1 1.000  39  24 Dallas           2  0 0 1.000  91  44

Baltimore       1  1 0  .500  35  14 Washington       2  0 0 1.000  54  20

New England     1  1 0  .500  27  40 NY Giants        1  1 0  .500  45  70

NY Jets         0  2 0  .000  10  39 St. Louis        1  1 0  .500  34  34

Buffalo         0  2 0  .000  51  78 Philadelphia     0  2 0  .000  21  79

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       2  0 0 1.000  45  13 Chicago          2  0 0 1.000  37  32

Cincinnati      1  1 0  .500  47  35 Minnesota        1  1 0  .500  35  33

Pittsburgh      1  1 0  .500  36  27 Detroit          1  1 0  .500  47  25

Houston         0  2 0  .000  16  51 GREEN BAY        1  1 0  .500  74  55

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     1  1 0  .500  34  37 Atlanta          1  0 1 1.000  40  37

Oakland         1  1 0  .500  40  20 New Orleans      1  1 0  .500  44  58

San Diego       1  1 0  .500  21  48 San Francisco    1  1 0  .500  55  40

Denver          0  1 1  .000  23  44 Los Angeles      0  1 1  .000  40  44

SUNDAY OCTOBER 3

GREEN BAY 20, Cincinnati 17          Washington 20, DALLAS 16

San Francisco 31, PHILADELPHIA 3     DETROIT 41, Atlanta 38

MINNESOTA 19, Buffalo 0              Baltimore 23, NEW ENGLAND 3

LOS ANGELES 17, Chicago 3            Kansas City 16, DENVER 3

HOUSTON 13, New Orleans 13 (T)       NY Jets 14, MIAMI 10

PITTSBURGH 21, San Diego 17          NY Giants 21, ST. LOUIS 20

MONDAY OCTOBER 4

Oakland 34, CLEVELAND 20

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Baltimore       2  1 0  .667  58  17 Washington       3  0 0 1.000  74  36

Miami           1  1 1  .500  49  38 Dallas           2  1 0  .667 107  64

New England     1  2 0  .333  30  63 NY Giants        2  1 0  .667  66  90

NY Jets         1  2 0  .333  24  49 St. Louis        1  2 0  .333  54  55

Buffalo         0  3 0  .000  51  97 Philadelphia     0  3 0  .000  24 110

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       2  1 0  .667  65  47 Minnesota        2  1 0  .667  54  33

Pittsburgh      2  1 0  .667  57  44 Chicago          2  1 0  .667  40  49

Cincinnati      1  2 0  .333  64  55 Detroit          2  1 0  .667  88  63

Houston         0  2 1  .000  29  64 GREEN BAY        2  1 0  .667  94  72

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     2  1 0  .667  50  40 San Francisco    2  1 0  .667  86  43

Oakland         2  1 0  .667  74  40 New Orleans      1  1 1  .500  57  71

San Diego       1  2 0  .333  38  69 Los Angeles      1  1 1  .500  57  47

Denver          0  2 1  .000  26  60 Atlanta          1  1 1  .500  78  78

SUNDAY OCTOBER 10

DETROIT 31, Green Bay 28             Miami 23, CINCINNATI 13

Baltimore 43, BUFFALO 0              Minnesota 13, PHILADELPHIA 0

CHICAGO 35, New Orleans 14           WASHINGTON 22, Houston 13

Oakland 27, DENVER 16                NEW ENGLAND 20, NY Jets 0

Los Angeles 20, SAN FRANCISCO 13     KANSAS CITY 31, San Diego 10

St. Louis 26, ATLANTA 9              CLEVELAND 27, Pittsburgh 17

MONDAY OCTOBER 11

DALLAS 20, NY Giants 13

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Baltimore       3  1 0  .750 101  17 Washington       4  0 0 1.000  96  49

Miami           2  1 1  .667  72  51 Dallas           3  1 0  .750 127  77

New England     2  2 0  .500  50  63 NY Giants        2  2 0  .500  79 110

NY Jets         1  3 0  .250  24  69 St. Louis        2  2 0  .500  80  64

Buffalo         0  4 0  .000  51 140 Philadelphia     0  4 0  .000  24 123

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       3  1 0  .750  92  64 Minnesota        3  1 0  .750  67  33

Pittsburgh      2  2 0  .500  74  79 Chicago          3  1 0  .750  75  63

Cincinnati      1  3 0  .250  77  78 Detroit          3  1 0  .750 119  91

Houston         0  3 1  .000  42  86 GREEN BAY        2  2 0  .500 122 103

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     3  1 0  .750  81  50 Los Angeles      2  1 1  .667  77  60

Oakland         3  1 0  .750 101  56 San Francisco    2  2 0  .500  99  63

San Diego       1  3 0  .250  48 100 New Orleans      1  2 1  .333  71 106

Denver          0  3 1  .000  42  87 Atlanta          1  2 1  .333  87 104

SUNDAY OCTOBER 17

Minnesota 24, GREEN BAY 13           NY JETS 28, Buffalo 17

Baltimore 31, NY GIANTS 7            Detroit 31, HOUSTON 7

NEW ORLEANS 24, Dallas 14            SAN FRANCISCO 13, Chicago 0

DENVER 20, San Diego 16              MIAMI 41, New England 3

Los Angeles 24, ATLANTA 16           OAKLAND 34, Philadelphia 10

WASHINGTON 20, St. Louis 0           Cleveland 27, CINCINNATI 24

MONDAY OCTOBER 18

KANSAS CITY 38, Pittsburgh 16

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Baltimore       4  1 0  .800 132  24 Washington       5  0 0 1.000 116  49

Miami           3  1 1  .750 113  54 Dallas           3  2 0  .600 141 101

New England     2  3 0  .400  53 104 NY Giants        2  3 0  .400  86 141

NY Jets         2  3 0  .400  52  86 St. Louis        2  3 0  .400  80  84

Buffalo         0  5 0  .000  68 168 Philadelphia     0  5 0  .000  34 157

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       4  1 0  .800 119  88 Minnesota        4  1 0  .800  91  46

Pittsburgh      2  3 0  .400  90 117 Detroit          4  1 0  .800 150  98

Cincinnati      1  4 0  .200 101 105 Chicago          3  2 0  .600  75  76

Houston         0  4 1  .000  49 117 GREEN BAY        2  3 0  .400 135 127

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     4  1 0  .800 119  66 Los Angeles      3  1 1  .750 101  76

Oakland         4  1 0  .800 135  66 San Francisco    3  2 0  .600 112  63

Denver          1  3 1  .250  62 103 New Orleans      2  2 1  .500  95 120

San Diego       1  4 0  .200  64 120 Atlanta          1  3 1  .250 103 128

SUNDAY OCTOBER 24

LOS ANGELES 30, Green Bay 13         Chicago 28, DETROIT 23

SAN DIEGO 20, Buffalo 3              Denver 27, CLEVELAND 0

OAKLAND 31, Cincinnati 27            PITTSBURGH 23, Houston 16

DALLAS 44, New England 21            Miami 30, NY JETS 14

PHILADELPHIA 23, NY Giants 7         ATLANTA 28, New Orleans 6

KANSAS CITY 27, Washington 20        San Francisco 26, ST. LOUIS 14

MONDAY OCTOBER 25

MINNESOTA 10, Baltimore 3

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           4  1 1  .800 143  68 Washington       5  1 0  .833 136  76

Baltimore       4  2 0  .667 135  34 Dallas           4  2 0  .667 185 122

New England     2  4 0  .333  74 148 NY Giants        2  4 0  .333  93 164

NY Jets         2  4 0  .333  66 116 St. Louis        2  4 0  .333  94 110

Buffalo         0  6 0  .000  71 188 Philadelphia     1  5 0  .167  57 164

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       4  2 0  .667 119 115 Minnesota        5  1 0  .833 101  49

Pittsburgh      3  3 0  .500 113 133 Detroit          4  2 0  .667 173 126

Cincinnati      1  5 0  .167 128 136 Chicago          4  2 0  .667 103  99

Houston         0  5 1  .000  55 145 GREEN BAY        2  4 0  .333 148 157

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     5  1 0  .833 146  86 Los Angeles      4  1 1  .800 131  89

Oakland         5  1 0  .833 166  93 San Francisco    4  2 0  .667 138  77

Denver          2  3 1  .400  89 103 New Orleans      2  3 1  .400 101 148

San Diego       2  4 0  .333  84 123 Atlanta          2  3 1  .400 131 134

SUNDAY OCTOBER 31

Atlanta 31, CLEVELAND 14             Miami 20, LOS ANGELES 14

Minnesota 17, NY GIANTS 10           HOUSTON 10, Cincinnati 6

SAN FRAN 27, New England 10          OAKLAND 20, Kansas City 20 (T)

WASHINGTON 24, New Orleans 14        CHICAGO 23, Dallas 19

SAN DIEGO 49, NY Jets 21             PHILADELPHIA 17, Denver 16

BALTIMORE 34, Pittsburgh 21          St. Louis 28, BUFFALO 23

MONDAY NOVEMBER 1

Green Bay 14, Detroit 14 (T) at Milwaukee

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           5  1 1  .833 163  82 Washington       6  1 0  .857 160  90

Baltimore       5  2 0  .714 169  55 Dallas           4  3 0  .571 204 145

New England     2  5 0  .286  84 175 St. Louis        3  4 0  .429 122 133

NY Jets         2  5 0  .286  87 165 NY Giants        2  5 0  .286 103 181

Buffalo         0  7 0  .000  94 216 Philadelphia     2  5 0  .286  74 180

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       4  3 0  .571 133 146 Minnesota        6  1 0  .857 118  59

Pittsburgh      3  4 0  .429 134 167 Chicago          5  2 0  .714 126 118

Houston         1  5 1  .167  65 151 Detroit          4  2 1  .667 187 140

Cincinnati      1  6 0  .143 134 146 GREEN BAY        2  4 1  .333 162 171

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     5  1 1  .833 166 106 San Francisco    5  2 0  .714 165  87

Oakland         5  1 1  .833 186 113 Los Angeles      4  2 1  .667 145 109

San Diego       3  4 0  .429 133 144 Atlanta          3  3 1  .500 162 148

Denver          2  4 1  .333 105 120 New Orleans      2  4 1  .333 115 172

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7

MIAMI 34, Buffalo 0                  Atlanta 9, CINCINNATI 6

Detroit 24, DENVER 20                Dallas 16, ST. LOUIS 13

PITTSBURGH 26, Cleveland 9           Green Bay 17, CHICAGO 14

NY JETS 13, Kansas City 10           NEW ORLEANS 21, Oakland 21 (T)

NEW ENGLAND 28, Houston 20           WASHINGTON 7, Philadelphia 7 (T)

San Francisco 13, MINNESOTA 9        NY GIANTS 35, San Diego 17

MONDAY NOVEMBER 8

BALTIMORE 24, Los Angeles 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           6  1 1  .857 197  82 Washington       6  1 1  .857 167  97

Baltimore       6  2 0  .750 193  72 Dallas           5  3 0  .625 220 158

New England     3  5 0  .375 112 195 St. Louis        3  5 0  .375 135 149

NY Jets         3  5 0  .375 100 175 NY Giants        3  5 0  .375 138 198

Buffalo         0  8 0  .000  94 250 Philadelphia     2  5 1  .286  81 187

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       4  4 0  .500 142 172 Minnesota        6  2 0  .750 127  72

Pittsburgh      4  4 0  .500 160 176 Detroit          5  2 1  .714 211 160

Houston         1  6 1  .143  85 179 Chicago          5  3 0  .625 140 135

Cincinnati      1  7 0  .125 140 155 GREEN BAY        3  4 1  .429 179 185

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         5  1 2  .833 207 134 San Francisco    6  2 0  .750 178  96

Kansas City     5  2 1  .714 176 119 Los Angeles      4  3 1  .571 162 133

San Diego       3  5 0  .375 150 179 Atlanta          4  3 1  .571 171 154

Denver          2  5 1  .286 125 144 New Orleans      2  4 2  .333 136 193

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14

MINNESOTA 3, Green Bay 0             NEW ENGLAND 38, Buffalo 33

Baltimore 14, NY JETS 13             OAKLAND 41, Houston 21

KANSAS CITY 13, Cleveland 7          New Orleans 26, SAN FRANCISCO 20

DALLAS 20, Philadelphia 7            NY Giants 21, ATLANTA 17

MIAMI 24, Pittsburgh 21              Cincinnati 24, DENVER 10

CHICAGO 16, Washington 15            Los Angeles 21, DETROIT 13

MONDAY NOVEMBER 15

SAN DIEGO 20, St. Louis 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           7  1 1  .875 221 103 Washington       6  2 1  .750 182 113

Baltimore       7  2 0  .778 207  85 Dallas           6  3 0  .667 240 165

New England     4  5 0  .444 150 228 NY Giants        4  5 0  .444 159 215

NY Jets         3  6 0  .333 113 189 St. Louis        3  6 0  .333 152 169

Buffalo         0  9 0  .000 127 288 Philadelphia     2  6 1  .250  88 207

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       4  5 0  .444 149 185 Minnesota        7  2 0  .778 130  72

Pittsburgh      4  5 0  .444 181 200 Chicago          6  3 0  .667 156 150

Cincinnati      2  7 0  .222 164 165 Detroit          5  3 1  .625 224 181

Houston         1  7 1  .125 106 220 GREEN BAY        3  5 1  .375 179 188

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         6  1 2  .857 248 155 San Francisco    6  3 0  .667 198 122

Kansas City     6  2 1  .750 189 126 Los Angeles      5  3 1  .625 183 146

San Diego       4  5 0  .444 170 196 Atlanta          4  4 1  .500 188 175

Denver          2  6 1  .250 135 168 New Orleans      3  4 2  .429 162 213

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21

CINCINNATI 28, Houston 3             Minnesota 23, NEW ORLEANS 10

Dallas 13, WASHINGTON 0              MIAMI 17, Baltimore 14

CLEVELAND 27, New England 7          Detroit 28, CHICAGO 3

NY Jets 20, BUFFALO 7                KANSAS CITY 28, Denver 10

OAKLAND 34, San Diego 33             PITTSBURGH 17, NY Giants 3

LOS ANGELES 17, San Francisco 6      Philadelphia 37, ST. LOUIS 20

MONDAY NOVEMBER 22

ATLANTA 28, Green Bay 21

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           8  1 1  .889 238 117 Dallas           7  3 0  .700 253 165

Baltimore       7  3 0  .700 221 102 Washington       6  3 1  .667 182 126

New England     4  6 0  .400 157 255 NY Giants        4  6 0  .400 162 232

NY Jets         4  6 0  .400 133 196 Philadelphia     3  6 1  .333 125 227

Buffalo         0 10 0  .000 134 308 St. Louis        3  7 0  .300 172 206

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       5  5 0  .500 176 192 Minnesota        8  2 0  .800 153  82

Pittsburgh      5  5 0  .500 198 203 Detroit          6  3 1  .667 252 184

Cincinnati      3  7 0  .300 192 168 Chicago          6  4 0  .600 159 178

Houston         1  8 1  .111 109 248 GREEN BAY        3  6 1  .333 200 216

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         7  1 2  .875 282 188 Los Angeles      6  3 1  .667 200 152

Kansas City     7  2 1  .778 217 136 San Francisco    6  4 0  .600 204 139

San Diego       4  6 0  .400 203 230 Atlanta          5  4 1  .556 216 196

Denver          2  7 1  .222 145 196 New Orleans      3  5 2  .375 172 236

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25

DALLAS 28, Los Angeles 21            DETROIT 32, Kansas City 21

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28

New Orleans 29, Green Bay 21 @ Mil   Baltimore 37, OAKLAND 14

Cleveland 37, HOUSTON 24             CINCINNATI 31, San Diego 0

Denver 22, PITTSBURGH 10             San Francisco 24, NY JETS 21

BUFFALO 27, New England 20           St. Louis 24, NY GIANTS 7

MINNESOTA 24, Atlanta 7              Washington 20, PHILADELPHIA 13

MONDAY NOVEMBER 29

MIAMI 34, Chicago 3

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           9  1 1  .900 272 120 Dallas           8  3 0  .727 281 186

Baltimore       8  3 0  .727 258 116 Washington       7  3 1  .700 202 139

New England     4  7 0  .364 177 282 NY Giants        4  7 0  .364 169 256

NY Jets         4  7 0  .364 154 220 St. Louis        4  7 0  .364 196 213

Buffalo         1 10 0  .091 161 328 Philadelphia     3  7 1  .300 138 247

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cleveland       6  5 0  .545 213 216 Minnesota        9  2 0  .818 177  89

Pittsburgh      5  6 0  .455 208 225 Detroit          7  3 1  .700 284 205

Cincinnati      4  7 0  .364 223 168 Chicago          6  5 0  .545 162 212

Houston         1  9 1  .100 133 285 GREEN BAY        3  7 1  .300 221 245

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         7  2 2  .778 296 225 San Francisco    7  4 0  .636 228 160

Kansas City     7  3 1  .700 238 168 Los Angeles      6  4 1  .600 221 180

San Diego       4  7 0  .364 203 261 Atlanta          5  5 1  .500 223 220

Denver          3  7 1  .300 167 206 New Orleans      4  5 2  .444 201 257

SUNDAY DECEMBER 5

NEW ENGLAND 34, Miami 13             DENVER 6, Chicago 3

ST.LOUIS 16, Green Bay 16 (T)        SAN DIEGO 30, Minnesota 14

CLEVELAND 31, Cincinnati 27          BALTIMORE 24, Buffalo 0

DALLAS 52, NY Jets 10                LOS ANGELES 45, New Orleans 28

ATLANTA 24, Oakland 13               WASHINGTON 23, NY Giants 7

HOUSTON 29, Pittsburgh 3             Philadelphia 23, DETROIT 20

MONDAY DECEMBER 6

Kansas City 26, SAN FRANCISCO 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           9  2 1  .818 285 154 Dallas           9  3 0  .750 333 196

Baltimore       9  3 0  .750 282 116 Washington       8  3 1  .727 225 146

New England     5  7 0  .417 211 295 Philadelphia     4  7 1  .364 161 267

NY Jets         4  8 0  .333 164 272 St. Louis        4  7 1  .364 212 229

Buffalo         1 11 0  .083 161 352 NY Giants        4  8 0  .333 176 279

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Cleveland     7  5 0  .583 244 243 Minnesota        9  3 0  .750 191 119

Pittsburgh      5  7 0  .417 211 254 Detroit          7  4 1  .636 304 228

Cincinnati      4  8 0  .333 250 199 Chicago          6  6 0  .500 165 218

Houston         2  9 1  .182 162 288 GREEN BAY        3  7 2  .300 237 261

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     8  3 1  .727 264 185 Los Angeles      7  4 1  .636 266 208

Oakland         7  3 2  .700 309 249 San Francisco    7  5 0  .583 245 186

San Diego       5  7 0  .417 233 275 Atlanta          6  5 1  .545 247 233

Denver          4  7 1  .364 173 209 New Orleans      4  6 2  .400 229 302

X-Clinched Division Title

SUNDAY DECEMBER 12

GREEN BAY 31, Chicago 10             MINNESOTA 29, Detroit 10

SAN DIEGO 45, Denver 17              SAN FRANCISCO 24, Atlanta 3

Cleveland 21, NEW ORLEANS 17         Houston 20, BUFFALO 14

Dallas 42, NY GIANTS 14              BALTIMORE 14, Miami 3

KANSAS CITY 16, Oakland 14           NY JETS 13, New England 6

PHILADELPHIA 19, St. Louis 7         Pittsburgh 21, CINCINNATI 13

MONDAY DECEMBER 13

Washington 38, LOS ANGELES 24

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Y-Baltimore    10  3 0  .769 296 119 Y-Dallas        10  3 0  .769 375 210

Y-Miami         9  3 1  .750 288 168 Y-Washington     9  3 1  .750 263 170

New England     5  8 0  .385 217 308 Philadelphia     5  7 1  .417 180 274

NY Jets         5  8 0  .385 177 278 St. Louis        4  8 1  .333 219 248

Buffalo         1 12 0  .077 175 372 NY Giants        4  9 0  .308 190 321

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Cleveland     8  5 0  .615 265 260 X-Minnesota     10  3 0  .769 220 129

Pittsburgh      6  7 0  .462 232 267 Detroit          7  5 1  .583 314 257

Cincinnati      4  9 0  .308 263 220 Chicago          6  7 0  .462 175 249

Houston         3  9 1  .250 182 302 GREEN BAY        4  7 2  .364 268 271

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

X-Kansas City   9  3 1  .750 280 199 San Francisco    8  5 0  .615 269 189

Oakland         7  4 2  .636 323 265 Los Angeles      7  5 1  .583 290 246

San Diego       6  7 0  .462 278 292 Atlanta          6  6 1  .500 250 257

Denver          4  8 1  .333 190 254 New Orleans      4  7 2  .364 246 323

X-Clinched Division Title            Y-Clinched Playoff Berth

SUNDAY DECEMBER 19

Los Angeles 23, PITTSBURGH 14        HOUSTON 49, San Diego 33

DALLAS 31, St. Louis 12              Atlanta 24, NEW ORLEANS 20

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New York Jets (6-8)

Head Coach: Weeb Ewbank

Passing Leader: Bob Davis (624)

Rushing Leader: John Riggins (769)

Receiving Leader: John Riggins (36-231)

Buffalo Bills (1-13)

Head Coach: Harvey Johnson

Passing Leader: Dennis Shaw (1813)

Rushing Leader: O.J. Simpson (742)

Receiving Leader: Marlin Briscoe (44-603)

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Cleveland Browns (9-5)

Head Coach: Nick Skorich

Passing Leader: Bill Nelsen (2319)

Rushing Leader: Leroy Kelly (865)

Receiving Leader: Fair Hooker (45-649)

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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8)

Head Coach: Chuck Noll

Passing Leader: Terry Bradshaw (2259)

Rushing Leader: John Fuqua (625)

Receiving Leader: Ron Shanklin (49-652)/John Fuqua (49-427)

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Houston Oilers (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Ed Hughes

Passing Leader: Dan Pastorini (1702)

Rushing Leader: Robert Holmes (288)

Receiving Leader: Jim Beirne (38-550)

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Cincinnati Bengals (4-10)

Head Coach: Paul Brown

Passing Leader: Virgil Carter (1624)

Rushing Leader: Fred Willis (590)

Receiving Leader: Bob Trumpy (40-531)

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Kansas City Chiefs (10-3-1)

Head Coach: Hank Stram

Passing Leader: Len Dawson (2504)

Rushing Leader: Ed Podolak (708)

Receiving Leader: Otis Taylor (57-1110)

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Oakland Raiders (8-4-2)

Head Coach: John Madden

Passing Leader: Daryle Lamonica (1717)

Rushing Leader: Marv Hubbard (867)

Receiving Leader: Fred Biletnikoff (61-929)

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San Diego Chargers (6-8)

Head Coach: Sid Gillman (4-6) and Harland Svare (2-2)

Passing Leader: John Hadl (3075)

Rushing Leader: Mike Garrett (591)

Receiving Leader: Gary Garrison (42-889)

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Denver Broncos (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Lou Saban (2-6-1) and Jerry Smith (2-3)

Passing Leader: Steve Ramsey (1120)

Rushing Leader: Floyd Little (1133)

Receiving Leader: Bobby Anderson (37-353)

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 19

Los Angeles 23, PITTSBURGH 14        HOUSTON 49, San Diego 33

DALLAS 31, St. Louis 12              Atlanta 24, NEW ORLEANS 20

OAKLAND 21, Denver 13                SAN FRANCISCO 31, Detroit 27

NY JETS 35, Cincinnati 21            KANSAS CITY 22, Buffalo 9

MIAMI 27, Green Bay 6                Cleveland 20, WASHINGTON 13

New England 21, BALTIMORE 17         Minnesota 27, CHICAGO 10

Philadelphia 41, NY GIANTS 28

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

X-Miami        10  3 1  .769 315 174 X-Dallas        11  3 0  .786 406 222

Y-Baltimore    10  4 0  .714 313 140 Y-Washington     9  4 1  .692 276 190

New England     6  8 0  .429 238 325 Philadelphia     6  7 1  .462 221 302

NY Jets         6  8 0  .429 212 299 St. Louis        4  9 1  .308 231 279

Buffalo         1 13 0  .071 184 394 NY Giants        4 10 0  .286 228 362

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                  NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Cleveland     9  5 0  .643 285 273 X-Minnesota     11  3 0  .786 245 139

Pittsburgh      6  8 0  .429 246 292 Detroit          7  6 1  .538 341 286

Houston         4  9 1  .308 251 330 Chicago          6  8 0  .429 185 276

Cincinnati      4 10 0  .286 284 265 GREEN BAY        4  8 2  .333 274 298

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

X-Kansas City  10  3 1  .769 302 208 X-San Francisco  9  5 0  .643 300 216

Oakland         8  4 2  .667 344 278 Los Angeles      8  5 1  .615 313 260

San Diego       6  8 0  .429 311 341 Atlanta          7  6 1  .538 274 277

Denver          4  9 1  .308 203 275 New Orleans      4  8 2  .333 266 347

X-Clinched Division Title            Y-Clinched Wildcard Berth

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

AFC - December 25 - Miami (10-3-1) 27, KANSAS CITY (10-3-1) 24 (2 OT)

NFC - December 25 - Dallas (11-3) 20, MINNESOTA (11-3) 12

AFC - December 26 - Baltimore (10-4) 20, CLEVELAND (9-5) 3

NFC - December 26 - SAN FRANCISCO (9-5) 24, Washington (9-4-1) 20

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

AFC - January 2 - MIAMI (11-3-1) 21, Baltimore (11-4) 0

NFC - January 2 - DALLAS (12-3) 14, San Francisco (10-5) 3

 

SUPER BOWL 6 (January 16, 1972 at New Orleans)

DALLAS COWBOYS (13-3) 24, MIAMI DOLPHINS (12-3-1) 3 - The Cowboys rushed for a record 252 yards and their defense limited the Dolphins to a low of 185 yards while not permitting a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history. Dallas converted Chuck Howley's recovery of Larry Csonka's first fumble of the season into a 3-0 advantage and led at halftime 10-3. After Dallas received the second-half kickoff, Duane Thomas led a 71-yard march in eight plays for a 17-3 margin. Howley intercepted Bob Griese's pass at the 50 and returned it to the Miami 9 early in the fourth period, and three plays later Roger Staubach passed 7 yards to Mike Ditka for the final touchdown. Thomas rushed for 95 yards and Walt Garrison gained 74. Staubach, voted the game's most valuable player, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

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