1981 New England Patriots season

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1981 New England Patriots season
Head coach Ron Erhardt
General manager Bucko Kilroy
Owner Billy Sullivan
Home field Schaeffer Stadium
Results
Record 2–14
Division place T-4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers G John Hannah
AP All-Pros G John Hannah (1st team)
Timeline
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< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 New England Patriots season was the team's 22nd, and 12th in the National Football League. The Patriots finished the season with a record of two wins and fourteen losses, and finished tied for last in the AFC East division.

The team lost their first four games, and then ten of their last eleven, including the last nine games of the season. The Patriots were defeated in both the first and last games of the season by the Baltimore Colts; the Patriots' bookend losses proved to be Baltimore's only two wins of the 1981 season.

Staff[edit]

New England Patriots 1981 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Season summary[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 Baltimore Colts L 29–28
49,572
2 September 13, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–3
71,089
3 September 21, 1981 Dallas Cowboys L 35–21
60,311
4 September 27, 1981 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–21
53,344
5 October 4, 1981 Kansas City Chiefs W 33–17
55,931
6 October 11, 1981 at New York Jets L 28–24
55,093
7 October 18, 1981 Houston Oilers W 38–10
60,474
8 October 25, 1981 at Washington Redskins L 24–22
50,394
9 November 1, 1981 at Oakland Raiders L 27–17
44,246
10 November 8, 1981 Miami Dolphins L 30–27
60,436
11 November 15, 1981 New York Jets L 17–6
45,342
12 November 22, 1981 at Buffalo Bills L 20–17
71,593
13 November 29, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–20
39,946
14 December 6, 1981 at Miami Dolphins L 24–14
50,421
15 December 13, 1981 Buffalo Bills L 19–10
42,549
16 December 20, 1981 at Baltimore Colts L 23–21
17,073

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Miami Dolphins(2) 11 4 1 .719 5–2–1 8–3–1 345 275
New York Jets(4) 10 5 1 .656 6–1–1 8–5–1 355 287
Buffalo Bills(5) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 9–3 311 276
Baltimore Colts 2 14 0 .125 2–6 2–10 259 533
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 0–8 2–10 322 370

Roster[edit]

All of the following players appeared in at least one game for the 1981 New England Patriots.

Name Position Notes

See also[edit]