1970 Boston Patriots season

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1970 Boston Patriots season
Head coach Clive Rush (quit for medical reasons)
John Mazur (interim)
General manager George Sauer
Owner Billy Sullivan
Home field Harvard Stadium
Results
Record 2–12
Division place 5th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers C Jon Morris
AP All-Pros none
Uniform
AFC-1970-Uniform-NE.PNG

The Boston Patriots finished the National Football League's 1970 season with a record of two wins and twelve losses, and finished last in the AFC East Division. This was the last season the Patriots would be called the "Boston" Patriots, as next year they would swap their names to the "New England" Patriots. Their final season known as Boston did not go as planned, as the Patriots would struggle all season and would finish 2-12, the worst in the NFL. After winning their first game against the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots would lose 9 in a row before beating the Buffalo Bills on the road. The season concluded with an embarrassing 45-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. Head coach Clive Rush would quit the season at the midpoint because of medical reasons. His replacement, John Mazur, did not do much better of a job. Mazur would end up coaching the team next season. The Patriots would score the fewest points in the league in 1970, scoring only 149 points, while allowing 361. They also missed the playoffs for the 7th straight season.

Staff[edit]

Boston Patriots 1970 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

  • Interim Head Coach/Offensive Backfield – John Mazur

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Miami Dolphins W 27–14
32,607
2 September 27, 1970 New York Jets L 31–21
36,040
3 October 4, 1970 Baltimore Colts L 14–6
38,235
4 October 11, 1970 at Kansas City Chiefs L 23–10
50,698
5 October 18, 1970 New York Giants L 16–0
39,091
6 October 25, 1970 at Baltimore Colts L 27–3
60,240
7 November 1, 1970 Buffalo Bills L 45–10
31,148
8 November 8, 1970 at St. Louis Cardinals L 31–0
46,466
9 November 15, 1970 San Diego Chargers L 16–14
30,597
10 November 22, 1970 at New York Jets L 17–3
61,822
11 November 29, 1970 at Buffalo Bills W 14–10
31,427
12 December 6, 1970 at Miami Dolphins L 37–20
51,032
13 December 13, 1970 Minnesota Vikings L 35–14
37,819
14 December 20, 1970 at Cincinnati Bengals L 45–7
60,157

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 11 2 1 .846 6–1–1 8–2–1 321 234 W4
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 297 228 W6
New York Jets 4 10 0 .286 2–6 2–9 255 286 L3
Buffalo Bills 3 10 1 .231 3–4–1 3–7–1 204 337 L5
Boston Patriots 2 12 0 .143 2–6 2–9 149 361 L3

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

Roster[edit]

All of the following players appeared in at least one game for the 1970 Boston Patriots.

Number Name Position Notes
11 Joe Kapp QB
17 Mike Taliaferro QB
22 Sid Banks RB
30 Carl Garrett RB
32 Odell Lawson RB
35 Jim Nance RB
36 Eddie Ray RB