1961 HOUSTON OILERS – Statis Pro Football – Match #9/14 – Boston Patriots at Houston Oilers

Posted: April 22, 2022 in Houston Oilers, sport, Statis Pro Football

Box Office – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard)
Billboard #1 – Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
UK #1 – (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister – Elvis Presley

Boston boss Oilers

Houston’s winning streak was rudely brought to an end in their own back yard by a determined Boston side keen on proving their own championship credentials. Boston are perhaps the most underrated team in the AFC while Houston have recently flattered to deceive. For Houston this performance was very much of last year’s vintage, lacking in flair and too conservative to trouble their opponents.

Houston had started well when Blanda found Groman in the end zone to open the scoring. The drive was marked by an injury to Billy Cannon after only his 2nd carry of the game. Limping from the field of play he was to be sidelined for the rest of the half. Without their talisman, Houston found life difficult and struggled to find a way through a resurgent Patriots defensive line. Blanda’s form also began to tail off as the Oilers had to play catch up when the Patriots first drew level and then began to pull ahead through a brace of Cappelletti Field Goals. The Oilers defense also had their hands full contending with Larry Garron but by and large put in another solid display blunting the opposition offense. The play of the game came when Boston QB Babe Parilli having struggled to make yards on running plays, managed to find Larry Burton in acres of space for a 36 yard td pass. Houston threatened on fewer and fewer occasions and a passage of play involving an offensive holding penalty followed by a QB sack effectively ended their chances.

Following this result at the press conference, Oilers owner Bud Adams announced that with immediate effect Wally Lemm would take over as head coach for the remainder of the season. Although the announcement was a shock considering the result was the first defeat in seven matches, it was not so much a surprise to insiders amid rumours of dissatisfaction regarding the playing style in unconvincing wins of recent weeks. Houston will look to bounce back next week with a home fixture against the Titans of New York who also harbour championship aspirations.

12 Nov 1961 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston.
Att.37,845 – Weather – Fair
Boston Patriots733720
Houston Oilers70007
real life Boston 15, Houston 27


q1 05:20 – HO – Bill Groman LE2 – 16 pass (George Blanda)

q1 00:00 – BP – Larry Garron FB1 – 7 pass (Gino Cappelletti kick)

q2 00:45 – BP – Gino Cappelletti LE0/PK – 8 kick

q3 09:35 – BP – Gino Cappelletti LE0/PK – 45 kick

q4 06:05 – BP – Ron Burton HB1 – 36 pass (Gino Cappelletti kick)

Rich Michael #77 & Bob Schmidt #52 prise open the door for a rare opportunity for Billy Cannon #20 in front of a sell out home crowd
Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.Sck
George Blanda QBA5/PK271212144.4%101
Bill Groman LE056012.0161
John White RE312121.0210
Dave Smith FB32168.090
Billy Cannon FL02115.560
Bob McLeod SE3188.080
Charley Hennigan FL0155.050

Billy Cannon HB012413.4120
Charley Tolar FB18313.9120
Dave Smith FB34143.5120
Claude King HB4133.030
George Blanda QBA5/PK320.720

Eastern ConferenceWLT

Western ConferenceWLT
x = Eliminated from Championship contention

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