1978 New England Patriots Game-by-Game Results

National Football League (NFL)
Team Record: 11-5
Finishing 1st in the NFL's East Division of the American Football Conference
Lost Division Playoff
Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (11-4)
Coach: Hank Bullough (0-1)
Coach: Ron Erhardt (0-1)
Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
1978 New England Patriots Statistics
1978 New England Patriots Roster

The New England Patriots of the National Football League ended the 1978 season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses, finishing first in the NFL's East Division of the American Football Conference.

New England piled up points with 358 points, while the defense yielded 286. Sam Cunningham rushed for a team-best 768 yards for the Patriots, while Horace Ivory and Andy Johnson additionally aided the ground game.

Steve Grogan passed for 2,824 yards. Russ Francis caught 39 passes, while Stanley Morgan accumulated 820 receiving yards. Harold Jackson and Sam Cunningham provided receiving help, too.

Mike Haynes picked off 6 errant tosses from the opposition.

Chuck Fairbanks, Hank Bullough and Ron Erhardt coached the team. The 1978 New England Patriots lost in the Division Playoff.

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Regular Season Points For: 358
Regular Season Points Against: 286

Date Game Res Home Road Record
September 3, 1978 Washington Redskins 16 at New England Patriots 14 L 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0
September 10, 1978 New England Patriots 16 at St. Louis Cardinals 6 W 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0
September 18, 1978 Baltimore Colts 34 at New England Patriots 27 L 0-2-0 1-0-0 1-2-0
September 24, 1978 New England Patriots 21 at Oakland Raiders 14 W 0-2-0 2-0-0 2-2-0
October 1, 1978 San Diego Chargers 23 at New England Patriots 28 W 1-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0
October 8, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles 14 at New England Patriots 24 W 2-2-0 2-0-0 4-2-0
October 15, 1978 New England Patriots 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 3 W 2-2-0 3-0-0 5-2-0
October 22, 1978 Miami Dolphins 24 at New England Patriots 33 W 3-2-0 3-0-0 6-2-0
October 29, 1978 New York Jets 21 at New England Patriots 55 W 4-2-0 3-0-0 7-2-0
November 5, 1978 New England Patriots 14 at Buffalo Bills 10 W 4-2-0 4-0-0 8-2-0
November 12, 1978 Houston Oilers 26 at New England Patriots 23 L 4-3-0 4-0-0 8-3-0
November 19, 1978 New England Patriots 19 at New York Jets 17 W 4-3-0 5-0-0 9-3-0
November 26, 1978 New England Patriots 35 at Baltimore Colts 14 W 4-3-0 6-0-0 10-3-0
December 3, 1978 New England Patriots 10 at Dallas Cowboys 17 L 4-3-0 6-1-0 10-4-0
December 10, 1978 Buffalo Bills 24 at New England Patriots 26 W 5-3-0 6-1-0 11-4-0
December 18, 1978 New England Patriots 3 at Miami Dolphins 23 L 5-3-0 6-2-0 11-5-0
December 31, 1978 Houston Oilers 31 at New England Patriots 14 L 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 AFC Divisional Playoff


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