|1961 Boston Patriots season|
|Head coach||Lou Saban (Fired week 5, 2–3 record)|
Mike Holovak (interim, 7–1–1 record)
|General manager||Edward McKeever|
|Home field||Nickerson Field|
|Division place||2nd AFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|AFL All-Stars||LB Tom Addison|
DB Fred Bruney
WR Gino Cappelletti
DE Bob Dee
RB Larry Garron
DT Jim Lee Hunt
G Chuck Leo
The 1961 Boston Patriots season was the franchise's 2nd season in the American Football League The Patriots ended the season with a record of nine wins and four losses and one tie, and placed second in the AFL's Eastern Division.
|Boston Patriots 1961 staff|
In the off-season, the team acquired quarterback Babe Parilli from the Oakland Raiders, himself a former starter for the NFL's Green Bay Packers. After starting the season 2–3, the team fired head coad Lou Saban and replaced him with Mike Holovak. The change was a positive one, as the team would finish on a four-game winning streak, including a season-finale shutout of the San Diego Chargers. Their record of 9–4–1 was good enough for 2nd place in the Eastern Division, and one game behind division leader Houston. This season was the first in which the team used their "Pat the Patriot" logo on their helmets.
Home games in bold.
|1||New York Titans||L||20||21||0–1|
|4||New York Titans||L||30||37||2–2|
|5||San Diego Chargers||L||27||38||2–3|
|15||San Diego Chargers||W||41||0||9–4–1|
|AFL Eastern Division|
|New York Titans||7||7||0||.500||3–3||301||390||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
All of the following players appeared in at least one game for the 1961 Boston Patriots. Players new to the team in 1961 are in boldCharlie Long
Notes and references
- "1961 Boston Patriots". Football @ JT-SW.com. John Troan. 2002. Retrieved April 11, 2007.. For game-by-game results
- "1961 Boston Patriots Roster". Football @ JT-SW.com. John Troan. 2002. Archived from the original on April 25, 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2007.. For team roster
- "New England Patriots (1960–present)". Sports E-cyclopedia. Tank Productions. 2007. Archived from the original on April 17, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2007.. For season summary