|1970 Boston Patriots season|
|Head coach||Clive Rush (quit, medical reasons)|
John Mazur (interim)
|General manager||George Sauer|
|Home field||Harvard Stadium|
|Division place||5th AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||C Jon Morris|
The 1970 Boston Patriots season was the franchise's first season in the National Football League and eleventh overall. They ended the season with a record of two wins and twelve losses, fifth (last) in the AFC East Division.
This was the final season as the “Boston” Patriots, as they moved southwest to Foxborough, Massachusetts the next season and became the “New England” Patriots. Their final season as Boston did not go as planned, as the Patriots struggled all season and finished 2–12, the worst record in the NFL. Home games in 1970 were played at Harvard Stadium.
After taking the season opener at home from the Miami Dolphins, Boston lost nine in a row before beating the Buffalo Bills on the road. The season concluded with an embarrassing 45–7 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati. Head coach Clive Rush quit midway through the season because of medical reasons. His replacement, offensive backfield coach John Mazur, did not do much better of a job, but he continued as head coach the next season. The Patriots scored the fewest points in the league in 1970 with 149, and allowed 361; they missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
Despite being a Super Bowl quarterback, no NFL team made contact with 32-year-old Joe Kapp until after the start of the regular season. Prior to the 1969 season, the Minnesota Vikings had exercised the option clause of his contract, so Kapp had played the entire season without a new contract. It was unusual for teams to use the team's option and not to offer a new contract prior to a season. This dispute made him a free agent for the 1970 season, by the NFL's own rules. The Patriots signed him on October 2 to a four-year contract, making him the highest paid player in the league. The Patriots had to give up strong safety John Charles and a first-round draft pick in 1972 (used to select Stanford linebacker Jeff Siemon). Kapp's first appearance was on October 11 at Kansas City, relieving starter Mike Taliaferro in the third quarter of a 23–10 loss.
The Vikings paid Kapp back in full in week 13, rolling to a 35-14 victory in the Patriots' final game at Harvard and in Boston prior to the move to Foxborough.
|1970 Boston Patriots draft|
|1||4||Phil Olsen||DT||Utah State|
|Made roster † Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|Boston Patriots 1970 staff|
|1||September 20||Miami Dolphins||W 27–14||1–0|
|2||September 27||New York Jets||L 21–31||1–1|
|3||October 4||Baltimore Colts||L 6–14||1–2|
|4||October 11||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 10–23||1–3|
|5||October 18||New York Giants||L 0–16||1–4|
|6||October 25||at Baltimore Colts||L 3–27||1–5|
|7||November 1||Buffalo Bills||L 10–45||1–6|
|8||November 8||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 0–31||1–7|
|9||November 15||San Diego Chargers||L 14–16||1–8|
|10||November 22||at New York Jets||L 3–17||1–9|
|11||November 29||at Buffalo Bills||W 14–10||2–9|
|12||December 6||at Miami Dolphins||L 20–37||2–10|
|13||December 13||Minnesota Vikings||L 14–35||2–11|
|14||December 20||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 7–45||2–12|
|New York Jets||4||10||0||.286||2–6||2–9||255||286||L3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- "Patriots select Mazur". Nashua Telegraph. (New Hampshire). Associated Press. November 4, 1970. p. 38.
- "Coach clarifies release; hands team resignation". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. November 4, 1970. p. 11.
- "Ex-player sees move to cool off Joe Kapp". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 1, 1970. p. 19.
- "Patriots obtain Joe Kapp; terms being worked out". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 2, 1970. p. 3B.
- "Patriots sign Kapp". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. October 2, 1970. p. 7.
- "Kapp says 'We'll be a winner' after signing with Patriots". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 3, 1970. p. 10.
- "Kapp predicts Patriots are going to be winners". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. October 3, 1970. p. 20.
- "Chiefs still bother Kapp; Patriots shattered, 23-10". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. October 12, 1970. p. 15.
- "Kansas City stops Boston Pats, 23-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 12, 1970. p. 8.
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