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1981 New England Patriots season


1981 New England Patriots season

1981 New England Patriots season
Head coach Ron Erhardt
General manager Bucko Kilroy
Owner Billy Sullivan
Home field Schaeffer Stadium
Record 2–14
Division place T-4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers G John Hannah
AP All-Pros G John Hannah (1st team)
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< 1980      1982 >

The 1981 New England Patriots season was the team's 22nd, and 12th in the National Football League. The Patriots finished the season with a record of two wins and fourteen losses, and finished tied for last in the AFC East division.

The team lost their first four games, and then ten of their last eleven, including the last nine games of the season. The Patriots were defeated in both the first and last games of the season by the Baltimore Colts; the Patriots' bookend losses proved to be Baltimore's only two wins of the 1981 season.


New England Patriots 1981 staff
Front Office
  • President – Billy Sullivan
  • Executive Vice President – Chuck Sullivan
  • General Manager – Bucko Kilroy
  • Assistant General Manager – Patrick Sullivan
  • Director of Player Development – Dick Steinberg
  • Director of College Scouting – Joe Mendes
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Bill McPeak

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Season summary


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 Baltimore Colts L 29–28
2 September 13, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–3
3 September 21, 1981 Dallas Cowboys L 35–21
4 September 27, 1981 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–21
5 October 4, 1981 Kansas City Chiefs W 33–17
6 October 11, 1981 at New York Jets L 28–24
7 October 18, 1981 Houston Oilers W 38–10
8 October 25, 1981 at Washington Redskins L 24–22
9 November 1, 1981 at Oakland Raiders L 27–17
10 November 8, 1981 Miami Dolphins L 30–27
11 November 15, 1981 New York Jets L 17–6
12 November 22, 1981 at Buffalo Bills L 20–17
13 November 29, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–20
14 December 6, 1981 at Miami Dolphins L 24–14
15 December 13, 1981 Buffalo Bills L 19–10
16 December 20, 1981 at Baltimore Colts L 23–21


Template:1981 AFC East standings


All of the following players appeared in at least one game for the 1981 New England Patriots.

Name Position Notes

See also

Template:Navbox season by team

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