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    Thursday, November 3, 1977

    “Jones and Shields still sidelined” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Leroy Jones and Billy Shields watched from the sidelines Thursday afternoon as the Chargers ran through some basic game time scenarios. Backup cornerback Hal Stringert, who suffered a minor injury in last week’s loss in Kansas City, worked out in limited fashion along with offensive tackle Jim Nicholson. “They are working through some minor issues , but I am assured they both will be ready to go on Sunday,” responded Coach Coryell when cornered about their limited practice Wednesday and Thursday. Cornerback Brandon Stewart, who has been the designated nickelback, had a good practice. Stewart left last Sunday’s game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. “Stewart had a great practice yesterday during our full practice. I think he will be ready to go on Sunday” commented Coryell after Thursday’s walk through.

    (6-2) Seattle Seahawks @ (7-1) San Diego Chargers pre-game report
    Location/time: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California 1:05 start time
    Last meeting: December 26, 1976; San Diego 16 @ Seattle 10
    All time record: 9-5

    “Bolts host Hawks this weekend” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    San Diego enters the contest with the 1st ranked offense (13th passing, 1st rushing) and the 1st ranked defense (5th passing, 2nd rushing) in the league. Dan Fouts has thrown for 1,801 yards and 20 touchdowns. His leading targets are John Cathey (40 receptions, 525 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Charlie Joiner (38 receptions, 526 yards, 2 touchdowns). On the ground the Bolts will be looking to second year running back Chuck Muncie. Muncie enters the game with 677 yards on the ground and 233 yards receiving. “We are hoping to rebound from last week’s loss in Kansas City,” mentioned Coach Coryell Thursday afternoon “Jack Patera has got himself a solid team on both sides of the ball.”
    Additional team stats
    Passes/game: 39
    Rushes/game: 27.5
    Points for: 31
    Points against: 13.6
    Possession: 33:16
    Third down: 54%
    Turnover (+/-): 0
    injury Report
    T Billy Shields is out with a fractured foot; T Jim Nicholson will get the start
    DE Leroy Jones is out with a chipped knee cap; DE Dave Linsdtrom will get the start

    Seattle arrives in San Diego with the 6th ranked offense (12th passing, 3rd rushing) and the 10th ranked defense (4th passing, 4th rushing) in the league. Bo Levi Mitchell has thrown for 1309 yards and 12 touchdowns. His leading targets are Jim Harrison (47 receptions, 371 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Chris Buckle (25 receptions, 354 yards). On the ground the Greg Pruitt and Jim Harrison have combined for 945 yards on the season. “Those two guys have sparked our running attack all season,” said second year Head Coach Jack Patera.
    Additional team stats
    Passes/game: 30
    Rushes/game: 35.5
    Points for: 24.3
    Points against: 13.1
    Possession: 31:59
    Third downs: 49%
    Turnover (+/-): +14

    Injury report
    WR James Fuller is out with a broken finger; WR Chris Buckle will get the start
    WR Jim Beirne is out with a broken finger
    S Autry Beamon is out with broken cheekbone; S Edward Willis will get the start

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    Sunday, November 6, 1977

    Seattle Seahawks @ San Diego Chargers
    Location: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California
    Weather: Sunny 71 degrees; Wind calm
    Game MVP: Bo Levi Mitchell

    “Hawks dominate….Bolts drop second in a row” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The Seattle Seahawks used a punishing ground game to put down the hometown Chargers 23-13. The Hawks rolled up 171 total yards rushing while dominating the time of possession. “We could not stop them and they kept our offense off the field, much the same as last week. Coach Patera and his staff were well prepared and we were not…….that is the bottom line,” commented Coach Coryell after the defeat. Seattle jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before Gary Ellsworth got the Bolts on the board with a 49 yard field goal. After that is was all Seattle as they added 10 more points before the end of the third quarter. San Diego was down 20-3 when Dan Fouts connected up with John Cathey for a brilliant 67 yard touchdown pass. Fouts ended the afternoon with 146 yard passing. “We could not get anything all afternoon. They had an answer for everything and just stopped us cold. No excuses we just got to play better than that,” mentioned Fouts when Warner caught up with him after the game.

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SEA – FG Sergio Albert 47 yards; 3-0 SEA
    Second Quarter
    SEA – TD Chris Buckle 4 yard pass from Bo Levi Mitchell (Sergio Albert kick); 10-0 SEA
    SD – FG Gary Ellsworth 49 yards; 10-3 SEA
    SEA – FG Sergio Albert 26 yards; 13-3 SEA
    Third Quarter
    SEA – TD Steve Largent 9 yard pass from Bo Levi Mitchell (Sergio Albert kick) 20-3 SEA
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD John Cathey 67 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 20-10 SEA
    SEA – FG Sergio Albert 47 yards; 23-13 SEA

    Top Performers
    San Diego
    QB Dan Fouts 9-21-1, 146 yards, 1 td
    WR John Cathey 4 receptions, 96 yards, 1 td
    DT Louie Kelcher 7 tackles
    LB Woodrow Lowe 10 tackles
    LB Fred Dean 10 tackles 3 sacks
    S Mike Fuller 7 tackles
    QB Bo Levi Mitchell 20-29-1, 178 yards, 2 td
    RB Greg Pruitt 17 carries, 100 yards
    WR Steve Largent 7 receptions, 56 yards, 1 td
    DE Jerry Patton 7 tackles 1 sack
    LB Monte Johnson 9 tackles 3 sacks

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    Monday, November 7, 1977

    League round up

    “Wilson and Davis shine in victory over Denver” – The Kansas City Star

    Travis Wilson and The Kansas City Chiefs found themselves in a familiar position atop the EFC West. Wilson threw for four touchdowns and Ed Davis added 144 yards of total offense as the Chiefs edged past the Denver Broncos 35-27. The Chiefs improved to 8-1 on the season.

    “The Pittsburgh Steelers are for real” – The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 8-1 on the season as they slid past the defending champion Jacksonville Bulls 30-24. Bradshaw and company put up 27 point in the first half and the defense held off a hard charging Larry Crowe and the Bulls second half surge for the victory. “That was one heck of a game. Up 27-3 at the end of the half….then we gave up 3 touchdowns in the second half. Our defense bent but did not break. It was a tough test. Crow is one heck of a back,” stated Coach Carson after the game.

    “Pack dominates 49ers….improve to 8-1” – Green Bay Press – Gazette

    Curtis Brown rushed of 127 yards and one touchdown as he led the Packers to a 23-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco dropped to 2-7 on the ’77 campaign. The defending WFC champions and Super Bowl runner ups are well on their way to another title and will, almost certainly, take over the number one spot in this week’s power rankings.

    Scores from around the league
    (3-6) Dallas 24 @ (5-4) Atlanta 30; QB Sean Goldrich 34/41, 361 yards, 3 TDs
    (2-7) Philadelphia 14 @ (6-3) New York 30; WR Wesley Walker 7 receptions, 110 yards
    (2-7) Washington 27 @ (3-7) Baltimore 35; QB Joe Reed 24/34, 447 yards, 3 TDs
    (6-4) Cincinnati 13 @ (3-6) Houston 30: RB Hoyle Granger 102 total yards, 1 TD
    (5-5) New England 3 @ (5-5) Oakland 27; QB Ken Stabler 14/22, 293 yards, 3 TDs
    (5-4) New Orleans 10 @ (7-2) Carolina 16; RB Jimmie Lee Jones 171 total yards, 1 TD
    (3-7) Arizona 27 @ (4-5) St. Louis 24; QB Gary Huff 25/38, 349 yards, 3 TDs
    (5-4) Toronto 16 @ (5-4) Chicago 23; RB Andrew Brown 146 total yards
    (2-7) Tampa Bay 20 @ (5-4) Los Angeles 31; QB Bert Jones 19/28, 234 yards, 3 TD
    (4-5) Cleveland 26 @ (4-5) Tennessee 23; WR Gary Collins 6 receptions, 92 yards
    (4-6) Detroit 24 @ (2-7) Minnesota 27; WR Golden Richards 8 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD

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    Wednesday, November 9, 1977

    “The EFC West – a battle for the ages” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Coach Coryell and the San Diego Chargers find themselves in third place in the EFC West heading into week eleven. After winning seven in a row the Bolts have dropped their last two, both to division rivals, “I have always said the West is a tough division to play in…..well we are 7-2 and are in third place. We got to get it together…….if we want another shot at the EFC Title,” mentioned Coach Coryell late Wednesday evening. The San Diego Chargers are desperately trying to keep their playoff run alive. The Bolts have not missed the playoffs since 1971. The 8-1 Kansas City Chiefs and the 7-2 Seattle Seahawks, however, are making the goal extremely difficult. Travis Wilson has guided the Chiefs to three Eastern Conference titles and one Super Bowl title. He has started 115 straight games and is 75-38-4 as a starter. Wilson has thrown for over 26,000 yards and is a sure bet for the Hall of Fame. The Chiefs sport the oldest starting 22 men in the NAFL and this may be their last chance to make a run at the Super Bowl trophy. The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, field one of the youngest teams in the league and they are a fearless bunch. Second year Head Coach Jack Patera has his young men playing some great football and has the 4th ranked rushing attack in the NAFL. “They are really good…..and they could be really good for a really long time,” continued Coryell

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    Thursday, November 10, 1977

    (7-2) San Diego Chargers @ (5-4) Toronto Argonauts pre-game report
    Location/time: Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 1 PM
    Last meeting: First matchup
    Point spread: Pick’em
    Power Rank: San Diego 4; Toronto 9
    Offensive Yards Rank: San Diego 4th (383.0 YPG); Toronto 9th (370.8 YPG)
    Yards Allowed Rank: San Diego 1st (285.3 YPG); Toronto 15th (344.8YPG)
    Points For/Against: San Diego 29/14.7; Toronto 22/17.8
    Plays per game: San Diego 64.1; Toronto 57.8
    Time of Possession: San Diego 31:52; Toronto 29:16
    Win/Loss Streak: San Diego lost 2 / Toronto lost 1

    Injury Report
    San Diego
    DE Leroy Jones is out with a chipped knee cap; DE Dave Lindstrom will get the start
    G Adam Beason is out with a strained ankle; G Reggie McMaster will get the start
    S Chris Pane is out with a twisted knee; S Danny Osweiler will get the start

    Team Leaders
    San Diego
    Passing leader: Dan Fouts 169-276-4, 1,947 yards, 21 tds, 61.2 PCT, 7.05 yds/att, QBR 98.9
    Rushing leader: Chuck Muncie 138 carries, 695 yards, 4 tds
    Receiving leader: John Cathey 44 receptions, 621 yards, 11 td
    Tackle leader: Fred Dean 62 tackles (50 solo/12 assists)
    Sack leader: Fred Dean 9 sacks
    Interception leader: Ron Bolton 4 interceptions
    Passing leader: Bobby Scott 153-270-9, 2,240 yards, 17 tds, 56.7 PCT, 8.30 yds/att, QBR 91.1
    Rushing leader: John Riggins 117 carries, 553 yards, 1 td
    Receiving leader: Jason Haxwell 36 receptions, 532 yards, 1 td
    Tackle leader: Ken Hutcherson 51 tackles (43 solo/ 8 assists)
    Sack leader: Ken Hutcherson 5.5 sacks
    Interception leader: Bobby Bryant 3 interceptions

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    Sunday, November 13, 1977

    San Diego Chargers @ Toronto Argonauts
    Location: Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Attendance: 54,741
    Weather: No wind, dome
    Game MVP Dan Fouts

    “Bolts find success north of the border” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Dan Fouts and San Diego Chargers got back to the business of winning Sunday afternoon with a 31-14 victory in Canada over the Toronto Argonauts. Dan Fouts was near perfect on the afternoon. He finished the day with a 142.5 QBR and 4 touchdowns. Fouts connected with one of his favorite targets, John Cathey, for two early scores and guided his team to a 17-0 first half lead. In the third quarter the Argo’s defense stiffened and kept the high flying Bolts out of the end zone while Bobby Scott found running back John Riggins for a 1 yards strike, bringing the Argo’s within ten. With the start of the fourth quarter Fouts and company, again, found their groove and put up two more scores, including a brilliant broken pass play to Charlie Joiner midway through the fourth. Coach Coryell was quick to credit his offensive line for providing their field general…”fantastic pass protection…..they did not give a sack all afternoon.” Coach Coryell also noted how well Jackie Simpson’s defensive unit handled the Argo’s big three of Bobby Scott, John Riggins, and Drew Pearson, “Johnson and Dean combined for three sacks and kept Scott running all afternoon. Louie, David, and Wally bottled up Riggins and limited him to a mere 42 yards. And what can I say about Ron…..he shut down Pearson…and forced Scott to look for other options.”
    The Chargers, who host the Chicago Bears next week, improved to 8-2 on the season.

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SD – TD John Cathey 10 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick); 7-0 SD
    Second Quarter
    SD – TD John Cathey 15 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick); 14-0 SD
    SD – FG Gary Ellsworth 23 yards; 17-0 SD
    Third Quarter
    TOR – TD John Riggins 1 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Alan Pringle kick) 17-7 SD
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Charlie Joiner 7 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 24-7 SD
    SD – TD Dwight McDonald 3 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 31-7 SD
    TOR – TD Mike Pruitt 1 yard run (Alan Pringle kick); 31-14

    Top performers
    San Diego
    QB Dan Fouts 17-21, 183 yards, 4 TD
    RB Chuck Muncie 17 carries, 55 yards; 3 receptions, 17 yards
    WR John Cathey 6 receptions, 76 yards, 2 TD
    WR Charlie Joiner 5 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD
    DE Gary Johnson 5 tackles 2 sacks
    LB Fred Dean 5 tackles 1 sack
    LB David Wright 5 tackles
    CB Mike Williams 6 tackles
    CB Ron Bolton 3 tackles 1 int
    QB Bobby Scott 13-24-2, 134 yards, 1 TD
    QB Clayton Caparella 2-4, 70 yards
    WR Bryon Matthews 5 receptions, 64 yards
    DE Justin Holmes 7 tackles
    LB Ken Hutcherson 10 tackles
    S Dick Anderson 6 tackles

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    Monday, November 14, 1977

    “Playoff picture taking shape” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    With San Diego and Seattle victories on Sunday and a Kansas City loss the EFC West has three teams locked at 8-2 with 6 games left. Kansas City, Seattle and San Diego also find themselves 3 thru 5 in the power rankings. Taking over the number one spot this week are the defending WFC Champion Green Bay Packers. At 9-1 the Pack are poised for another title run and second attempt and the Lombardi Trophy. Standing in their way are Bud Carson’s 9-1 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers climbed their way, Led by the outstanding play of Jack Lambert , Dwight White, and L.C. Greenwood, into the position of the top defensive unit in the NAFL. Here is a shot of the playoff picture thru eleven weeks of football.

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    Wednesday, November 16, 1977

    “Jones back to practice” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Defensive end Leroy Jones has been cleared by the medical staff and returned to practice Wednesday afternoon. Jones, who has been sidelined for the last five games, is eager to back into action and is looking forward to starting this week against the Chicago Bears. “We are glad to have him back in the starting lineup,” commented Jackie Simpson Wednesday afternoon. “He is a strong force up front for us. However, I must praise the play of Dave Lindstrom in Jones’ absence.” Lindstrom registered 15 total tackles and 2 sacks in his five starts along the front line. For the first time in several weeks the Bolts will field their opening day starters.

    League roundup

    “Steelers continue to roll” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Terry Bradshaw threw for 273 yards and John Brockington added 98 yards on the ground as the Steelers edged past the Houston Oilers 17-13. Coach Bud Carson’s crew improved to 9-1 on the season. Carson was quick to praise his defensive unit who held the 11th ranked rushing offense to a mere 60 yards. “They continue to perform week in and week out. They are a tough, tough bunch of guys to play against.”

    “The Pack improves to 9-1” Green Bay Press – Gazette

    Veteran running back Ron Johnson, playing for an injured Curtis Brown, had 142 yards of total offense and 1 touchdown as he guided the Pack to a 17-10 victory over the Texans. Johnson now has 10,775 rushing yards and is fourth on the all time career rushing yards list. “Having a guy of his talent to rely on when the starter goes down is fantastic. He is a great football player,” mentioned Coach Starr after Sunday’s win.

    Scores from around the league

    Oklahoma City 3 @ Baltimore 34; WR Roy Jefferson 8 receptions, 114 yards, 1 td
    New York 24 @ Kansas City 20; RB Ron James 156 tot yards, 1 td
    Oakland 7 @ Seattle 19; WR Steve Largent 9 receptions, 100 yards
    Tennessee 24 @ Cincinnati 37; QB James Hamilton 16/30, 277 yards, 3 td
    Chicago 30 @ Detroit 14; WR Bob Wallace 7 receptions, 88 yards, 2 td
    Los Angeles 13 @ San Francisco 7; QB Bert Jones 20/28, 261 yards, 1 td
    Jacksonville 14 @ Cleveland 17; TE Henry Childs 9 receptions, 131 yards
    Atlanta 27 @ New Orleans 21; QB Sean Goldrich 19/31, 299 yards, 3 td
    Carolina 7 @ St. Louis 21; QB Brian Sipe 18/25, 218 yards, 3 td
    Washington 17 @ Philadelphia 26; QB Ron Jaworski 26/37, 308 yards, 2 td
    Arizona 17 @ Tampa Bay 20; WR Eddie Hackett 6 receptions, 112 yards
    Minnesota 10 @ Denver 17; WR Tom Reynolds 9 receptions, 171 yards, 1 td

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    Friday, November 19, 1977

    (6-4) Chicago Bears @ (8-2) San Diego Chargers pre-game report
    Location/time: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California: 1 PM
    Last meeting: September 19, 1976; Chicago 20 @ San Diego 31
    All time record: 2-1
    Point spread: -8.5 (SD)
    Power Rank: San Diego 5; Chicago 14

    “Bolts host Bears for second year in a row” – David Warner San Diego Trinbune

    The San Diego Chargers host the Chicago Bears this weekend at San Diego Stadium. The Bolts are coming off a dominating performance north of the border while the Chicago Bears beat down the Detroit Lions 30-14. Coach Coryell will have a full complement of starters to rely on for the match up. “I am exciting to get all my players back….We are healthy and have no names on the injured reserve list….that is a good thing with 6 games to go.” His counterpart, Coach Neill Armstrong, however, will be without his starting quarterback and running back. Alex Ross, who has thrown for 2,449 yards on the season, dislocated his shoulder last week when he was sacked by Lions defensive end Ron Davis. Running back Walter Payton is still recovering from a broken collar bone and will not make the trip to Southern California. On another note Ex San Charger kick return specialist Johnny Rodgers returns to where his career began. He is looking forward to his match up with the San Diego secondary.

    Injury Report
    QB Alex Ross is out with a dislocated shoulder; QB Vince Evans will get the start
    RB Walter Payton is out with a broken collar bone; RB Andrew Brown will get the start
    WR Lester McClain is out with a torn knee ligament; WR Johnny Rodgers will get the start
    LB Dick Butkus is out with a strained ankle; LB Bob Brudzinski will get the start

    Team Leaders
    San Diego
    Passing leader: Dan Fouts 186-297-4, 2,130 yards, 25 TD, 62.6 PCT, 7.17 yds/att, QBR 103.8
    Rushing leader: Chuck Muncie 155 carries, 750 yards, 4 TD
    Receiving leader: John Cathey 50 receptions, 697 yards, 13 TD
    Tackle leader: Fred Dean 67 tackles (53 solo/14 assists)
    Sack leader: Fred Dean 9 sacks
    Interception leader: Ron Bolton 5 interceptions
    Passing leader: Alex Ross 202-331-10, 2,449 yards, 18 TD, 61.0 PCT, 7.40 yds/att, QBR 89.2
    Rushing leader: Walter Payton 133 carries, 543 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Fortmann 45 receptions, 583 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Doug Buffone 49 tackles (34 solo/15 assists)
    Sack leader: Doug Buffone 8.5 sacks
    Interception leader: Doug Plank 4 interceptions

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