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The Patriots in the ’70s

October 3, 1976: Fullback Sam “Bam” Cunningham and wide receiver Daryl Stingley laugh with running back Andy Johnson as they celebrate a Patriot thrashing of the Oakland Raiders 48-17. “No one has ever done this to one of my teams,” said Raider coach John Madden after Oakland was pushed all over the field to the delight of a sellout crowd of 61,068. Cunningham rushed for 101 yards and caught passes for 94 more. Stingley caught two touchdown passes and rushed for 48 yards on two reverses.

Frank O'Brien /Globe Staff

Oct. 3, 1976: Fullback Sam “Bam” Cunningham and wide receiver Daryl Stingley laughed with running back Andy Johnson as they celebrated a Patriot thrashing of the Oakland Raiders 48-17. “No one has ever done this to one of my teams,” said Raider coach John Madden after Oakland was pushed all over the field to the delight of a sellout crowd of 61,068. Cunningham rushed for 101 yards and caught passes for 94 more. Stingley caught two touchdown passes and rushed for 48 yards on two reverses.

In the middle of the NFL season, we take a look at the Patriots in the 1970s. In 1971, the team officially became the New England Patriots (formerly Boston Patriots) and during that same year they found a new home in Foxborough. Prior to that, they did not have a consistent home field. The games were previously played at Fenway Park, Harvard Stadium, Alumni Stadium, and Nickerson Field. With a new stadium in Foxborough that held bigger crowds, more fans were paying attention. The team made it to the playoffs twice in this decade, but lost in the first round in both attempts. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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