“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

 

JIM NANCE CARRIES

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
The Patriots are in first place,
Jim Nance sets four rushing records

October 30, 1966 ... Jim Nance carried the football 38 times, equaling a record for both the AFL and NFL.  He also set three Patriots' records - single game (208 yards) and season rushing (753 yards), as well as the team's touchdown-by-rushing mark (8) for a season.  And in doing so, carried the Patriots to a 24-21 victory over Oakland, and into first place in the Eastern Division.  Nance, in his finest game ever, helped the Patriots blow out to an early lead and then had to sweat out a late game Raiders' rally.

However, while Nance was dismantling the Patriots' record book, the Raiders' talented fullback, Clem Daniels was putting on a show of his own.  Daniels scored all three Oakland touchdowns and made a contest of it in the fourth quarter, putting on a brilliant performance.  But, as it turned out, Nance had been so dominant, that Daniels' effort was a footnote.  Nance combined with Cappelletti to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead after the first period.  At that point Nance had racked up 117 yards rushing.  The first time he touched the ball, he racked up 16 yards.  Three more plays and he had the ball at the Oakland 36 from where Babe Parilli pitched to Jimmy Whalen, who took it down 33 yards to the Raiders' 3-yd line.  Following the Whalen catch, Nance scored with a two yard burst.

As the first period was drawing to a close, the Patriots drove 92 yards for another score, with Larry Garron sprinting 54 yards to set it up.  The touchdown came on a 24-yard pass to Gino Cappelletti in the right corner.  Babe threw just eleven times to tie the all time low for passing in the AFL for one game.  The reason was, because Jim Nance was so effective on the ground. 

 

JIM NANCE

Defensively, the Patriots were immovable until midway through the second period.  By this time, Ton Flores was out of the game, knocked out by a crushing double team from Larry Eisenhauer and Bob Dee.  Cotton Davidson came in to replace Flores and pitched a swing pass to Clem Daniels, who spun away from defenders and sped away on a 51-yard touchdown play, and a 14-7 Patriot lead.  But the Patriots marched right back, with Nance rumbling 54 yards in the next sequence to set up a Cappy field goal, producing a 17-7 Patriot lead at halftime.  Nance's run was the longest of his career and gave him 154 yards at the half.

In the third period Oakland's defense adjusted, with its linebackers in tight to stop Nance.  Nance, however, scored another touchdown to make the score 24-7.  In the first ten minutes of the final quarter, Oakland came back to score two touchdowns, both on Clem Daniels' runs.  Oakland got the ball back with three minutes left down 24-21, but safety, Chuck Shonta settled thing by intercepting Davidson to wrap things up.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

OAKLAND RAIDERS

0

7

0

14

 

 

21

 

 
 

BOSTON PATRIOTS

14

3

7

0

 

 

24

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

2 yd Rush - Jim Nance (Bost)
Gino Cappelletti (PAT)

Oakland (0)
Boston (7)

 1st Qtr

24 yd Pass - Babe Parilli to Gino Cappelletti (Bost)
Gino Cappelletti (PAT)

Oakland (0)
Boston (14)

 2nd Qtr

50 yd Pass - Cotton Davidson to Clem Daniels (Oak)
Mike Eischeid (PAT)

Oakland (7)
Boston (14)

 2nd Qtr

15 yd Field Goal - Gino Cappelletti (Bost)

Oakland (7)
Boston (17)

 3rd Qtr

1 yd Rush - Jim Nance (Bost)
Gino Cappelletti (PAT)

Oakland (7)
Boston (24)

 4th Qtr

22 yd Rush - Clem Daniels (Oak)
Mike Eischeid (PAT)

Oakland (14)
Boston (24)

 4th Qtr

1 yd Rush - Clem Daniels (Oak)
Mike Eischeid (PAT)

Oakland (21)
Boston (24)

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