1981 Replay Week 1 Summary


Week 1 Replay Highlights

Jimmie Giles scored 4 touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s victory over Minnesota on opening night. Giles scored on passes of 20, 26 and 44 yards. He also recovered a fumble and scored from 13 yards out.

Tony Collins ran for 179 yards on only 11 carries as New England dominated Baltimore. The Patriots had 617 yards of offense against the Colts.

Dwaine Board recorded 4 sacks and Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark for a 51 yard tiebreaking TD with less than 5 minutes to go as the 49er’s edged out Detroit 24 to 17.

Game of the week

San Diego at Cleveland on Monday night was the easily the best game of the 1st week. San Diego scored touchdowns on their first 3 possessions to quickly open a 21-0 lead. But Brian Sipe, who threw for 374 yards on the day, then led the Browns to 28 unanswered points to give the Browns the lead midway through the 4th quarter. Dan Fouts hit Charlie Joiner for a 4 yard TD with only 28 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. The Chargers won the toss in overtime but were forced to punt on their first possession. Sipe then marched the Browns downfield 68 yards in 5 plays to setup a 20 yard Dave Jacobs field goal to win the game.

2 thoughts on “1981 Replay Week 1 Summary

  1. The Patriots had 617 yards of total offense??!!?? Did half the Colts’ starting defense miss the plane to Boston??!!??

  2. Unfortunately the starting defense did make the game. That Baltimore defense is historically bad. They surrendered 533 points on the year. Spoiler alert; they played somewhat better in the next two games.

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