did not qualify
| 2nd AFL Eastern|
Lou Saban, Mike Holovak
| LB Tom Addison
DB Fred Bruney
WR Gino Cappelletti
DE Bob Dee
RB Larry Garron
DT Jim Lee Hunt
G Chuck Leo|
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The Boston Patriots finished the American Football League's 1961 season with a record of nine wins and four losses and one tie, and placed second in the AFL's Eastern Division.
1961 Boston Patriots season Wikipedia
In the off-season, the team acquired quarterback Babe Parilli from the Oakland Raiders, himself a former starter for the NFL's Green Bay Packers. After starting the season 2–3, the team fired head coad Lou Saban and replaced him with Mike Holovak. The change was a positive one, as the team would finish on a four-game winning streak, including a season-finale shutout of the San Diego Chargers. Their record of 9–4–1 was good enough for 2nd place in the Eastern Division, and one game behind division leader Houston. This season was the first in which the team used their "Pat the Patriot" logo on their helmets.
Home games in bold.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
All of the following players appeared in at least one game for the 1961 Boston Patriots. Players new to the team in 1961 are in bold