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The 1972 YEAR IN FOOTBALL

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Washington Redskins (11-3)

Head Coach: George Allen

Passing Leader: Billy Kilmer (1648)

Rushing Leader: Larry Brown (1216)

Receiving Leader: Charley Taylor (49-673)

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Miami Dolphins (14-0)

Head Coach: Don Shula

Passing Leader: Earl Morrall (1360)

Rushing Leader: Larry Csonka (1117)

Receiving Leader: Paul Warfield (29-606)

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Dallas Cowboys (10-4)

Head Coach: Tom Landry

Passing Leader: Craig Morton (2396)

Rushing Leader: Calvin Hill (1036)

Receiving Leader: Calvin Hill (43-364)

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New York Jets (7-7)

Head Coach: Weeb Ewbank

Passing Leader: Joe Namath (2816)

Rushing Leader: John Riggins (944)

Receiving Leader: Rich Caster (39-833)

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New York Giants (8-6)

Head Coach: Alex Webster

Passing Leader: Norm Snead (2307)

Rushing Leader: Ron Johnson (1182)

Receiving Leader: Bob Tucker (55-764)

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Baltimore Colts (5-9)

Head Coach: Don McCafferty (1-4) and John Sandusky (4-5)

Passing Leader: Marty Domres (1392)

Rushing Leader: Don McCauley (675)

Receiving Leader: Tom Mitchell (40-494)

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St. Louis Cardinals (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Bob Holloway

Passing Leader: Gary Cuozzo (897)

Rushing Leader: Donny Anderson (536)

Receiving Leader: Johnny Roland (38-321)

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Buffalo Bills (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Lou Saban

Passing Leader: Dennis Shaw (1666)

Rushing Leader: O.J. Simpson (1251)

Receiving Leader: J.D. Hill (52-754)

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Philadelphia Eagles (2-11-1)

Head Coach: Ed Khayat

Passing Leader: John Reaves (1508)

Rushing Leader: Po James (565)

Receiving Leader: Harold Jackson (62-1048)

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New England Patriots (3-11)

Head Coach: John Mazur (3-10) and Phil Bengtson (0-1)

Passing Leader: Jim Plunkett (2196)

Rushing Leader: Josh Ashton (546)

Receiving Leader: Reggie Rucker (44-681)

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Green Bay Packers (10-4)

Head Coach: Dan Devine

Passing Leader: Scott Hunter (1252)

Rushing Leader: John Brockington (1027)

Receiving Leader: MacArthur Lane (26-285)

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Detroit Lions (8-5-1)

Head Coach: Joe Schmidt

Passing Leader: Greg Landry (2066)

Rushing Leader: Altie Taylor (658)

Receiving Leader: Altie Taylor (29-250)

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Minnesota Vikings (7-7)

Head Coach: Bud Grant

Passing Leader: Fran Tarkenton (2651)

Rushing Leader: Oscar Reed (639)

Receiving Leader: John Gilliam (47-1035)

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Chicago Bears (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Abe Gibron

Passing Leader: Bobby Douglass (1246)

Rushing Leader: Bobby Douglass (968)

Receiving Leader: Earl Thomas (20-365)

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San Francisco 49ers (8-5-1)

Head Coach: Dick Nolan

Passing Leader: Steve Spurrier (1983)

Rushing Leader: Vic Washington (468)

Receiving Leader: Gene Washington (918)

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Atlanta Falcons (7-7)

Head Coach: Norm Van Brocklin

Passing Leader: Bob Berry (2158)

Rushing Leader: Dave Hampton (995)

Receiving Leader: Art Malone (50-585)

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Los Angeles Rams (6-7-1)

Head Coach: Tommy Prothro

Passing Leader: Roman Gabriel (2027)

Rushing Leader: Willie Ellison (764)

Receiving Leader: Jack Snow (30-590)

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New Orleans Saints (4-8-2)

Head Coach: J.D. Roberts

Passing Leader: Edd Hargett (1191)

Rushing Leader: Jim Strong (404)

Receiving Leader: Dan Abramowicz (37-657)

NOTE : Tie games, previously ignored in computing of winning percentage, were made equal to a half-game win and a half-game loss

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17

Green Bay 26, CLEVELAND 10           Atlanta 37, CHICAGO 21

Cincinnati 31, NEW ENGLAND 7         DENVER 30, Houston 17

Miami 20, KANSAS CITY 10             LOS ANGELES 34, New Orleans 14

DETROIT 30, NY Giants 16             NY Jets 41, BUFFALO 24

SAN FRANCISCO 34, San Diego 3        PITTSBURGH 34, Oakland 28

DALLAS 28, Philadelphia 6            St. Louis 10, BALTIMORE 3

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18

Washington 24, MINNESOTA 21

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           1  0 0 1.000  20  10 Dallas           1  0 0 1.000  28   6

NY Jets         1  0 0 1.000  41  24 St. Louis        1  0 0 1.000  10   3

Baltimore       0  1 0  .000   3  10 Washington       1  0 0 1.000  24  21

New England     0  1 0  .000   7  31 NY Giants        0  1 0  .000  16  30

Buffalo         0  1 0  .000  24  41 Philadelphia     0  1 0  .000   6  28

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      1  0 0 1.000  34  28 GREEN BAY        1  0 0 1.000  26  10

Cincinnati      1  0 0 1.000  31   7 Detroit          1  0 0 1.000  30  16

Cleveland       0  1 0  .000  10  26 Minnesota        0  1 0  .000  21  24

Houston         0  1 0  .000  17  30 Chicago          0  1 0  .000  21  37

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Denver          1  0 0 1.000  30  17 Atlanta          1  0 0 1.000  37  21

Oakland         0  1 0  .000  28  34 Los Angeles      1  0 0 1.000  34  14

Kansas City     0  1 0  .000  10  20 San Francisco    1  0 0 1.000  34   3

San Diego       0  1 0  .000   3  34 New Orleans      0  1 0  .000  14  34

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24

NEW ENGLAND 21, Atlanta 20           Miami 34, HOUSTON 13

Cleveland 27, PHILADELPHIA 17        Dallas 23, NY GIANTS 14

SAN DIEGO 37, Denver 14              Minnesota 34, DETROIT 10

CINCINNATI 15, Pittsburgh 10         Oakland 20, GREEN BAY 14

WASHINGTON 24, St. Louis 10          CHICAGO 13, Los Angeles 13 (T)

NY Jets 44, BALTIMORE 34             BUFFALO 27, San Francisco 20

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Kansas City 20, NEW ORLEANS 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           2  0 0 1.000  54  23 Dallas           2  0 0 1.000  51  20

NY Jets         2  0 0 1.000  85  58 Washington       2  0 0 1.000  48  31

Buffalo         1  1 0  .500  51  61 St. Louis        1  1 0  .500  20  27

New England     1  1 0  .500  28  51 NY Giants        0  2 0  .000  30  53

Baltimore       0  2 0  .000  37  54 Philadelphia     0  2 0  .000  23  55

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cincinnati      2  0 0 1.000  46  17 GREEN BAY        1  1 0  .500  40  30

Pittsburgh      1  1 0  .500  44  43 Detroit          1  1 0  .500  40  50

Cleveland       1  1 0  .500  37  43 Minnesota        1  1 0  .500  55  34

Houston         0  2 0  .000  30  64 Chicago          0  1 1  .250  34  50

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Denver          1  1 0  .500  44  54 Los Angeles      1  0 1  .750  47  27

Oakland         1  1 0  .500  48  48 San Francisco    1  1 0  .500  54  30

Kansas City     1  1 0  .500  30  37 Atlanta          1  1 0  .500  57  42

San Diego       1  1 0  .500  40  48 New Orleans      0  2 0  .000  31  54

SUNDAY OCTOBER 1

Green Bay 16, Dallas 13 at Milwaukee CLEVELAND 27, Cincinnati 6

Baltimore 17, BUFFALO 0              Kansas City 45, DENVER 24

Miami 16, MINNESOTA 14               Detroit 38, CHICAGO 24

OAKLAND 17, San Diego 17 (T)         HOUSTON 26, NY Jets 20

San Francisco 37, NEW ORLEANS 2      Pittsburgh 25, ST. LOUIS 19

NEW ENGLAND 24, Washington 23        ATLANTA 31, Los Angeles 3

MONDAY OCTOBER 2

NY Giants 27, PHILADELPHIA 12

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           3  0 0 1.000  70  37 Dallas           2  1 0  .667  64  36

NY Jets         2  1 0  .667 105  84 Washington       2  1 0  .667  71  55

New England     2  1 0  .667  52  74 St. Louis        1  2 0  .333  39  52

Buffalo         1  2 0  .333  51  78 NY Giants        1  2 0  .333  57  65

Baltimore       1  2 0  .333  54  54 Philadelphia     0  3 0  .000  35  82

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cincinnati      2  1 0  .667  52  44 GREEN BAY        2  1 0  .667  56  43

Pittsburgh      2  1 0  .667  69  62 Detroit          2  1 0  .667  78  74

Cleveland       2  1 0  .667  64  49 Minnesota        1  2 0  .333  69  50

Houston         1  2 0  .333  56  84 Chicago          0  2 1  .000  58  88

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     2  1 0  .667  75  61 Atlanta          2  1 0  .667  88  45

Oakland         1  1 1  .500  65  65 San Francisco    2  1 0  .667  91  32

San Diego       1  1 1  .500  57  65 Los Angeles      1  1 1  .500  50  58

Denver          1  2 0  .333  68  99 New Orleans      0  3 0  .000  33  91

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8

CINCINNATI 21, Denver 10             GREEN BAY 20, Chicago 17

Miami 27, NY JETS 17                 Kansas City 31, CLEVELAND 7

WASHINGTON 14, Philadelphia 0        NY GIANTS 45, New Orleans 21

Detroit 26, ATLANTA 23               BUFFALO 38, New England 14

LOS ANGELES 31, San Francisco 7      DALLAS 17, Pittsburgh 13

St. Louis 19, MINNESOTA 17           San Diego 23, BALTIMORE 20

MONDAY OCTOBER 9

Oakland 34, HOUSTON 0

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           4  0 0 1.000  97  54 Dallas           3  1 0  .750  81  49

NY Jets         2  2 0  .500 122 111 Washington       3  1 0  .750  85  55

New England     2  2 0  .500  66 112 St. Louis        2  2 0  .500  58  69

Buffalo         2  2 0  .500  89  92 NY Giants        2  2 0  .500 102  86

Baltimore       1  3 0  .250  74  77 Philadelphia     0  4 0  .000  35  96

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cincinnati      3  1 0  .750  73  54 GREEN BAY        3  1 0  .750  76  60

Pittsburgh      2  2 0  .500  82  79 Detroit          3  1 0  .750 104  97

Cleveland       2  2 0  .500  71  80 Minnesota        1  3 0  .250  86  69

Houston         1  3 0  .250  56 118 Chicago          0  3 1  .125  75 108

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     3  1 0  .750 106  68 Los Angeles      2  1 1  .625  81  65

Oakland         2  1 1  .625  99  65 San Francisco    2  2 0  .500  98  63

San Diego       2  1 1  .625  80  85 Atlanta          2  2 0  .500 111  71

Denver          1  3 0  .250  78 120 New Orleans      0  4 0  .000  54 136

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15

OAKLAND 28, Buffalo 16               Atlanta 21, NEW ORLEANS 14

Cincinnati 23, KANSAS CITY 16        PITTSBURGH 24, Houston 7

Minnesota 23, DENVER 20              Chicago 17, CLEVELAND 0

NY Jets 41, NEW ENGLAND 13           Dallas 21, BALTIMORE 0

MIAMI 24, San Diego 10               NY Giants 23, SAN FRANCISCO 17

Washington 33, ST. LOUIS 3           Los Angeles 34, PHILADELPHIA 3

MONDAY OCTOBER 16

Green Bay 24, DETROIT 23

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           5  0 0 1.000 121  64 Dallas           4  1 0  .800 102  49

NY Jets         3  2 0  .600 163 124 Washington       4  1 0  .800 118  58

New England     2  3 0  .400  79 153 NY Giants        3  2 0  .600 125 103

Buffalo         2  3 0  .400 105 120 St. Louis        2  3 0  .400  61 102

Baltimore       1  4 0  .200  74  98 Philadelphia     0  5 0  .000  38 130

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Cincinnati      4  1 0  .800  96  70 GREEN BAY        4  1 0  .800 100  83

Pittsburgh      3  2 0  .600 106  86 Detroit          3  2 0  .600 127 121

Cleveland       2  3 0  .400  71  97 Minnesota        2  3 0  .400 109  89

Houston         1  4 0  .200  63 142 Chicago          1  3 1  .300  92 108

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         3  1 1  .700 127  81 Los Angeles      3  1 1  .700 115  68

Kansas City     3  2 0  .600 122  91 Atlanta          3  2 0  .600 132  85

San Diego       2  2 1  .500  90 109 San Francisco    2  3 0  .400 115  86

Denver          1  4 0  .200  98 143 New Orleans      0  5 0  .000  68 157

SUNDAY OCTOBER 22

Atlanta 10, Green Bay 9 at Milwaukee NY JETS 24, Baltimore 20

MIAMI 24, Buffalo 23                 WASHINGTON 24, Dallas 20

LOS ANGELES 15, Cincinnati 12        Cleveland 23, HOUSTON 17

PITTSBURGH 33, New England 3         DETROIT 34, San Diego 20

SAN FRANCISCO 20, New Orleans 20 (T) Denver 30, OAKLAND 23

NY GIANTS 27, St. Louis 21           Philadelphia 21, KANSAS CITY 20

MONDAY OCTOBER 23

CHICAGO 13, Minnesota 10

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           6  0 0 1.000 145  87 Washington       5  1 0  .833 142  78

NY Jets         4  2 0  .667 187 144 Dallas           4  2 0  .667 122  73

New England     2  4 0  .333  82 186 NY Giants        4  2 0  .667 152 124

Buffalo         2  4 0  .333 128 144 St. Louis        2  4 0  .333  82 129

Baltimore       1  5 0  .167  94 122 Philadelphia     1  5 0  .167  59 150

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      4  2 0  .667 139  89 GREEN BAY        4  2 0  .667 109  93

Cincinnati      4  2 0  .667 108  85 Detroit          4  2 0  .667 161 141

Cleveland       3  3 0  .500  94 114 Chicago          2  3 1  .417 105 118

Houston         1  5 0  .167  80 165 Minnesota        2  4 0  .333 119 102

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         3  2 1  .583 150 111 Los Angeles      4  1 1  .750 130  80

Kansas City     3  3 0  .500 142 112 Atlanta          4  2 0  .667 142  94

San Diego       2  3 1  .417 110 143 San Francisco    2  3 1  .417 135 106

Denver          2  4 0  .333 128 166 New Orleans      0  5 1  .083  88 177

SUNDAY OCTOBER 29

Miami 23, BALTIMORE 0                Chicago 27, ST. LOUIS 10

Minnesota 27, GREEN BAY 13           NY JETS 34, New England 10

San Francisco 49, ATLANTA 14         Washington 23, NY GIANTS 16

Kansas City 26, SAN DIEGO 14         Cleveland 27, DENVER 20

Pittsburgh 38, BUFFALO 21            CINCINNATI 30, Houston 7

OAKLAND 45, Los Angeles 17           NEW ORLEANS 21, Philadelphia 3

MONDAY OCTOBER 30

DALLAS 28, Detroit 24

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           7  0 0 1.000 168  87 Washington       6  1 0  .857 165  94

NY Jets         5  2 0  .714 221 154 Dallas           5  2 0  .714 150  97

New England     2  5 0  .286  92 220 NY Giants        4  3 0  .571 168 147

Buffalo         2  5 0  .286 149 182 St. Louis        2  5 0  .286  92 156

Baltimore       1  6 0  .143  94 145 Philadelphia     1  6 0  .143  62 171

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      5  2 0  .714 177 110 GREEN BAY        4  3 0  .571 122 120

Cincinnati      5  2 0  .714 138  92 Detroit          4  3 0  .571 185 169

Cleveland       4  3 0  .571 121 134 Chicago          3  3 1  .500 132 128

Houston         1  6 0  .143  87 195 Minnesota        3  4 0  .429 146 115

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         4  2 1  .643 195 128 Los Angeles      4  2 1  .643 147 125

Kansas City     4  3 0  .571 168 126 Atlanta          4  3 0  .571 156 143

San Diego       2  4 1  .357 124 169 San Francisco    3  3 1  .500 184 120

Denver          2  5 0  .286 148 193 New Orleans      1  5 1  .214 109 180

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5

Green Bay 34, San Francisco 24 @ Mil DETROIT 14, Chicago 0

LOS ANGELES 20, Atlanta 7            CLEVELAND 20, Houston 0

Miami 30, BUFFALO 16                 PHILADELPHIA 6, St. Louis 6 (T)

Washington 35, NY JETS 17            NY GIANTS 29, Denver 17

PITTSBURGH 40, Cincinnati 17         KANSAS CITY 27, Oakland 14

Dallas 34, SAN DIEGO 28              MINNESOTA 37, New Orleans 6

MONDAY NOVEMBER 6

Baltimore 24, NEW ENGLAND 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           8  0 0 1.000 198 103 Washington       7  1 0  .875 200 111

NY Jets         5  3 0  .625 238 189 Dallas           6  2 0  .750 184 125

New England     2  6 0  .250 109 244 NY Giants        5  3 0  .625 197 164

Buffalo         2  6 0  .250 165 212 St. Louis        2  5 1  .313  98 162

Baltimore       2  6 0  .250 118 162 Philadelphia     1  6 1  .188  68 177

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      6  2 0  .750 217 127 GREEN BAY        5  3 0  .625 156 144

Cincinnati      5  3 0  .625 155 132 Detroit          5  3 0  .625 199 169

Cleveland       5  3 0  .625 141 134 Minnesota        4  4 0  .500 183 121

Houston         1  7 0  .125  87 215 Chicago          3  4 1  .438 132 142

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Kansas City     5  3 0  .625 195 140 Los Angeles      5  2 1  .688 167 132

Oakland         4  3 1  .563 209 155 Atlanta          4  4 0  .500 163 163

San Diego       2  5 1  .313 152 203 San Francisco    3  4 1  .438 208 154

Denver          2  6 0  .250 165 222 New Orleans      1  6 1  .188 115 217

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12

SAN FRANCISCO 24, Baltimore 21       PITTSBURGH 16, Kansas City 7 

Green Bay 23, CHICAGO 17             MIAMI 52, New England 0

NY JETS 41, Buffalo 3                Philadelphia 18, HOUSTON 17

Denver 16, LOS ANGELES 10            ATLANTA 36, New Orleans 20

MINNESOTA 16, Detroit 14             WASHINGTON 27, NY Giants 13

Oakland 20, CINCINNATI 14            DALLAS 33, St. Louis 24

MONDAY NOVEMBER 13

Cleveland 21, SAN DIEGO 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

Miami           9  0 0 1.000 250 103 Washington       8  1 0  .889 227 124

NY Jets         6  3 0  .667 279 192 Dallas           7  2 0  .778 217 149

New England     2  7 0  .222 109 296 NY Giants        5  4 0  .556 210 191

Buffalo         2  7 0  .222 168 253 St. Louis        2  6 1  .278 122 195

Baltimore       2  7 0  .222 139 186 Philadelphia     2  6 1  .278  86 194

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      7  2 0  .778 233 134 GREEN BAY        6  3 0  .667 179 161

Cleveland       6  3 0  .667 162 151 Detroit          5  4 0  .556 213 185

Cincinnati      5  4 0  .556 169 152 Minnesota        5  4 0  .556 199 135

Houston         1  8 0  .111 104 233 Chicago          3  5 1  .389 149 165

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         5  3 1  .611 229 169 Los Angeles      5  3 1  .611 177 148

Kansas City     5  4 0  .556 202 156 Atlanta          5  4 0  .556 199 183

Denver          3  6 0  .333 181 232 San Francisco    4  4 1  .500 232 175

San Diego       2  6 1  .278 169 224 New Orleans      1  7 1  .167 135 253

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19

Minnesota 45, LOS ANGELES 41         Dallas 28, PHILADELPHIA 7

San Diego 27, KANSAS CITY 17         DETROIT 27, New Orleans 14

Buffalo 27, NEW ENGLAND 24           Baltimore 20, CINCINNATI 19

MIAMI 28, NY Jets 24                 NY Giants 13, ST. LOUIS 7

CLEVELAND 26, Pittsburgh 24          Green Bay 23, HOUSTON 10

San Francisco 34, CHICAGO 21         Oakland 37, DENVER 20

MONDAY NOVEMBER 20

WASHINGTON 24, Atlanta 13

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

X-Miami        10  0 0 1.000 278 127 Washington       9  1 0  .900 251 137

NY Jets         6  4 0  .600 303 220 Dallas           8  2 0  .800 245 156

Baltimore       3  7 0  .300 159 205 NY Giants        6  4 0  .600 223 198

Buffalo         3  7 0  .300 195 277 St. Louis        2  7 1  .250 129 208

New England     2  8 0  .200 133 323 Philadelphia     2  7 1  .250  93 222

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      7  3 0  .700 257 160 GREEN BAY        7  3 0  .700 202 171

Cleveland       7  3 0  .700 188 175 Detroit          6  4 0  .600 240 199

Cincinnati      5  5 0  .500 188 172 Minnesota        6  4 0  .600 244 176

Houston         1  9 0  .100 114 256 Chicago          3  6 1  .350 170 199

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         6  3 1  .650 266 189 San Francisco    5  4 1  .550 266 196

Kansas City     5  5 0  .500 219 183 Los Angeles      5  4 1  .550 218 193

San Diego       3  6 1  .350 196 241 Atlanta          5  5 0  .500 212 207

Denver          3  7 0  .300 201 269 New Orleans      1  8 1  .150 149 280

X-Clinched Division Title

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23

San Francisco 31, DALLAS 10          DETROIT 37, NY Jets 20

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26

CLEVELAND 27, Buffalo 10             ATLANTA 23, Denver 20

WASHINGTON 21, Green Bay 16          Cincinnati 13, CHICAGO 3

PITTSBURGH 23, Minnesota 10          SAN DIEGO 34, Houston 20

NEW ORLEANS 19, Los Angeles 16       OAKLAND 26, Kansas City 3

NY GIANTS 62, Philadelphia 10        BALTIMORE 31, New England 0

MONDAY NOVEMBER 27

MIAMI 31, St. Louis 10

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

X-Miami        11  0 0 1.000 309 137 Y-Washington    10  1 0  .909 272 153

NY Jets         6  5 0  .545 323 257 Dallas           8  3 0  .727 255 187

Baltimore       4  7 0  .364 190 205 NY Giants        7  4 0  .636 285 208

Buffalo         3  8 0  .273 205 304 St. Louis        2  8 1  .227 139 239

New England     2  9 0  .182 133 354 Philadelphia     2  8 1  .227 103 284

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      8  3 0  .727 280 170 GREEN BAY        7  4 0  .636 218 192

Cleveland       8  3 0  .727 215 185 Detroit          7  4 0  .636 277 219

Cincinnati      6  5 0  .545 201 175 Minnesota        6  5 0  .545 254 199

Houston         1 10 0  .091 134 290 Chicago          3  7 1  .318 173 212

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

Oakland         7  3 1  .682 292 192 San Francisco    6  4 1  .591 297 206

Kansas City     5  6 0  .455 222 209 Atlanta          6  5 0  .545 235 227

San Diego       4  6 1  .409 230 261 Los Angeles      5  5 1  .500 234 212

Denver          3  8 0  .273 221 292 New Orleans      2  8 1  .227 168 296

X-Clinched Division Title            Y-Clinched Playoff Berth

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3

BALTIMORE 35, Buffalo 7              GREEN BAY 33, Detroit 7

Dallas 27, ST. LOUIS 6               MINNESOTA 23, Chicago 10

KANSAS CITY 24, Denver 21            PITTSBURGH 30, Cleveland 0

Miami 37, NEW ENGLAND 21             ATLANTA 20, Houston 10

CINCINNATI 13, NY Giants 10          NY JETS 18, New Orleans 17

Washington 23, PHILADELPHIA 7        Oakland 21, SAN DIEGO 19

MONDAY DECEMBER 4

Los Angeles 26, SAN FRANCISCO 16

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

X-Miami        12  0 0 1.000 346 158 Y-Washington    11  1 0  .917 295 160

NY Jets         7  5 0  .583 341 274 Dallas           9  3 0  .750 282 193

Baltimore       5  7 0  .417 225 212 NY Giants        7  5 0  .583 295 221

Buffalo         3  9 0  .250 212 339 St. Louis        2  9 1  .208 145 266

New England     2 10 0  .167 154 391 Philadelphia     2  9 1  .208 110 307

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Pittsburgh      9  3 0  .750 310 170 GREEN BAY        8  4 0  .667 251 199

Cleveland       8  4 0  .667 215 215 Detroit          7  5 0  .583 284 252

Cincinnati      7  5 0  .583 214 185 Minnesota        7  5 0  .583 277 209

Houston         1 11 0  .083 144 310 Chicago          3  8 1  .292 183 235

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

X-Oakland       8  3 1  .708 313 211 Atlanta          7  5 0  .583 255 237

Kansas City     6  6 0  .500 246 230 San Francisco    6  5 1  .542 313 232

San Diego       4  7 1  .375 249 282 Los Angeles      6  5 1  .542 260 228

Denver          3  9 0  .250 242 316 New Orleans      2  9 1  .208 185 314

X-Clinched Division Title            Y-Clinched Playoff Berth

SUNDAY DECEMBER 10

Chicago 21, PHILADELPHIA 12          SAN FRANCISCO 20, Atlanta 0

KANSAS CITY 24, Baltimore 10         Green Bay 23, MINNESOTA 7

BUFFALO 21, Detroit 21 (T)           Cleveland 27, CINCINNATI 24

New England 17, NEW ORLEANS 10       ST. LOUIS 24, Los Angeles 14

DENVER 38, San Diego 13              Miami 23, NY GIANTS 13

DALLAS 34, Washington 24             Pittsburgh 9, HOUSTON 3

MONDAY DECEMBER 11

OAKLAND 24, NY Jets 16

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

X-Miami        13  0 0 1.000 369 171 Y-Washington    11  2 0  .846 319 194

NY Jets         7  6 0  .538 357 298 Y-Dallas        10  3 0  .769 316 217

Baltimore       5  8 0  .385 235 236 NY Giants        7  6 0  .538 308 244

Buffalo         3  9 1  .269 233 360 St. Louis        3  9 1  .269 169 280

New England     3 10 0  .231 171 401 Philadelphia     2 10 1  .192 122 328

AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

Y-Pittsburgh   10  3 0  .769 319 173 X-GREEN BAY      9  4 0  .692 274 206

Y-Cleveland     9  4 0  .692 242 239 Detroit          7  5 1  .577 305 273

Cincinnati      7  6 0  .538 238 212 Minnesota        7  6 0  .538 284 232

Houston         1 12 0  .077 147 319 Chicago          4  8 1  .346 204 247

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

X-Oakland       9  3 1  .731 337 227 San Francisco    7  5 1  .577 333 232

Kansas City     7  6 0  .538 270 240 Atlanta          7  6 0  .538 255 257

San Diego       4  8 1  .346 262 320 Los Angeles      6  6 1  .500 274 252

Denver          4  9 0  .308 280 329 New Orleans      2 10 1  .192 195 331

X-Clinched Division Title            Y-Clinched Playoff Berth

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16

MIAMI 16, Baltimore 0

SUNDAY DECEMBER 17

Detroit 34, LOS ANGELES 17           OAKLAND 28, Chicago 21

Green Bay 30, NEW ORLEANS 20         Buffalo 24, WASHINGTON 17

Kansas City 17, ATLANTA 14           Cleveland 26, NY JETS 10

DENVER 45, New England 21            Cincinnati 61, HOUSTON 17

ST. LOUIS 24, Philadelphia 23        NY Giants 23, DALLAS 3

Pittsburgh 24, SAN DIEGO 2           SAN FRANCISCO 20, Minnesota 17

AFC EASTERN DIVISION                 NFC EASTERN DIVISION

X-Miami        14  0 0 1.000 385 171 X-Washington    11  3 0  .786 336 218

NY Jets         7  7 0  .500 367 324 Y-Dallas        10  4 0  .714 319 240

Baltimore       5  9 0  .357 235 252 NY Giants        8  6 0  .571 331 247

Buffalo         4  9 1  .321 257 377 St. Louis        4  9 1  .321 193 303

New England     3 11 0  .214 192 446 Philadelphia     2 11 1  .179 145 352

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Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3)

Head Coach: Chuck Noll

Passing Leader: Terry Bradshaw (1887)

Rushing Leader: Franco Harris (1055)

Receiving Leader: Ron Shanklin (38-669)

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Cleveland Browns (10-4)

Head Coach: Nick Skorich

Passing Leader: Mike Phipps (1994)

Rushing Leader: Leroy Kelly (811)

Receiving Leader: Frank Pitts (36-620)

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Cincinnati Bengals (8-6)

Head Coach: Paul Brown

Passing Leader: Ken Anderson (1918)

Rushing Leader: Essex Wilson (825)

Receiving Leader: Chip Myers (57-792)

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Houston Oilers (1-13)

Head Coach: Bill Peterson

Passing Leader: Dan Pastorini (1711)

Rushing Leader: Paul Robinson (355)

Receiving Leader: Fred Willis (36-251)

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Oakland Raiders (10-3-1)

Head Coach: John Madden

Passing Leader: Daryle Lamonica (1998)

Rushing Leader: Marv Hubbard (1100)

Receiving Leader: Fred Biletnikoff (58-802)

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Kansas City Chiefs (8-6)

Head Coach: Hank Stram

Passing Leader: Len Dawson (1835)

Rushing Leader: Ed Podolak (615)

Receiving Leader: Otis Taylor (57-821)

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Denver Broncos (5-9)

Head Coach: John Ralston

Passing Leader: Charley Johnson (1783)

Rushing Leader: Floyd Little (859)

Receiving Leader: Rod Sherman (38-661)

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San Diego Chargers (4-9-1)

Head Coach: Harland Svare

Passing Leader: John Hadl (2449)

Rushing Leader: Mike Garrett (1031)

Receiving Leader: Gary Garrison (52-744)

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AFC CENTRAL DIVISION                 NFC CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Pittsburgh   11  3 0  .786 343 175 X-GREEN BAY     10  4 0  .714 304 226

Y-Cleveland    10  4 0  .714 268 249 Detroit          8  5 1  .607 339 290

Cincinnati      8  6 0  .571 299 229 Minnesota        7  7 0  .500 301 252

Houston         1 13 0  .071 164 380 Chicago          4  9 1  .321 225 275

AFC WESTERN DIVISION                 NFC WESTERN DIVISION

X-Oakland      10  3 1  .750 365 248 X-San Francisco  8  5 1  .607 353 249

Kansas City     8  6 0  .571 287 254 Atlanta          7  7 0  .500 269 274

Denver          5  9 0  .357 325 350 Los Angeles      6  7 1  .464 291 286

San Diego       4  9 1  .321 264 344 New Orleans      2 11 1  .179 215 361

X-Clinched Division Title            Y-Clinched Playoff Berth

1972 PLAYOFFS - AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

Divisional - December 23 - PITTSBURGH (11-3) 13, Oakland (10-3-1) 7

Divisional - December 24 - MIAMI (14-0) 20, Cleveland (10-4) 14

Conference - December 31 - Miami (15-0) 21, PITTSBURGH (12-3) 17

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

Divisional - December 23 - Dallas (10-4) 30, SAN FRANCISCO (8-5-1) 28

Divisional - December 24 - WASHINGTON (11-3) 16, Green Bay (10-4) 3

Conference - December 31 - WASHINGTON (12-3) 26, Dallas (11-4) 3

 

SUPER BOWL 7 (January 14, 1973 at Los Angeles)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (16-0) 14, WASHINGTON REDSKINS (13-3) 7 - The Dolphins played virtually perfect football in the first half as their defense permitted the Redskins to cross midfield only once and their offense turned good field position into two touchdowns. On its third possession, Miami opened its first scoring drive from the Dolphins' 37 yard line. An 18-yard pass from Bob Griese to Paul Warfield preceded by three plays Griese's 28-yard touchdown pass to Howard Twilley. After Washington moved from its 17 to the Miami 48 with two minutes remaining in the first half, Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti intercepted Billy Kilmer's pass at the Miami 41 and returned it to the Washington 27. Jim Kiick ran for three yards, Larry Csonka for three, Griese passed to Jim Mandich for 19, and Kiick gained one to the 1-yard line. With 18 seconds left until intermission, Kiick scored from the one. Washington's only touchdown came with 2:07 left in the game and resulted from a misplayed field-goal attempt and fumble by Garo Yepremian, with the Redskins' Mike Bass picking the ball out of the air and running 49 yards for the score. Dolphins safety Jake Scott, who had two interceptions, including one in the end zone to kill a Redskins' drive, was voted the game's most valuable player.

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