1972 Washington Redskins Season
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1972 Washington Redskins Season
1972 Washington Redskins season
Head coachGeorge Allen
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record11-3
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs
(Packers) 16-3
Won NFC Championship
(Cowboys) 26-3
Lost Super Bowl VII
(Dolphins) 14-7
The Redskins playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.

The 1972 Washington Redskins season was the team's 41st, and 36th in Washington, D.C. The Redskins were trying to build on the success of the previous season, in which they had made the postseason for the first time in 26 seasons.

Head coach George Allen, in just his second season with the team, took the Redskins to their first Super Bowl. The team, who had missed the postseason in the entirety of the 1950s and 1960s, won its first postseason game since 1943, and appeared in its first league championship game since 1945.

The NFC champion Redskins would ultimately lose a very close Super Bowl VII, 14-7, to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.

The 1972 season was the first in which the team wore its current and primary logo, which features a Native American head in profile within a gold circle.[1] With the Washington Senators relocating to Texas in 1971 and the Baltimore Bullets not relocating until 1973 the 1972 Redskins were at the time the D.C. area's only team playing in one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
8 203 Moses Denson Running Back Maryland-Eastern Shore
9 229 Steve Boekholder Defensive End Drake
10 255 Mike Oldham Wide Receiver Michigan
11 281 Jeff Welch Defensive Back Arkansas Tech
12 307 Don Bunce Quarterback Stanford
13 332 Frank Grant Wide Receiver Southern Colorado
15 365 Mike O'Quinn Guard McNeese State
15 385 Carl Taibi Defensive End Colorado
16 411 Steve Higginbotham Defensive Back Alabama
17 437 Kevin Clemente Linebacker Boston College

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 18 at Minnesota Vikings W 24-21 1-0
47,900
2 September 24 St. Louis Cardinals W 24-10 2-0
53,039
3 October 1 at New England Patriots L 24-23 2-1
60,999
4 October 8 Philadelphia Eagles W 14-0 3-1
53,039
5 October 15 at St. Louis Cardinals W 33-3 4-1
50,454
6 October 22 Dallas Cowboys W 24-20 5-1
53,039
7 October 29 at New York Giants W 23-16 6-1
62,878
8 November 5 at New York Jets W 35-17 7-1
63,962
9 November 12 New York Giants W 27-13 8-1
53,039
10 November 20 Atlanta Falcons W 24-13 9-1
53,034
11 November 26 Green Bay Packers W 21-16 10-1
53,039
12 December 3 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23-7 11-1
65,720
13 December 9 at Dallas Cowboys L 34-24 11-2
65,136
14 December 17 Buffalo Bills L 24-17 11-3
53,039
  • Monday night (September 18, November 20), Saturday (December 9)

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 11 3 0 .786 7-1 10-1 336 218 L2
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 6-2 7-4 319 240 L1
New York Giants 8 6 0 .571 5-3 7-4 331 247 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 1-6-1 3-7-1 193 303 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 2 11 1 .179 0-7-1 0-10-1 145 352 L5

Postseason

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 24, 1972 Green Bay Packers W 16-3
53,140
Conference Championship December 31, 1972 Dallas Cowboys W 26-3
53,129
Super Bowl January 14, 1973 Miami Dolphins L 14-7
90,182

Awards and records

Milestones

References

  1. ^ "Washington Redskins at Gridiron Uniform Database". Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved .
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 451



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