1972 Green Bay Packers Season
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1972 Green Bay Packers Season
1972 Green Bay Packers season
Head coachDan Devine
Home fieldLambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record10-4
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (at Redskins) 3-16

The 1972 Green Bay Packers season was their 54th season overall and their 52nd season in the National Football League. The team finished with a 10-4 record under second-year head coach Dan Devine, earning them the NFC Central division title. The Packers returned to the playoffs after a four-year drought (and qualified for the first time since Vince Lombardi departed as head coach); their most recent division title was in 1967, completing that postseason with a decisive win in Super Bowl II in January 1968.

In 1972, Green Bay entered the penultimate regular season game at Minnesota on December 10 with an 8-4 record. The Vikings (7-5) had won the season's earlier game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay by breaking a fourth quarter tie with two interceptions for touchdowns.[1] This time, the Packers overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit at Metropolitan Stadium with 23 unanswered points to clinch the division title.[2][3][4] Running back John Brockington became the first in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons,[5] and did it again the following season.

Placekicker Chester Marcol established an NFL rookie record for field goals in a season (since broken).[6] It was the fifteenth and final season of hall of fame linebacker Ray Nitschke.

The Packers' next division title came 23 years later, in 1995.

Offseason

In February 1972, running back (and punter) Donny Anderson was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for MacArthur Lane.[7][8] Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr retired as a player in July;[9][10] he was the quarterbacks coach and play caller in 1972. (He then pursued business interests and was a color analyst for CBS, then returned to the Packers as their head coach in the 1975 season.)[11][12][13]

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 7 Willie Buchanon Cornerback San Diego State
1 11 Jerry Tagge (From San Diego Chargers) Quarterback Nebraska
2 34 Chester Marcol Kicker Hillsdale
4 86 Eric Patton Linebacker Notre Dame
6 138 Nathaniel Ross Cornerback Bethune-Cookman
6 147 Bob Hudson Running Back Northeastern State
7 163 Bill Bushong Defensive Tackle Kentucky
8 190 Leland Glass Wide Receiver Oregon
10 242 Keith Wortman Guard Nebraska
11 266 David Bailey Wide Receiver Alabama
12 294 Mike Rich Running Back Florida
13 319 Jesse Lakes Running Back Central Michigan
14 246 Larry Hefner Linebacker Clemson
15 371 Rick Thone Wide Receiver Arkansas Tech
16 398 Charles Burrell Defensive Tackle Arkansas AM&N
  • Yellow indicates a future Pro Bowl selection

Undrafted free agents

1972 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Bob Kroll Defensive back Northern Michigan

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 17 at Cleveland Browns W 26-10 1-0 Cleveland Stadium 75,771
2 September 24 Oakland Raiders L 14-20 1-1 Lambeau Field 56,263
3 October 1 Dallas Cowboys W 16-13 2-1 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,103
4 October 8 Chicago Bears W 20-17 3-1 Lambeau Field 56,263
5 October 16 at Detroit Lions W 24-23 4-1 Tiger Stadium 54,418
6 October 22 Atlanta Falcons L 9-10 4-2 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,967
7 October 29 Minnesota Vikings L 13-27 4-3 Lambeau Field 56,263
8 November 5 San Francisco 49ers W 34-24 5-3 Milwaukee County Stadium 47,897
9 November 12 at Chicago Bears W 23-17 6-3 Soldier Field 55,701
10 November 19 at Houston Oilers W 23-10 7-3 Astrodome 41,752
11 November 26 at Washington Redskins L 16-21 7-4 RFK Stadium 53,039
12 December 3 Detroit Lions W 33-7 8-4 Lambeau Field 56,263
13 December 10 at Minnesota Vikings W 23-7 9-4 Metropolitan Stadium 49,784
14 December 17 at New Orleans Saints W 30-20 10-4 Tulane Stadium 65,881

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Playoffs

Green Bay met the NFC East champion Washington Redskins (11-3) in the divisional playoffs on Christmas Eve at RFK Stadium. The Packers practiced the week before at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[14][15] The two teams had played four weeks earlier at the same venue; the Redskins won by five points on November 26,[16] and were favored by in the playoff game by 4½ points.[14] The results were similar, as Green Bay scored first but lost again in D.C., this time by thirteen points, 16-3.[17][18]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Divisional December 24, 1972 at Washington Redskins L 16-3 RFK Stadium 53,140

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 4 0 .714 5-1 8-3 304 226 W3
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .607 2-4 6-5 339 290 W1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 4-2 6-5 301 252 L2
Chicago Bears 4 9 1 .321 1-5 3-7-1 225 275 L1

Awards, records, and honors

References

  1. ^ Lea, Bud (October 30, 1972). "Vikings pick Packer pockets". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part2.
  2. ^ "Packers win division title". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 11, 1972. p. 1, part 1.
  3. ^ Lea, Bud (December 11, 1972). "Vikings fall; the Pack is back!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  4. ^ "Green Bay smothers Viks for 'Black-Blue' NFL title". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 11, 1972. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Playoffs shaping in pro grid play". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. December 11, 1972. p. 17.
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 409
  7. ^ Johnson, Chuck (November 7, 1973). "Shuffled off to St. Louis, Anderson scores as a Card". Milwaukee Journal. p. 14-part 2.
  8. ^ Lea, Bud (February 23, 1972). "Donny tells of rift with Devine". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1-part 2.
  9. ^ "Starr, 38, quits as Packer player". Milwaukee Journal. July 21, 1972. p. 1, part 1.
  10. ^ "Injuries finally end Bart Starr's career". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 22, 1972. p. 4B.
  11. ^ Lea, Bud; Hofmann, Dave (December 24, 1974). "Starr to be named today". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  12. ^ Kupper, Mike (December 24, 1974). "Starr, Packers, make it official". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1.
  13. ^ Hofmann, Dale (December 25, 1974). "Starr pledges fresh start". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  14. ^ a b Lea, Bud (December 22, 1972). "Packers sharpen key weapons". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  15. ^ Lea, Bud (December 23, 1972). "Pressure mounts, Packers keep cool". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  16. ^ Lea, Bud (November 27, 1972). "Packers get skinned". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  17. ^ Lea, Bud (December 25, 1972). "Redskins burst Packer bubble". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  18. ^ "'Skins old men advance to finals". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 25, 1972. p. 1F.

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