1972 Baltimore Colts season

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1972 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Don McCafferty
John Sandusky
Owner Robert Irsay
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 5–9
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1971 1973 >

The 1972 Baltimore Colts season was the 20th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1972 season with a record of 5 wins and 9 losses, and finished third in the AFC East.

Offseason[edit]

On July 13, 1972, Robert Irsay bought the Los Angeles Rams and transferred ownership to Carroll Rosenbloom, in exchange for ownership of the Baltimore Colts.[1]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1972 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season[edit]

The season began ominously for the Colts when they were defeated at home on opening day by the St. Louis Cardinals and their journeyman quarterback, Tim Van Galder. In week two, Johnny Unitas threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, but it was far from enough as Joe Namath threw for 496 yards and six touchdowns to power the New York Jets to a 44–34 victory at Memorial Stadium, the Jets' first victory over the Colts since Super Bowl III.

In October, the Colts' season reached its nadir when it was shut out twice at home in a three-week stretch by the Dallas Cowboys, who undoubtedly wanted revenge for their loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl V, and the Miami Dolphins, who were on their way to a 17–0 season and their first Super Bowl championship under former Colts coach Don Shula.

Unitas made his final start in a Colts uniform in a week 12 victory over Buffalo.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 St. Louis Cardinals L 3–10 0–1 Memorial Stadium
53,562
2 September 24, 1972 New York Jets L 34–44 0–2 Memorial Stadium
56,626
3 October 1, 1972 at Buffalo Bills W 17–0 1–2 War Memorial Stadium
46,206
4 October 8, 1972 San Diego Chargers L 20–23 1–3 Memorial Stadium
55,459
5 October 15, 1972 Dallas Cowboys L 0–21 1–4 Memorial Stadium
58,992
6 October 22, 1972 at New York Jets L 20–24 1–5 Shea Stadium
62,948
7 October 29, 1972 Miami Dolphins L 0–23 1–6 Memorial Stadium
60,000
8 November 6, 1972 at New England Patriots W 24–17 2–6 Schaefer Stadium
60,999
9 November 12, 1972 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–24 2–7 Candlestick Park
61,214
10 November 19, 1972 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–19 3–7 Riverfront Stadium
49,512
11 November 26, 1972 New England Patriots W 31–0 4–7 Memorial Stadium
54,907
12 December 3, 1972 Buffalo Bills W 35–7 5–7 Memorial Stadium
55,390
13 December 10, 1972 at Kansas City Chiefs L 10–24 5–8 Arrowhead Stadium
44,175
14 December 16, 1972 at Miami Dolphins L 0–16 5–9 Miami Orange Bowl
80,010

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Miami Dolphins 14 0 0 1.000 385 171
New York Jets 7 7 0 .500 367 324
Baltimore Colts 5 9 0 .357 235 252
Buffalo Bills 4 9 1 .321 257 377
New England Patriots 3 11 0 .214 192 446

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.283