1972 New York Giants season

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1972 New York Giants season
Head coach Alex Webster
Home field Yankee Stadium
Results
Record 8–6
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1971 1973 >

The 1972 New York Giants season was the 48th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants had an 8–6 record and finished in third place in the National Football Conference East Division, three games behind the Washington Redskins.[1][2]

The Giants had two first-round selections in the 1972 NFL Draft, and chose Eldridge Small and Larry Jacobson with the 17th and 24th overall picks, respectively.[3] Before the season, New York traded their starting quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, to the Minnesota Vikings for a package of players and draft picks that included quarterback Norm Snead, who led the league in pass completion average in 1972. The Giants lost twice to open the season, but went on a four-game winning streak afterwards. In their 11th game, the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 62–10, setting the franchise record for the most points scored in a game; it was also an Eagles record for the most points allowed. The victory put the team at 7–4 and in contention for a playoff berth. Two losses ended their postseason chances, but New York beat the Dallas Cowboys in the final game of the season to finish with 8 wins in 14 games. Halfback Ron Johnson scored nine touchdowns on running plays to top the NFL, and his 1,182 rushing yards broke the Giants' single-season record.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 at Detroit Lions L 30–16
54,418
2 September 24, 1972 Dallas Cowboys L 23–14
62,725
3 October 2, 1972 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–12
65,720
4 October 8, 1972 New Orleans Saints W 45–21
62,507
5 October 15, 1972 at San Francisco 49ers W 23–17
58,606
6 October 22, 1972 St. Louis Cardinals W 27–21
62,756
7 October 29, 1972 Washington Redskins L 23–16
62,878
8 November 5, 1972 Denver Broncos W 29–17
62,689
9 November 12, 1972 at Washington Redskins L 27–13
53,039
10 November 19, 1972 at St. Louis Cardinals W 13–7
48,014
11 November 26, 1972 Philadelphia Eagles W 62–10
62,586
12 December 3, 1972 at Cincinnati Bengals L 13–10
59,523
13 December 10, 1972 Miami Dolphins L 23–13
62,728
14 December 17, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys W 23–3
64,602

Standings[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1972 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1972 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1972 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. pp. 160–163. ISBN 1-57243-641-7.