1972 Washington Redskins season

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1972 Washington Redskins season
Head coach George Allen
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 16–3
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 26–3
Lost Super Bowl VII (Dolphins) 14–7
Timeline
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< 1971 1973 >

The 1972 Washington Redskins season was the team's 41st season, 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 their first postseason game since 1943, and appeared in their 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 their current logo, which features a Native American head in profile within a gold circle. It remains the team's primary logo to this day.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1972 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

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18, 1972 at Minnesota Vikings W 24–21
47,900
2 September 24, 1972 St. Louis Cardinals W 24–10
53,039
3 October 1, 1972 at New England Patriots L 24–23
60,999
4 October 8, 1972 Philadelphia Eagles W 14–0
53,039
5 October 15, 1972 at St. Louis Cardinals W 33–3
50,454
6 October 22, 1972 Dallas Cowboys W 24–20
53,039
7 October 29, 1972 at New York Giants W 23–16
62,878
8 November 5, 1972 at New York Jets W 35–17
63,962
9 November 12, 1972 New York Giants W 27–13
53,039
10 November 20, 1972 Atlanta Falcons W 24–13
53,034
11 November 26, 1972 Green Bay Packers W 21–16
53,039
12 December 3, 1972 at Philadelphia Eagles W 23–7
65,720
13 December 9, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys L 34–24
65,136
14 December 17, 1972 Buffalo Bills L 24–17
53,039

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

Roster[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

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 N Miami Dolphins L 14–7
90,182

Awards and records[edit]

  • Larry Brown, NFL MVP [2]
  • Larry Brown, Bert Bell Award[3]
  • Larry Brown, AP Offensive Player of the Year
  • Billy Kilmer, NFL Leader (Tied), Touchdown Passes (19).[4] NFL Leader in Passer Rating (84.8).

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washington Redskins at Gridiron Uniform Database
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  3. ^ http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 451