1972 Green Bay Packers season

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1972 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Dan Devine
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs
(Redskins, 16–3)

The 1972 Green Bay Packers season was their 53rd season in the National Football League. The club posted 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; 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[edit]

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 became Green Bay's head coach after the 1974 season.)[11][12][13]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1972 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

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

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 20–14 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 10–9 4–2 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,967
7 October 29 Minnesota Vikings L 27–13 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 21–16 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

Playoffs[edit]

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[edit]

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

Roster[edit]

Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies and first-year players in italics

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  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.