The New England Patriots finished the National Football League's 1972 season with a record of three wins and eleven losses, and finished last in the AFCEast Division. The Patriots continued their period of futility as they slumped to another horrendous record of 3-11, and missed the playoffs for the 9th straight season. After getting embarrassed 31-7 in their home opener against Cincinnati, the Patriots would win their next 2 games against Atlanta and Washington. However, the Patriots would continue their midseason misery, as they would lose 9 straight games to slide to 2-10 before winning their first (and only) road game against the New Orleans Saints. New England went winless against AFC opponents. Besides their embarrassing home opening loss, the Patriots had plenty of other bad moments during the season. One good example was a 52-0 thrashing given to them by the powerful Miami Dolphins. The loss went down as the worst loss in Patriots history and the most points they've ever allowed in a game in franchise history.
Although they managed to win three games, the 1972 Patriots had the second-worst point differential of any team in a 14-game NFL season, ahead of only the expansion 1976 Buccaneers. They lost eight of their fourteen games by three touchdowns or more, and their first two wins were by a single point.