1972 San Diego Chargers season

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1972 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Harland Svare
General manager Harland Svare
Owner Gene Klein
Home field San Diego Stadium
Results
Record 4–9–1
Division place 4th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1972 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–8 record in 1971. The Chargers would not get off to a good start, as they were devoured 34-3 in their season opener at San Francisco. After their week 2 win against the Denver Broncos, the Chargers would play to a 17-17 draw with another cross state rival, the Oakland Raiders. It was San Diego's fourth tie in 3 seasons (they tied 3 times in 1970). Even after they defeated the Baltimore Colts in the week following the tie, the Bolts would stumble the rest of the year, winning only 2 more games en route to a 4-9-1 season.

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster[edit]

1972 San Diego Chargers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 at San Francisco 49ers L 34–3
59,438
2 September 24, 1972 Denver Broncos W 37–14
49,048
3 October 1, 1972 at Oakland Raiders T 17–17
53,455
4 October 8, 1972 at Baltimore Colts W 23–20
55,459
5 October 15, 1972 at Miami Dolphins L 24–10
80,010
6 October 22, 1972 at Detroit Lions L 34–20
54,371
7 October 29, 1972 Kansas City Chiefs L 26–14
54,533
8 November 5, 1972 Dallas Cowboys L 34–28
54,476
9 November 13, 1972 Cleveland Browns L 21–17
54,205
10 November 19, 1972 at Kansas City Chiefs W 27–17
79,011
11 November 26, 1972 Houston Oilers W 34–20
46,289
12 December 3, 1972 Oakland Raiders L 21–19
54,611
13 December 10, 1972 at Denver Broncos L 38–13
51,478
14 December 17, 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–2
52,873

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 10 3 1 .750 3–2–1 7–3–1 365 285 W6
Kansas City Chiefs 8 6 0 .571 4–2 6–5 287 254 W3
Denver Broncos 5 9 0 .357 2–4 4–6 325 350 W2
San Diego Chargers 4 9 1 .321 2–3–1 4–6–1 264 344 L3

Notable events[edit]

In their last game for the year, the Chargers became the thirty-third team in the NFL or leagues that merged with the NFL to score only a safety in a full game. This unusual occurrence has been repeated only five times since: by the 1980 Buffalo Bills, the 1983 Minnesota Vikings, the 1993 Cincinnati Bengals, the 2011 Atlanta Falcons and the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars.

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