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1972 Atlanta Falcons

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.9, Offense: -2.3, Defense: 0.4, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 269 points (19.2/g), 16th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 274 points (19.6/g), 14th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.4/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.8-7.2.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (7-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
Head Coach/General Manager Norm Van Brocklin
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 269 4011 837 4.8 34 19 17 231 157 296 1919 13 15 5.7 101 500 2092 16 4.2 113
Team Defense 274 3767 829 4.5 33 15 16 221 137 301 1704 13 18 5.2 83 504 2063 16 4.1 122
Lg Rank Offense 16 16 15 22 17 22 20 16 8 12 9 9 11 10
Lg Rank Defense 14 7 12 10 7 1 2 7 15 8 19 17 20 14

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 @ Chicago Bears 37 21 16 319 146 173 2 15 283 69 214 3
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 @ New England Patriots 20 21 20 399 217 182 19 287 184 103
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 Los Angeles Rams 31 3 17 358 61 297 3 13 249 137 112 6
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 Detroit Lions 23 26 15 278 79 199 1 15 314 134 180 4
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-2 @ New Orleans Saints 21 14 17 322 175 147 5 8 121 20 101 3
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-2 @ Green Bay Packers 10 9 19 244 137 107 1 10 215 103 112 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 4-3 San Francisco 49ers 14 49 13 152 97 55 4 19 348 159 189 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 4-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 20 19 237 120 117 2 17 295 93 202
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 5-4 New Orleans Saints 36 20 21 352 163 189 1 19 264 155 109 2
10 Mon November 20 boxscore L 5-5 @ Washington Redskins 13 24 14 256 105 151 4 18 268 109 159 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 6-5 Denver Broncos 23 20 13 250 170 80 1 17 315 213 102 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 7-5 Houston Oilers 20 10 17 328 167 161 3 13 242 154 88 6
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 7-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 0 20 14 265 116 149 4 19 276 66 210
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 7-7 Kansas City Chiefs 14 17 16 251 166 85 3 19 290 108 182 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
17 Bob Berry 30 QB 14 14 7-7-0 154 277 55.6% 2158 13 4.7 12 4.3 57 7.8 6.8 14.0 154.1 78.5 39 255 6.02 5.14 12.3 0 1
7 Pat Sullivan 22 14 0 3 19 15.8% 44 0 0.0 3 15.8 18 2.3 -4.8 14.7 3.1 0.0 2 28 0.76 -5.67 9.5
Team Total 25.1 14 7-7-0 157 296 53.0% 2202 13 4.4 15 5.1 57 7.4 6.0 14.0 157.3 70.8 41 283 5.69 4.46 12.2 0 1
Opp Total 14 137 301 45.5% 1911 13 4.3 18 6.0 6.3 4.52 13.9 136.5 55.9 24 207 5.2 3.6 7.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
43 Dave Hampton 25 FB/KR 13 11 230 995 6 56 4.3 76.5 17.7 23 244 10.6 1 43 1.8 18.8 1239 7 9
25 Art Malone 24 RB 14 14 180 798 8 27 4.4 57.0 12.9 50 585 11.7 2 57 3.6 41.8 1383 10 10
23 Joe Profit 23 8 3 40 132 0 14 3.3 16.5 5.0 3 22 7.3 0 14 0.4 2.8 154 0 2
17 Bob Berry 30 QB 14 14 24 86 2 16 3.6 6.1 1.7 1 -9 -9.0 0 -9 0.1 -0.6 77 2 7
28 Willie Belton 24 PR 14 0 10 20 0 8 2.0 1.4 0.7 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 19 0 5
44 Eddie Ray 25 7 0 8 34 0 9 4.3 4.9 1.1 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 2.0 48 0 1
82 Ken Burrow 24 WR 14 14 3 3 0 8 1.0 0.2 0.2 29 492 17.0 5 40 2.1 35.1 495 5 1
86 Jim Mitchell* 25 TE 14 14 2 19 0 18 9.5 1.4 0.1 28 470 16.8 4 40 2.0 33.6 489 4 0
7 Pat Sullivan 22 14 0 2 8 0 10 4.0 0.6 0.1 8 0 2
37 Bill Bell 25 K 14 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 -3 0 0
81 Wes Chesson 23 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 338 18.8 1 46 1.4 26.0 338 1 0
46 Ray Jarvis 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.3 4.5 18 0 0
40 Ron Lamb 29 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 1.4 10 0 0
80 Todd Snyder 24 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.1 1.4 19 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 500 2092 16 56 4.2 149.4 35.7 157 2202 14.0 13 57 11.2 157.3 4294 29 42
Opp Total 14 504 2063 16 4.1 147.4 36.0 137 1704 12.4 13 9.8 121.7 3767 29 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
28 Willie Belton 24 PR 14 0 17 110 0 34 6.5 21 441 0 41 21.0 570
43 Dave Hampton 25 FB/KR 13 11 25 535 0 52 21.4 1774
34 Ray Brown 23 SS 14 13 8 71 0 29 8.9 71
31 Willie Germany 24 12 0 2 5 0 5 2.5 5
25 Art Malone 24 RB 14 14 2 37 0 20 18.5 1420
81 Wes Chesson 23 WR 13 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 338
29 Clarence Ellis 22 FS 13 13 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
35 Tony Plummer 25 14 1 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
66 John Small 26 9 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 27 194 0 34 7.2 52 1039 0 52 20.0 5527
Opp Total 14 30 239 0 8.0 48 1076 1 22.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
37 Bill Bell 25 K 14 0 5 3 6 5 10 7 9 1 30 16 53.3%% 31 31 100.0%%
6 John James 23 P 14 0 61 2609 59 0 42.8
Team Total 25.1 14 5 3 6 5 10 7 9 1 30 16 53.3%% 31 31 100.0%% 61 2609 59 0 42.8
Opp Total 14 31 17 54.8%% 32 31 96.9%% 56 2341 41.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
43 Dave Hampton 25 FB/KR 13 11 0 9 3 6 0
25 Art Malone 24 RB 14 14 0 10 2 0 0
28 Willie Belton 24 PR 14 0 0 5 4 0 0
17 Bob Berry 30 QB 14 14 0 7 2 -7 0
27 Tom Hayes 26 RCB 14 14 5 10 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis* 29 MLB 14 14 3 74 1 37 0 0 1 2 3 0
34 Ray Brown 23 SS 14 13 2 46 0 46 0 0 1 1 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 28 LCB 14 14 3 59 0 28 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Ken Burrow 24 WR 14 14 0 1 2 0 0
29 Clarence Ellis 22 FS 13 13 3 13 0 13 0
31 Willie Germany 24 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
58 Don Hansen 28 LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
7 Pat Sullivan 22 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
71 John Zook 25 RDE 14 14 0 1 2 37 1
87 Claude Humphrey*+ 28 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0 1
69 Mike Lewis 23 RDT 14 14 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
23 Joe Profit 23 8 3 0 2 0 0 0
44 Eddie Ray 25 7 0 0 1 1 0 0
50 Greg Brezina 26 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
32 Ray Easterling 23 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 Dennis Havig 23 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
83 Larry Mialik 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Jim Mitchell* 25 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
66 John Small 26 9 2 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jeff Van Note 26 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 18 205 1 46 0 0 42 36 39 1 2
Opp Total 14 41 23 8

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
37 Bill Bell 25 K 14 0 31 16 79
25 Art Malone 24 RB 14 14 8 2 10 60
43 Dave Hampton 25 FB/KR 13 11 6 1 7 42
82 Ken Burrow 24 WR 14 14 5 5 30
86 Jim Mitchell* 25 TE 14 14 4 4 24
17 Bob Berry 30 QB 14 14 2 2 12
81 Wes Chesson 23 WR 13 13 1 1 6
60 Tommy Nobis* 29 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
71 John Zook 25 RDE 14 14 1 1 6
87 Claude Humphrey*+ 28 LDE 14 14 1 2
69 Mike Lewis 23 RDT 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.1 14 16 13 1 1 31 31 16 2 269
Opp Total 14 16 13 1 1 1 31 17 274

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ CHI W, 37-21 1 26 fumble John Zook 26 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ CHI W, 37-21 2 32 pass Ken Burrow 32 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ CHI W, 37-21 2 1 rush Bob Berry 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
4 1972-09-17 @ CHI W, 37-21 2 57 pass Art Malone 57 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ NWE L, 20-21 3 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
6 1972-09-24 @ NWE L, 20-21 3 1 rush Dave Hampton 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
7 1972-10-01 RAM W, 31-3 1 38 pass Ken Burrow 38 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
8 1972-10-01 RAM W, 31-3 2 56 rush Dave Hampton 56 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
9 1972-10-01 RAM W, 31-3 3 29 interception Tommy Nobis 29 yard interception return (Bill Bell kick)
10 1972-10-01 RAM W, 31-3 4 1 rush Dave Hampton 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
11 1972-10-08 DET L, 23-26 3 10 rush Art Malone 10 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
12 1972-10-08 DET L, 23-26 4 2 pass Art Malone 2 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
13 1972-10-15 @ NOR W, 21-14 1 10 pass Jim Mitchell 10 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
14 1972-10-15 @ NOR W, 21-14 3 5 pass Jim Mitchell 5 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
15 1972-10-15 @ NOR W, 21-14 4 23 pass Ken Burrow 23 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
16 1972-10-22 @ GNB W, 10-9 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
17 1972-10-29 SFO L, 14-49 1 2 rush Art Malone 2 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
18 1972-10-29 SFO L, 14-49 2 40 pass Jim Mitchell 40 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
19 1972-11-05 @ RAM L, 7-20 2 4 pass Dave Hampton 4 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
20 1972-11-12 NOR W, 36-20 1 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
21 1972-11-12 NOR W, 36-20 2 16 rush Dave Hampton 16 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
22 1972-11-12 NOR W, 36-20 2 2 rush Bob Berry 2 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
23 1972-11-12 NOR W, 36-20 3 15 pass Ken Burrow 15 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
24 1972-11-20 @ WAS L, 13-24 1 36 pass Jim Mitchell 36 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
25 1972-11-26 DEN W, 23-20 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
26 1972-11-26 DEN W, 23-20 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
27 1972-11-26 DEN W, 23-20 3 27 pass Wes Chesson 27 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
28 1972-12-03 HOU W, 20-10 1 3 rush Dave Hampton 3 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
29 1972-12-03 HOU W, 20-10 3 4 rush Dave Hampton 4 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
30 1972-12-17 KAN L, 14-17 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
31 1972-12-17 KAN L, 14-17 4 17 pass Ken Burrow 17 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ CHI L, 21-37 1 6 pass Bob Parsons 6 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ CHI L, 21-37 3 38 pass Earl Thomas 38 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ CHI L, 21-37 4 1 rush Jim Harrison 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ NWE W, 21-20 2 4 rush Josh Ashton 4 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ NWE W, 21-20 4 37 pass Randy Vataha 37 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
6 1972-09-24 @ NWE W, 21-20 4 12 rush Carl Garrett 12 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
7 1972-10-08 DET W, 26-23 2 8 rush Steve Owens 8 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
8 1972-10-08 DET W, 26-23 3 82 pass Ron Jessie 82 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
9 1972-10-08 DET W, 26-23 4 3 rush Steve Owens 3 yard rush
10 1972-10-15 @ NOR L, 14-21 1 85 fumble Ernie Jackson 85 yard fumble return (Charlie Durkee kick)
11 1972-10-15 @ NOR L, 14-21 1 3 rush Archie Manning 3 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
12 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 1 98 kickoff Vic Washington 98 yard kickoff return (Bruce Gossett kick)
13 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 1 10 pass Ted Kwalick 10 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
14 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 2 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
15 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 3 43 pass Gene Washington 43 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
16 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 3 28 pass Preston Riley 28 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
17 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 4 37 interception Skip Vanderbundt 37 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)
18 1972-10-29 SFO W, 49-14 4 2 rush Vic Washington 2 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1972-11-05 @ RAM W, 20-7 1 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
20 1972-11-05 @ RAM W, 20-7 3 7 rush Jim Bertelsen 7 yard rush (David Ray kick)
21 1972-11-12 NOR L, 20-36 3 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
22 1972-11-12 NOR L, 20-36 4 2 pass Robert Brown 2 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
23 1972-11-20 @ WAS W, 24-13 2 1 rush Larry Brown 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
24 1972-11-20 @ WAS W, 24-13 3 18 pass Larry Brown 18 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
25 1972-11-20 @ WAS W, 24-13 3 12 pass Jerry Smith 12 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
26 1972-11-26 DEN L, 20-23 1 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
27 1972-11-26 DEN L, 20-23 4 34 pass Rod Sherman 34 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
28 1972-12-03 HOU L, 10-20 3 9 rush Dan Pastorini 9 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
29 1972-12-10 @ SFO W, 20-0 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
30 1972-12-10 @ SFO W, 20-0 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
31 1972-12-17 KAN W, 17-14 3 15 pass Otis Taylor 15 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
32 1972-12-17 KAN W, 17-14 4 7 pass Ed Podolak 7 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)