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1972 Chicago Bears

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.3, Offense: -2.8, Defense: 1.5, SoS: 2.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 225 points (16.1/g), 21st of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (19.6/g), 15th.
 Differential of -50 points (-3.6/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 5.4-8.6.

Coach: Abe Gibron (4-9-1)

Stadium: Soldier Field
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
President/General Manager George Halas Jr.
Director of Player Personnel Bobby Walston
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 225 3468 773 4.5 35 22 12 190 78 205 1108 9 13 4.7 54 536 2360 15 4.4 124
Team Defense 275 3923 841 4.7 35 14 20 224 180 342 2172 16 21 6.0 108 476 1751 11 3.7 96
Lg Rank Offense 21 23 18 25 24 26 26 25 6 23 3 4 14 6
Lg Rank Defense 15 13 10 14 10 12 14 14 10 17 15 8 7 3

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 L 0-1 Atlanta Falcons 21 37 15 283 69 214 3 16 319 146 173 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore T 0-1-1 Los Angeles Rams 13 13 11 170 26 144 4 8 171 65 106 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-2-1 Detroit Lions 24 38 21 327 74 253 3 21 312 115 197
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-3-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 20 13 258 119 139 1 17 341 240 101 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 1-3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 17 0 13 310 54 256 1 9 163 126 37 1
6 Mon October 23 boxscore W 2-3-1 Minnesota Vikings 13 10 17 241 46 195 4 12 282 231 51 4
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 3-3-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 27 10 15 329 180 149 2 17 269 119 150 4
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 3-4-1 @ Detroit Lions 0 14 9 146 24 122 1 21 326 135 191 4
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 3-5-1 Green Bay Packers 17 23 19 296 117 179 3 8 163 40 123 2
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 3-6-1 San Francisco 49ers 21 34 15 356 223 133 3 20 376 266 110
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 3-7-1 Cincinnati Bengals 3 13 9 216 106 110 2 13 271 113 158 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 3-8-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 10 23 5 91 1 90 3 19 341 261 80 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 4-8-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 12 13 250 36 214 4 18 230 147 83 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 4-9-1 @ Oakland Raiders 21 28 15 195 33 162 1 25 359 168 191 4

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
10 Bobby Douglass 25 QB 14 14 4-9-1 75 198 37.9% 1246 9 4.5 12 6.1 85 6.3 4.5 16.6 89.0 49.8 32 175 4.66 3.09 13.9 1 1
7 John Huarte 29 2 0 2 5 40.0% 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 8 2.8 2.8 7.0 7.0 47.9 0 0 2.80 2.80 0.0
88 Bobby Joe Green 36 P 14 0 1 2 50.0% 23 0 0.0 1 50.0 23 11.5 -11.0 23.0 1.6 52.1 0 0 11.50 -11.00 0.0
Team Total 26.1 14 4-9-1 78 205 38.0% 1283 9 4.4 13 6.3 85 6.3 4.3 16.4 91.6 48.1 32 175 4.68 2.97 13.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 180 342 52.6% 2345 16 4.7 21 6.1 6.9 5.03 13.0 167.5 64.5 23 173 6.0 4.2 6.3

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
35 Jim Harrison 24 FB 14 14 167 622 2 19 3.7 44.4 11.9 8 30 3.8 1 20 0.6 2.1 652 3 7
10 Bobby Douglass 25 QB 14 14 141 968 8 57 6.9 69.1 10.1 968 8 9
24 Don Shy 27 13 7 91 342 1 22 3.8 26.3 7.0 10 109 10.9 0 28 0.8 8.4 451 1 5
22 Cyril Pinder 26 RB 13 7 87 300 3 19 3.4 23.1 6.7 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.0 313 3 4
36 Roger Lawson 23 12 0 33 106 1 14 3.2 8.8 2.8 8 120 15.0 0 40 0.7 10.0 226 1 2
82 Earl Thomas 24 TE 14 14 5 13 0 8 2.6 0.9 0.4 20 365 18.3 3 44 1.4 26.1 378 3 1
21 Cecil Turner 28 14 0 3 0 0 11 0.0 0.0 0.2 3 71 23.7 0 36 0.2 5.1 71 0 2
33 Gary Kosins 23 14 0 3 5 0 3 1.7 0.4 0.2 2 15 7.5 1 8 0.1 1.1 20 1 1
43 George Farmer 24 WR 14 14 2 -13 0 -2 -6.5 -0.9 0.1 14 380 27.1 2 85 1.0 27.1 367 2 0
84 Jim Seymour 26 WR 14 14 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.6 0.1 10 165 16.5 1 35 0.7 11.8 156 1 0
86 Bob Parsons 22 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1 6 6.0 1 6 0.1 0.5 6 1 1
51 Dick Butkus*+ 30 MLB 14 14 1 28 0 28 28.0 2.0 0.1 28 0 0
7 John Huarte 29 2 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -1.0 0.5 -2 0 1
89 Bob Wallace 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 9 0 0
Team Total 26.1 14 536 2360 15 57 4.4 168.6 38.3 78 1283 16.4 9 85 5.6 91.6 3643 24 40
Opp Total 14 476 1751 11 3.7 125.1 34.0 180 2172 12.1 16 12.9 155.1 3923 27 37

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
48 Ron Smith* 29 KR/PR/SS 14 14 26 163 0 29 6.3 30 924 1 94 30.8 1087
21 Cecil Turner 28 14 0 16 409 0 57 25.6 480
25 Craig Clemons 23 14 0 2 15 0 10 7.5 2 53 0 27 26.5 68
51 Dick Butkus*+ 30 MLB 14 14 1 15 0 15 15.0 43
61 Glen Holloway 24 LG 14 14 1 28 0 28 28.0 28
64 Larry Horton 23 10 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
22 Cyril Pinder 26 RB 13 7 1 14 0 14 14.0 327
82 Earl Thomas 24 TE 14 14 0 82 1 82 460
Team Total 26.1 14 28 178 0 29 6.4 52 1528 2 94 29.4 5349
Opp Total 14 24 126 0 5.3 42 1025 0 24.4

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
88 Bobby Joe Green 36 P 14 0 67 2758 58 0 41.2
83 Mac Percival 32 K 14 0 6 6 4 3 4 2 9 1 1 24 12 50.0%% 26 26 100.0%%
51 Dick Butkus*+ 30 MLB 14 14 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 26.1 14 6 6 4 3 4 2 9 1 1 24 12 50.0%% 27 27 100.0%% 67 2758 58 0 41.2
Opp Total 14 27 19 70.4%% 31 30 96.8%% 62 2666 43.0

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
10 Bobby Douglass 25 QB 14 14 0 9 5 0 0
35 Jim Harrison 24 FB 14 14 0 7 2 0 0
32 Charlie Ford 24 LCB 14 14 7 104 0 43 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Dick Butkus*+ 30 MLB 14 14 2 19 0 14 0 0 0 4 11 0
22 Cyril Pinder 26 RB 13 7 0 4 1 0 0
24 Don Shy 27 13 7 0 5 0 0 0
52 Rich Coady 28 C 14 14 0 2 2 -21 0
48 Ron Smith* 29 KR/PR/SS 14 14 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0
20 Joe Taylor 33 RCB 14 14 4 0 0 0 0
88 Bobby Joe Green 36 P 14 0 0 1 2 -13 0
18 Jerry Moore 23 FS 13 11 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 1 0
31 Ross Brupbacher 24 RLB 14 14 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 John Huarte 29 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
29 Bob Jeter 35 10 0 2 0 0 0 0
33 Gary Kosins 23 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
36 Roger Lawson 23 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
44 Garry Lyle 27 3 3 2 52 0 35 0
68 Jim Osborne 23 LDT 14 13 0 0 2 0 0
21 Cecil Turner 28 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
55 Doug Buffone 28 LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
25 Craig Clemons 23 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
61 Glen Holloway 24 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
65 Randy Jackson 28 LT 14 14 0 0 1 5 0
67 Bill Line 24 RDT 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
86 Bob Parsons 22 13 0 0 1 0 -9 0
58 Bob Pifferini 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Andy Rice 32 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
53 Larry Rowden 23 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Earl Thomas 24 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 14 21 193 0 43 0 0 40 30 -26 0
Opp Total 14 32 37 23 1

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
83 Mac Percival 32 K 14 0 26 12 62
10 Bobby Douglass 25 QB 14 14 8 8 48
82 Earl Thomas 24 TE 14 14 3 1 4 24
35 Jim Harrison 24 FB 14 14 2 1 3 18
22 Cyril Pinder 26 RB 13 7 3 3 18
43 George Farmer 24 WR 14 14 2 2 12
31 Ross Brupbacher 24 RLB 14 14 1 1 6
33 Gary Kosins 23 14 0 1 1 6
36 Roger Lawson 23 12 0 1 1 6
86 Bob Parsons 22 13 0 1 1 6
84 Jim Seymour 26 WR 14 14 1 1 6
24 Don Shy 27 13 7 1 1 6
48 Ron Smith* 29 KR/PR/SS 14 14 1 1 6
51 Dick Butkus*+ 30 MLB 14 14 1 1
Team Total 26.1 14 15 9 2 1 27 27 12 225
Opp Total 14 11 16 3 1 30 19 1 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 ATL L, 21-37 1 6 pass Bob Parsons 6 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
2 1972-09-17 ATL L, 21-37 3 38 pass Earl Thomas 38 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
3 1972-09-17 ATL L, 21-37 4 1 rush Jim Harrison 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
4 1972-09-24 RAM T, 13-13 4 30 pass Earl Thomas 30 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
5 1972-10-01 DET L, 24-38 2 4 rush Bobby Douglass 4 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
6 1972-10-01 DET L, 24-38 4 11 rush Cyril Pinder 11 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
7 1972-10-01 DET L, 24-38 4 17 rush Jim Harrison 17 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
8 1972-10-08 @ GNB L, 17-20 3 2 rush Cyril Pinder 2 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
9 1972-10-08 @ GNB L, 17-20 4 2 rush Bobby Douglass 2 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
10 1972-10-15 @ CLE W, 17-0 1 41 pass Earl Thomas 41 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
11 1972-10-15 @ CLE W, 17-0 4 57 rush Bobby Douglass 57 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
12 1972-10-23 MIN W, 13-10 2 4 pass Jim Harrison 4 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
13 1972-10-29 @ STL W, 27-10 2 82 kickoff Earl Thomas 82 yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)
14 1972-10-29 @ STL W, 27-10 2 73 pass George Farmer 73 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
15 1972-10-29 @ STL W, 27-10 4 5 rush Bobby Douglass 5 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
16 1972-11-12 GNB L, 17-23 1 4 rush Cyril Pinder 4 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
17 1972-11-12 GNB L, 17-23 4 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
18 1972-11-19 SFO L, 21-34 3 2 rush Bobby Douglass 2 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
19 1972-11-19 SFO L, 21-34 3 85 pass George Farmer 85 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
20 1972-11-19 SFO L, 21-34 4 35 pass Jim Seymour 35 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
21 1972-12-03 @ MIN L, 10-23 4 7 pass Gary Kosins 7 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
22 1972-12-10 @ PHI W, 21-12 1 19 rush Bobby Douglass 19 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
23 1972-12-10 @ PHI W, 21-12 3 1 rush Roger Lawson 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
24 1972-12-10 @ PHI W, 21-12 4 32 rush Bobby Douglass 32 yard rush (Dick Butkus pass from Bobby Douglass)
25 1972-12-17 @ OAK L, 21-28 1 94 kickoff Ron Smith 94 yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)
26 1972-12-17 @ OAK L, 21-28 3 0 fumble Ross Brupbacher 0 yard fumble return (Mac Percival kick)
27 1972-12-17 @ OAK L, 21-28 4 1 rush Don Shy 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 ATL W, 37-21 1 26 fumble John Zook 26 yard fumble return (Bill Bell kick)
2 1972-09-17 ATL W, 37-21 2 32 pass Ken Burrow 32 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
3 1972-09-17 ATL W, 37-21 2 1 rush Bob Berry 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
4 1972-09-17 ATL W, 37-21 2 57 pass Art Malone 57 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
5 1972-09-24 RAM T, 13-13 1 24 interception Gene Howard 24 yard interception return (David Ray kick)
6 1972-10-01 DET W, 38-24 1 3 pass Craig Cotton 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
7 1972-10-01 DET W, 38-24 2 10 rush Greg Landry 10 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
8 1972-10-01 DET W, 38-24 2 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
9 1972-10-01 DET W, 38-24 3 6 rush Greg Landry 6 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
10 1972-10-01 DET W, 38-24 4 13 rush Greg Landry 13 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
11 1972-10-08 @ GNB W, 20-17 1 21 fumble Sweeny Williams 21 yard fumble return (Chester Marcol kick)
12 1972-10-08 @ GNB W, 20-17 2 48 pass Jon Staggers 48 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Chester Marcol kick)
13 1972-10-23 MIN L, 10-13 1 44 pass John Gilliam 44 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
14 1972-10-29 @ STL L, 10-27 3 7 pass Donny Anderson 7 yard pass from Tim Van Galder (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1972-11-05 @ DET W, 14-0 1 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
16 1972-11-05 @ DET W, 14-0 2 1 rush Greg Landry 1 yard rush (Mickey Zofko pass from Greg Landry)
17 1972-11-12 GNB W, 23-17 1 12 rush John Brockington 12 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
18 1972-11-12 GNB W, 23-17 1 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
19 1972-11-19 SFO W, 34-21 1 2 pass Ted Kwalick 2 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1972-11-19 SFO W, 34-21 2 16 pass Ted Kwalick 16 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
21 1972-11-19 SFO W, 34-21 3 43 pass Gene Washington 43 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1972-11-19 SFO W, 34-21 3 9 pass Vic Washington 9 yard pass from Steve Spurrier
23 1972-11-19 SFO W, 34-21 4 64 pass Larry Schreiber 64 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1972-11-26 CIN W, 13-3 2 26 pass Essex Johnson 26 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
25 1972-12-03 @ MIN W, 23-10 2 15 pass John Henderson 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
26 1972-12-03 @ MIN W, 23-10 3 24 fumble Bobby Bryant 24 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
27 1972-12-10 @ PHI L, 12-21 2 16 pass Kent Kramer 16 yard pass from John Reaves (Tom Dempsey kick)
28 1972-12-17 @ OAK W, 28-21 1 14 pass Charlie Smith 14 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
29 1972-12-17 @ OAK W, 28-21 3 19 pass Charlie Smith 19 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
30 1972-12-17 @ OAK W, 28-21 4 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
31 1972-12-17 @ OAK W, 28-21 4 45 rush Clarence Davis 45 yard rush (George Blanda kick)