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1972 Baltimore Colts

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.3, Offense: -5.1, Defense: 2.8, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 235 points (16.8/g), 20th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 252 points (18.0/g), 11th.
 Differential of -17 points (-1.2/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 6.4-7.6.

Coach: Don McCafferty (1-4-0) and John Sandusky (4-5-0)

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
 Training Camp: Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado)

Team Info

Principal Owner Robert Irsay On 1972-07-26, Irsay purchased the Rams and traded them to Carroll Rosenbloom for the Colts
General Manager Joe Thomas
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 235 4187 868 4.8 34 22 30 251 203 381 2293 15 12 5.6 124 462 1894 10 4.1 97
Team Defense 252 4312 853 5.1 36 13 13 233 178 313 2323 15 23 6.9 109 515 1989 15 3.9 111
Lg Rank Offense 20 14 15 25 7 7 11 14 3 14 17 17 21 12
Lg Rank Defense 11 20 7 17 14 5 20 12 7 24 20 15 17 8

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 St. Louis Cardinals 3 10 20 364 247 117 3 5 134 88 46
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-2 New York Jets 34 44 28 412 332 80 2 19 573 490 83 2
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 1-2 @ Buffalo Bills 17 0 17 339 180 159 4 11 229 111 118 5
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-3 San Diego Chargers 20 23 19 265 120 145 3 24 350 137 213 5
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-4 Dallas Cowboys 0 21 14 175 70 105 3 21 390 265 125 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 1-5 @ New York Jets 20 24 23 406 227 179 2 10 347 228 119 4
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 1-6 Miami Dolphins 0 23 12 192 78 114 2 24 375 89 286 1
8 Mon November 6 boxscore W 2-6 @ New England Patriots 24 17 19 267 89 178 2 21 281 154 127 3
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 2-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 24 18 297 213 84 1 19 310 105 205 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 3-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 20 19 17 306 163 143 1 17 267 186 81 1
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 4-7 New England Patriots 31 0 15 262 98 164 2 12 206 75 131 6
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 5-7 Buffalo Bills 35 7 22 391 202 189 13 244 144 100 4
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 5-8 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 24 14 254 148 106 3 21 322 137 185
14 Sat December 16 boxscore L 5-9 @ Miami Dolphins 0 16 13 257 126 131 6 16 284 114 170 2

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
14 Marty Domres 25 QB 12 9 4-5-0 115 222 51.8% 1392 11 5.0 6 2.7 62 6.3 6.0 12.1 116.0 76.6 11 96 5.56 5.35 4.7 1 1
19 Johnny Unitas 39 qb 8 5 1-4-0 88 157 56.1% 1111 4 2.5 6 3.8 63 7.1 5.9 12.6 138.9 70.8 14 114 5.83 4.72 8.2
17 Sam Havrilak 25 WR 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
11 Jack Mildren 23 14 1 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 14 5-9-0 203 381 53.3% 2503 15 3.9 12 3.1 63 6.6 5.9 12.3 178.8 73.9 25 210 5.65 5.06 6.2 1 1
Opp Total 14 178 313 56.9% 2555 15 4.8 23 7.3 8.2 5.81 14.4 182.5 68.8 25 232 6.9 4.7 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
23 Don McCauley 23 RB 14 10 178 675 2 36 3.8 48.2 12.7 30 256 8.5 2 34 2.1 18.3 931 4 2
48 Don Nottingham 23 FB 14 11 123 466 3 25 3.8 33.3 8.8 25 191 7.6 0 27 1.8 13.6 657 3 6
26 Lydell Mitchell 23 rb 11 1 45 215 1 14 4.8 19.5 4.1 18 147 8.2 1 26 1.6 13.4 362 2 3
41 Tom Matte 33 6 4 33 137 0 18 4.2 22.8 5.5 14 182 13.0 1 43 2.3 30.3 319 1 2
14 Marty Domres 25 QB 12 9 30 137 1 15 4.6 11.4 2.5 137 1 4
36 Norm Bulaich 26 6 2 27 109 1 18 4.0 18.2 4.5 9 55 6.1 0 10 1.5 9.2 164 1 2
17 Sam Havrilak 25 WR 14 14 12 72 2 32 6.0 5.1 0.9 33 571 17.3 4 62 2.4 40.8 643 6 0
80 Jim O'Brien 25 K/WR 14 8 3 9 0 7 3.0 0.6 0.2 11 263 23.9 2 44 0.8 18.8 272 2 0
11 Jack Mildren 23 14 1 3 8 0 5 2.7 0.6 0.2 8 0 1
34 Tom Nowatzke 30 6 0 3 11 0 6 3.7 1.8 0.5 11 0 0
19 Johnny Unitas 39 qb 8 5 3 15 0 8 5.0 1.9 0.4 15 0 3
35 Glenn Doughty 25 5 0 2 33 0 17 16.5 6.6 0.4 3 31 10.3 0 19 0.6 6.2 64 0 0
84 Tom Mitchell 28 TE 14 14 0 7 0 7 0.5 0.0 40 494 12.4 4 34 2.9 35.3 501 4 1
33 Eddie Hinton 25 8 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 146 13.3 1 63 1.4 18.3 146 1 1
28 Cotton Speyrer 23 5 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 114 14.3 0 21 1.6 22.8 114 0 0
88 John Mosier 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 53 53.0 0 53 0.1 3.8 53 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 462 1894 10 36 4.1 135.3 33.0 203 2503 12.3 15 63 14.5 178.8 4397 25 37
Opp Total 14 515 1989 15 3.9 142.1 36.8 178 2323 13.1 15 12.7 165.9 4312 30 22

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
40 Bruce Laird* 22 KR/PR 14 1 34 303 0 42 8.9 29 843 0 73 29.1 1146
23 Don McCauley 23 RB 14 10 13 377 1 93 29.0 1308
21 Rick Volk 27 FS 14 14 5 25 0 8 5.0 25
20 Jerry Logan 31 SS 14 13 4 20 0 7 5.0 20
48 Don Nottingham 23 FB 14 11 2 38 0 19 19.0 695
36 Norm Bulaich 26 6 2 1 62 0 62 62.0 226
83 Ted Hendricks* 25 LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
11 Jack Mildren 23 14 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 9
Team Total 26.5 14 43 348 0 42 8.1 47 1321 1 93 28.1 6066
Opp Total 14 29 204 0 7.0 50 1091 0 21.8

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
49 David Lee 29 P 14 0 57 2400 60 1 42.1
80 Jim O'Brien 25 K/WR 14 8 3 2 8 6 8 3 12 2 31 13 41.9%% 24 24 100.0%%
2 Boris Shlapak 22 k 8 0 5 3 8 0.0%% 4 4 100.0%%
Team Total 26.5 14 3 2 8 6 8 3 17 2 3 39 13 33.3%% 28 28 100.0%% 57 2400 60 1 42.1
Opp Total 14 24 15 62.5%% 30 27 90.0%% 71 2769 39.0

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
40 Bruce Laird* 22 KR/PR 14 1 1 31 0 31 0 0 8 4 14 0
20 Jerry Logan 31 SS 14 13 4 47 0 20 0 0 2 1 10 0
48 Don Nottingham 23 FB 14 11 0 6 0 0 0
47 Charlie Stukes 29 LCB 12 12 5 23 0 11 0
21 Rick Volk 27 FS 14 14 4 86 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Mike Curtis 29 MLB 14 14 4 74 1 33 0
14 Marty Domres 25 QB 12 9 0 4 0 0 0
26 Lydell Mitchell 23 rb 11 1 0 3 1 0 0
50 Bill Curry* 30 C 14 14 0 1 2 -18 0
83 Ted Hendricks* 25 LLB 14 14 2 13 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
11 Jack Mildren 23 14 1 0 1 2 0 0
76 Fred Miller 32 LDT 12 8 0 0 3 13 0
84 Tom Mitchell 28 TE 14 14 0 1 2 6 0
19 Johnny Unitas 39 qb 8 5 0 3 0 0 0
36 Norm Bulaich 26 6 2 0 2 0 0 0
33 Eddie Hinton 25 8 2 0 1 1 0 0
44 Rex Kern 23 5 3 0 0 2 0 0
41 Tom Matte 33 6 4 0 2 0 0 0
56 Ray May 27 RLB 14 14 2 43 0 37 0
23 Don McCauley 23 RB 14 10 0 2 0 0 0
79 Jim Bailey 24 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
17 Sam Havrilak 25 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
43 Lonnie Hepburn 23 RCB 14 11 1 14 0 14 0
85 Roy Hilton 29 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
51 Bill Laskey 29 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Nelson Munsey 24 9 1 0 0 1 3 1
81 Billy Newsome 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
71 Dan Sullivan 33 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
72 Bob Vogel 31 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 23 331 1 37 0 0 37 27 28 1
Opp Total 14 25 22 9

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
80 Jim O'Brien 25 K/WR 14 8 2 2 24 13 75
17 Sam Havrilak 25 WR 14 14 2 4 6 36
23 Don McCauley 23 RB 14 10 2 2 1 5 30
84 Tom Mitchell 28 TE 14 14 4 4 24
48 Don Nottingham 23 FB 14 11 3 3 18
26 Lydell Mitchell 23 rb 11 1 1 1 2 12
36 Norm Bulaich 26 6 2 1 1 6
32 Mike Curtis 29 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
14 Marty Domres 25 QB 12 9 1 1 6
33 Eddie Hinton 25 8 2 1 1 6
41 Tom Matte 33 6 4 1 1 6
31 Nelson Munsey 24 9 1 1 1 6
2 Boris Shlapak 22 k 8 0 4 4
Team Total 26.5 14 10 15 1 1 1 28 28 13 235
Opp Total 14 15 15 27 15 252

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-24 NYJ L, 34-44 1 40 pass Sam Havrilak 40 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
2 1972-09-24 NYJ L, 34-44 2 93 kickoff Don McCauley 93 yard kickoff return (Jim O'Brien kick)
3 1972-09-24 NYJ L, 34-44 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
4 1972-09-24 NYJ L, 34-44 4 21 pass Tom Matte 21 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
5 1972-10-01 @ BUF W, 17-0 1 27 pass Tom Mitchell 27 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
6 1972-10-01 @ BUF W, 17-0 2 12 rush Sam Havrilak 12 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
7 1972-10-08 SDG L, 20-23 3 13 rush Don Nottingham 13 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
8 1972-10-08 SDG L, 20-23 3 3 rush Don Nottingham 3 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
9 1972-10-22 @ NYJ L, 20-24 2 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
10 1972-10-22 @ NYJ L, 20-24 4 13 pass Jim O'Brien 13 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
11 1972-11-06 @ NWE W, 24-17 1 32 rush Sam Havrilak 32 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
12 1972-11-06 @ NWE W, 24-17 3 17 pass Tom Mitchell 17 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
13 1972-11-06 @ NWE W, 24-17 3 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
14 1972-11-12 @ SFO L, 21-24 1 3 fumble Nelson Munsey 3 yard fumble return (Jim O'Brien kick)
15 1972-11-12 @ SFO L, 21-24 4 4 rush Don McCauley 4 yard rush (Boris Shlapak kick)
16 1972-11-12 @ SFO L, 21-24 4 62 pass Sam Havrilak 62 yard pass from Marty Domres (Boris Shlapak kick)
17 1972-11-19 @ CIN W, 20-19 2 40 pass Jim O'Brien 40 yard pass from Marty Domres (Boris Shlapak kick)
18 1972-11-19 @ CIN W, 20-19 4 11 rush Lydell Mitchell 11 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
19 1972-11-26 NWE W, 31-0 2 40 pass Sam Havrilak 40 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
20 1972-11-26 NWE W, 31-0 2 3 pass Sam Havrilak 3 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
21 1972-11-26 NWE W, 31-0 3 3 pass Tom Mitchell 3 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
22 1972-11-26 NWE W, 31-0 3 22 interception Mike Curtis 22 yard interception return (Boris Shlapak kick)
23 1972-12-03 BUF W, 35-7 1 29 pass Don McCauley 29 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
24 1972-12-03 BUF W, 35-7 1 17 pass Lydell Mitchell 17 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
25 1972-12-03 BUF W, 35-7 3 9 pass Don McCauley 9 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
26 1972-12-03 BUF W, 35-7 4 15 rush Marty Domres 15 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
27 1972-12-03 BUF W, 35-7 4 63 pass Eddie Hinton 63 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
28 1972-12-10 @ KAN L, 10-24 2 5 pass Tom Mitchell 5 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 STL W, 10-3 3 4 rush Donny Anderson 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1972-09-24 NYJ W, 44-34 1 65 pass Eddie Bell 65 yard pass from Joe Namath
3 1972-09-24 NYJ W, 44-34 2 67 pass John Riggins 67 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1972-09-24 NYJ W, 44-34 2 28 pass Don Maynard 28 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1972-09-24 NYJ W, 44-34 2 10 pass Rich Caster 10 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1972-09-24 NYJ W, 44-34 4 79 pass Rich Caster 79 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
7 1972-09-24 NYJ W, 44-34 4 80 pass Rich Caster 80 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1972-10-08 SDG W, 23-20 1 1 rush Mike Garrett 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
9 1972-10-08 SDG W, 23-20 4 2 rush Mike Garrett 2 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
10 1972-10-15 DAL W, 21-0 2 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1972-10-15 DAL W, 21-0 3 16 pass Calvin Hill 16 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1972-10-15 DAL W, 21-0 4 44 pass Ron Sellers 44 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
13 1972-10-22 @ NYJ W, 24-20 1 32 rush John Riggins 32 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1972-10-22 @ NYJ W, 24-20 1 49 pass Emerson Boozer 49 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1972-10-22 @ NYJ W, 24-20 4 83 pass Eddie Bell 83 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1972-10-29 MIA W, 23-0 1 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1972-10-29 MIA W, 23-0 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush
18 1972-10-29 MIA W, 23-0 3 7 rush Mercury Morris 7 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1972-11-06 @ NWE L, 17-24 3 2 rush Jim Plunkett 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
20 1972-11-06 @ NWE L, 17-24 4 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
21 1972-11-12 @ SFO W, 24-21 1 7 pass Ken Willard 7 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1972-11-12 @ SFO W, 24-21 2 8 rush Larry Schreiber 8 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
23 1972-11-12 @ SFO W, 24-21 4 25 pass Ted Kwalick 25 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1972-11-19 @ CIN L, 19-20 1 9 rush Ken Anderson 9 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
25 1972-11-19 @ CIN L, 19-20 4 1 rush Doug Dressler 1 yard rush
26 1972-12-03 BUF L, 7-35 4 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1972-12-10 @ KAN W, 24-10 2 13 pass Wendell Hayes 13 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
28 1972-12-10 @ KAN W, 24-10 3 25 pass Otis Taylor 25 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
29 1972-12-10 @ KAN W, 24-10 4 5 rush Ed Podolak 5 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
30 1972-12-16 @ MIA W, 16-0 2 14 pass Paul Warfield 14 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)