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1972 St. Louis Cardinals

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.7, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -1.2, SoS: 2.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 193 points (13.8/g), 23rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 303 points (21.6/g), 18th.
 Differential of -110 points (-7.9/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 3.6-10.4.

Coach: Bob Hollway (4-9-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Lew Carpenter
 Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Drulis

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner/de facto General Manager Bill Bidwill
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 193 3267 754 4.3 39 16 11 181 171 363 2038 11 23 5.2 102 361 1229 9 3.4 68
Team Defense 303 4739 935 5.1 27 16 19 276 221 365 2550 15 11 6.6 138 548 2189 11 4.0 119
Lg Rank Offense 23 25 24 16 26 15 18 20 19 18 25 26 22 26
Lg Rank Defense 18 25 19 8 25 19 25 12 23 22 25 20 7 11

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 @ Baltimore Colts 10 3 5 134 88 46 20 364 247 117 3
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 @ Washington Redskins 10 24 16 219 140 79 3 19 272 91 181
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 19 25 15 248 190 58 4 20 362 209 153 2
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 2-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 19 17 12 262 153 109 21 292 113 179 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 Washington Redskins 3 33 10 151 85 66 4 20 390 230 160 3
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 2-4 @ New York Giants 21 27 13 191 108 83 3 16 316 209 107 3
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 2-5 Chicago Bears 10 27 17 269 119 150 4 15 329 180 149 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore T 2-5-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 6 6 14 228 82 146 2 17 299 200 99 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 2-6-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 33 16 328 274 54 3 23 427 197 230 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 2-7-1 New York Giants 7 13 12 207 21 186 2 16 247 97 150
11 Mon November 27 boxscore L 2-8-1 @ Miami Dolphins 10 31 12 224 173 51 6 24 426 226 200 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 2-9-1 Dallas Cowboys 6 27 10 141 89 52 5 18 349 140 209 5
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 3-9-1 Los Angeles Rams 24 14 11 269 192 77 1 29 391 240 151 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 4-9-1 Philadelphia Eagles 24 23 18 396 324 72 2 18 275 171 104

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
15 Gary Cuozzo 31 QB 8 6 1-5-0 69 158 43.7% 897 5 3.2 11 7.0 68 5.7 3.2 13.0 112.1 43.7 13 89 4.73 2.42 7.6 1 1
17 Jim Hart 28 qb 6 3 2-1-0 60 119 50.4% 857 5 4.2 5 4.2 98 7.2 6.2 14.3 142.8 70.6 7 56 6.36 5.37 5.6
16 Tim Van Galder 28 qb 5 5 1-3-1 40 79 50.6% 434 1 1.3 7 8.9 71 5.5 1.8 10.9 86.8 34.5 10 76 4.02 0.71 11.2
44 Donny Anderson 29 P/RB 14 13 2 3 66.7% 71 0 0.0 0 0.0 38 23.7 23.7 35.5 5.1 109.7 0 0 23.67 23.67 0.0
81 Jackie Smith 32 TE 14 14 0 2 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
8 Larry Wilson 34 FS 12 12 0 2 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 26.8 14 4-9-1 171 363 47.1% 2259 11 3.0 23 6.3 98 6.2 4.0 13.2 161.4 51.0 30 221 5.19 3.11 7.6 1 1
Opp Total 14 221 365 60.5% 2733 15 4.1 11 3.0 7.5 6.95 12.4 195.2 84.9 22 183 6.6 6.1 5.7

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
44 Donny Anderson 29 P/RB 14 13 153 536 4 19 3.5 38.3 10.9 28 298 10.6 2 56 2.0 21.3 834 6 6
23 Johnny Roland 29 14 9 105 414 2 18 3.9 29.6 7.5 38 321 8.4 2 27 2.7 22.9 735 4 7
38 Leon Burns 30 FB 14 5 26 69 2 9 2.7 4.9 1.9 6 24 4.0 0 12 0.4 1.7 93 2 0
48 Craig Baynham 28 7 0 17 43 0 11 2.5 6.1 2.4 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 1.4 53 0 2
28 Ahmad Rashad 23 KR/WR 14 13 9 44 0 15 4.9 3.1 0.6 29 500 17.2 3 98 2.1 35.7 544 3 5
17 Jim Hart 28 qb 6 3 9 17 0 8 1.9 2.8 1.5 17 0 3
16 Tim Van Galder 28 qb 5 5 9 28 0 16 3.1 5.6 1.8 28 0 3
32 Leo Hayden 24 4 0 8 11 1 5 1.4 2.8 2.0 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.3 4.3 28 1 2
36 Cannonball Butler 29 5 0 6 3 0 5 0.5 0.6 1.2 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.2 1.6 11 0 1
81 Jackie Smith 32 TE 14 14 5 31 0 17 6.2 2.2 0.4 26 407 15.7 2 71 1.9 29.1 438 2 0
27 Roy Shivers 31 2 0 5 12 0 9 2.4 6.0 2.5 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.5 10.0 32 0 0
35 Tom Woodeshick 31 4 0 5 14 0 6 2.8 3.5 1.3 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.3 0.5 16 0 0
15 Gary Cuozzo 31 QB 8 6 4 7 0 9 1.8 0.9 0.5 7 0 3
84 Walker Gillette 25 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 550 16.7 2 65 2.4 39.3 550 2 1
85 Mel Gray 24 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 62 20.7 0 33 0.4 8.9 62 0 1
88 Fred Hyatt 26 12 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 32 16.0 0 25 0.2 2.7 32 0 0
42 Bob Wicks 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.9 8 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 361 1229 9 19 3.4 87.8 25.8 171 2259 13.2 11 98 12.2 161.4 3488 20 43
Opp Total 14 548 2189 11 4.0 156.4 39.1 221 2550 11.5 15 15.8 182.1 4739 26 31

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 Ahmad Rashad 23 KR/WR 14 13 20 437 0 37 21.9 981
85 Mel Gray 24 7 1 2 -4 0 0 -2.0 17 378 0 29 22.2 436
33 Larry Willingham 24 PR 11 4 9 41 0 13 4.6 9 194 0 28 21.6 235
22 Roger Wehrli 25 SS 14 13 5 24 0 22 4.8 1 10 0 10 10.0 34
36 Cannonball Butler 29 5 0 4 85 0 27 21.3 96
38 Leon Burns 30 FB 14 5 1 7 0 7 7.0 100
88 Fred Hyatt 26 12 2 1 41 0 41 41.0 73
Team Total 26.8 14 16 61 0 22 3.8 53 1152 0 41 21.7 4701
Opp Total 14 37 144 0 3.9 40 1037 1 25.9

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
44 Donny Anderson 29 P/RB 14 13 72 2847 61 0 39.5
25 Jim Bakken 32 K 14 0 5 4 5 2 3 2 9 6 22 14 63.6%% 21 19 90.5%% 1 26 26 0 26.0
Team Total 26.8 14 5 4 5 2 3 2 9 6 22 14 63.6%% 21 19 90.5%% 73 2873 61 0 39.4
Opp Total 14 47 28 59.6%% 31 31 100.0%% 48 1891 39.4

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
23 Johnny Roland 29 14 9 0 7 2 0 0
44 Donny Anderson 29 P/RB 14 13 0 6 1 0 0
28 Ahmad Rashad 23 KR/WR 14 13 0 5 2 0 0
8 Larry Wilson 34 FS 12 12 3 35 0 24 0 0 1 2 0 0
17 Jim Hart 28 qb 6 3 0 3 2 -5 0
16 Tim Van Galder 28 qb 5 5 0 3 2 0 0
54 Tom Banks 24 C 14 11 0 2 2 -15 0
15 Gary Cuozzo 31 QB 8 6 0 3 1 -4 0
67 Larry Stallings 31 LLB 13 13 0 0 4 1 0
22 Roger Wehrli 25 SS 14 13 0 2 2 0 0
57 Mark Arneson 23 MLB 14 10 0 0 3 0 0
48 Craig Baynham 28 7 0 0 2 1 5 0
20 Miller Farr 29 RCB 13 12 3 21 0 21 0
49 Dale Hackbart 34 14 3 1 22 0 22 0 0 1 1 0 0
32 Leo Hayden 24 4 0 0 2 1 0 0
43 Norm Thompson 27 LCB 12 11 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 79 1
33 Larry Willingham 24 PR 11 4 0 2 1 0 0
36 Cannonball Butler 29 5 0 0 1 1 0 0
84 Walker Gillette 25 WR 14 13 0 1 1 0 0
85 Mel Gray 24 7 1 0 1 1 0 0
56 Mike McGill 26 4 2 2 28 0 26 0
87 Jeff Staggs 28 8 6 1 7 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Don Brumm 31 LDE 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
38 Leon Burns 30 FB 14 5 0 0 1 0 0
60 Jim Hargrove 27 10 1 0 0 1 0 0
88 Fred Hyatt 26 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
62 Martin Imhof 23 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
75 Bob Rowe 27 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
64 Bob Young 30 RG 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 11 118 0 26 0 0 43 39 61 1
Opp Total 14 30 31 15 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
25 Jim Bakken 32 K 14 0 19 14 61
44 Donny Anderson 29 P/RB 14 13 4 2 6 36
23 Johnny Roland 29 14 9 2 2 4 24
28 Ahmad Rashad 23 KR/WR 14 13 3 3 18
38 Leon Burns 30 FB 14 5 2 2 12
84 Walker Gillette 25 WR 14 13 2 2 12
81 Jackie Smith 32 TE 14 14 2 2 12
43 Norm Thompson 27 LCB 12 11 1 1 2 12
32 Leo Hayden 24 4 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.8 14 9 11 1 1 22 19 14 193
Opp Total 14 11 15 1 3 31 28 1 303

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ BAL W, 10-3 3 4 rush Donny Anderson 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1972-09-24 @ WAS L, 10-24 3 1 rush Leon Burns 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1972-10-01 PIT L, 19-25 3 8 rush Donny Anderson 8 yard rush
4 1972-10-01 PIT L, 19-25 4 8 blocked punt Norm Thompson 8 yard blocked punt return (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1972-10-08 @ MIN W, 19-17 3 24 pass Ahmad Rashad 24 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo
6 1972-10-08 @ MIN W, 19-17 4 24 pass Ahmad Rashad 24 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1972-10-22 @ NYG L, 21-27 2 8 pass Donny Anderson 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1972-10-22 @ NYG L, 21-27 2 5 rush Johnny Roland 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1972-10-22 @ NYG L, 21-27 2 1 rush Johnny Roland 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1972-10-29 CHI L, 10-27 3 7 pass Donny Anderson 7 yard pass from Tim Van Galder (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1972-11-12 @ DAL L, 24-33 2 68 pass Jackie Smith 68 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1972-11-12 @ DAL L, 24-33 3 12 pass Johnny Roland 12 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1972-11-12 @ DAL L, 24-33 4 1 rush Leo Hayden 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1972-11-19 NYG L, 7-13 2 13 pass Johnny Roland 13 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1972-11-27 @ MIA L, 10-31 4 2 rush Leon Burns 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1972-12-03 DAL L, 6-27 3 3 pass Jackie Smith 3 yard pass from Jim Hart
17 1972-12-10 RAM W, 24-14 2 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1972-12-10 RAM W, 24-14 2 58 fumble Norm Thompson 58 yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1972-12-10 RAM W, 24-14 4 30 pass Walker Gillette 30 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1972-12-17 PHI W, 24-23 1 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1972-12-17 PHI W, 24-23 1 41 pass Ahmad Rashad 41 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1972-12-17 PHI W, 24-23 3 65 pass Walker Gillette 65 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-24 @ WAS W, 24-10 1 6 pass Jerry Smith 6 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
2 1972-09-24 @ WAS W, 24-10 2 32 blocked field goal Mike Bass 32 yard blocked field goal return (Curt Knight kick)
3 1972-09-24 @ WAS W, 24-10 3 5 pass Jerry Smith 5 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
4 1972-10-01 PIT W, 25-19 2 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1972-10-01 PIT W, 25-19 4 38 pass Frank Lewis 38 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1972-10-08 @ MIN L, 17-19 2 4 rush Clint Jones 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
7 1972-10-08 @ MIN L, 17-19 4 4 pass Gene Washington 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1972-10-15 WAS W, 33-3 2 1 rush Charlie Harraway 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
9 1972-10-15 WAS W, 33-3 4 4 rush Charlie Harraway 4 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
10 1972-10-15 WAS W, 33-3 4 2 rush Bob Brunet 2 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
11 1972-10-22 @ NYG W, 27-21 2 1 rush Charlie Evans 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
12 1972-10-22 @ NYG W, 27-21 3 16 pass Don Herrmann 16 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
13 1972-10-22 @ NYG W, 27-21 3 29 interception Spider Lockhart 29 yard interception return (Pete Gogolak kick)
14 1972-10-29 CHI W, 27-10 2 82 kickoff Earl Thomas 82 yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)
15 1972-10-29 CHI W, 27-10 2 73 pass George Farmer 73 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
16 1972-10-29 CHI W, 27-10 4 5 rush Bobby Douglass 5 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
17 1972-11-12 @ DAL W, 33-24 1 41 pass Ron Sellers 41 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
18 1972-11-12 @ DAL W, 33-24 2 6 rush Calvin Hill 6 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
19 1972-11-12 @ DAL W, 33-24 3 28 interception Charlie Waters 28 yard interception return (Toni Fritsch kick)
20 1972-11-19 NYG W, 13-7 4 1 rush Ron Johnson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
21 1972-11-27 @ MIA W, 31-10 1 2 rush Jim Kiick 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1972-11-27 @ MIA W, 31-10 3 37 pass Otto Stowe 37 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1972-11-27 @ MIA W, 31-10 3 28 interception Lloyd Mumphord 28 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1972-11-27 @ MIA W, 31-10 4 27 pass Otto Stowe 27 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1972-12-03 DAL W, 27-6 2 18 pass Walt Garrison 18 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
26 1972-12-03 DAL W, 27-6 3 3 rush Walt Garrison 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
27 1972-12-03 DAL W, 27-6 4 26 pass Walt Garrison 26 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
28 1972-12-10 RAM L, 14-24 3 11 pass Les Josephson 11 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
29 1972-12-10 RAM L, 14-24 3 12 pass Jim Bertelsen 12 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
30 1972-12-17 PHI L, 23-24 4 5 pass Harold Carmichael 5 yard pass from John Reaves (Tom Dempsey kick)
31 1972-12-17 PHI L, 23-24 4 15 pass Billy Walik 15 yard pass from John Reaves (Tom Dempsey kick)