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1972 Kansas City Chiefs

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8-6-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.6, Offense: 0.4, Defense: 2.2, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 287 points (20.5/g), 15th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 254 points (18.1/g), 13th.
 Differential of 33 points (2.4/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 8.0-6.0.

Coach: Hank Stram (8-6-0)

Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
 Training Camp: William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Lamar Hunt
Executive VP/General Manager Jack Steadman
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 287 3953 894 4.4 32 12 245 217 384 2038 20 20 4.9 116 476 1915 6 4.0 118 69 653 11
Opp. Stats 254 4027 853 4.7 43 19 227 186 368 2222 17 24 5.6 116 453 1805 12 4.0 93 66 643 18
Lg Rank Offense 15 17 11 10 9 4 18 5 14 20 13 16 24 15
Lg Rank Defense 13 15 3 3 11 23 18 15 5 13 12 11 10 10

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week 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 Miami Dolphins 10 20 16 332 198 134 4 19 296 100 196 2
2 Mon September 25 boxscore W 1-1 @ New Orleans Saints 20 17 20 324 185 139 4 10 152 93 59
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 @ Denver Broncos 45 24 14 305 175 130 1 21 332 184 148 4
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 31 7 18 283 62 221 1 10 209 112 97 8
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 3-2 Cincinnati Bengals 16 23 22 320 197 123 2 11 251 182 69 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles 20 21 17 244 152 92 2 12 349 196 153 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 4-3 @ San Diego Chargers 26 14 15 268 134 134 2 16 280 199 81 5
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 5-3 Oakland Raiders 27 14 22 371 181 190 1 20 293 220 73 3
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 5-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 16 16 183 108 75 3 15 318 80 238 5
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 5-5 San Diego Chargers 17 27 22 363 264 99 6 17 294 186 108
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 5-6 @ Oakland Raiders 3 26 11 159 61 98 4 24 420 165 255 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 6-6 Denver Broncos 24 21 12 189 76 113 1 22 328 191 137 5
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 7-6 Baltimore Colts 24 10 21 322 137 185 14 254 148 106 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 8-6 @ Atlanta Falcons 17 14 19 290 108 182 1 16 251 166 85 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
16 Len Dawson 37 QB 14 12 7-5-0 175 305 57.4 1835 13 4.3 12 3.9 44 6.0 5.1 10.5 131.1 72.8 28 255 4.74 3.90 8.4 2 2
10 Mike Livingston 27 qb 5 2 1-1-0 41 78 52.6 480 7 9.0 8 10.3 36 6.2 3.3 11.7 96.0 61.9 6 42 5.21 2.60 7.1
44 Jerrel Wilson* 31 P 14 0 1 1 100.0 20 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 20.0 20.0 20.0 1.4 118.7 0 0 20.00 20.00 0.0
Team Total 27.0 14 8-6-0 217 384 56.5 2335 20 5.2 20 5.2 44 6.1 4.8 10.8 166.8 70.2 34 297 4.88 3.68 8.1 2 2
Opp Total 14 186 368 50.5 2483 17 4.6 24 6.5 6.7 4.74 13.3 177.4 60.5 32 261 5.6 3.7 8.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. 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
14 Ed Podolak 25 RB 13 10 171 615 4 30 3.6 47.3 13.2 46 345 7.5 2 27 3.5 26.5 960 6 10
38 Wendell Hayes 32 FB 13 12 128 536 0 28 4.2 41.2 9.8 31 295 9.5 3 29 2.4 22.7 831 3 0
1 Mike Adamle 23 14 4 73 303 1 19 4.2 21.6 5.2 15 76 5.1 0 11 1.1 5.4 379 1 3
31 Jeff Kinney 23 9 2 38 122 1 16 3.2 13.6 4.2 4 45 11.3 0 19 0.4 5.0 167 1 2
35 Jim Otis 24 10 0 29 92 0 12 3.2 9.2 2.9 12 76 6.3 0 13 1.2 7.6 168 0 1
16 Len Dawson 37 QB 14 12 15 75 0 20 5.0 5.4 1.1 75 0 2
10 Mike Livingston 27 qb 5 2 14 133 0 51 9.5 26.6 2.8 133 0 0
89 Otis Taylor* 30 WR 14 12 5 13 0 11 2.6 0.9 0.4 57 821 14.4 6 44 4.1 58.6 834 6 2
26 Robert West 22 11 5 2 2 0 10 1.0 0.2 0.2 9 165 18.3 2 42 0.8 15.0 167 2 0
17 Elmo Wright 23 7 4 1 24 0 24 24.0 3.4 0.1 11 81 7.4 0 14 1.6 11.6 105 0 0
83 Willie Frazier 30 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 172 13.2 5 35 0.9 12.3 172 5 0
21 Dennis Homan 26 WR 7 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 135 11.3 1 38 1.7 19.3 135 1 0
88 Morris Stroud 26 TE 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 80 20.0 1 44 0.3 5.7 80 1 0
41 Bruce Jankowski 23 4 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 24 12.0 0 18 0.5 6.0 24 0 0
48 Nate Allen 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 1.4 20 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 476 1915 6 51 4.0 136.8 34.0 217 2335 10.8 20 44 15.5 166.8 4250 26 23
Opp Total 14 453 1805 12 4.0 128.9 32.4 186 2222 11.9 17 13.3 158.7 4027 29 35

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Larry Marshall 22 KR/PR 11 0 18 103 0 29 5.7 23 651 0 48 28.3 754
14 Ed Podolak 25 RB 13 10 8 11 0 12 1.4 7 119 0 23 17.0 1090
1 Mike Adamle 23 14 4 8 185 0 37 23.1 564
31 Jeff Kinney 23 9 2 4 63 0 25 15.8 230
15 Kerry Reardon 23 7 1 1 3 0 3 3.0 2 35 0 18 17.5 38
21 Dennis Homan 26 WR 7 5 2 9 0 8 4.5 144
46 Jim Kearney 29 SS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 7
81 Marvin Upshaw 26 LDE 14 14 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
Team Total 27.0 14 29 126 0 29 4.3 46 1057 0 48 23.0 5468
Opp Total 14 38 328 0 8.6 43 1083 0 25.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. 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
3 Jan Stenerud 30 K 14 0 3 3 4 3 13 9 9 5 7 1 36 21 58.3% 32 32 100.0%
44 Jerrel Wilson* 31 P 14 0 66 2960 69 1 44.8
Team Total 27.0 14 3 3 4 3 13 9 9 5 7 1 36 21 58.3% 32 32 100.0% 66 2960 69 1 44.8
Opp Total 14 31 15 48.4% 30 29 96.7% 61 2458 40.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
14 Ed Podolak 25 RB 13 10 0 10 1 0 0
20 Mike Sensibaugh 23 FS 14 13 8 65 0 35 0 0 0 3 9 0
46 Jim Kearney 29 SS 14 14 5 192 4 65 0 0 0 2 7 0
22 Larry Marshall 22 KR/PR 11 0 0 3 2 0 0
1 Mike Adamle 23 14 4 0 3 1 0 0
78 Bobby Bell* 32 LLB 14 14 3 56 1 61 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Willie Lanier* 27 MLB 13 13 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
16 Len Dawson 37 QB 14 12 0 2 1 0 0
40 Jim Marsalis 27 LCB 14 14 2 20 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Clyde Werner 25 14 1 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
61 Curley Culp 26 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 4 0
31 Jeff Kinney 23 9 2 0 2 0 0 0
89 Otis Taylor* 30 WR 14 12 0 2 0 0 0
18 Emmitt Thomas* 29 RCB 14 14 2 46 0 26 0
48 Nate Allen 24 14 0 1 4 0 4 0
87 Aaron Brown 29 12 7 0 0 1 3 0
71 Ed Budde 32 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
10 Mike Livingston 27 qb 5 2 0 0 1 0 0
51 Jim Lynch 27 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
50 Mike Oriard 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Jim Otis 24 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Marvin Upshaw 26 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
26 Robert West 22 11 5 0 0 1 8 1
44 Jerrel Wilson* 31 P 14 0 0 0 1 4 0
Team Total 27.0 14 24 396 5 65 0 0 23 26 35 1
Opp Total 14 35 16 34

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Jan Stenerud 30 K 14 0 32 32 21 36 95
14 Ed Podolak 25 RB 13 10 4 2 6 36
89 Otis Taylor* 30 WR 14 12 6 6 36
83 Willie Frazier 30 14 7 5 5 30
46 Jim Kearney 29 SS 14 14 4 4 24
38 Wendell Hayes 32 FB 13 12 3 3 18
26 Robert West 22 11 5 2 1 3 18
1 Mike Adamle 23 14 4 1 1 6
78 Bobby Bell* 32 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
21 Dennis Homan 26 WR 7 5 1 1 6
31 Jeff Kinney 23 9 2 1 1 6
88 Morris Stroud 26 TE 14 7 1 1 6
Team Total 27.0 14 6 20 1 5 32 32 32 21 36 287
Opp Total 14 12 17 1 29 30 15 31 254

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1972-09-17 MIA L, 10-20 4 4 pass Willie Frazier 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1972-09-25 @ NOR W, 20-17 2 4 pass Willie Frazier 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1972-09-25 @ NOR W, 20-17 4 21 pass Otis Taylor 21 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 2 1 rush Jeff Kinney 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 3 16 pass Willie Frazier 16 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 3 9 pass Dennis Homan 9 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
7 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 4 29 pass Otis Taylor 29 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
8 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 4 43 interception Jim Kearney 43 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 4 32 interception Jim Kearney 32 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1972-10-08 @ CLE W, 31-7 1 3 pass Willie Frazier 3 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1972-10-08 @ CLE W, 31-7 2 8 pass Morris Stroud 8 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1972-10-08 @ CLE W, 31-7 2 34 pass Otis Taylor 34 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1972-10-08 @ CLE W, 31-7 3 1 rush Mike Adamle 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1972-10-15 CIN L, 16-23 3 14 pass Otis Taylor 14 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
15 1972-10-22 PHI L, 20-21 3 11 rush Ed Podolak 11 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
16 1972-10-22 PHI L, 20-21 4 20 pass Willie Frazier 20 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1972-10-29 @ SDG W, 26-14 3 6 rush Ed Podolak 6 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1972-10-29 @ SDG W, 26-14 4 8 fumble Robert West 8 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1972-11-05 OAK W, 27-14 2 29 pass Wendell Hayes 29 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1972-11-05 OAK W, 27-14 2 42 pass Robert West 42 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1972-11-05 OAK W, 27-14 4 27 pass Ed Podolak 27 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1972-11-12 @ PIT L, 7-16 2 65 interception Jim Kearney 65 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1972-11-19 SDG L, 17-27 1 4 pass Wendell Hayes 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1972-11-19 SDG L, 17-27 4 36 pass Robert West 36 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
25 1972-12-03 DEN W, 24-21 2 29 interception Jim Kearney 29 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
26 1972-12-03 DEN W, 24-21 3 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
27 1972-12-03 DEN W, 24-21 3 61 interception Bobby Bell 61 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
28 1972-12-10 BAL W, 24-10 2 13 pass Wendell Hayes 13 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
29 1972-12-10 BAL W, 24-10 3 25 pass Otis Taylor 25 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
30 1972-12-10 BAL W, 24-10 4 5 rush Ed Podolak 5 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
31 1972-12-17 @ ATL W, 17-14 3 15 pass Otis Taylor 15 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
32 1972-12-17 @ ATL W, 17-14 4 7 pass Ed Podolak 7 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1972-09-17 MIA L, 10-20 1 14 pass Marlin Briscoe 14 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
2 1972-09-17 MIA L, 10-20 2 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1972-09-25 @ NOR W, 20-17 2 35 fumble Doug Wyatt 35 yard fumble return (Charlie Durkee kick)
4 1972-09-25 @ NOR W, 20-17 3 8 pass Dave Parks 8 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
5 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 1 35 pass Floyd Little 35 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
6 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 3 15 rush Bobby Anderson 15 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
7 1972-10-01 @ DEN W, 45-24 4 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1972-10-08 @ CLE W, 31-7 2 16 pass Fair Hooker 16 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1972-10-15 CIN L, 16-23 3 65 pass Essex Johnson 65 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1972-10-15 CIN L, 16-23 4 7 pass Speedy Thomas 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
11 1972-10-22 PHI L, 20-21 1 67 pass Ben Hawkins 67 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
12 1972-10-22 PHI L, 20-21 1 36 pass Harold Jackson 36 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
13 1972-10-22 PHI L, 20-21 2 41 pass Harold Jackson 41 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
14 1972-10-29 @ SDG W, 26-14 2 27 pass Mike Garrett 27 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
15 1972-10-29 @ SDG W, 26-14 4 3 rush Mike Garrett 3 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
16 1972-11-05 OAK W, 27-14 3 4 rush Marv Hubbard 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1972-11-05 OAK W, 27-14 4 13 pass Raymond Chester 13 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
18 1972-11-12 @ PIT L, 7-16 4 7 rush Franco Harris 7 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1972-11-19 SDG L, 17-27 1 3 rush Mike Garrett 3 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
20 1972-11-19 SDG L, 17-27 2 1 rush John Hadl 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
21 1972-11-19 SDG L, 17-27 2 20 pass Gary Garrison 20 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
22 1972-11-26 @ OAK L, 3-26 1 2 rush Charlie Smith 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
23 1972-11-26 @ OAK L, 3-26 2 14 pass Fred Biletnikoff 14 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica
24 1972-11-26 @ OAK L, 3-26 2 19 pass Raymond Chester 19 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
25 1972-12-03 DEN W, 24-21 1 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1972-12-03 DEN W, 24-21 2 1 pass Haven Moses 1 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
27 1972-12-03 DEN W, 24-21 4 8 rush Fran Lynch 8 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
28 1972-12-10 BAL W, 24-10 2 5 pass Tom Mitchell 5 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
29 1972-12-17 @ ATL W, 17-14 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
30 1972-12-17 @ ATL W, 17-14 4 17 pass Ken Burrow 17 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)