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1972 New Orleans Saints

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.2, Offense: -5.3, Defense: -5.0, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 215 points (15.4/g), 22nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 361 points (25.8/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -146 points (-10.4/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 3.2-10.8.

Coach: J.D. Roberts (2-11-1)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Team Info

General Manager Richard Gordon
President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
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 215 3664 829 4.4 37 16 226 230 449 2434 18 21 4.9 123 337 1230 5 3.6 83 69 585 20
Opp. Stats 361 4491 873 5.1 27 13 251 213 367 2402 21 14 6.1 129 482 2089 15 4.3 107 78 711 15
Lg Rank Offense 22 20 19 16 19 1 6 10 16 19 26 25 25 23
Lg Rank Defense 23 21 19 17 20 21 22 25 20 19 17 19 17 18

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 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 34 20 287 218 69 2 20 393 139 254 1
2 Mon September 25 boxscore L 0-2 Kansas City Chiefs 17 20 10 152 93 59 20 324 185 139 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-3 San Francisco 49ers 2 37 8 84 77 7 7 14 318 192 126 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-4 @ New York Giants 21 45 15 286 228 58 6 20 357 149 208 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 0-5 Atlanta Falcons 14 21 8 121 20 101 3 17 322 175 147 5
6 Sun October 22 boxscore T 0-5-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 20 19 367 273 94 2 14 340 274 66 3
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 1-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles 21 3 23 432 284 148 1 13 209 57 152 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-6-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 6 37 16 270 147 123 4 23 381 233 148 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 1-7-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 36 19 264 155 109 2 21 352 163 189 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 1-8-1 @ Detroit Lions 14 27 17 319 242 77 3 21 330 207 123
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 2-8-1 Los Angeles Rams 19 16 17 260 158 102 17 309 123 186
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 2-9-1 @ New York Jets 17 18 22 333 194 139 1 18 323 259 64 2
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 2-10-1 New England Patriots 10 17 20 337 243 94 4 18 289 180 109 2
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 2-11-1 Green Bay Packers 20 30 12 152 102 50 2 15 244 66 178

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
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 2-11-1 230 448 51.3 2781 18 4.0 21 4.7 66 6.2 4.9 12.1 198.6 64.6 43 347 4.96 3.77 8.8 1 1
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 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 25.2 14 2-11-1 230 449 51.2 2781 18 4.0 21 4.7 66 6.2 4.9 12.1 198.6 64.5 43 347 4.95 3.76 8.7 1 1
Opp Total 14 213 367 58.0 2596 21 5.7 14 3.8 7.1 6.50 12.2 185.4 83.1 24 194 6.1 5.6 6.1

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
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 121 381 3 23 3.1 27.2 8.6 29 192 6.6 0 54 2.1 13.7 573 3 5
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 63 351 2 18 5.6 25.1 4.5 351 2 9
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 54 233 0 27 4.3 16.6 3.9 25 226 9.0 2 21 1.8 16.1 459 2 3
42 Jim Strong 26 14 3 37 120 0 9 3.2 8.6 2.6 14 123 8.8 0 16 1.0 8.8 243 0 1
24 Joe Williams 25 14 3 31 72 0 11 2.3 5.1 2.2 16 116 7.3 0 32 1.1 8.3 188 0 4
45 Arthur Green 25 7 3 14 51 0 14 3.6 7.3 2.0 7 49 7.0 0 15 1.0 7.0 100 0 0
28 James Ford 23 5 1 11 28 0 9 2.5 5.6 2.2 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.2 1.8 37 0 0
47 Virgil Robinson 25 3 0 5 1 0 5 0.2 0.3 1.7 1 0 0
83 Dave Parks 31 TE 12 9 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.6 0.1 32 542 16.9 6 66 2.7 45.2 535 6 0
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 579 12.3 2 42 3.4 41.4 579 2 1
46 Danny Abramowicz 27 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 668 17.6 7 51 2.9 51.4 668 7 1
36 Robert Brown 29 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 175 15.9 1 34 0.8 12.5 175 1 0
26 Margene Adkins 25 KR 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 96 10.7 0 38 0.6 6.9 96 0 4
86 Creston Whitaker 25 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.5 3.0 6 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 337 1230 5 27 3.6 87.9 24.1 230 2781 12.1 18 66 16.4 198.6 4011 23 33
Opp Total 14 482 2089 15 4.3 149.2 34.4 213 2402 11.3 21 15.2 171.6 4491 36 27

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
26 Margene Adkins 25 KR 14 4 7 0 0 4 0.0 43 1020 0 61 23.7 1116
37 Tom Myers 22 fs/PR 13 5 9 43 0 10 4.8 43
45 Arthur Green 25 7 3 8 187 0 58 23.4 287
42 Jim Strong 26 14 3 4 53 0 22 13.3 296
18 Hugo Hollas 27 SS 14 9 2 9 0 9 4.5 9
24 Joe Williams 25 14 3 2 23 0 15 11.5 211
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 1 14 0 14 14.0 473
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 1 6 0 6 6.0 585
65 Remi Prudhomme 30 5 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 16 43 0 10 2.7 62 1312 0 61 21.2 5462
Opp Total 14 36 281 0 7.8 50 1129 0 22.6

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
10 Julian Fagan 24 P 14 0 71 2899 71 1 40.8
9 Happy Feller 23 K 6 0 1 1 2 1 4 3 4 1 11 6 54.5% 11 10 90.9%
15 Charlie Durkee 28 k 6 0 1 1 1 3 2 4 9 3 33.3% 9 9 100.0%
7 Toni Linhart 30 k 2 0 1 1 2 1 2 5 2 40.0% 5 5 100.0%
Team Total 25.2 14 3 3 5 2 7 5 10 1 25 11 44.0% 25 24 96.0% 71 2899 71 1 40.8
Opp Total 14 43 31 72.1% 38 38 100.0% 52 2044 39.3

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
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 0 9 4 0 0
24 Joe Williams 25 14 3 0 4 2 0 0
26 Margene Adkins 25 KR 14 4 0 4 1 0 0
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 0 5 0 0 0
18 Hugo Hollas 27 SS 14 9 1 14 0 14 0 0 1 3 0 0
37 Tom Myers 22 fs/PR 13 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 0 3 1 0 0
30 Ernie Jackson 22 LCB 10 5 3 41 0 31 0 0 0 1 85 1
11 Bivian Lee 24 13 9 4 65 0 32 0
10 Julian Fagan 24 P 14 0 0 1 2 -6 0
54 Tom Roussel 27 LLB 14 14 2 15 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Danny Abramowicz 27 WR 13 13 0 1 1 0 0
64 Ray Hester 23 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 24 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 1 0
23 Doug Wyatt 26 FS 14 14 0 0 2 45 1
51 John Didion 25 C 14 14 0 1 0 -29 0
45 Arthur Green 25 7 3 0 0 1 0 0
20 Delles Howell 24 RCB 10 10 1 6 0 6 0
77 Carl Johnson 23 LG 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
74 Doug Mooers 25 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
87 Richard Neal 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
65 Remi Prudhomme 30 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
42 Jim Strong 26 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
61 Del Williams 27 8 6 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 14 141 0 32 0 0 33 28 96 2 1
Opp Total 14 27 14 43 1

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
46 Danny Abramowicz 27 WR 13 13 7 7 42
83 Dave Parks 31 TE 12 9 6 6 36
9 Happy Feller 23 K 6 0 10 11 6 11 28
15 Charlie Durkee 28 k 6 0 9 9 3 9 18
35 Bob Gresham 24 RB 14 9 3 3 18
38 Bill Butler 22 FB 14 9 2 2 12
8 Archie Manning 23 QB 14 14 2 2 12
41 Bob Newland 24 WR 14 10 2 2 12
7 Toni Linhart 30 k 2 0 5 5 2 5 11
36 Robert Brown 29 14 5 1 1 6
30 Ernie Jackson 22 LCB 10 5 1 1 6
87 Richard Neal 25 LDE 14 14 1 1 6
23 Doug Wyatt 26 FS 14 14 1 1 6
72 Joe Owens 26 RDE 14 7 1 2
Team Total 25.2 14 5 18 2 1 26 24 25 11 25 1 217
Opp Total 14 15 21 1 1 38 38 31 43 1 361

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1972-09-17 @ RAM L, 14-34 2 42 pass Bob Newland 42 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ RAM L, 14-34 4 4 pass Danny Abramowicz 4 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
3 1972-09-25 KAN L, 17-20 2 35 fumble Doug Wyatt 35 yard fumble return (Charlie Durkee kick)
4 1972-09-25 KAN L, 17-20 3 8 pass Dave Parks 8 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
5 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 2 66 pass Dave Parks 66 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
6 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 4 16 pass Danny Abramowicz 16 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
7 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 4 25 pass Dave Parks 25 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
8 1972-10-15 ATL L, 14-21 1 85 fumble Ernie Jackson 85 yard fumble return (Charlie Durkee kick)
9 1972-10-15 ATL L, 14-21 1 3 rush Archie Manning 3 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
10 1972-10-22 @ SFO T, 20-20 1 46 pass Dave Parks 46 yard pass from Archie Manning (Toni Linhart kick)
11 1972-10-22 @ SFO T, 20-20 4 30 pass Dave Parks 30 yard pass from Archie Manning (Toni Linhart kick)
12 1972-10-29 PHI W, 21-3 1 27 pass Danny Abramowicz 27 yard pass from Archie Manning (Toni Linhart kick)
13 1972-10-29 PHI W, 21-3 3 10 pass Danny Abramowicz 10 yard pass from Archie Manning (Toni Linhart kick)
14 1972-10-29 PHI W, 21-3 4 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
15 1972-11-12 @ ATL L, 20-36 3 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
16 1972-11-12 @ ATL L, 20-36 4 2 pass Robert Brown 2 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
17 1972-11-19 @ DET L, 14-27 4 13 pass Danny Abramowicz 13 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
18 1972-11-19 @ DET L, 14-27 4 48 pass Danny Abramowicz 48 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
19 1972-11-26 RAM W, 19-16 2 5 rush Archie Manning 5 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
20 1972-11-26 RAM W, 19-16 3 23 pass Bob Newland 23 yard pass from Archie Manning
21 1972-12-03 @ NYJ L, 17-18 2 3 rush Bob Gresham 3 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
22 1972-12-03 @ NYJ L, 17-18 4 8 pass Bill Butler 8 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
23 1972-12-10 NWE L, 10-17 3 26 pass Danny Abramowicz 26 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
24 1972-12-17 GNB L, 20-30 2 0 fumble Richard Neal 0 yard fumble return (Happy Feller kick)
25 1972-12-17 GNB L, 20-30 3 9 pass Bill Butler 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (pass failed)
26 1972-12-17 GNB L, 20-30 4 10 pass Dave Parks 10 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1972-09-17 @ RAM L, 14-34 1 1 rush Bob Thomas 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ RAM L, 14-34 2 31 pass Jack Snow 31 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ RAM L, 14-34 2 4 rush Larry Smith 4 yard rush (David Ray kick)
4 1972-09-17 @ RAM L, 14-34 2 38 rush Bob Thomas 38 yard rush (David Ray kick)
5 1972-09-25 KAN L, 17-20 2 4 pass Willie Frazier 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1972-09-25 KAN L, 17-20 4 21 pass Otis Taylor 21 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
7 1972-10-01 SFO L, 2-37 2 4 rush Vic Washington 4 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1972-10-01 SFO L, 2-37 3 6 pass Gene Washington 6 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
9 1972-10-01 SFO L, 2-37 4 5 pass Ted Kwalick 5 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
10 1972-10-01 SFO L, 2-37 4 32 interception Mike Simpson 32 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)
11 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 1 10 pass Charlie Evans 10 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
12 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 1 24 rush Charlie Evans 24 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
13 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 2 3 rush Ron Johnson 3 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
14 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 2 8 rush Charlie Evans 8 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
15 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 3 14 pass Don Herrmann 14 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
16 1972-10-08 @ NYG L, 21-45 3 15 pass Bob Grim 15 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
17 1972-10-15 ATL L, 14-21 1 10 pass Jim Mitchell 10 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
18 1972-10-15 ATL L, 14-21 3 5 pass Jim Mitchell 5 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
19 1972-10-15 ATL L, 14-21 4 23 pass Ken Burrow 23 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
20 1972-10-22 @ SFO T, 20-20 1 81 pass Ted Kwalick 81 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
21 1972-10-22 @ SFO T, 20-20 2 21 pass John Isenbarger 21 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1972-11-05 @ MIN L, 6-37 1 1 rush Oscar Reed 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
23 1972-11-05 @ MIN L, 6-37 2 9 pass John Beasley 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
24 1972-11-05 @ MIN L, 6-37 3 3 pass Bill Brown 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
25 1972-11-05 @ MIN L, 6-37 4 2 pass John Gilliam 2 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
26 1972-11-12 @ ATL L, 20-36 1 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
27 1972-11-12 @ ATL L, 20-36 2 16 rush Dave Hampton 16 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
28 1972-11-12 @ ATL L, 20-36 2 2 rush Bob Berry 2 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
29 1972-11-12 @ ATL L, 20-36 3 15 pass Ken Burrow 15 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
30 1972-11-19 @ DET L, 14-27 1 13 pass Altie Taylor 13 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
31 1972-11-19 @ DET L, 14-27 2 14 pass Larry Walton 14 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
32 1972-11-19 @ DET L, 14-27 4 1 rush Mel Farr 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
33 1972-11-26 RAM W, 19-16 3 5 rush Jim Bertelsen 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
34 1972-12-10 NWE L, 10-17 2 31 pass Reggie Rucker 31 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
35 1972-12-10 NWE L, 10-17 2 25 pass Reggie Rucker 25 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
36 1972-12-17 GNB L, 20-30 1 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
37 1972-12-17 GNB L, 20-30 2 57 blocked field goal Willie Buchanon 57 yard blocked field goal return (Chester Marcol kick)
38 1972-12-17 GNB L, 20-30 3 1 rush Jerry Tagge 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)