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1972 New England Patriots

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3-11-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -17.4, Offense: -6.3, Defense: -11.1, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 192 points (13.7/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 446 points (31.9/g), 26th.
 Differential of -254 points (-18.1/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 1.7-12.3.

Coach: Phil Bengtson (1-4-0) and John Mazur (2-7-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Billy Sullivan
General Manager Upton Bell
Acting General Manager Peter Hadhazy
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 192 3659 842 4.3 38 10 24 236 198 412 2127 10 28 4.7 126 386 1532 13 4.0 86
Team Defense 446 5250 889 5.9 24 14 21 288 175 326 2533 24 10 7.4 124 548 2717 27 5.0 143
Lg Rank Offense 24 21 21 5 13 2 15 21 25 24 24 22 15 16
Lg Rank Defense 26 26 24 14 26 8 24 26 24 26 25 26 26 26

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 Cincinnati Bengals 7 31 9 137 83 54 3 21 357 111 246
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-1 Atlanta Falcons 21 20 19 287 184 103 20 399 217 182
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 Washington Redskins 24 23 23 380 253 127 2 15 349 213 136 2
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 @ Buffalo Bills 14 38 23 354 244 110 4 19 305 160 145 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 New York Jets 13 41 18 311 175 136 2 24 396 63 333 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 2-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 3 33 17 276 149 127 4 19 426 183 243 1
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 2-5 @ New York Jets 10 34 14 194 128 66 3 21 392 201 191 2
8 Mon November 6 boxscore L 2-6 Baltimore Colts 17 24 21 281 154 127 3 19 267 89 178 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 2-7 @ Miami Dolphins 0 52 11 169 77 92 3 21 482 301 181 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 2-8 Buffalo Bills 24 27 15 298 183 115 4 19 295 116 179 4
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 2-9 @ Baltimore Colts 0 31 12 206 75 131 6 15 262 98 164 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 2-10 Miami Dolphins 21 37 14 217 107 110 2 29 501 197 304 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 3-10 @ New Orleans Saints 17 10 18 289 180 109 2 20 337 243 94 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 3-11 @ Denver Broncos 21 45 22 260 135 125 26 482 341 141

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
16 Jim Plunkett 25 QB 14 14 3-11-0 169 355 47.6% 2196 8 2.3 25 7.0 62 6.2 3.5 13.0 156.9 45.7 39 385 4.60 2.15 9.9 2 2
14 Brian Dowling 25 14 0 29 54 53.7% 383 2 3.7 1 1.9 42 7.1 7.0 13.2 27.4 81.0 4 63 5.52 5.43 6.9
30 Carl Garrett 25 KR/PR/RB 10 6 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 1 4 -2.00 -24.50 50.0
24 Bob Gladieux 25 fb 11 6 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
2 Pat Studstill 34 P 14 0 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 26.2 14 3-11-0 198 412 48.1% 2579 10 2.4 28 6.8 62 6.3 3.7 13.0 184.2 48.0 44 452 4.66 2.34 9.6 2 2
Opp Total 14 175 326 53.7% 2634 24 7.4 10 3.1 8.1 8.17 15.1 188.1 92.2 15 101 7.4 7.5 4.4

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
30 Carl Garrett 25 KR/PR/RB 10 6 131 488 5 41 3.7 48.8 13.1 30 410 13.7 0 43 3.0 41.0 898 5 5
31 Josh Ashton 23 FB 14 12 128 546 3 35 4.3 39.0 9.1 22 207 9.4 1 24 1.6 14.8 753 4 3
36 John Tarver 23 rb 8 4 42 132 1 21 3.1 16.5 5.3 11 112 10.2 1 22 1.4 14.0 244 2 0
16 Jim Plunkett 25 QB 14 14 36 230 1 21 6.4 16.4 2.6 230 1 6
24 Bob Gladieux 25 fb 11 6 24 56 0 11 2.3 5.1 2.2 19 192 10.1 0 31 1.7 17.5 248 0 3
40 Jack Maitland 24 13 0 13 33 0 6 2.5 2.5 1.0 4 33 8.3 0 9 0.3 2.5 66 0 2
14 Brian Dowling 25 14 0 7 35 3 11 5.0 2.5 0.5 35 3 0
33 Reggie Rucker 25 WR 14 14 3 5 0 8 1.7 0.4 0.2 44 681 15.5 3 62 3.1 48.6 686 3 2
86 Bob Windsor 30 TE 14 14 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 33 383 11.6 1 24 2.4 27.4 379 1 1
2 Pat Studstill 34 P 14 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.8 0.1 11 0 0
18 Randy Vataha 24 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 369 14.8 2 44 1.8 26.4 369 2 0
21 Tom Reynolds 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 152 19.0 2 36 0.7 12.7 152 2 0
82 Tom Beer 28 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 40 20.0 0 21 0.1 2.9 40 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 386 1532 13 41 4.0 109.4 27.6 198 2579 13.0 10 62 14.1 184.2 4111 23 26
Opp Total 14 548 2717 27 5.0 194.1 39.1 175 2533 14.5 24 12.5 180.9 5250 51 23

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
30 Carl Garrett 25 KR/PR/RB 10 6 6 36 0 27 6.0 16 410 0 49 25.6 1344
31 Josh Ashton 23 FB 14 12 15 309 0 31 20.6 1062
23 George Hoey 26 rcb 12 6 9 210 0 30 23.3 210
33 Reggie Rucker 25 WR 14 14 8 227 0 43 28.4 913
41 Larry Carwell 28 LCB 14 14 5 2 0 4 0.4 2
25 Rickie Harris 29 FS 14 11 4 5 0 5 1.3 5
40 Jack Maitland 24 13 0 3 48 0 19 16.0 114
35 Henry Matthews 23 rb 3 0 3 74 0 29 24.7 74
24 Bob Gladieux 25 fb 11 6 2 -6 0 0 -3.0 242
82 Tom Beer 28 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 55
Team Total 26.2 14 17 37 0 27 2.2 55 1293 0 49 23.5 5441
Opp Total 14 34 366 1 10.8 32 784 0 24.5

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
2 Pat Studstill 34 P 14 0 75 2859 57 1 38.1
12 Mike Walker 23 K 8 0 4 2 3 1 8 2 25.0%% 15 15 100.0%%
7 Charlie Gogolak 28 k 6 0 1 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 8 6 75.0%% 9 9 100.0%%
Team Total 26.2 14 1 1 3 2 6 4 4 1 2 16 8 50.0%% 24 24 100.0%% 75 2859 57 1 38.1
Opp Total 14 36 22 61.1%% 54 54 100.0%% 48 1939 40.4

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
30 Carl Garrett 25 KR/PR/RB 10 6 0 5 2 0 0
25 Rickie Harris 29 FS 14 11 3 45 0 32 0 0 1 3 -4 0
16 Jim Plunkett 25 QB 14 14 0 6 1 0 0
24 Bob Gladieux 25 fb 11 6 0 3 2 0 0
29 Honor Jackson 24 SS 13 10 4 133 0 55 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Ron Acks 28 RLB 14 13 0 0 3 0 0
31 Josh Ashton 23 FB 14 12 0 3 0 0 0
41 Larry Carwell 28 LCB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
40 Jack Maitland 24 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
33 Reggie Rucker 25 WR 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
63 Rick Cash 27 RDT 14 13 0 0 2 0 0
23 George Hoey 26 rcb 12 6 1 25 0 25 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Julius Adams 24 LDE/ldt 11 10 0 0 1 0 0
61 Sam Adams 24 g 6 1 0 0 1 0 0
49 Dick Blanchard 23 lb 14 1 1 20 0 20 0
50 Jim Cheyunski 27 MLB 14 11 0 0 1 0 0
14 Brian Dowling 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Ron Kadziel 23 lb 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
64 Mike Montler 28 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
76 Dave Rowe 27 LDT 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
26 Clarence Scott 28 ss 10 6 0 0 1 0 0
60 Len St. Jean 31 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
66 Ed Weisacosky 28 LLB 14 13 0 0 1 3 0
86 Bob Windsor 30 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
70 Dennis Wirgowski 25 RDE 14 14 0 1 0 -7 0
Team Total 26.2 14 10 223 0 55 0 0 26 27 -8 0
Opp Total 14 44 23 9 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
30 Carl Garrett 25 KR/PR/RB 10 6 5 5 30
7 Charlie Gogolak 28 k 6 0 9 6 27
31 Josh Ashton 23 FB 14 12 3 1 4 24
12 Mike Walker 23 K 8 0 15 2 21
14 Brian Dowling 25 14 0 3 3 18
33 Reggie Rucker 25 WR 14 14 3 3 18
21 Tom Reynolds 23 12 0 2 2 12
36 John Tarver 23 rb 8 4 1 1 2 12
18 Randy Vataha 24 WR 14 14 2 2 12
41 Larry Carwell 28 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
16 Jim Plunkett 25 QB 14 14 1 1 6
86 Bob Windsor 30 TE 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 14 13 10 1 24 24 8 192
Opp Total 14 27 24 1 2 54 22 1 446

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 CIN L, 7-31 2 45 blocked field goal Larry Carwell 45 yard blocked field goal return (Mike Walker kick)
2 1972-09-24 ATL W, 21-20 2 4 rush Josh Ashton 4 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
3 1972-09-24 ATL W, 21-20 4 37 pass Randy Vataha 37 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
4 1972-09-24 ATL W, 21-20 4 12 rush Carl Garrett 12 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
5 1972-10-01 WAS W, 24-23 2 2 rush Josh Ashton 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
6 1972-10-01 WAS W, 24-23 3 11 pass Reggie Rucker 11 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
7 1972-10-01 WAS W, 24-23 4 24 pass Josh Ashton 24 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
8 1972-10-08 @ BUF L, 14-38 1 1 rush Josh Ashton 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
9 1972-10-08 @ BUF L, 14-38 4 1 rush Brian Dowling 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
10 1972-10-15 NYJ L, 13-41 3 41 rush Carl Garrett 41 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
11 1972-10-29 @ NYJ L, 10-34 4 1 rush Brian Dowling 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
12 1972-11-06 BAL L, 17-24 3 2 rush Jim Plunkett 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
13 1972-11-06 BAL L, 17-24 4 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
14 1972-11-19 BUF L, 24-27 1 32 pass Randy Vataha 32 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
15 1972-11-19 BUF L, 24-27 3 2 pass Bob Windsor 2 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
16 1972-11-19 BUF L, 24-27 3 1 rush John Tarver 1 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
17 1972-12-03 MIA L, 21-37 2 36 pass Tom Reynolds 36 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
18 1972-12-03 MIA L, 21-37 4 8 pass John Tarver 8 yard pass from Brian Dowling (Mike Walker kick)
19 1972-12-03 MIA L, 21-37 4 1 rush Brian Dowling 1 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
20 1972-12-10 @ NOR W, 17-10 2 31 pass Reggie Rucker 31 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
21 1972-12-10 @ NOR W, 17-10 2 25 pass Reggie Rucker 25 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
22 1972-12-17 @ DEN L, 21-45 2 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
23 1972-12-17 @ DEN L, 21-45 4 5 rush Carl Garrett 5 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
24 1972-12-17 @ DEN L, 21-45 4 28 pass Tom Reynolds 28 yard pass from Brian Dowling (Mike Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 CIN W, 31-7 1 14 rush Essex Johnson 14 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
2 1972-09-17 CIN W, 31-7 3 1 rush Jess Phillips 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
3 1972-09-17 CIN W, 31-7 4 51 punt Lemar Parrish 51 yard punt return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
4 1972-09-17 CIN W, 31-7 4 11 pass Bob Trumpy 11 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
5 1972-09-24 ATL L, 20-21 3 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
6 1972-09-24 ATL L, 20-21 3 1 rush Dave Hampton 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
7 1972-10-01 WAS L, 23-24 2 30 pass Charley Taylor 30 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
8 1972-10-01 WAS L, 23-24 2 4 pass Charley Taylor 4 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
9 1972-10-01 WAS L, 23-24 4 9 pass Jerry Smith 9 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
10 1972-10-08 @ BUF W, 38-14 2 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1972-10-08 @ BUF W, 38-14 2 36 pass J.D. Hill 36 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1972-10-08 @ BUF W, 38-14 2 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1972-10-08 @ BUF W, 38-14 2 11 rush O.J. Simpson 11 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1972-10-08 @ BUF W, 38-14 3 43 pass Bob Chandler 43 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
15 1972-10-15 NYJ W, 41-13 1 6 rush John Riggins 6 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1972-10-15 NYJ W, 41-13 2 37 rush Emerson Boozer 37 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1972-10-15 NYJ W, 41-13 2 27 pass Rich Caster 27 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1972-10-15 NYJ W, 41-13 4 23 rush Emerson Boozer 23 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1972-10-15 NYJ W, 41-13 4 8 rush Emerson Boozer 8 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1972-10-22 @ PIT W, 33-3 1 32 interception Jack Ham 32 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1972-10-22 @ PIT W, 33-3 2 30 pass Ron Shanklin 30 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1972-10-22 @ PIT W, 33-3 3 28 rush Steve Davis 28 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1972-10-29 @ NYJ W, 34-10 2 5 rush Emerson Boozer 5 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1972-10-29 @ NYJ W, 34-10 2 12 rush Emerson Boozer 12 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1972-10-29 @ NYJ W, 34-10 3 19 rush Emerson Boozer 19 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
26 1972-10-29 @ NYJ W, 34-10 4 14 pass Rich Caster 14 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
27 1972-11-06 BAL W, 24-17 1 32 rush Sam Havrilak 32 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
28 1972-11-06 BAL W, 24-17 3 17 pass Tom Mitchell 17 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
29 1972-11-06 BAL W, 24-17 3 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
30 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 1 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 1 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
32 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 2 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
33 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 2 6 rush Mercury Morris 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
34 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 3 16 pass Marlin Briscoe 16 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
35 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 4 51 pass Marlin Briscoe 51 yard pass from Jim Del Gaizo (Garo Yepremian kick)
36 1972-11-12 @ MIA W, 52-0 4 39 pass Jim Mandich 39 yard pass from Jim Del Gaizo (Garo Yepremian kick)
37 1972-11-19 BUF W, 27-24 2 13 rush O.J. Simpson 13 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
38 1972-11-19 BUF W, 27-24 2 7 pass Wayne Patrick 7 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
39 1972-11-19 BUF W, 27-24 4 42 pass Bob Chandler 42 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
40 1972-11-26 @ BAL W, 31-0 2 40 pass Sam Havrilak 40 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
41 1972-11-26 @ BAL W, 31-0 2 3 pass Sam Havrilak 3 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
42 1972-11-26 @ BAL W, 31-0 3 3 pass Tom Mitchell 3 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
43 1972-11-26 @ BAL W, 31-0 3 22 interception Mike Curtis 22 yard interception return (Boris Shlapak kick)
44 1972-12-03 MIA W, 37-21 2 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
45 1972-12-03 MIA W, 37-21 3 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
46 1972-12-03 MIA W, 37-21 3 14 pass Marlin Briscoe 14 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
47 1972-12-03 MIA W, 37-21 4 8 rush Hubert Ginn 8 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
48 1972-12-10 @ NOR L, 10-17 3 26 pass Danny Abramowicz 26 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
49 1972-12-17 @ DEN W, 45-21 2 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
50 1972-12-17 @ DEN W, 45-21 2 20 pass Rod Sherman 20 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
51 1972-12-17 @ DEN W, 45-21 2 19 pass Haven Moses 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
52 1972-12-17 @ DEN W, 45-21 3 22 pass Haven Moses 22 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
53 1972-12-17 @ DEN W, 45-21 4 5 rush Floyd Little 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
54 1972-12-17 @ DEN W, 45-21 4 15 rush Fran Lynch 15 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)