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1972 Los Angeles Rams

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6-7-1, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.5, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 291 points (20.8/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (20.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of 5 points (0.4/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-6.9.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (6-7-1)

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: Long Beach State (Long Beach, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Owner Robert Irsay On 1972-07-26, Irsay purchased the Rams and traded them to Carroll Rosenbloom for the Colts
General Manager Don Klosterman
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 291 4355 859 5.1 31 9 17 238 184 371 2146 13 22 5.5 108 472 2209 17 4.7 113
Team Defense 286 3907 843 4.6 27 11 24 235 181 363 2145 20 16 5.3 110 438 1762 9 4.0 101
Lg Rank Offense 14 7 9 2 11 12 13 16 17 16 15 5 6 3
Lg Rank Defense 16 11 19 22 15 17 12 23 18 10 7 9 4 12

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 New Orleans Saints 34 14 20 393 139 254 1 20 287 218 69 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore T 1-0-1 @ Chicago Bears 13 13 8 171 65 106 3 11 170 26 144 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-1-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 3 31 13 249 137 112 6 17 358 61 297 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 2-1-1 San Francisco 49ers 31 7 22 513 211 302 1 13 250 131 119 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-1-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 34 3 18 313 147 166 14 137 90 47 5
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-1-1 Cincinnati Bengals 15 12 9 149 94 55 3 20 283 110 173 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 4-2-1 @ Oakland Raiders 17 45 16 317 163 154 7 23 362 149 213
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 5-2-1 Atlanta Falcons 20 7 17 295 93 202 19 237 120 117 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 5-3-1 Denver Broncos 10 16 9 183 110 73 3 13 245 112 133 2
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 5-4-1 Minnesota Vikings 41 45 25 426 235 191 2 14 375 319 56
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 5-5-1 @ New Orleans Saints 16 19 17 309 123 186 17 260 158 102
12 Mon December 4 boxscore W 6-5-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 26 16 15 313 175 138 19 304 246 58 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 6-6-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 14 24 29 391 240 151 3 11 269 192 77 1
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 6-7-1 Detroit Lions 17 34 20 333 214 119 2 24 370 213 157 1

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
18 Roman Gabriel 32 QB 14 12 6-6-0 165 323 51.1% 2027 12 3.7 15 4.6 57 6.3 4.9 12.3 144.8 63.8 12 102 5.75 4.45 3.6 0 1
12 Pete Beathard 30 qb 14 2 0-1-1 19 48 39.6% 255 1 2.1 7 14.6 33 5.3 -0.8 13.4 18.2 24.6 4 34 4.25 -1.42 7.7
Team Total 27.2 14 6-7-1 184 371 49.6% 2282 13 3.5 22 5.9 57 6.2 4.2 12.4 163.0 56.0 16 136 5.55 3.66 4.1 0 1
Opp Total 14 181 363 49.9% 2472 20 5.5 16 4.4 6.8 5.93 13.7 176.6 72.0 42 327 5.3 4.5 10.4

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
33 Willie Ellison 27 FB/KR 13 12 170 764 5 37 4.5 58.8 13.1 23 141 6.1 1 39 1.8 10.8 905 6 3
45 Jim Bertelsen 22 PR/RB 14 7 123 581 5 42 4.7 41.5 8.8 29 331 11.4 1 22 2.1 23.6 912 6 4
35 Bob Thomas 24 rb 14 5 77 433 3 49 5.6 30.9 5.5 11 95 8.6 0 19 0.8 6.8 528 3 1
38 Larry Smith 25 rb 12 3 60 276 2 68 4.6 23.0 5.0 15 186 12.4 1 47 1.3 15.5 462 3 1
34 Les Josephson 30 8 1 18 75 0 13 4.2 9.4 2.3 14 170 12.1 1 34 1.8 21.3 245 1 1
18 Roman Gabriel 32 QB 14 12 14 16 1 11 1.1 1.1 1.0 16 1 6
13 Lance Rentzel 29 WR 14 14 7 71 1 18 10.1 5.1 0.5 27 365 13.5 1 40 1.9 26.1 436 2 1
80 Bob Klein 25 TE 14 13 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.5 0.1 29 330 11.4 1 26 2.1 23.6 323 1 1
82 Joe Sweet 24 11 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 2 26 13.0 1 17 0.2 2.4 27 1 0
12 Pete Beathard 30 qb 14 2 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 1
84 Jack Snow 29 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 590 19.7 4 57 2.1 42.1 590 4 0
5 Dick Gordon 28 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 29 9.7 1 17 0.8 7.3 29 1 1
49 John Love 28 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 1 19 0.2 3.8 19 1 2
Team Total 27.2 14 472 2209 17 68 4.7 157.8 33.7 184 2282 12.4 13 57 13.1 163.0 4491 30 24
Opp Total 14 438 1762 9 4.0 125.9 31.3 181 2145 11.9 20 12.9 153.2 3907 29 25

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
45 Jim Bertelsen 22 PR/RB 14 7 16 232 0 60 14.5 4 88 0 25 22.0 1232
49 John Love 28 5 0 10 39 0 10 3.9 8 167 0 27 20.9 225
33 Willie Ellison 27 FB/KR 13 12 14 345 0 32 24.6 1250
5 Dick Gordon 28 4 0 4 20 0 12 5.0 4 141 0 53 35.3 190
35 Bob Thomas 24 rb 14 5 8 212 0 43 26.5 740
46 Roger Williams 27 14 2 6 141 0 29 23.5 141
88 Pat Curran 27 te 10 0 4 37 0 19 9.3 37
44 Al Clark 24 LCB 14 7 3 59 0 28 19.7 59
42 Dave Elmendorf 23 SS 14 14 3 56 0 41 18.7 56
52 John Pergine 26 12 0 3 46 0 19 15.3 46
21 Gene Howard 26 RCB 13 13 2 51 0 28 25.5 51
Team Total 27.2 14 33 347 0 60 10.5 56 1287 0 53 23.0 6125
Opp Total 14 22 54 0 2.5 54 999 0 18.5

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
27 David Ray 28 K 14 0 7 6 7 5 11 9 13 4 3 41 24 58.5%% 31 31 100.0%%
10 Dave Chapple* 25 P 14 0 53 2344 70 0 44.2
Team Total 27.2 14 7 6 7 5 11 9 13 4 3 41 24 58.5%% 31 31 100.0%% 53 2344 70 0 44.2
Opp Total 14 30 16 53.3%% 34 32 94.1%% 71 2925 41.2

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
18 Roman Gabriel 32 QB 14 12 0 6 3 -18 0
19 Jim Nettles 30 FS 14 14 6 168 0 43 0 0 0 1 4 0
45 Jim Bertelsen 22 PR/RB 14 7 0 4 2 0 0
42 Dave Elmendorf 23 SS 14 14 3 29 0 15 0 0 0 2 0 0
49 John Love 28 5 0 0 2 2 0 0
44 Al Clark 24 LCB 14 7 1 18 0 18 0 0 1 1 0 0
33 Willie Ellison 27 FB/KR 13 12 0 3 0 -4 0
21 Gene Howard 26 RCB 13 13 3 26 1 24 0
12 Pete Beathard 30 qb 14 2 0 1 1 0 0
89 Fred Dryer 26 de 14 5 0 0 2 0 0
5 Dick Gordon 28 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
34 Les Josephson 30 8 1 0 1 1 0 0
80 Bob Klein 25 TE 14 13 0 1 1 0 0
86 Marlin McKeever 32 MLB 14 14 2 8 0 8 0
53 Jim Purnell 31 LLB 13 12 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Harry Schuh 30 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
35 Bob Thomas 24 rb 14 5 0 1 1 0 0
79 Coy Bacon* 30 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
68 Mike LaHood 28 g 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
13 Lance Rentzel 29 WR 14 14 0 1 0 -18 0
58 Isiah Robertson 23 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
61 Rich Saul 24 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
38 Larry Smith 25 rb 12 3 0 1 0 0 0
46 Roger Williams 27 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
85 Jack Youngblood 22 LDE 14 9 0 0 1 3 0
Team Total 27.2 14 16 251 1 43 0 0 24 26 -33 0 1
Opp Total 14 16 25 14 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
27 David Ray 28 K 14 0 31 24 103
45 Jim Bertelsen 22 PR/RB 14 7 5 1 6 36
33 Willie Ellison 27 FB/KR 13 12 5 1 6 36
84 Jack Snow 29 WR 14 14 4 4 24
38 Larry Smith 25 rb 12 3 2 1 3 18
35 Bob Thomas 24 rb 14 5 3 3 18
13 Lance Rentzel 29 WR 14 14 1 1 2 12
82 Joe Sweet 24 11 0 1 1 1 8
18 Roman Gabriel 32 QB 14 12 1 1 6
5 Dick Gordon 28 4 0 1 1 6
21 Gene Howard 26 RCB 13 13 1 1 6
34 Les Josephson 30 8 1 1 1 6
80 Bob Klein 25 TE 14 13 1 1 6
49 John Love 28 5 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 14 17 13 1 31 31 24 1 291
Opp Total 14 9 20 2 3 32 16 1 286

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 NOR W, 34-14 1 1 rush Bob Thomas 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
2 1972-09-17 NOR W, 34-14 2 31 pass Jack Snow 31 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
3 1972-09-17 NOR W, 34-14 2 4 rush Larry Smith 4 yard rush (David Ray kick)
4 1972-09-17 NOR W, 34-14 2 38 rush Bob Thomas 38 yard rush (David Ray kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ CHI T, 13-13 1 24 interception Gene Howard 24 yard interception return (David Ray kick)
6 1972-10-08 SFO W, 31-7 2 45 pass Jack Snow 45 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
7 1972-10-08 SFO W, 31-7 2 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
8 1972-10-08 SFO W, 31-7 3 57 pass Jack Snow 57 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
9 1972-10-08 SFO W, 31-7 4 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
10 1972-10-15 @ PHI W, 34-3 2 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
11 1972-10-15 @ PHI W, 34-3 2 2 rush Bob Thomas 2 yard rush (David Ray kick)
12 1972-10-15 @ PHI W, 34-3 3 19 pass John Love 19 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
13 1972-10-15 @ PHI W, 34-3 4 6 rush Jim Bertelsen 6 yard rush (David Ray kick)
14 1972-10-22 CIN W, 15-12 1 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
15 1972-10-29 @ OAK L, 17-45 3 6 pass Dick Gordon 6 yard pass from Pete Beathard (David Ray kick)
16 1972-10-29 @ OAK L, 17-45 4 9 rush Lance Rentzel 9 yard rush (David Ray kick)
17 1972-11-05 ATL W, 20-7 1 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
18 1972-11-05 ATL W, 20-7 3 7 rush Jim Bertelsen 7 yard rush (David Ray kick)
19 1972-11-12 DEN L, 10-16 3 4 pass Jack Snow 4 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
20 1972-11-19 MIN L, 41-45 1 1 rush Jim Bertelsen 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
21 1972-11-19 MIN L, 41-45 2 1 rush Roman Gabriel 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
22 1972-11-19 MIN L, 41-45 3 1 rush Jim Bertelsen 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
23 1972-11-19 MIN L, 41-45 4 7 rush Willie Ellison 7 yard rush (David Ray kick)
24 1972-11-19 MIN L, 41-45 4 17 pass Joe Sweet 17 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
25 1972-11-26 @ NOR L, 16-19 3 5 rush Jim Bertelsen 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
26 1972-12-04 @ SFO W, 26-16 2 26 pass Bob Klein 26 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
27 1972-12-04 @ SFO W, 26-16 3 39 pass Willie Ellison 39 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
28 1972-12-10 @ STL L, 14-24 3 11 pass Les Josephson 11 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
29 1972-12-10 @ STL L, 14-24 3 12 pass Jim Bertelsen 12 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
30 1972-12-17 DET L, 17-34 2 14 pass Lance Rentzel 14 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
31 1972-12-17 DET L, 17-34 3 3 pass Larry Smith 3 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 NOR L, 14-34 2 42 pass Bob Newland 42 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
2 1972-09-17 NOR L, 14-34 4 4 pass Danny Abramowicz 4 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
3 1972-09-24 @ CHI T, 13-13 4 30 pass Earl Thomas 30 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
4 1972-10-01 @ ATL W, 31-3 1 38 pass Ken Burrow 38 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
5 1972-10-01 @ ATL W, 31-3 2 56 rush Dave Hampton 56 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
6 1972-10-01 @ ATL W, 31-3 3 29 interception Tommy Nobis 29 yard interception return (Bill Bell kick)
7 1972-10-01 @ ATL W, 31-3 4 1 rush Dave Hampton 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
8 1972-10-08 SFO L, 7-31 2 1 rush John Brodie 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
9 1972-10-22 CIN L, 12-15 3 25 pass Bob Trumpy 25 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1972-10-29 @ OAK W, 45-17 1 4 rush Charlie Smith 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1972-10-29 @ OAK W, 45-17 1 8 rush Clarence Davis 8 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1972-10-29 @ OAK W, 45-17 1 30 pass Fred Biletnikoff 30 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
13 1972-10-29 @ OAK W, 45-17 1 27 pass Raymond Chester 27 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
14 1972-10-29 @ OAK W, 45-17 2 31 pass Mike Siani 31 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
15 1972-10-29 @ OAK W, 45-17 4 82 interception Phil Villapiano 82 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
16 1972-11-05 ATL L, 7-20 2 4 pass Dave Hampton 4 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
17 1972-11-12 DEN W, 16-10 2 7 pass Jerry Simmons 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
18 1972-11-19 MIN W, 45-41 2 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1972-11-19 MIN W, 45-41 3 30 fumble Paul Krause 30 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
20 1972-11-19 MIN W, 45-41 3 76 pass Bill Brown 76 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
21 1972-11-19 MIN W, 45-41 4 70 pass John Henderson 70 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
22 1972-11-19 MIN W, 45-41 4 5 pass Bill Brown 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
23 1972-11-19 MIN W, 45-41 4 66 pass John Gilliam 66 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
24 1972-11-26 @ NOR W, 19-16 2 5 rush Archie Manning 5 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
25 1972-11-26 @ NOR W, 19-16 3 23 pass Bob Newland 23 yard pass from Archie Manning
26 1972-12-04 @ SFO L, 16-26 1 6 pass Ted Kwalick 6 yard pass from Steve Spurrier
27 1972-12-04 @ SFO L, 16-26 3 8 pass Gene Washington 8 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
28 1972-12-10 @ STL W, 24-14 2 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1972-12-10 @ STL W, 24-14 2 58 fumble Norm Thompson 58 yard fumble return (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1972-12-10 @ STL W, 24-14 4 30 pass Walker Gillette 30 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1972-12-17 DET W, 34-17 2 2 rush Altie Taylor 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
32 1972-12-17 DET W, 34-17 2 88 interception Rudy Redmond 88 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
33 1972-12-17 DET W, 34-17 3 8 pass Charlie Sanders 8 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
34 1972-12-17 DET W, 34-17 4 3 pass Charlie Sanders 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)