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1972 San Diego Chargers

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.8, Offense: -0.2, Defense: -2.6, SoS: 2.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (18.9/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 344 points (24.6/g), 20th.
 Differential of -80 points (-5.7/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: Harland Svare (4-9-1)

Stadium: San Diego Stadium
 Training Camp: UC Irvine (Irvine, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Eugene Klein
Head Coach/General Manager Harland Svare
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 264 4299 904 4.8 48 20 23 262 192 377 2304 15 28 5.8 116 504 1995 12 4.0 123
Team Defense 344 3881 819 4.7 34 10 21 244 201 358 2208 18 24 5.8 124 435 1673 18 3.8 99
Lg Rank Offense 18 10 26 24 4 9 10 14 25 11 8 15 17 17
Lg Rank Defense 20 10 11 23 18 16 17 16 5 15 6 5 22 6

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 @ San Francisco 49ers 3 34 13 258 171 87 5 18 295 178 117 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-1 Denver Broncos 37 14 18 317 175 142 2 17 313 218 95 6
3 Sun October 1 boxscore T 1-1-1 @ Oakland Raiders 17 17 20 345 149 196 3 15 232 142 90 1
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 2-1-1 @ Baltimore Colts 23 20 24 350 137 213 5 19 265 120 145 3
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-2-1 @ Miami Dolphins 10 24 15 243 110 133 3 14 239 86 153 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 2-3-1 @ Detroit Lions 20 34 17 225 143 82 3 24 324 142 182 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 2-4-1 Kansas City Chiefs 14 26 16 280 199 81 5 15 268 134 134 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 2-5-1 Dallas Cowboys 28 34 17 346 202 144 4 17 269 169 100 2
9 Mon November 13 boxscore L 2-6-1 Cleveland Browns 17 21 24 327 136 191 3 18 299 175 124 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 3-6-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 27 17 17 294 186 108 22 363 264 99 6
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 4-6-1 Houston Oilers 34 20 23 367 137 230 1 18 213 162 51 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 4-7-1 Oakland Raiders 19 21 26 440 207 233 2 17 298 202 96 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 4-8-1 @ Denver Broncos 13 38 20 335 236 99 5 15 257 85 172 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 4-9-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 24 12 172 116 56 7 15 246 131 115 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
21 John Hadl* 32 QB 14 14 4-9-1 190 370 51.4% 2449 15 4.1 26 7.0 61 6.6 4.3 12.9 174.9 56.7 19 187 5.81 3.58 4.9 2 1
13 Wayne Clark 25 13 0 2 6 33.3% 67 0 0.0 2 33.3 62 11.2 -3.8 33.5 5.2 36.8 2 9 7.25 -4.00 25.0
20 Mike Garrett 28 RB 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 2 16 -5.33 -5.33 66.7
Team Total 26.8 14 4-9-1 192 377 50.9% 2516 15 4.0 28 7.4 62 6.7 4.1 13.1 179.7 54.6 23 212 5.76 3.36 5.8 2 1
Opp Total 14 201 358 56.1% 2441 18 5.0 24 6.7 6.8 4.81 12.1 174.4 66.1 26 233 5.8 3.9 6.8

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
20 Mike Garrett 28 RB 14 14 272 1031 6 41 3.8 73.6 19.4 31 245 7.9 1 27 2.2 17.5 1276 7 8
37 Cid Edwards 29 FB 12 12 157 679 5 31 4.3 56.6 13.1 40 557 13.9 2 61 3.3 46.4 1236 7 4
38 Lee White 26 8 1 23 75 0 12 3.3 9.4 2.9 3 20 6.7 0 8 0.4 2.5 95 0 0
21 John Hadl* 32 QB 14 14 22 99 1 17 4.5 7.1 1.6 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 103 1 7
42 Jesse Taylor 24 KR 14 0 13 58 0 17 4.5 4.1 0.9 58 0 3
34 Oscar Dragon 22 13 0 9 30 0 7 3.3 2.3 0.7 30 0 0
27 Gary Garrison* 28 WR 14 13 2 -6 0 0 -3.0 -0.4 0.1 52 744 14.3 7 52 3.7 53.1 738 7 0
13 Wayne Clark 25 13 0 2 -8 0 3 -4.0 -0.6 0.2 -8 0 2
88 Pettis Norman 33 TE 13 11 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.7 0.1 19 262 13.8 0 30 1.5 20.2 271 0 2
28 Chuck Dicus 24 WR 10 7 1 -11 0 -11 -11.0 -1.1 0.1 18 227 12.6 2 46 1.8 22.7 216 2 1
84 Dave Williams 27 12 6 1 14 0 14 14.0 1.2 0.1 14 315 22.5 3 62 1.2 26.3 329 3 0
83 Mike Carter 24 5 1 1 25 0 25 25.0 5.0 0.2 2 24 12.0 0 14 0.4 4.8 49 0 0
89 John Mackey 31 13 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 110 10.0 0 21 0.8 8.5 110 0 1
25 Jerry LeVias 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 1.0 8.0 8 0 1
Team Total 26.8 14 504 1995 12 41 4.0 142.5 36.0 192 2516 13.1 15 62 13.7 179.7 4511 27 40
Opp Total 14 435 1673 18 3.8 119.5 31.1 201 2208 11.0 18 14.4 157.7 3881 36 26

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
42 Jesse Taylor 24 KR 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 31 676 0 41 21.8 734
39 Lenny Dunlap 23 PR/RCB 14 13 19 179 0 21 9.4 12 271 0 35 22.6 450
45 Reggie Berry 22 9 0 7 138 0 26 19.7 138
35 Chuck Detwiler 25 FS 13 6 4 94 0 26 23.5 94
23 Ray Jones 25 14 4 3 41 0 17 13.7 41
20 Mike Garrett 28 RB 14 14 2 10 0 10 5.0 1286
46 John Sykes 23 2 0 2 44 0 24 22.0 44
40 Joe Beauchamp 28 LCB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
25 Jerry LeVias 26 1 1 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 4
84 Dave Williams 27 12 6 0 9 0 9 338
Team Total 26.8 14 23 185 0 21 8.0 60 1273 0 41 21.2 5969
Opp Total 14 17 157 1 9.2 53 1225 1 23.1

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
29 Dennis Partee 26 K/P 14 0 5 5 3 3 6 2 8 4 3 1 25 15 60.0%% 28 26 92.9%% 45 1813 65 0 40.3
10 Bill McClard 23 k 9 0 1 1 4 2 1 6 3 50.0%% 2 2 100.0%%
Team Total 26.8 14 5 5 4 4 6 2 12 6 4 1 31 18 58.1%% 30 28 93.3%% 45 1813 65 0 40.3
Opp Total 14 28 19 67.9%% 41 41 100.0%% 56 2150 38.4

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
39 Lenny Dunlap 23 PR/RCB 14 13 5 67 0 25 0 0 6 3 0 0
21 John Hadl* 32 QB 14 14 0 7 4 -16 0
20 Mike Garrett 28 RB 14 14 0 8 2 0 0
30 Bryant Salter 22 SS 14 13 7 111 0 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Joe Beauchamp 28 LCB 14 14 6 96 1 47 0
37 Cid Edwards 29 FB 12 12 0 4 2 0 0
55 Carl Mauck 25 C 14 14 0 2 3 -2 1
42 Jesse Taylor 24 KR 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
23 Ray Jones 25 14 4 0 2 2 0 0
13 Wayne Clark 25 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
66 Rick Redman 29 RLB 10 10 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
60 Bob Babich 25 LLB 14 8 2 9 0 9 0
45 Reggie Berry 22 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
75 Deacon Jones* 34 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
88 Pettis Norman 33 TE 13 11 0 2 0 0 0
82 Tim Rossovich 26 MLB 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Pete Barnes 27 14 4 1 9 0 9 0
50 Lee Roy Caffey 31 12 9 1 4 0 4 0
28 Chuck Dicus 24 WR 10 7 0 1 0 0 0
51 Pete Lazetich 22 14 5 0 0 1 1 0
25 Jerry LeVias 26 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
89 John Mackey 31 13 4 0 1 0 0 0
70 Russ Washington 26 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 24 310 1 47 0 0 40 28 -17 1 1
Opp Total 14 23 26 16

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
29 Dennis Partee 26 K/P 14 0 26 15 71
37 Cid Edwards 29 FB 12 12 5 2 7 42
20 Mike Garrett 28 RB 14 14 6 1 7 42
27 Gary Garrison* 28 WR 14 13 7 7 42
84 Dave Williams 27 12 6 3 3 18
28 Chuck Dicus 24 WR 10 7 2 2 12
10 Bill McClard 23 k 9 0 2 3 11
40 Joe Beauchamp 28 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
21 John Hadl* 32 QB 14 14 1 1 6
55 Carl Mauck 25 C 14 14 1 1 6
42 Jesse Taylor 24 KR 14 0 1 1 6
64 Dave Costa 31 RDT 14 14 1 2
Team Total 26.8 14 12 15 1 1 1 30 28 18 1 264
Opp Total 14 18 18 1 1 3 41 19 344

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-24 DEN W, 37-14 1 41 rush Mike Garrett 41 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
2 1972-09-24 DEN W, 37-14 2 9 pass Gary Garrison 9 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
3 1972-09-24 DEN W, 37-14 2 31 pass Dave Williams 31 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
4 1972-09-24 DEN W, 37-14 2 47 interception Joe Beauchamp 47 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
5 1972-10-01 @ OAK T, 17-17 2 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
6 1972-10-01 @ OAK T, 17-17 4 0 fumble Carl Mauck 0 yard fumble return (Dennis Partee kick)
7 1972-10-08 @ BAL W, 23-20 1 1 rush Mike Garrett 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
8 1972-10-08 @ BAL W, 23-20 4 2 rush Mike Garrett 2 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
9 1972-10-15 @ MIA L, 10-24 4 3 pass Cid Edwards 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Bill McClard kick)
10 1972-10-22 @ DET L, 20-34 1 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush
11 1972-10-22 @ DET L, 20-34 4 15 pass Gary Garrison 15 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
12 1972-10-22 @ DET L, 20-34 4 5 pass Gary Garrison 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
13 1972-10-29 KAN L, 14-26 2 27 pass Mike Garrett 27 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
14 1972-10-29 KAN L, 14-26 4 3 rush Mike Garrett 3 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
15 1972-11-05 DAL L, 28-34 3 46 pass Chuck Dicus 46 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
16 1972-11-05 DAL L, 28-34 4 42 pass Gary Garrison 42 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
17 1972-11-05 DAL L, 28-34 4 20 pass Chuck Dicus 20 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
18 1972-11-05 DAL L, 28-34 4 47 pass Dave Williams 47 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
19 1972-11-13 CLE L, 17-21 3 4 pass Cid Edwards 4 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
20 1972-11-13 CLE L, 17-21 4 3 rush Mike Garrett 3 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
21 1972-11-19 @ KAN W, 27-17 1 3 rush Mike Garrett 3 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
22 1972-11-19 @ KAN W, 27-17 2 1 rush John Hadl 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
23 1972-11-19 @ KAN W, 27-17 2 20 pass Gary Garrison 20 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
24 1972-11-26 HOU W, 34-20 1 0 fumble Jesse Taylor 0 yard fumble return (Dennis Partee kick)
25 1972-11-26 HOU W, 34-20 2 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
26 1972-11-26 HOU W, 34-20 3 31 rush Cid Edwards 31 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
27 1972-11-26 HOU W, 34-20 4 3 pass Dave Williams 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
28 1972-12-03 OAK L, 19-21 2 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
29 1972-12-03 OAK L, 19-21 3 52 pass Gary Garrison 52 yard pass from John Hadl
30 1972-12-10 @ DEN L, 13-38 4 23 pass Gary Garrison 23 yard pass from John Hadl (Bill McClard kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ SFO W, 34-3 1 13 pass Gene Washington 13 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ SFO W, 34-3 2 23 pass Gene Washington 23 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ SFO W, 34-3 2 45 pass Gene Washington 45 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1972-09-17 @ SFO W, 34-3 3 4 rush Jimmy Thomas 4 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
5 1972-09-24 DEN L, 14-37 1 94 kickoff Randy Montgomery 94 yard kickoff return (Jim Turner kick)
6 1972-09-24 DEN L, 14-37 4 8 rush Steve Ramsey 8 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
7 1972-10-01 @ OAK T, 17-17 1 23 pass Raymond Chester 23 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
8 1972-10-01 @ OAK T, 17-17 1 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
9 1972-10-08 @ BAL L, 20-23 3 13 rush Don Nottingham 13 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
10 1972-10-08 @ BAL L, 20-23 3 3 rush Don Nottingham 3 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
11 1972-10-15 @ MIA W, 24-10 2 35 fumble Dick Anderson 35 yard fumble return (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1972-10-15 @ MIA W, 24-10 2 18 pass Howard Twilley 18 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1972-10-15 @ MIA W, 24-10 3 19 pass Paul Warfield 19 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1972-10-22 @ DET W, 34-20 2 1 rush Mel Farr 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
15 1972-10-22 @ DET W, 34-20 3 2 rush Mel Farr 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
16 1972-10-22 @ DET W, 34-20 3 24 pass Larry Walton 24 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
17 1972-10-22 @ DET W, 34-20 4 5 rush Greg Landry 5 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
18 1972-10-29 KAN W, 26-14 3 6 rush Ed Podolak 6 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1972-10-29 KAN W, 26-14 4 8 fumble Robert West 8 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1972-11-05 DAL W, 34-28 1 54 fumble Mike Montgomery 54 yard fumble return (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1972-11-05 DAL W, 34-28 2 9 rush Walt Garrison 9 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
22 1972-11-05 DAL W, 34-28 2 1 pass Mike Ditka 1 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
23 1972-11-05 DAL W, 34-28 3 7 rush Craig Morton 7 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
24 1972-11-13 CLE W, 21-17 2 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1972-11-13 CLE W, 21-17 4 2 rush Ken Brown 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1972-11-13 CLE W, 21-17 4 38 pass Frank Pitts 38 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1972-11-19 @ KAN L, 17-27 1 4 pass Wendell Hayes 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
28 1972-11-19 @ KAN L, 17-27 4 36 pass Robert West 36 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
29 1972-11-26 HOU L, 20-34 4 3 pass Rhett Dawson 3 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
30 1972-11-26 HOU L, 20-34 4 7 pass Fred Willis 7 yard pass from Kent Nix (Skip Butler kick)
31 1972-12-03 OAK W, 21-19 1 16 pass Raymond Chester 16 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
32 1972-12-03 OAK W, 21-19 2 36 pass Fred Biletnikoff 36 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
33 1972-12-03 OAK W, 21-19 4 9 rush Charlie Smith 9 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
34 1972-12-10 @ DEN W, 38-13 1 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
35 1972-12-10 @ DEN W, 38-13 2 4 rush Joe Dawkins 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
36 1972-12-10 @ DEN W, 38-13 2 65 punt Charlie Greer 65 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
37 1972-12-10 @ DEN W, 38-13 3 11 pass Haven Moses 11 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
38 1972-12-10 @ DEN W, 38-13 3 7 pass Haven Moses 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
39 1972-12-17 PIT W, 24-2 1 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
40 1972-12-17 PIT W, 24-2 2 2 rush John Fuqua 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
41 1972-12-17 PIT W, 24-2 4 17 pass Ron Shanklin 17 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)