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1972 San Francisco 49ers

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8-5-1, Finished 1st in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.4, Offense: 4.9, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 353 points (25.2/g), 4th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 249 points (17.8/g), 9th.
 Differential of 104 points (7.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.7-4.3.

Coach: Dick Nolan (8-5-1)

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: UC-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

Team Info

Co-Owner Jane Morabito
Co-Owner Josephine Morabito
President/General Manager Louis Spadia
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 353 4351 847 5.1 37 13 18 234 217 380 2735 27 24 6.8 129 445 1616 11 3.6 87
Team Defense 249 4026 858 4.7 36 17 20 221 169 366 2179 14 19 5.3 105 446 1847 12 4.1 96
Lg Rank Offense 4 8 19 11 16 8 2 1 23 5 20 21 18 24
Lg Rank Defense 9 14 7 6 7 20 15 9 12 9 11 13 10 15

Team Games & Schedule

Week 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 San Diego Chargers 34 3 18 295 178 117 2 13 258 171 87 5
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 @ Buffalo Bills 20 27 10 202 169 33 4 17 233 56 177 1
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 @ New Orleans Saints 37 2 14 318 192 126 3 8 84 77 7 7
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 31 13 250 131 119 2 22 513 211 302 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 New York Giants 17 23 18 342 257 85 5 18 269 129 140 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore T 2-3-1 New Orleans Saints 20 20 14 340 274 66 3 19 367 273 94 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 3-3-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 49 14 19 348 159 189 3 13 152 97 55 4
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 3-4-1 @ Green Bay Packers 24 34 16 327 306 21 3 13 338 141 197
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 4-4-1 Baltimore Colts 24 21 19 310 105 205 1 18 297 213 84 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 5-4-1 @ Chicago Bears 34 21 20 376 266 110 15 356 223 133 3
11 Thu November 23 boxscore W 6-4-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 31 10 17 280 157 123 1 19 308 201 107 4
12 Mon December 4 boxscore L 6-5-1 Los Angeles Rams 16 26 19 304 246 58 3 15 313 175 138
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 7-5-1 Atlanta Falcons 20 0 19 276 66 210 14 265 116 149 4
14 Sat December 16 boxscore W 8-5-1 Minnesota Vikings 20 17 18 383 229 154 7 17 273 96 177 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 23 boxscore L 8-6-1 Dallas Cowboys 28 30 13 255 150 105 3 22 402 237 165 5

Passing

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
11 Steve Spurrier 27 QB 13 9 6-2-1 147 269 54.6 1983 18 6.7 16 5.9 81 7.4 6.0 13.5 152.5 75.9 14 114 6.60 5.33 4.9 1 0
12 John Brodie 37 qb 6 5 2-3-0 70 110 63.6 905 9 8.2 8 7.3 53 8.2 6.6 12.9 150.8 86.4 8 39 7.34 5.81 6.8 1 1
17 John Isenbarger 25 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 27.0 14 8-5-1 217 380 57.1 2888 27 7.1 24 6.3 81 7.6 6.2 13.3 206.3 78.7 22 153 6.80 5.46 5.5 2 1
Opp Total 14 169 366 46.2 2582 14 3.8 19 5.2 7.1 5.48 15.3 184.4 61.1 46 403 5.3 3.9 11.2

Rushing & Receiving

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
22 Vic Washington 26 KR/RB 13 13 141 468 3 33 3.3 36.0 10.8 43 393 9.1 1 33 3.3 30.2 861 4 7
35 Larry Schreiber 25 14 3 118 420 2 20 3.6 30.0 8.4 31 283 9.1 1 64 2.2 20.2 703 3 4
40 Ken Willard 29 FB 14 11 100 345 4 23 3.5 24.6 7.1 24 131 5.5 1 15 1.7 9.4 476 5 3
24 Jimmy Thomas 25 14 1 52 250 1 22 4.8 17.9 3.7 15 148 9.9 0 29 1.1 10.6 398 1 3
11 Steve Spurrier 27 QB 13 9 11 51 0 15 4.6 3.9 0.8 51 0 2
42 Doug Cunningham 27 4 0 8 32 0 12 4.0 8.0 2.0 32 0 0
82 Ted Kwalick*+ 25 TE 14 14 5 11 0 10 2.2 0.8 0.4 40 751 18.8 9 81 2.9 53.6 762 9 2
19 Joe Reed 24 9 0 4 22 0 22 5.5 2.4 0.4 22 0 1
17 John Isenbarger 25 14 0 3 9 0 7 3.0 0.6 0.2 3 66 22.0 1 33 0.2 4.7 75 1 0
12 John Brodie 37 qb 6 5 3 8 1 4 2.7 1.3 0.5 8 1 0
18 Gene Washington*+ 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 918 20.0 12 62 3.3 65.6 918 12 0
85 Preston Riley 25 WR 14 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 156 14.2 1 28 0.8 11.1 156 1 1
88 Dick Witcher 28 wr 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 22 7.3 1 17 0.2 1.6 22 1 0
83 Terry Beasley 22 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 2.5 20 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 445 1616 11 33 3.6 115.4 31.8 217 2888 13.3 27 81 15.5 206.3 4504 38 30
Opp Total 14 446 1847 12 4.1 131.9 31.9 169 2179 12.9 14 12.1 155.6 4026 26 40

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
49 Ralph McGill 22 PR 11 0 22 219 0 33 10.0 10 192 0 30 19.2 411
22 Vic Washington 26 KR/RB 13 13 27 771 1 98 28.6 1632
44 Bruce Taylor 24 RCB 14 14 21 145 0 41 6.9 145
50 Ed Beard 33 14 5 2 -1 0 1 -0.5 -1
56 Bob Hoskins 27 14 2 2 17 0 17 8.5 17
35 Larry Schreiber 25 14 3 2 41 0 25 20.5 744
23 Johnny Fuller 26 fs 14 5 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
57 Frank Nunley 27 MLB 13 9 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
Team Total 27.0 14 44 373 0 41 8.5 44 1041 1 98 23.7 5918
Opp Total 14 20 70 0 3.5 66 1530 0 23.2

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
30 Bruce Gossett 31 K 14 0 4 4 5 4 5 4 12 5 3 1 29 18 62.1% 42 41 97.6%
15 Jim McCann 23 P 13 0 64 2542 63 1 39.7
Team Total 27.0 14 4 4 5 4 5 4 12 5 3 1 29 18 62.1% 42 41 97.6% 64 2542 63 1 39.7
Opp Total 14 29 17 58.6% 28 28 100.0% 72 3125 43.4

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
22 Vic Washington 26 KR/RB 13 13 0 7 3 0 0
44 Bruce Taylor 24 RCB 14 14 2 4 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 0
64 Dave Wilcox*+ 30 LLB 14 14 3 12 0 9 0 0 0 3 7 0
35 Larry Schreiber 25 14 3 0 4 1 0 0
52 Skip Vanderbundt 26 RLB 14 14 2 58 2 37 0 0 0 3 73 1
37 Jimmy Johnson*+ 34 LCB 14 14 4 18 0 15 0
82 Ted Kwalick*+ 25 TE 14 14 0 2 2 0 0
49 Ralph McGill 22 PR 11 0 0 4 0 -16 0
11 Steve Spurrier 27 QB 13 9 0 2 2 0 0
56 Bob Hoskins 27 14 2 0 0 3 9 0
85 Preston Riley 25 WR 14 8 0 1 2 0 0
24 Jimmy Thomas 25 14 1 0 3 0 0 0
40 Ken Willard 29 FB 14 11 0 3 0 0 0
50 Ed Beard 33 14 5 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Johnny Fuller 26 fs 14 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 30 0
43 Windlan Hall 22 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Mel Phillips 30 SS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
38 Mike Simpson 25 FS 13 9 2 32 1 32 0
74 Earl Edwards 26 RDT 13 12 0 0 1 0 0
86 Cedrick Hardman 24 RDE 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
53 Tommy Hart 28 LDE 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
54 Marty Huff 24 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Frank Nunley 27 MLB 13 9 1 12 0 12 0
19 Joe Reed 24 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
76 Len Rohde 34 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.0 14 19 146 3 37 0 0 30 29 103 1
Opp Total 14 22 40 23 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
30 Bruce Gossett 31 K 14 0 41 18 95
18 Gene Washington*+ 25 WR 14 14 12 12 72
82 Ted Kwalick*+ 25 TE 14 14 9 9 54
22 Vic Washington 26 KR/RB 13 13 3 1 1 5 30
40 Ken Willard 29 FB 14 11 4 1 5 30
35 Larry Schreiber 25 14 3 2 1 3 18
52 Skip Vanderbundt 26 RLB 14 14 1 2 3 18
12 John Brodie 37 qb 6 5 1 1 6
17 John Isenbarger 25 14 0 1 1 6
85 Preston Riley 25 WR 14 8 1 1 6
38 Mike Simpson 25 FS 13 9 1 1 6
24 Jimmy Thomas 25 14 1 1 1 6
88 Dick Witcher 28 wr 14 6 1 1 6
Team Total 27.0 14 11 27 1 1 3 43 41 18 353
Opp Total 14 12 14 1 1 28 17 1 249