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1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season

 

1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 40th in the National Football League.

The team posted a record of 11–3 in 1972, and won their first-ever AFC Central Division title. It was the team's third-ever postseason appearance, its first postseason appearance in ten seasons (the Playoff Bowl for third place in the league), and only its second playoff game since 1947.

1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 13–7
Lost AFC Championship (Dolphins) 21–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Franco Harris
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1971 1973 >

Contents

  • Offseason 1
    • NFL Draft 1.1
  • Roster 2
    • Depth chart 2.1
  • Staff 3
  • Preseason 4
    • Schedule 4.1
    • Game summaries 4.2
  • Regular season 5
    • Schedule 5.1
    • Game summaries 5.2
      • Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders 5.2.1
      • Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals 5.2.2
      • Week 3: at St. Louis Cardinals 5.2.3
      • Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys 5.2.4
      • Week 5: vs. Houston Oilers 5.2.5
      • Week 6: vs. New England Patriots 5.2.6
      • Week 7: at Buffalo Bills 5.2.7
      • Week 8: vs. Cincinnati Bengals 5.2.8
      • Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs 5.2.9
      • Week 10: Cleveland Browns 5.2.10
      • Week 11: Minnesota Vikings 5.2.11
      • Week 12: Cleveland Browns 5.2.12
      • Week 13: Houston Oilers 5.2.13
      • Week 14: San Diego Chargers 5.2.14
    • Standings 5.3
  • Postseason 6
    • Game summaries 6.1
      • Divisional: vs. Oakland Raiders 6.1.1
      • AFC Championship: vs. Miami Dolphins 6.1.2
  • References 7

Offseason

NFL Draft

1972 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Franco Harris *   RB Penn State
2 38 Gordon Gravelle  OT BYU
3 63 John McMakin  TE Clemson
4 80 Lorenzo Brinkley  DB Missouri
4 88 Ed Bradley  LB Wake Forest
5 113 Steve Furness  DE Rhode Island
6 143 Dennis Meyer  DB Arkansas State
7 159 Joe Colquitt  DE Kansas State
7 168 Robert Kelly  DB Jackson State
8 193 Stahle Vincent  RB Rice
9 217 Don Kelley  DB Clemson
10 243 Bob Brown  DT Tampa
11 273 Joe Gilliam  QB Tennessee State
12 298 Ron Curl  OT Michigan State
13 323 Ernie Messmer  OT Villanova
14 348 Tommy Durrance  RB Florida
15 368 John Hulecki  OG UMass
15 373 Charles Harrington  OG Witchita State
16 403 Nate Hawkins  WR UNLV
17 428 Ron Linehan  LB Idaho
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Roster


Depth chart

Defense
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers roster


FS
49 Ralph Anderson
27 Glen Edwards
WLB MLB SLB
} 53 Henry Davis }
36 Chuck Winfrey 38 Ed Bradley }
61 Brian Stenger
SS
23 Mike Wagner
37 Chuck Beatty
CB
48 John Rowser
29 John Dockery
DE DT DT DE
78 Dwight White 60 Ben McGee 75 Joe Greene 68 L.C. Greenwood
67 Craig Hanneman 63 Ernie Holmes 64 Steve Furness
CB
47 Mel Blount
44 Lee Calland
Offense
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
WR
43 Frank Lewis
31 Al Young
LT LG C RG RT
55 Jon Kolb 57 Sam Davis 56 Ray Mansfield 66 Bruce Van Dyke 72 Gerry Mullins
71 Gordon Gravelle 50 Jim Clack 77 Mel Holmes 74 John Brown IR
TE
89 John McMakin
87 Larry Brown
85 Bob Adams IR
WR
25 Ron Shanklin
88 Dave L. Smith
QB
12 Terry Bradshaw
5 Terry Hanratty
17 Joe Gilliam
RB
33 John Fuqua
20 Rocky Bleier
35 Steve Davis
FB
32 Franco Harris
26 Preston Pearson
46 Warren Bankston
Special Teams
PK 10 Roy Gerela


P 39 Bobby Walden


KR 26 Preston Pearson
PR 27 Glen Edwards
LS 55 Jon Kolb
H 39 Bobby Walden


Staff

Preseason

Schedule

Game summaries

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 17, 1972 Oakland Raiders W 34–28
2 September 24, 1972 at Cincinnati Bengals L 15–10
3 October 1, 1972 at St. Louis Cardinals W 25–19
4 October 8, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–13
5 October 15, 1972 Houston Oilers W 24–7
6 October 22, 1972 New England Patriots W 33–3
7 October 29, 1972 at Buffalo Bills W 38–21
8 November 5, 1972 Cincinnati Bengals W 40–17
9 November 12, 1972 Kansas City Chiefs W 16–7
10 November 19, 1972 at Cleveland Browns L 26–24
11 November 26, 1972 Minnesota Vikings W 23–10
12 December 3, 1972 Cleveland Browns W 30–0
13 December 10, 1972 at Houston Oilers W 9–3
14 December 17, 1972 at San Diego Chargers W 24–2

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 0 21 28
Steelers 14 3 10 7 34
  • References: [1]


The Steelers were able to start off against the Raiders at home scoring 17 unanswered points (2TDs/PATs and a FG) and eventually ended up defeating the team by 6 for a 34–28 victory and a 1–0 start.

Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 0 0 10
Bengals 3 0 6 6 15
  • Date: Sunday, September 24
  • Location: Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. local
  • Game attendance: 54,292
  • Game weather: 69 F, wind 9 mph
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • References: [2]


Week 3: at St. Louis Cardinals

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 12 0 10 25
Cardinals 0 6 6 7 19
  • References: [3]


Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 7 0 0 13
Cowboys 3 7 7 0 17
  • References: [4]


Week 5: vs. Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 10 7 7 24
  • References:[5]


Week 6: vs. New England Patriots

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 0 3 0 3
Steelers 10 7 13 3 33
  • References: [6]


Week 7: at Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 7 14 38
Bills 0 0 7 14 21
  • References: [7]


Week 8: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 14 3 17
Steelers 10 16 7 7 40


Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7
• Steelers 0 0 3 13 16

Scoring Drives:


Week 10: Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 7 7 24
• Browns 10 10 3 3 26

Scoring Drives:


Week 11: Minnesota Vikings

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 0 7 10
• Steelers 7 0 3 13 23
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 50,348
  • TV announcers (CBS Control): Andy Musser

Scoring Drives:


Week 12: Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 0 0 0
• Steelers 3 7 7 13 30

Franco Harris breaks Jim Brown's record for consecutive 100 yd games.

Scoring Drives:



Week 13: Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 3 0 6 0 9
Oilers 0 3 0 0 3
  • Date: December 10
  • Location: Houston Astrodome
  • Game attendance: 36,528
  • Referee: John McDonough

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 24 3–0
  • Houston – FG Butler 34 3–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 39 6–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 13 9–3


Week 14: San Diego Chargers

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 7 7 3 7 24
Chargers 2 0 0 0 2

the pittsburgh steelers clinched their first afc central division title (the day before the game Frank Sinatra is inducted into Franco's Italian Army).

Scoring Drives:


Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 3 0 .786 343 175
Cleveland Browns 10 4 0 .714 268 249
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 299 229
Houston Oilers 1 13 0 .071 164 380

Postseason

Game summaries

Divisional: vs. Oakland Raiders

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 7 7
Steelers 0 0 3 10 13


AFC Championship: vs. Miami Dolphins

1 2 3 4 Total
• Dolphins 0 7 7 7 21
Steelers 7 0 3 7 17



References

  1. ^ Football Database - 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft. Retrieved 2014-Feb-10.
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