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1972 San Francisco 49ers season
Head Coach Dick Nolan
Home Field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 8–5–1
Place 1st NFC West
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
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1971 1973

The 1972 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 23rd year with the National Football League, and 27th overall. The 49ers appeared in the playoffs for the third consecutive year, each time being eliminated by the Dallas Cowboys.

Offseason[]

NFL Draft[]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 19 Terry Beasley Wide Receiver Auburn
2 28 Ralph McGill Cornerback Tulsa
2 44 Jean Barrett Tackle Tulsa
3 71 Allen Dunbar Wide Receiver Southern
4 96 Windlan Hall Cornerback Arizona State
5 123 Mike Greene Linebacker Georgia
6 148 Jackie Walker Defensive back Tennessee
7 175 Edgar Hardy Guard Jackson State
8 200 Tom Wittum Punter Northern Illinois
9 227 Jerry Brown Defensive back Northwestern
10 252 Steve Williams Defensive tackle Western Carolina

Preseason[]

Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
August 5 New York Jets L 17-10 0-1 41,920 Jacksonville Stadium
August 13 Cleveland W 20-13 1-1 49,767 Candlestick Park
August 19 at San Diego L 28-17 1-2 47,308 San Diego Stadium
August 27 Denver L 27-24 1-3 52,738 Candlestick Park
September 3 Oakland W 34-21 2-3 59,265 Candlestick Park
September 8 at Los Angeles W 17-14 3-3 60,807 LA Coliseum

Regular season[]

Schedule[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Record Att. Location
1 September 17 San Diego W 34-3 1-0 56,906 Candlestick Park
2 September 24 at Buffalo L 27-20 1-1 45,825 War Memorial Stadium
3 October 1 at New Orleans W 37-2 2-1 69,840 Tulane Stadium
4 October 8 at Los Angeles L 31-7 2-2 77,382 LA Coliseum
5 October 15 New York Giants L 23-17 2-3 53,284 Candlestick Park
6 October 22 New Orleans T 20-20 2-3-1 53,571 Candlestick Park
7 October 29 at Atlanta W 49-14 3-3-1 58,850 Atlanta Stadium
8 November 5 at Green Bay L 34-24 3-4-1 47,897 Milwaukee Cty. St.
9 November 12 Baltimore Colts W 24-21 4-4-1 57,225 Candlestick Park
10 November 19 at Chicago W 34-21 5-4-1 65,201 Soldier Field
11 November 23 (Thu) at Dallas W 31-10 6-4-1 65,214 Texas Stadium
12 December 4 (Mon) Los Angeles L 26-16 6-5-1 60,175 Candlestick Park
13 December 10 Atlanta W 20-0 7-5-1 57,523 Candlestick Park
14 December 16 (Sat) Minnesota W 20-17 8-5-1 58,502 Candlestick Park

Game Summaries[]

Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers[]

Week 1: San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 0 0 0 3
49ers 7 17 7 3 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 43 yard field goal. 49ers 10-3.
  • SF – Gene Washington 23 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 17-3.
  • SF – Gene Washington 45 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 24-3.

Third quarter

  • SF – Jimmy Thomas 4 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 31-3.

Fourth quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 20 yard field goal. 49ers 34-3.

Top passers

  • SD – John Hadl – 11/29, 109 yards, 2 INTs
  • SF – John Brodie – 11/19, 156 yards, 3 TDs, INT

Top rushers

  • SD – Mike Garrett - 19 rushes, 80 yards, TD
  • SF – Jimmy Thomas – 13 rushes, 64 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • SD – Dave Williams - 3 receptions, 83 yards
  • SF – Gene Washington - 8 receptions, 140 yards, 3 TDs

Week 5: vs. New York Giants[]

Week 5: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 13 0 10 23
49ers 3 7 0 7 17

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • NYG – Pete Gogolak 15 yard field goal, Tied 3-3
  • NYG – Ron Johnson 8 yard rush, (Pete Gogolak kick), Giants 10-3.
  • SF – Gene Washington 10 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), Tied 10-10.
  • NYG – Pete Gogolak 11 yard field goal, Giants 13-10

Third quarter

No Scoring

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Gene Washington 4 yard pass from John Brodie, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 17-13.
  • NYG – Pete Gogolak 15 yard field goal, 49ers 17-16
  • NYG – Charlie Evans 4 yard rush, (Pete Gogolak kick), Giants 23-17.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • NYG – Ron Johnson - 23 rushes, 83 yards, TD
  • SF – Ken Willard – 14 rushes, 67 yards

Top receivers

  • NYG – Ron Johnson - 3 receptions, 42 yards
  • SF – Ted Kwalick - 6 receptions, 126 yards

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints[]

Week 6: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 0 3 10 20
49ers 7 10 0 3 20

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 41 yard field goal, 49ers 10-7.
  • SF – John Isenbarger 21 yard pass from Steve Spurrier, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 17-7.

Third quarter

  • NO – Toni Linhart 11 yard field goal, 49ers 17-10

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Toni Linhart 20 yard field goal, 49ers 17-13
  • NO – Dave Parks 30 yard pass from Archie Manning, (Toni Linhart kick), Saints 20-17.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 36 yard field goal, Tied 20-20.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 9: vs. Baltimore Colts[]

Week 9: Baltimore Colts at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 0 0 14 21
49ers 7 7 3 7 24

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 44 yard field goal, 49ers 17-7.

Fourth quarter

  • BAL – Don McCauley 4 yard ruch, (Boris Shlapak kick), 49ers 17-14.
  • SF – Ted Kwalick 25 yard pass from Steve Spurrier, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 24-14.
  • BAL – Sam Havrilak 62 yard pass from Marty Domres, (Boris Shlapak kick), 49ers 24-21.

Top passers

  • BAL – Marty Domres – 14/27, 255 yards, TD
  • SF – Steve Spurrier – 10/14, 110 yards, 2 TDs, INT

Top rushers

  • BAL – Don McCauley - 5 rushes, 52 yards, TD
  • SF – Larry Schreiber – 17 rushes, 104 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • BAL – Sam Havrilak - 6 receptions, 136 yards, TD
  • SF – Vic Washington - 4 receptions, 45 yards

Week 12: vs. Los Angeles Rams[]

Week 12: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 13 7 3 26
49ers 6 3 7 0 16

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 31 yard field goal, 49ers 9-3.
  • LA – Bob Klein 26 yard pass from Roman Gabriel, (David Ray kick), Rams 10-9.
  • LA – David Ray 12 yard field goal, Rams 13-9.
  • LA – David Ray 19 yard field goal, Rams 16-9.

Third quarter

  • LA – Willie Ellison 39 yard pass from Roman Gabriel, (David Ray kick), Rams 23-9.
  • SF – Gene Washington 8 yard pass from Steve Spurrier, (Bruce Gossett kick), Rams 23-16.

Fourth quarter

  • LA – David Ray 42 yard field goal, Rams 26-16.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • LA – Willie Ellison - 18 rushes, 78 yards
  • SF – Larry Schreiber – 7 rushes, 40 yards

Top receivers

  • LA – Willie Ellison - 5 receptions, 68 yards, TD
  • SF – Ted Kwalick - 6 receptions, 65 yards, TD

Week 13: vs. Atlanta Falcons[]

Week 13: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 3 3 0 14 20

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), wind chill 26 °F (-4 °C)
  • TV: CBS
  • Pro Football Reference
Game information
First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 19 yard field goal, 49ers 6-0.

Third quarter

No Scoring

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Ken Willard 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 13-0.
  • SF – Ken Willard 1 yard rush, (Bruce Gossett kick), 49ers 20-0.

Top passers

  • ATL – Bob Berry – 12/25, 145 yards, INT
  • SF – Steve Spurrier – 9/18, 79 yards

Top rushers

  • ATL – Art Malone - 10 rushes, 91 yards
  • SF – Larry Schreiber – 13 rushes, 59 yards

Top receivers

  • ATL – Wes Chesson - 1 receptions, 46 yards
  • SF – Ted Kwalick - 2 receptions, 40 yards

Week 14: vs. Minnesota Vikings[]

Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 10 0 17
49ers 0 6 0 14 20

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
  • MIN - Ed Marinaro 18 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton, (Fred Cox kick), Vikings 7-0.

Second quarter

  • SF - Bruce Gossett 14 yard field goal, Vikings 7-3.
  • SF - Bruce Gossett 37 yard field goal, Vikings 7-6.

Third quarter

  • MIN - Fred Cox 43 yard field goal, Vikings 10-6.
  • MIN - John Gilliam 31 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton, (Fred Cox kick), Vikings 17-6.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

  • MIN – Ed Marinaro - 16 rushes, 70 yards
  • SF – Larry Schreiber – 12 rushes, 67 yards

Top receivers

  • MIN – John Gilliam - 4 receptions, 62 yards, TD
  • SF – Gene Washington - 4 receptions, 119 yards, TD

Standings[]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers 8 5 1 .607 353 249 W-2
Atlanta Falcons 7 7 0 .500 269 274 L-2
Los Angeles Rams 6 7 1 .464 291 286 L-2
New Orleans Saints 2 11 1 .179 215 361 L-3

Roster[]

1971 San Francisco 49ers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

  • 17 John Isenbarger RB
  • 85 Preston Riley
  • 18 Gene Washington
  • 88 Dick Witcher

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 79 Cas Banaszek T
  • 65 Randy Beisler G
  • 75 Forrest Blue C
  • 66 Elmer Collett G
  • 69 Woody Peoples G
  • 76 Len Rohde T

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

  • 23 Johnny Fuller SS
  • 37 Jimmy Johnson CB
  • 32 Mel Phillips SS
  • 38 Mike Simpson
  • 25 Rosey Taylor FS
  • 44 Bruce Taylor CB

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice/Taxi Squad



Rookies in italics

Playoffs[]

Week Date Opponent Result Score Att. Location
Division December 23 Dallas L 30-28 59,746 Candlestick Park
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 10 0 17 30
49ers 7 14 7 0 28




Awards and records[]

Milestones[]

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