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1972 New York Jets season


1972 New York Jets season

1972 New York Jets season
Head coach Weeb Ewbank
Home field Shea Stadium
Record 7–7
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1972 New York Jets season was the 13th season for the team and the third in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 6–8 record from 1971 under legendary head coach Weeb Ewbank. The Jets star quarterback Joe Namath was healthy for a full season for the first time in three years but the rest of the squad was decimated by injuries and, after a fast start, the Jets finished with a record of 7–7.

Namath threw for 496 yards and six touchdowns (on just 15 of 28 passes) in a 44-34 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Broadway Joe's first appearance at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium in week two, but the next week, the Jets were humbled 26-20 by the Houston Oilers, the Oilers' only victory of 1972 and their last before embarking on an 18-game losing streak.

They were eliminated from the play-offs in the season's thirteenth week, a Monday Night Game with the Raiders in which a battered and bruised Namath threw for 403 yards and nearly pulled off the upset. After the game Raiders coach John Madden went into the Jets locker room and shook Namath's hand out of respect; it was the only time in his coaching career Madden ever did that. Eliminated from post season play, the Jets coaches decided Namath would sit out the final game of the season to make sure no serious injuries were incurred prior to the 1973 season.



Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1972-09-17 at Buffalo Bills W 41–24 War Memorial Stadium
2 1972-09-24 at Baltimore Colts W 44–34 Memorial Stadium
3 1972-10-01 at Houston Oilers L 26–20 The Astrodome
4 1972-10-08 Miami Dolphins L 27–17 Shea Stadium
5 1972-10-15 at New England Patriots W 41–13 Schafer Stadium
6 1972-10-22 Baltimore Colts W 24–20 Shea Stadium
7 1972-10-29 New England Patriots W 34–10 Shea Stadium
8 1972-11-05 Washington Redskins L 35–17 Shea Stadium
9 1972-11-12 Buffalo Bills W 41–3 Shea Stadium
10 1972-11-19 at Miami Dolphins L 28–24 Miami Orange Bowl
11 1972-11-23 at Detroit Lions L 37–20 Tiger Stadium
12 1972-12-03 New Orleans Saints W 18–17 Shea Stadium
13 1972-12-11 at Oakland Raiders L 24–16 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
14 1972-12-17 Cleveland Browns L 26–10 Shea Stadium

Game summaries

Week 2: at Baltimore Colts

New York Jets at Baltimore Colts
1 234Total
Jets 6 21314 44
Colts 7 13014 34
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The rivalry between Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas had never resulted in both quarterbacks meeting for a full game until this meeting. Namath and Unitas exploded to a combined 872 passing yards. Namath threw for 496 yards and six touchdowns despite only 15 completions in 28 attempts. Unitas scored twice but was sacked six times. Don McCauley also scored twice for the Colts as the Jets won 44-34.


AFC East
Miami Dolphins 14 0 0 1.000 385 171
New York Jets 7 7 0 .500 367 324
Baltimore Colts 5 9 0 .357 235 252
Buffalo Bills 4 9 1 .321 257 377
New England Patriots 3 11 0 .214 192 446

External links

  • 1972 statistics

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