1972 Los Angeles Rams season
The 1972 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 35th year with the National Football League and the 27th season in Los Angeles. The Rams looked to improve on their 8–5–1 record from 1971 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1969. After a win against the New Orleans Saints at home, the Rams tied the Chicago Bears, 13–13, their third straight season with a tie. This was followed by an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons, 31–3. However, the Rams would then pick up their winning ways, beating the San Francisco 49ers 31–7 at home, the Philadelphia Eagles 34–3 in Philly, and the Cincinnati Bengals 15–12 at home. However, following this three-game winning streak, the Rams struggled, losing several close games as they lost five of their last six to end the season 6–7–1. This was the last time the Rams missed the playoffs until 1981, as they started a dynasty the next season that won the NFC West seven consecutive times, from 1973–1979. They also finished in second place in 1980.
|1972 Los Angeles Rams season|
|Head coach||Tommy Prothro|
|Home field||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Division place||3rd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
On July 13, 1972, Robert Irsay and Willard Keland bought the Los Angeles Rams from the estate of Dan Reeves and transferred ownership to Carroll Rosenbloom, in exchange for ownership of the Baltimore Colts.
|1972 Los Angeles Rams roster|
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|1||September 17||New Orleans Saints||W 34–14||1–0–0|
|2||September 24||at Chicago Bears||T 13–13||1–0–1|
|3||October 1||at Atlanta Falcons||L 31–3||1–1–1|
|4||October 8||San Francisco 49ers||W 31–7||2–1–1|
|5||October 15||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 34–3||3–1–1|
|6||October 22||Cincinnati Bengals||W 15–12||4–1–1|
|7||October 29||at Oakland Raiders||L 45–17||4–2–1|
|8||November 5||Atlanta Falcons||W 20–7||5–2–1|
|9||November 12||Denver Broncos||L 16–10||5–3–1|
|10||November 19||Minnesota Vikings||L 45–41||5–4–1|
|11||November 26||at New Orleans Saints||L 19–16||5–5–1|
|12||December 4||at San Francisco 49ers||W 26–16||6–5–1|
|13||December 10||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 24–14||6–6–1|
|14||December 17||Detroit Lions||L 34–17||6–7–1|
|San Francisco 49ers||8||5||1||.607||3–2–1||6–4–1||353||249||W2|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||7||1||.464||4–2||5–5–1||291||286||L2|
|New Orleans Saints||2||11||1||.179||1–4–1||2–8–1||215||361||L3|
- "Rams axe Prothro, hire Lions aide". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. January 25, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
- "Prothro is fired, Knox Rams coach". Lodi News-Sentinel. (California). UPI. January 25, 1973. p. 12.
- "Colts owner trades club for Rams". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. July 14, 1972. p. 1, part 2.
- "Colts' owner now sole owner of Rams". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. July 14, 1972. p. 12.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.283