Record: 10-6-0, Finished 2nd in NFC East
Scored 359 points (22.4/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 304 points (19.0/g), 9th
A 3-point loss to Montana, Rice, and San Francisco in week 2, the overtime loss to Philly at home in Week 12, and the devastating season finale defeat to Ken O’Brien’s Jets. If they win 1 of those games, they sport an 11-5 record, clinch the #2 seed and host a divisional playoff. At 12-4, they tie the Bears and might get the #1 seed. 13-3 lands them homefield advantage. If they’d beat San Fran, the Niners don’t make the playoffs. If they beat Philly, the Eagles don’t make the playoffs. Defense was led by Pro Bowlers Terry Kinard and LT while Phil Simms, Joe Morris, and Lionel Manuel spearheaded the offense.
Record: 8-6-0, Finished 3rd in NFC East
Scored 331 points (23.6/g), 8th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 247 points (17.6/g), 7th
Led by Pro Bowlers Ron Johnson and Norm Snead, the ’72 group got swept by Washington and suffered a 3-point loss to the Bengals in Week 12. Had they won 2 of those 3, they secure the Wild Card instead of Dallas. They win all 3 and they clinch the division and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Redskins would go on to lose to the undefeated Dolphins in the Super Bowl.
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