1972 CFL season

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The 1972 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 19th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 15th Canadian Football League season.

CFL news in 1972[edit]

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame was officially opened on November 28, 1972, in Hamilton; the Grey Cup game was played on AstroTurf at nearby Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The Western Conference Finals were now played under a single-elimination game; the Eastern Conference continued to play a two-game total-point series affair in their Conference Final round until the following season, when it adopted the West's single-game elimination in the Conference Final round as well.

Regular season standings[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 10 6 0 401 300 20
Edmonton Eskimos 16 10 6 0 380 368 20
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 8 8 0 330 283 16
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 10 0 331 394 12
BC Lions 16 5 11 0 254 380 10
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 11 3 0 372 262 22
Ottawa Rough Riders 14 11 3 0 298 228 22
Montreal Alouettes 14 4 10 0 246 353 8
Toronto Argonauts 14 3 11 0 254 298 6
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Winnipeg and Hamilton have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1972

Conference Semi-Finals[edit]

Eastern Semi-Finals
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 11 Montreal Alouettes 11 Ottawa Rough Riders 14
Western Semi-Finals
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Edmonton Eskimos
Date Away Home
November 12 Saskatchewan Roughriders 8 Edmonton Eskimos 6

Conference Finals[edit]

Western Finals
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 19 Saskatchewan Roughriders 27 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24

This game was especially notable for its final play; the game was tied and Saskatchewan attempted a last-second field goal to win, or at least score a single. The kick missed wide, and was recovered by Winnipeg in the end zone; as they were unable to run it out, they punted. The Saskatchewan player who fielded the punt attempted to score a single (winning the game) by punting it through the end zone again, but was unsuccessful, and the punt was fielded by Winnipeg, who punted it out again; the Saskatchewan returner was tackled, ending the play and presumably the game, but a Winnipeg penalty negated the play and gave Saskatchewan another chance. The second Saskatchewan field goal attempt, with no time on the clock, was successful.[1][2]

Eastern Finals
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Ottawa Rough Riders
Game Date Away Home
1 November 18 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7 Ottawa Rough Riders 19
2 November 26 Ottawa Rough Riders 8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23
Hamilton won total-point series 30–27

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     60th Grey Cup
                           
  East     E1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30
(7+23)
 
  E2 Montreal Alouettes 11     E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 27
(19+8)
   
  E3 Ottawa Rough Riders 14         E1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13
      W3 Saskatchewan Roughriders 10
  West     W1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24    
  W2 Edmonton Eskimos 6     W3 Saskatchewan Roughriders 27  
  W3 Saskatchewan Roughriders 8  

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Grey Cup Championship[edit]

December 3

60th Annual Grey Cup Game: Ivor Wynne StadiumHamilton, Ontario

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the 1972 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders[edit]

1972 CFL All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1972 Eastern All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1972 Western All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1972 CFL Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CFLfan#31 (19 September 2015). "SportsCentre: Top 10 Crazy CFL Moments". Retrieved 12 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Wazny, Adam (30 September 2011). "Nov. 19, 1972 Abendschan boots Blue in stadium's greatest game". Retrieved 12 April 2018 – via www.winnipegfreepress.com.
  3. ^ "1972".
  4. ^ "CFLapedia".