Well, I've put it off as long as I can (posting teams with horizontal cards). I never liked the horizontal format in the 1972 set. Maybe it was because the colors on the Cardinals' and Jets' cards are so bland. In any case it was poor planning by me, because now I have almost nothing BUT horizontal cards left to post (49ers, Rams, Bears, Lions, Cardinals, Jets, Colts, and Bills).
Here are the 1972 San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers had a good run from 1970-72 at the end of QB John Brodie's career, winning the NFC West for those 3 seasons. They just couldn't get past the Cowboys each time. After 1972, the team faded, until finally making the playoffs (and winning the Super Bowl) in 1981.
He made the Pro Bowl in 1965 and 1970, and led the NFL in passing yardage in '65, '68, and '70, and in TDs in '65 and '70. He retired after the 1973 season as the 3rd greatest career passer. Brodie was also on the professional golf tour from 1981 to 1998.
He filled in for Brodie in 1972, but after Brodie's retirement, the team went with rookie QB Tom Owen in 1974. Spurrier shared the starting job with Norm Snead in 1975, then finished his career in 1976 with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since his retirement as a player, Steve has been a college coach, as well as brief coaching stints in the USFL and NFL.
Also check out the 1967 and 1971 49ers.