1953 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1953 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Joe Bach
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 6–6
Division place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1952 1954

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 September 27, 1953 at Detroit Lions L 38–21
2 October 3, 1953 New York Giants W 24–14
3 October 11, 1953 Chicago Cardinals W 31–28
4 October 17, 1953 at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–7
5 October 24, 1953 Green Bay Packers W 31–14
6 November 1, 1953 Philadelphia Eagles L 35–7
7 November 8, 1953 at Cleveland Browns L 34–16
8 November 15, 1953 at New York Giants W 14–10
9 November 22, 1953 Cleveland Browns L 20–16
10 November 29, 1953 Washington Redskins L 17–9
11 December 6, 1953 at Chicago Cardinals W 21–17
12 December 13, 1953 at Washington Redskins W 14–13

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 27, 1953): Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 0 7 21
Lions 7 17 7 7 38

at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,675
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Detroit – Carpenter 73 interception (Walker kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 14 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Detroit – Gedman 1 run (Walker kick)
  • Detroit – FG Walker 40
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 1 fumble run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Detroit – Hart 49 pass from Layne (Walker kick)
  • Detroit – Walker 8 pass from Hoernschmeyer (Walker kick)
  • Detroit – Hoernschemeyer 29 pass from Layne (Walker kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 15 pass from Marchibroda (Bolkovac kick)

Week 2 (Saturday October 3, 1953): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 7 0 0 14
Steelers 7 3 0 14 24

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 31,500
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • New York Giants – Clay 2 pass from Conerly (Clay kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 93 kick return (Bolkovac kick)
  • New York Giants – Long 55 pass from Conerly (Clay kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Bolkovac 35
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 4 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bolkovac 14 fumble run (Bolkovac kick)

Week 3 (Sunday October 11, 1953): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 14 7 0 28
Steelers 0 7 7 17 31

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 25,953
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Chicago Cardinals – Olszewski 1 run (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Rogel 1 run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Nagler 34 pass from Root (Summerall kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Nagler 6 pass from Root (Summerall kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Stonesifer 3 pass from Trippi (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 19 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Rogel 4 run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Barker 4 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Bolkovac 28

Week 4 (Saturday October 17, 1953): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 0 7
Eagles 0 0 6 17 23

at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 18,681
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Philadelphia – Pihos 28 pass from Burk (kick blocked)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 23 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Philadelphia – FG Walston 11
  • Philadelphia – Giancanelli 16 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Ziegler 1 run (Walston kick)

Week 5 (Saturday October 24, 1953): Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 7 7 14
Steelers 7 10 14 0 31

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 22,918
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday November 1, 1953): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 7 0 14 35
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 27,547
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – Gianganelli 7 run (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Williams 48 run (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Walston 21 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 11 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Philadelphia – Pihos 26 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Giancanelli 8 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)

Week 7 (Sunday November 8, 1953): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 9 7 0 0 16
Browns 0 24 0 10 34

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 35,592
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Bolkovac 27
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 2 run (kick failed)
  • Cleveland – Carpenter 7 run (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Groza 20
  • Cleveland – Renfro 44 run (Groza kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 77 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)
  • Cleveland – Renfro 79 blocked field goal return (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – Lavelli 17 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Groza 14

Week 8 (Sunday November 15, 1953): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14
Giants 0 0 7 3 10

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,411
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Dodrill 16 fumble run (Bolkovac kick)
  • New York Giants – Gifford 6 pass from Conerly (Gifford kick)
  • New York Giants – FG Clay 20
  • Pittsburgh – Butler 33 pass from Finks (Bolkovac kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 22, 1953): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 10 3 0 20
Steelers 9 0 0 7 16

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 32,904
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – Renfro 54 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Finks 1 run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Lahr tackled in end zone by Mathews
  • Cleveland – FG Groza 50
  • Cleveland – Brewster 31 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Groza 41
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 1 run (Bolkovac kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 29, 1953): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 0 10 17
Steelers 2 0 0 7 9

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,206
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Heath tackled by Ferry in end zone
  • Washington – Taylor 5 pass from LeBaron (Dudley kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 5 run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Washington – FG Dudley 41
  • Washington – Rykovich 5 pass from LeBaron (Dudley kick)

Week 11 (Sunday December 6, 1953): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 14 21
Cardinals 7 0 3 7 17

at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 14,138
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago Cardinals – Olszewski 1 run (Summerall kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – FG Summerall 12
  • Pittsburgh – Brandt 1 run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 6 pass from Mackrides (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mackrides 2 run (Bolkovac kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Paul 5 pass from Romanik (Summerall kick)

Week 12 (Sunday December 13, 1953): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 14 14
Redskins 7 3 3 0 13

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 22,057
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Washington – Dekker 34 pass from LeBaron
  • Washington – FG Dudley 39
  • Washington – FG Dudley 20
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 23 lateral from Mathews (Bolkovac kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Butler 5 interception (Bolkovac kick)

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 1 0 .917 348 162 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 .636 352 215 W-1
Washington Redskins 6 5 1 .545 208 215 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 6 0 .500 211 263 W-2
New York Giants 3 9 0 .250 179 277 L-2
Chicago Cardinals 1 10 1 .091 190 337 W-1

References[edit]