1961 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1961 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Buddy Parker
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 6–8
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1960 1962

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 September 17, 1961 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–24
2 September 24, 1961 New York Giants L 17–14
3 October 1, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams L 24–14
4 October 8, 1961 at Philadelphia Eagles L 21–16
5 October 15, 1961 Washington Redskins W 20–0
6 October 22, 1961 Cleveland Browns L 30–28
7 October 29, 1961 San Francisco 49ers W 20–10
8 November 5, 1961 at Cleveland Browns W 17–13
9 November 12, 1961 Dallas Cowboys W 37–7
10 November 19, 1961 at New York Giants L 42–21
11 November 26, 1961 St. Louis Cardinals W 30–27
12 December 3, 1961 Philadelphia Eagles L 35–24
13 December 10, 1961 at Washington Redskins W 30–14
14 December 17, 1961 at St. Louis Cardinals L o-36 w

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 17, 1961): Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 10 24
Cowboys 7 3 7 10 27

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 23,500
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Dallas – Clarke 44 pass from LeBaron (Green kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 1 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 44 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Dallas – FG Green 15
  • Dallas – Howton 45 pass from LeBaron (Green kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 12
  • Pittsburgh – Sample 39 interception return (Layne kick)
  • Dallas – Bieski 17 pass from Meredith (Green kick)
  • Dallas – FG Green 27

Week 2 (Sunday September 24, 1961): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 10 0 17
Steelers 7 0 7 0 14

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 35,587
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 1 run (Tracy kick)
  • New York Giants – Shofner 16 pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • New York Giants – FG Summerall 19
  • New York Giants – Morrison 5 pass from Tittle (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 4 pass from Layne (Tracy kick)

Week 3 (Sunday October 1, 1961): Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 0 14
Rams 7 7 0 10 24

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 40,070
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Los Angeles – Bratkowski 2 run (Villanueva kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 20 pass from Bukich (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 5 run (Layne kick)
  • Los Angeles – Phillips 15 pass from Ryan (Villanueva kick)
  • Los Angeles – Matson 96 pass from Ryan (Villanueva kick)
  • Los Angeles – FG Villanueva 15

Week 4 (Sunday October 8, 1961): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 0 6 16
Eagles 0 7 7 7 21

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 60,671
  • Referee: George Rennix
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 23
  • PIttsburgh – Bukich 1 run (Michaels kick)
  • Philadelphia – Retzlaff 17 pass from Jurgensen (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Peaks 1 run (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 13 pass from Bukich (kick failed)
  • Philadelphia – Retzlaff 2 pass from Jurgensen (Walston kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 15, 1961): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 17 0 0 3 20

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,072
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday October 22, 1961): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 3 17 30
Steelers 0 0 14 14 28

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 29,266
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 29, 1961): San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 3 0 10
Steelers 17 0 3 0 20

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 21,686
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 30 run (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 11 pass from Bukich (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 16
  • San Francisco – Stickles 50 pass from Brodie (Davis kick)
  • San Francisco – FG Davis 20
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 24

Week 8 (Sunday November 5, 1961): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 10 7 17
Browns 7 0 3 3 13

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 62,723
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 12, 1961): Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 13 7 10 37
Cowboys 0 7 0 0 7

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,519
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 19, 1961): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 7 14 14 42
Steelers 7 0 0 14 21

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 62,592
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Dial 15 pass from Bukich (Michaels kick)
  • New York Giants – Walton 9 pass from Tittle (Summerall kick)
  • New York Giants – Gaiters 3 run (Summerall kick)
  • New York Giants – Webster 23 pass from Tittle (Summerall kick)
  • New York Giants – Rote 20 pass from Tittle (Summerall kick)
  • New York Giants – Rote 9 pass from Gaiters (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Carpenter 13 pass from Hoak (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 3 pass from Layne (Michaels kick)
  • New York Giants – Webster 32 run (Summerall kick)

Week 11 (Sunday November 26, 1961): St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 13 0 0 14 27
Steelers 0 13 14 0 27

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,090
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • St. Louis – Norton 47 interception return (kick failed)
  • St. Louis – Randle 3 pass from Etcheverry (Perry kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 18
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 36
  • Pittsburgh – Schnelker 11 pass from Layne (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Sample 55 punt return (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 2 run (Michaels kick)
  • St. Louis – Crow 61 pass from Guglielmi (Conrad kick)
  • St. Louis – Norton 37 interception return (Conrad kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 18

Week 12 (Sunday December 3, 1961): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 7 7 7 35
Steelers 7 3 7 7 24

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 21,653
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – Walston 17 pass from Jurgensen (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Peaks 1 run (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Carpenter 7 pass from Layne (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 37
  • Philadelphia – Lucas 7 pass from Jurgensen (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Brown 66 punt return (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 7 pass from Layne (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Schnelker 8 pass from Layne (Michaels kick)
  • Philadelphia – Brown 42 run (Walston kick)

Week 13 (Sunday December 10, 1961): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 14 6 30
Redskins 0 7 0 7 14

at D.C. Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 21,134
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:


Week 14 (Sunday December 17, 1961): St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Cardinals 7 0 6 7 20

at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 16,298
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • St. Louis – Randle 3 pass from Etcheverry (Perry kick)
  • St. Louis – Stacy 25 fumble run (kick failed)
  • St. Louis – Crow 15 pass from Etcheverry (Perry kick)

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 3 1 .769 368 220 T-1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 .714 361 297 W-1
Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 .615 319 270 T-1
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 279 267 W-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 295 287 L-1
Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 .308 236 380 L-4
Washington Redskins 1 12 1 .077 174 392 W-1

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