1961 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

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1961 St. Louis Cardinals season
Head coach Chuck Drulis, Ray Prochaska,
Ray Willsey, and Pop Ivy
Home field Sportsman's Park
Results
Record 7–7
Division place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1960 1962 >

The 1961 St. Louis Cardinals season was the 42nd season the team was in the National Football League (NFL) and their second in St. Louis. The team improved on their previous output of 6–5–1, winning seven games.[1] Despite the improvement, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. During the season, the Cardinals were coached by Pop Ivy, who was replaced after a 5–7 start by the tandem of Chuck Drulis, Ray Prochaska, and Ray Willsey.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1961 at New York Giants W 21–10
58,059
2 September 24, 1961 at Cleveland Browns L 20–17
50,443
3 October 1, 1961 at Philadelphia Eagles W 30–27
59,399
4 October 8, 1961 New York Giants L 24–9
23,713
5 October 15, 1961 Philadelphia Eagles L 20–7
20,262
6 October 22, 1961 at Washington Redskins W 24–0
28,037
7 October 29, 1961 Cleveland Browns L 21–10
26,696
8 November 5, 1961 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–17
20,500
9 November 12, 1961 Detroit Lions L 45–14
20,320
10 November 19, 1961 at Baltimore Colts L 16–0
56,112
11 November 26, 1961 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 30–27
17,090
12 December 3, 1961 Washington Redskins W 38–24
16,204
13 December 10, 1961 Dallas Cowboys W 31–13
15,384
14 December 17, 1961 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–0
16,298

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 3 1 .769 9–2–1 368 220 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 .714 8–4 361 297 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 .615 8–3–1 319 270 T1
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 7–5 279 267 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 295 287 L1
Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 .308 2–9–1 236 380 L4
Washington Redskins 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 174 392 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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