1963 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1963 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Buddy Parker
Home field Forbes Field (four games)
Pitt Stadium (three games)
Results
Record 7–4–3
Division place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1962 1964

The 1963 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 31st in the National Football League. The Steelers won seven games, and lost four, with three games ending in a tie. As a result, the Steelers finished in fourth place in the NFL Eastern Conference. It was also their final season of splitting home games between Forbes Field and Pitt Stadium before moving all of their home games to the latter for the next six seasons..

For the first time in 1963, the Steelers wore their trademark black helmets with their logo on one side of the helmet. They had used the logo previously on yellow helmets, but 1963 was the first season in which their now-signature look was used full-time in the regular season.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 September 15, 1963 at Philadelphia Eagles T 21–21
2 September 22, 1963 New York Giants W 31–0
3 September 29, 1963 St. Louis Cardinals W 23–10
4 October 5, 1963 at Cleveland Browns L 35–23
5 October 13, 1963 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–23
6 October 20, 1963 Washington Redskins W 38–27
7 October 27, 1963 Dallas Cowboys W 27–21
8 November 3, 1963 at Green Bay Packers L 33–14
9 November 10, 1963 Cleveland Browns W 9–7
10 November 17, 1963 at Washington Redskins W 34–28
11 November 24, 1963 Chicago Bears T 17–17
12 December 1, 1963 Philadelphia Eagles T 20–20
13 December 8, 1963 at Dallas Cowboys W 24–19
14 December 15, 1963 at New York Giants L 33–17

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 15, 1963): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 0 15 21
Eagles 7 0 7 7 21

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,205
  • Referee: Bill Downes
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Philadelphia – McDonald 13 pass from Jurgensen (Clark kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 38
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 50
  • Philadelphia – Smith 6 pass from Jurgensen (Clark kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 17
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 1 run (kick failed)
  • Philadelphia – McDonald 75 pass from Jurgensen (Clark kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 11 pass from Brown (kick failed)

Week 2 (Sunday September 22, 1963): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 0 10 0 21 31

at Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 46,068
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday September 29, 1963): St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 3 0 10
Steelers 3 3 0 17 23

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 28,225
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Saturday October 5, 1963): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 17 3 0 23
Browns 7 7 7 21 42

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 84,684
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 5 (Sunday October 13, 1963): St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 17 3 0 23
Cardinals 3 0 7 14 24

at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 23,715
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday October 20, 1963): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 14 7 3 27
Steelers 7 10 7 14 38

at Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 41,987
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Week 7 (Sunday October 27, 1963): Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 7 0 21
Steelers 0 6 7 0 13

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 19,047
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Dallas – Clarke 5 pass from Meredith (Baker kick)
  • Dallas – Folkins 35 pass from Meredith (Baker kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 83 pass from Browns (kick failed)
  • Dallas – Howton 13 pass from Meredith (Baker kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 25 pass from Brown (Tracy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 14 pass from Brown (Tracy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mack 85 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)

Week 8 (Sunday November 3, 1963): Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14
Packers 3 6 14 10 33

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance:
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Hoak 2 run (Michaels kick)
  • Green Bay – FG Kramer 23
  • Green Bay – FG Kramer 36
  • Green Bay – FG Kramer 12
  • Green Bay – Taylor 1 run (Kramer kick)
  • Green Bay – Pitts 2 run (Kramer kick)
  • Green Bay – FG Kramer 37
  • Pittsburgh – Mack 33 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • Green Bay – Pitts 1 run (Kramer kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 10, 1963): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 0 0 2 7 9

at Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 54,497
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 17, 1963): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 10 10 34
Redskins 7 7 0 14 28

at D.C. Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 42,219
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 11 (Sunday November 24, 1963): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 0 3 17
Steelers 0 14 0 3 17

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 36,465
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago – Galimore 1 run (Jencks kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hoak 6 run (Michaels kick)
  • Chicago – Bull 1 run (Jencks kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Curry 31 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 11
  • Chicago – FG Leclerc 18

Week 12 (Sunday December 1, 1963): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 14 3 3 20
Steelers 0 3 0 17 20

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,721
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 10
  • Philadelphia – Retzlaff 24 pass from Hill (Clark kick)
  • Philadelphia – Brown 14 run (Clark kick)
  • Philadelphia – FG Clark 23
  • Pittsburgh – Ballman 57 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • Philadelphia – FG Clark 40
  • Pittsburgh – Ballman 8 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 24

Week 13 (Sunday December 8, 1963): Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 0 7 24
Cowboys 9 0 10 0 19

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 24,136
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Dallas – FG Baker 53
  • Dallas – Meredith 2 run (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 55 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Carpenter 28 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 24
  • Dallas – FG Baker 46
  • Dallas – Meredith 4 run (Baker kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Sapp 24 run (Michaels kick)

Week 14 (December 15, 1963): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 14 0 17
Giants 9 7 14 3 33

at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 63,240
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • New York Giants – FG Chandler 34
  • New York Giants – Shotner 41 pass from Tittle (kick failed)
  • New York Giants – Morrison 3 pass from Tittle (Chandler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Michaels 27
  • Pittsburgh – Ballman 21 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • New York Giants – Morrison 22 pass from Tittle (Chandler kick)
  • New York Giants – Morrison 1 run (Chandler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 40 pass from Brown (Michaels kick)
  • New York Giants – FG Chandler 41

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 11 3 0 .786 448 280 W-3
Cleveland Browns 10 4 0 .714 343 262 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 9 5 0 .643 341 283 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 3 .636 321 295 L-1
Dallas Cowboys 4 10 0 .286 305 378 W-1
Washington Redskins 3 11 0 .214 279 398 L-3
Philadelphia Eagles 2 10 2 .167 242 381 L-2

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