1971 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1971 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 6–8
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros none
Team MVP Andy Russell
Timeline
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< 1970 1972 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1971 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Arthur J. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely
  • Ticket Manager – Joseph H. Carr
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Office Manager – Terrence Jacobs
  • Ticket Office Assistant – Arthur Laughlin
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bill Nunn

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Line – Walter Hackett
  • Defensive Backfield – Charlie Sumner


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength Coach – Louis Riecke
  • Team Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. John Best
  • Team Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Team Dentist – Dr. Robert Gray
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi, Jack Hart

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Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Coming Soon!

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 19, 1971 at Chicago Bears L 17–15
2 September 26, 1971 Cincinnati Bengals W 21–10
3 October 3, 1971 San Diego Chargers W 21–17
4 October 10, 1971 at Cleveland Browns L 27–17
5 October 18, 1971 at Kansas City Chiefs L 38–16
6 October 24, 1971 Houston Oilers W 23–16
7 October 31, 1971 at Baltimore Colts L 34–21
8 November 7, 1971 Cleveland Browns W 26–9
9 November 14, 1971 at Miami Dolphins L 24–21
10 November 21, 1971 New York Giants W 17–13
11 November 28, 1971 Denver Broncos L 22–10
12 December 5, 1971 at Houston Oilers L 29–3
13 December 12, 1971 at Cincinnati Bengals W 21–13
14 December 19, 1971 Los Angeles Rams L 23–14

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 19, 1971): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 6 3 15
Bears 0 3 14 0 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 55,049
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Pearson fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)6–0
  • Chicago – FG Percival 33 6–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 9–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 29 12–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 42 15–3
  • Chicago – Brupbacher 30 fumble return (Percival kick)15–10
  • Chicago – Farmer 8 pass from Nix (Percival kick)17–15

Week 2 (Sunday September 26, 1971): Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 0 7 0 10
Steelers 7 0 7 7 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,448
  • Referee: Norm Schachter
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – FG Muhlmann 33 3–0
  • Pittsburgh – Smity 16 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)7–3
  • Cincinnati – Parrish 14 fumble return (Muhlmann kick)10–7
  • Pittsburgh – Staggers 67 punt return (Gerela kick)14–10
  • Pittsburgh – Pearson 13 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)21–10

Week 3 (Sunday October 3, 1971): San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 7 0 17
Steelers 7 0 7 7 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 44,339
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • San Diego – FG Partee 21 3–0
  • Pittsburgh – Fuqua 5 run (Gerela kick)7–3
  • San Diego – Parks 16 pass from Hadl (Partee kick)10–7
  • Pittsburgh – Fuqua 1 run (Gerela kick)14–10
  • San Diego – Garrett 4 run (Partee kick)17–14
  • Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 5 run (Gerela kick)21–17

Week 4 (Sunday October 10, 1971): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 3 7 17
Browns 10 10 0 7 27

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 83,391
  • Referee: Jack Vest
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – FG Cockroft 25 3–0
  • Cleveland – Morin 19 pass from Nelsen (Cockroft kick)10–0
  • Cleveland – Scott 18 run (Cockroft kick)17–0
  • Pittsburgh – D. Smith 22 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)17–7
  • Cleveland – FG Cockroft 20 20–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 33 20–10
  • Pittsburgh – Shanklin 11 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)20–17
  • Cleveland – Kelly 7 run (Cockroft kick)27–17

Week 5 (Monday October 18, 1971): Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 9 0 0 7 16
Chiefs 0 28 0 10 38

at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 3–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 40 6–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 35 9–0
  • Kansas City – Taylor 5 pass from Dawson (Stenerud kick)9–7
  • Kansas City – Taylor 27 pass from Dawson (Stenerud kick)14–9
  • Kansas City – Wright 5 pass from Dawson (Stenerud kick) 21–9
  • Kansas City – Podolak 1 run (Stenerud kick)28–9
  • Kansas City – FG Stenerud 11 31–9
  • Pittsburgh – Fuqua 1 run (Gerela kick)31–16
  • Kansas City – Thomas 32 interception return (Stenerud kick)38–16

Week 6 (Sunday October 24, 1971): Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 3 6 0 16
Steelers 3 3 3 14 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 45,872
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston – Dawkins 1 run (Moseley kick)7–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 28 3–7
  • Houston – FG Moseley 24 3–10* Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 22 6–10 Houston – Dawkins 1 run (kick failed) 6–16
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 9–16
  • Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 1 run (Gerela kick)16–16
  • Pittsburgh – Fuqua 30 run (Gerela kick)23–16

Week 7 (Sunday October 31, 1971): Baltimore Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 7 7 21
Colts 7 20 7 0 34

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Game time:
  • Game weather: 60,238
  • Game attendance:
  • Referee: Jack Reader
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Baltimore – Bulaich 1 run (O'Brien kick)7–0
  • Baltimore – FG O'Brien 20 10–0
  • Baltimore – FG O'Brien 9 13–0
  • Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 3 run (Gerela kick)13–7
  • Baltimore – Richardson 19 pass from Morrall (O'Brien kick)20–7
  • Baltimore – Richardson 49 pass from Morrall (O'Brien kick)27–7
  • Baltimore – Perkins 60 pass from Morrall (O'Brien kick)34–7
  • Pittsburgh – Shanklin 31 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)34–14
  • Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 1 run (Gerela kick)34–21

Week 8 (Sunday November 7, 1971): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 2 7 0 9
Steelers 10 6 0 10 26

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,202
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 45 3–0
  • Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 1 run (Gerela kick)10–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 23 13–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 17 16–0
  • Cleveland – Safety, Houston tackled Walden in end zone 16–2
  • Cleveland – Scott 1 run (Cockroft kick)16–9
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 13 19–9
  • Pittsburgh – Smith 40 pass from Hanratty (Gerela kick)26–9

Week 9 (Sunday November 14, 1971): Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 7 0 0 21
Dolphins 3 14 7 0 24

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 66,435
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 21, 1971): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 6 0 0 13
Steelers 3 7 7 0 17

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,008
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • New York Giants – Houston 26 pass from Tarkenton (Gogolak kick)7–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 25 7–3
  • New York Giants – FG Gogolak 25 10–3
  • Pittsburgh – Rowser 70 interception return (Gerela kick)10–10
  • New York Giants – FG Gogolak 29 13–10
  • Pittsburgh – Shanklin 4 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)17–13

Week 11 (Sunday November 28, 1971): Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 10 0 12 22
Steelers 0 0 10 0 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 39,710
  • Referee: Tommy Bell
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Denver – Little 3 run (J. Turner kick)7–0
  • Denver – FG J. Turner 32 10–0
  • Pittsburgh – Pearson 8 pass from Hanratty (Gerela kick) 10–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 19 10–10
  • Denver – Little 16 run (Turner kick) 17–10
  • Denver – Safety, Lynch tackled Walden in end zone 19–10
  • Denver – FG J. Turner 12 22–10

Week 12 (Sunday December 5, 1971): Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Oilers 16 6 0 7 29

at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 37,778
  • Referee: Fred Swearingen
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston – Reed 27 pass from Pastorini (Moseley kick)7–0
  • Houston – FG Moseley 25 10–0
  • Houston – Campbell 8 run (kick blocked) 16–0
  • Houston – FG Moseley 37 19–0
  • Houston – FG Moseley 25 22–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 15 22–3
  • Houston – Holmes 4 run (Moselely kick)29–3

Week 13 (Sunday December 12, 1971): Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 14 0 21
Bengals 0 7 6 0 13

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 60,022
  • Referee: Jack Vest
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Hanratty 3 run (Gerela kick)7–0
  • Cincinnati – Coslet 43 pass from Carter (Muhlmann kick)7–7
  • Cincinnati – FG Muhlmann 22 10–7
  • Cincinnati – FG Muhlmann 18 13–7
  • Pittsburgh – Fuqua 40 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)14–13
  • Pittsburgh – Shanklin 5 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)21–13

Week 14 (Sunday December 19, 1971): Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 13 3 7 0 23
Steelers 0 7 7 0 14

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 45,233
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Los Angeles – FG Ray 15 3–0
  • Los Angeles – FG Ray 15 6–0
  • Los Angeles – Snow 20 pass from Gabriel (Ray kick)13–0
  • Pittsburgh – L. Brown 3 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)13–7
  • Los Angeles – FG Ray 15 16–7
  • Pittsburgh – Shanklin 2 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)16–14
  • Los Angeles – L. Smith 1 run (Ray kick)23–14

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 285 273
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 246 292
Houston Oilers 4 9 1 .308 251 330
Cincinnati Bengals 4 10 0 .286 284 265

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1971 Pittsburgh Steelers Preseason Prospectus.