List of Pittsburgh Steelers seasons

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For complete team history, see History of the Pittsburgh Steelers

This is a list of seasons completed by the Pittsburgh Steelers American football franchise in the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the franchise from its founding (as the Pirates) in 1933 to present. The list also includes postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches.

Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the American Football Conference (AFC); only seven clubs in the National Football Conference (NFC) have longer tenures in the NFL. The team struggled to be competitive in its early history, posting winning records in just eight of its first 39 seasons. Since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, however, it has appeared in eight Super Bowls and is the only team to have won the Super Bowl six times. The six championships place the Steelers fourth in the league in terms of total championships (including those prior to the first Super Bowl), trailing only the Green Bay Packers (13 championships), the Chicago Bears (9) and the New York Giants (8).[1] The club's 15 AFC Championship Game appearances are a record. In addition, they have hosted more conference championship games (11) than any franchise in either conference, and are tied with the Dallas Cowboys with eight appearance in the Super Bowl.

From 1974 to 1979 the franchise became the first NFL franchise to win four Super Bowl titles in six seasons, a feat which is yet to be matched. The 2005 team was the first sixth-seeded team to advance to a conference championship game since the playoff field was expanded to 12 teams in 1990; the same team also became the first sixth-seed to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers are 6–2 in Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, Super Bowl XIV, Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XLIII and losing Super Bowl XXX and Super Bowl XLV.

The team currently competes in the North division of the American Football Conference (AFC).

Key to color-coding of List of Seasons table
NFL Champions (1920–1969) Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth One-Game Playoff Berth
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results Awards
Finish Won Lost Ties Pct[1]
Pittsburgh Pirates
1933 1933 NFL East 5th 3 6 2 .364
1934 1934 NFL East 5th 2 10 0 .167
1935 1935 NFL East 3rd 4 8 0 .333
1936 1936 NFL East 2nd 6 6 0 .500
1937 1937 NFL East 3rd 4 7 0 .364
1938 1938 NFL East 5th 2 9 0 .182
1939 1939 NFL East 4th[T] 1 9 1 .136
Pittsburgh Steelers
1940 1940 NFL East 4th 2 7 2 .273
1941 1941 NFL East 5th 1 9 1 .136
1942 1942 NFL East 2nd 7 4 0 .636
Steagles[2]
1943 1943 NFL East 3rd 5 4 1 .550
Card-Pitt[3]
1944 1944 NFL East 5th 0 10 0 .000
Pittsburgh Steelers
1945 1945 NFL East 5th 2 8 0 .200
1946 1946 NFL East 3rd[T] 5 5 1 .500 Bill DudleyJoe F. Carr Trophy (MVP)
1947 1947 NFL East 2nd 8 4 0 .667 Lost Eastern Divisional Playoff (Eagles) 21–0
1948 1948 NFL East 3rd[T] 4 8 0 .333
1949 1949 NFL East 2nd 6 5 1 .542
1950 1950 NFL American 3rd[T] 6 6 0 .500
1951 1951 NFL American 4th 4 7 1 .375
1952 1952 NFL American 4th 5 7 0 .417
1953 1953 NFL Eastern 4th 6 6 0 .500
1954 1954 NFL Eastern 4th 5 7 0 .417
1955 1955 NFL Eastern 6th 4 8 0 .346
1956 1956 NFL Eastern 4th[T] 5 7 0 .500
1957 1957 NFL Eastern 3rd 6 6 0 .500
1958 1958 NFL Eastern 3rd 7 4 1 .625
1959 1959 NFL Eastern 4th 6 5 1 .542
1960 1960 NFL Eastern 5th 5 6 1 .458
1961 1961 NFL Eastern 5th 6 8 0 .429
1962 1962 NFL Eastern 2nd 9 5 0 .643 Lost Playoff Bowl (Lions) 17–10 exhibition gm[2]
1963 1963 NFL Eastern 4th 7 4 3 .607
1964 1964 NFL Eastern 6th 5 9 0 .357
1965 1965 NFL Eastern 7th 2 12 0 .143
1966 1966 NFL Eastern 6th 5 8 1 .393
1967 1967 NFL Eastern Century 4th 4 9 1 .321
1968 1968 NFL Eastern Century 4th 2 11 1 .179
1969 1969 NFL Eastern Century 4th 1 13 0 .071 Joe GreeneDefensive Rookie of the Year
1970 1970 NFL AFC Central 3rd 5 9 0 .357
1971 1971 NFL AFC Central 2nd 6 8 0 .429
1972 1972 NFL AFC Central 1st 11 3 0 .786 Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 13–7
Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 21–17
Chuck NollAFC Coach of the Year
Franco Harris Offensive Rookie of the Year
Joe GreeneDefensive Player of the Year
Franco HarrisAFC Offensive Rookie of the Year
1973 1973 NFL AFC Central 2nd 10 4 0 .714 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 33–14
1974 1974 NFL AFC Central 1st 10 3 1 .750 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 32–14
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 24–13
Won Super Bowl IX(1) (Vikings) 16–6
Jack LambertDefensive Rookie of the Year
Joe GreeneDefensive Player of the Year
Franco HarrisSuper Bowl MVP
1975 1975 NFL AFC Central 1st 12 2 0 .857 Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 28–10
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 16–10
Won Super Bowl X(2) (Cowboys) 21–17
Mel BlountDefensive Player of the Year
Lynn SwannSuper Bowl MVP
1976 1976 NFL AFC Central 1st 10 4 0 .714 Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 40–14
Lost Conference Championship (Raiders) 24–7
Jack LambertDefensive Player of the Year
Jack LambertAFC Defensive Player of the Year
1977 1977 NFL AFC Central 1st 9 5 0 .643 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 34–21
1978 1978 NFL AFC Central 1st 14 2 0 .875 Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 33–10
Won Conference Championship (Oilers) 34–5
Won Super Bowl XIII(3) (Cowboys) 35–31
Terry BradshawMVP
Terry BradshawSuper Bowl MVP
Terry BradshawBert Bell MVP
1979 1979 NFL AFC Central 1st 12 4 0 .750 Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 34–14
Won Conference Championship (Oilers) 27–13
Won Super Bowl XIV(4) (Rams) 31–19
Jack LambertAFC Defensive Player of the Year
Terry BradshawSuper Bowl MVP
1980 1980 NFL AFC Central 3rd 9 7 0 .563
1981 1981 NFL AFC Central 2nd 8 8 0 .500
1982 1982 NFL AFC Central 4th[T][3] 6 3 0 .667 Lost First Round (Chargers) 31–28
1983 1983 NFL AFC Central 1st 10 6 0 .625 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 38–10
1984 1984 NFL AFC Central 1st 9 7 0 .563 Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–17
Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 45–28
Louis LippsOffensive Rookie of the Year
John StallworthComeback Player of the Year
1985 1985 NFL AFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 .438
1986 1986 NFL AFC Central 3rd 6 10 0 .375
1987 1987 NFL AFC Central 3rd 8 7 0 .533
1988 1988 NFL AFC Central 4th 5 11 0 .313
1989 1989 NFL AFC Central 2nd 9 7 0 .563 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 26–23
Lost Divisional playoff (Broncos) 24–23
Chuck NollMaxwell Football Club Coach of the Year
1990 1990 NFL AFC Central 3rd 9 7 0 .563
1991 1991 NFL AFC Central 2nd 7 9 0 .438
1992 1992 NFL AFC Central 1st 11 5 0 .688 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 24–3 Bill CowherNFL Coach of the Year
Barry FosterAFC Offensive Player of the Year
1993 1993 NFL AFC Central 2nd 9 7 0 .563 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 27–24 (OT) Rod WoodsonDefensive Player of the Year
1994 1994 NFL AFC Central 1st 12 4 0 .750 Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 29–9
Lost Conference Championship (Chargers) 17–13
Greg LloydAFC Defensive Player of the Year
1995 1995 NFL AFC Central 1st 11 5 0 .688 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 40–21
Won Conference Championship (Colts) 20–16
Lost Super Bowl XXX (Cowboys) 27–17
1996 1996 NFL AFC Central 1st 10 6 0 .625 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 42–14
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 28–3
Jerome BettisComeback Player of the Year
1997 1997 NFL AFC Central 1st 11 5 0 .688 Won Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 7–6
Lost Conference Championship (Broncos) 24–21
1998 1998 NFL AFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 .438
1999 1999 NFL AFC Central 4th 6 10 0 .375
2000 2000 NFL AFC Central 3rd 9 7 0 .563
2001 2001 NFL AFC Central 1st 13 3 0 .813 Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 27–10
Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 24–17
Kendrell BellDefensive Rookie of the Year
2002 2002 NFL AFC North 1st 10 5 1 .656 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Browns) 36–33
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Titans) 34–31
Tommy MaddoxComeback Player of the Year
2003 2003 NFL AFC North 3rd 6 10 0 .375
2004 2004 NFL AFC North 1st 15 1 0 .938 Won Divisional Playoffs (Jets) 20–17
Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 41–27
Bill CowherSporting News Coach of the Year
Ben RoethlisbergerOffensive Rookie of the Year
2005 2005 NFL AFC North 2nd 11 5 0 .688 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 31–17
Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 21–18
Won Conference Championship (Broncos) 34–17
Won Super Bowl XL(5) (Seahawks) 21–10
Hines WardSuper Bowl MVP
2006 2006 NFL AFC North 3rd 8 8 0 .500
2007 2007 NFL AFC North 1st 10 6 0 .625 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jaguars) 31–29
2008 2008 NFL AFC North 1st 12 4 0 .750 Won Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 35–24
Won Conference Championship (Ravens) 23–14
Won Super Bowl XLIII(6) (Cardinals) 27–23
James HarrisonDefensive Player of the Year[4]
Santonio HolmesSuper Bowl MVP
Mike TomlinMotorola NFL Coach of the Year[5]
2009 2009 NFL AFC North 3rd 9 7 0 .563
2010 2010 NFL AFC North 1st 12 4 0 .750 Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 31–24
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 24–19
Lost Super Bowl XLV (Packers) 31–25
Troy PolamaluDefensive Player of the Year
2011 2011 NFL AFC North 2nd 12 4 0 .750 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 29–23 (OT)
2012 2012 NFL AFC North 3rd 8 8 0 .500
2013 2013 NFL AFC North 2nd 8 8 0 .500
Totals Regular Season:  569 519 20 .523 19332013, regular season only
Playoff:  33 21 0 .611 19332013, playoffs only
Overall:  602 540 20 .527 19332013, regular season and playoff games

Notes:

The Finish, Wins, Losses, Ties and Pct columns include only regular season results. Postseason results are shown only within the "Playoffs" column. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the table.
T Tied for this position with at least one other team
1 For the purposes of calculating winning percentage ties count as ½ win and ½ loss
2 The Playoff Bowl (a.k.a. Bert Bell Benefit Bowl) is regarded as an unofficial post-season exhibition for third place
3 Ranked by conference rather than division (strike shortened season).

References[edit]

"Pittsburgh Steelers Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 

  1. ^ "NFL Record and Fact Book – Team Records: Championships". NFL.com. 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "1943 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "1944 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (5 January 2009). "Harrison has death grip on defensive award". ESPN.com. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  5. ^ NFL (29 January 2009). "Steelers' Tomlin voted 2008 Motorola Coach of the Year". Retrieved 30 January 2009.