1951 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1951 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach John Michelosen
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 4–7–1
Division place 4th NFL American
Playoff finish did not qualify

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 October 1, 1951 New York Giants T 13–13
2 October 7, 1951 at Green Bay Packers L 33–35
3 October 14, 1951 San Francisco 49ers L 24–28
4 October 21, 1951 at Cleveland Browns L 0–17
5 October 28, 1951 at Chicago Cardinals W 28–14
6 November 4, 1951 Philadelphia Eagles L 13–34
7 November 11, 1951 Green Bay Packers W 28–7
8 November 18, 1951 Washington Redskins L 7–22
9 November 25, 1951 at Philadelphia Eagles W 17–13
10 December 2, 1951 at New York Giants L 0–14
11 December 9, 1951 Cleveland Browns L 0–28
12 December 16, 1951 at Washington Redskins W 20–10

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Monday October 1, 1951): New York Giants[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 27,984
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 31
  • New York Giants – FG Poole 11
  • New York Giants – Scott 56 pass from Tidwell (Poole kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Geri 1 run (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 26
  • New York Giants – FG Poole 21

Week 2 (Sunday October 7, 1951): Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 23 10 0 33
Packers 21 7 0 7 35

at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 8,324
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Green Bay – Grimes 18 run (Cone kick)
  • Green Bay – Mann 40 pass from Rote (Cone kick)
  • Green Bay – Pelfrey 20 pass from Thomason (Cone kick)
  • Green Bay – Rote 1 run (Cone kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 33 pass from Ortmann (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 2 run (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Rogel 1 run (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Cloud tackled by Mehelich in end zone
  • Pittsburgh – Finks 25 interception (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 26
  • Green Bay – Mann 16 pass from Rote (Cone kick)

Week 3 (Sunday October 14, 1951): San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 21 0 28
Steelers 0 10 0 14 24

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 27,307
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

'Scoring drives:

  • San Francisco – Cason 65 interception (Soltau kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 77 pass from Geri (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 16
  • San Francisco – Monachino 7 run (Soltau kick)
  • San Francisco – Perry 4 pass from Albert (Soltau kick)
  • San Francisco – Schabarum 8 run (Soltau kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 8 pass from Mathews (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 22 pass from Mathews (Geri kick)

Week 4 (Sunday October 21, 1951): Cleveland Browns[edit]

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

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 32,409
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Cleveland – Gillom 38 fumble run (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Groza 25
  • Cleveland – Lahr 27 interception (Groza kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 28, 1951): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 21 28
Cardinals 0 0 14 0 14

at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 14,773
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Jansante 46 pass from Geri (Geri kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Cross 1 run (Patton kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Cross 7 run (Patton kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Geri 49 pass from Chandnois (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 33 pass from Ortmann (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Butler 52 interception (Geri run)

Week 6 (Sunday November 4, 1951): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 14 13 7 34
Steelers 3 7 3 0 13

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 19,649
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 22
  • Pittsburgh – Shipkey 20 interception (Geri kick)
  • Philadelphia – Walston 26 pass from Burk (Waltson kick)
  • Philadelphia – Pihos 12 pass from Burk (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 40
  • Philadelphia – S. Van Buren 2 run (kick failed)
  • Philadelphia – Cowhig 25 fumble run (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Sandifer 30 pass from Burk (Walston kick)

Week 7 (Sunday November 11, 1951): Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 0 7 7
Steelers 14 7 0 7 28

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,080
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 13 run (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nuzum 3 run (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Geri 3 run (Geri kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Minarik 35 pass from Chandnois (Geri kick)
  • Green Bay – Mann 20 pass from Rote (Cone kick)

Week 8 (Sunday November 18, 1951): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 6 3 13 22
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,060
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Washington – Goode 2 run (kick blocked)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 68 punt return (Geri kick)
  • Washington – FG Dudley 30
  • Washington – FG Dudley 37
  • Washington – FG Dudley 37
  • Washington – Goode 10 run (Dudley kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 25, 1951): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 7 0 0 17
Eagles 0 6 0 7 13

at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,537
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Geri 24
  • Pittsburgh – Rogel 1 run (Geri kick)
  • Philadelphia – Pihos 16 pass from Burk (kick blocked)
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 37 pass from Ortmann (Geri kick)
  • Philadelphia – Parmer 15 run (Walston kick)

Week 10 (Sunday December 2, 1951): New York Giants[edit]

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

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 19,196
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • New York Giants – Landry 9 fumble run (Poole kick)
  • New York Giants – Schnellbacher 46 interception (Poole kick)

Week 11 (Sunday December 9, 1951): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 21 0 7 28
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 24,229
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Cleveland – Carpenter 24 run (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – Motley 8 run (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – Lavelli 7 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – Taseff 3 run (Groza kick)

Week 13 (Sunday December 16, 1951): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 20 20
Redskins 3 7 0 0 10

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 18,969
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

Standings[edit]

NFL American Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 1 0 .917 9–0 331 152 W11
New York Giants 9 2 1 .818 7–2–1 254 161 W4
Washington Redskins 5 7 0 .417 4–5 183 296 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 7 1 .364 3–5–1 183 235 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 4 8 0 .333 3–6 234 264 L2
Chicago Cardinals 3 9 0 .250 0–8 210 287 W1

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

References[edit]