1956 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1956 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Walt Kiesling
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 5–7
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 September 30, 1956 Washington Redskins W 30–13
2 October 6, 1956 Cleveland Browns L 14–10
3 October 14, 1956 Philadelphia Eagles L 35–21
4 October 21, 1956 at New York Giants L 38–10
5 October 28, 1956 at Cleveland Browns W 24–16
6 November 4, 1956 New York Giants L 17–14
7 November 11, 1956 at Philadelphia Eagles L 14–7
8 November 18, 1956 Chicago Cardinals W 14–7
9 November 25, 1956 at Chicago Cardinals L 38–27
10 December 2, 1956 Los Angeles Rams W 30–13
11 December 9, 1956 at Detroit Lions L 45–7
12 December 16, 1956 at Washington Redskins W 23–0

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 30, 1956): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 6 0 7 13
Steelers 7 7 9 7 30

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 27,718
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

Week 2 (Saturday October 6, 1956): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 0 10 0 0 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 35,398
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Cleveland – Ratterman 1 run (Groza kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Glick 30
  • Pittsburgh – Chandnois 1 run (Glik kick)
  • Cleveland – Modzelewski 13 run (Groza kick)

Week 3 (Sunday October 14, 1956): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 21 0 7 35
Steelers 0 0 7 14 21

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 31,375
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Philadelphia – Schaefer 1 run (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Walston 51 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Bell 28 interception (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Bredice 40 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Perry 15 pass from Marchibroda (Glick kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 64 pass from Marchibroda (Glick kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 20 pass from Marchibroda (Glick kick)
  • Philadelphia – Keller 51 run (Walston kick)

Week 4 (Sunday October 21, 1956): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 0 7 10
Giants 0 17 14 7 38

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,108
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Glick 35
  • New York Giants – MacAfee 14 pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick)
  • New York Giants – Webster 21 pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick)
  • New York Giants – FG Agajanian 14
  • New York Giants – Gifford 1 run (Agajanian kick)
  • New York Giants – Rote 19 pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 14 pass from Marchibroda (Glick kick)
  • New York Giants – Filpski 35 run (Agajanian kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 28, 1956): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 21 0 3 24
Browns 13 0 0 3 16

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,358
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

Week 6 (Sunday November 4, 1956): New York Giants[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 31,240
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday November 11, 1956): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

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

at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 22,652
  • Referee: Jack Glascott
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Marchibroda 1 run (Glick kick)
  • Philadelphia – Burnine 35 pass from Thomason (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Keller 1 run (Walston kick)

Week 8 (Sunday November 18, 1956): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 24,086
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Rogel 13 run (Glick kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Butler 6 fumble run (Glick kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Matson 45 pass from McHan (Summerall kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 25, 1956): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 20 27
Cardinals 7 17 7 7 38

at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 17,724
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Chicago Cardinals – Root 3 run (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 29 pass from Marchibroda (Watson kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Matson 1 run (Summerall kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – FG Summerall 27
  • Chicago Cardinals – Matson 79 run (Summerall kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Childress 34 pass from Root (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Ford 3 run (Watson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 4 pass from Marchibroda (kick failed)
  • Chicago Cardinals – McHan 1 run (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Ford 4 run (Watson kick)

Week 10 (Sunday December 2, 1956): Los Angeles Rams[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,540
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Los Angeles – McFadin 21 fumble run (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 22 pass from Scarbath (Watson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Watson 16
  • Los Angeles – Boyd 61 pass from Wade (Richter kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mathews 6 pass from Marchibroda (Watson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Rogel 1 run (Watson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nickel 47 pass from Scarbath (kick failed)

Week 11 (Sunday December 9, 1956): Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Lions 14 24 7 0 45

at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,124
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Detroit – Hart 20 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Detroit – Gedman 5 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Watson 1 run (Watson kick)
  • Detroit – Lary 73 interception (Layne kick)
  • Detroit – Christiansen 66 punt return (Layne kick)
  • Detroit – Christiansen 66 punt return (Layne kick)
  • Detroit – FG Layne 13
  • Detroit – Reichow 41 pass from Gilmer (Layne kick)

Week 12 (Sunday December 16, 1956): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 16 23
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,086
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 3 1 .727 7–3 264 197 W1
Chicago Cardinals 7 5 0 .583 7–3 240 182 W1
Washington Redskins 6 6 0 .500 5–5 183 225 L2
Cleveland Browns 5 7 0 .417 4–6 167 177 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 4–6 167 177 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 8 1 .273 3–7 143 215 L3

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

References[edit]