1959 Chicago Cardinals season

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1959 Chicago Cardinals season
Head coach Pop Ivy
Owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner
Home field Soldier Field &
Metropolitan Stadium
(Bloomington, Minnesota)
Results
Record 2–10
Division place 6th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1959 Chicago Cardinals season was the team's 40th and final season in Chicago. The Cardinals opened the season with a 49–21 home win over the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field, but finished with a record of two wins and ten losses, last place in the Eastern Conference. They tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the worst record in the 12-team league.[1]

Their final home game in Chicago was on November 29, a 31–7 loss to the cross-town rival Bears at Soldier Field.[2] The home games of October 25 and November 22, both losses, were played in Minnesota at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington,[3][4] the future home of the expansion Minnesota Vikings, starting two years later in 1961.

In March 1960, the Chicago Cardinals relocated to St. Louis and became the St. Louis Cardinals,[5][6][7] bringing the NFL back to Missouri.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 27 Washington Redskins W 49–21 1–0 Soldier Field
21,892
2 October 4 Cleveland Browns L 34–7 1–1 Soldier Field
19,935
3 October 11 at Washington Redskins L 23–14 1–2 Griffith Stadium
25,937
4 October 18 at Cleveland Browns L 17–7 1–3 Cleveland Stadium
46,422
5 October 25 Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24 1–4 Metropolitan Stadium
20,112
6 November 1 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–24 2–4 Soldier Field
23,187
7 November 8 at New York Giants L 9–3 2–5 Yankee Stadium
56,779
8 November 15 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–17 2–6 Franklin Field
28,887
9 November 22 New York Giants L 30–20 2–7 Metropolitan Stadium
26,625
10 November 29 Chicago Bears L 31–7 2–8 Soldier Field
48,687
11 December 6 at Detroit Lions L 45–21 2–9 Briggs Stadium
45,811
12 December 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–20 2–10 Forbes Field
19,011

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 2 0 .833 8–2 284 170 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 7 5 0 .583 6–4 268 278 L1
Cleveland Browns 7 5 0 .583 6–4 270 214 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 1 .545 6–4 257 216 W1
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 2–8 185 350 L5
Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 .167 2–8 234 324 L6

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL standings: final". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 14, 1959. p. 4, part 2. 
  2. ^ "Bears stay alive with 31-7 win". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. November 20, 1959. p. 2, part 2. 
  3. ^ "Cardinals blow lead, lose to Philadelphia". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. October 26, 1959. p. 14, part 2. 
  4. ^ "Giants beat Cards, take Eastern lead". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 23, 1959. p. 18, part 2. 
  5. ^ "National Football League's Cards to move to St. Louis". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. March 14, 1960. p. 8. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Cardinals to move to St. Louis this season". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 14, 1960. p. 11. 
  7. ^ "St. Louis-bound Cardinals Chicago's oldest grid pros". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Chicago Tribune press service. March 15, 1960. p. 11.