1959 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1959 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Buddy Parker
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 6–5–1
Division place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 September 26, 1959 Cleveland Browns W 17–7
2 October 4, 1959 Washington Redskins L 23–17
3 October 11, 1959 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24
4 October 18, 1959 at Washington Redskins W 27–6
5 October 25, 1959 at New York Giants L 21–16
6 November 1, 1959 at Chicago Cardinals L 45–24
7 November 8, 1959 Detroit Lions T 10–10
8 November 15, 1959 at New York Giants W 14–9
9 November 22, 1959 at Cleveland Browns W 21–20
10 November 29, 1959 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–0
11 December 6, 1959 at Chicago Bears L 27–21
12 December 13, 1959 Chicago Cardinals W 35–20

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Saturday September 26, 1959): Cleveland Browns[edit]

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 33,844
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

Week 2 (Sunday October 4, 1959): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 6 14 0 23
Steelers 0 0 10 7 17

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 26,750
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Washington – FG Baker 25 WSH 3–0
  • Washington – FG Baker 47 WSH 3–0
  • Washington – FG Baker 48 WSH 9–0
  • Washington – Anderson 70 pass from Gugliemi (Baker kick) WSH 16–0
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 32 WSH 16–3
  • Washington – Walton 26 pass from Gugliemi (Baker kick)WSH 23–3
  • Pittsburgh – Brewster 30 pass from Layne (Bobby WSH 23-10 NEKICK)
  • Pittsburgh – Krutko 2 run (Layne kick)WSH 23–17

Week 3 (Sunday October 11, 1959): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 7 7 24
Eagles 7 7 7 7 28

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 27,343
  • Referee: Bud Brubaker
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Layne 10 run (Layne kick)
  • Philadelphia – Barnes 3 run (Walston kick)
  • Philadelphia – Powell 58 punt return (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 12
  • Philadelphia – Van Brocklin 1 run (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 11 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Philadelphia – McDonald 18 pass from Van Brocklin (Walston kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Orr 17 pass from Layne (Layne kick)

Week 4 (Sunday October 18, 1959): Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 7 0 6 27
Redskins 6 0 0 0 6

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 28,218
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Krutko 1 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Tarasovic 38 fumble run (Layne kick)
  • Washington – FG Baker 30
  • Washington – FG Baker 39
  • Pittsburgh – Krutko 4 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 23
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 22

Week 5 (Sunday October 25, 1959): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 14 0 0 7 21
Steelers 10 0 3 3 16

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 33,596
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 37
  • New York Giants – Gifford 77 pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • New York Giants – Gifford 28 pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 35 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 19
  • New York Giants – Huff 5 fumble run (Summerall kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 17

Week 6 (Sunday November 1, 1959): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 7 7 24
Cardinals 14 21 0 10 45

at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance:
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Week 7 (Sunday November 8, 1959): Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 0 0 3 10
Steelers 0 0 3 7 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 24,614
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Detroit – Rote 1 run (Perry kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Layne 29
  • Detroit – FG Martin 27
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 20 pass from Layne (Layne kick)

Week 8 (Sunday November 15, 1959): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 7 14
Giants 0 6 3 0 9

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 66,786
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • New York Giants – FG Summerall 21
  • New York Giants – FG Summerall 27
  • Pittsburgh – Orr 4 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • New York Giants – FG Summerall 29
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 45 pass from Layne (Layne kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 22, 1959): Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 7 21
Browns 0 6 0 14 20

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,563
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 4 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 1 run (Layne kick)
  • Cleveland – Renfro 30 pass from Plum (kick failed)
  • Cleveland – Renfro 28 pass from Plum (Groza kick)
  • Cleveland – Renfro 70 pass from Plum (Groza kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Nagler 17 pass from Layne (Layne kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 29, 1959): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 3 7 7 14 31

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 22,191
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

Week 11 (Sunday December 5, 1959): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 6 14 7 0 27
Steelers 0 7 7 7 21

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 41,476
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Chicago Bears – Casares 3 run (kick failed)
  • Chicago Bears – Casares 1 run (Aveni kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Casares 1 run (Aveni kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 2 run (Layne kick)
  • Chicago Bears – Casares 1 run (Aveni kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Krutko 7 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 25 pass from Layne (Layne kick)

Week 12 (Sunday December 12, 1959): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 0 7 7 20
Steelers 0 28 7 0 35

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 19,011
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

Scoring drives:

  • Chicago Cardinals – FG Conrad 37
  • Chicago Cardinals – FG Conrad 20
  • Pittsburgh – Layne 9 run (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 35 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Dial 11 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Tracy 16 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Conrad 21 pass from Hill (Conrad kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Orr 16 pass from Layne (Layne kick)
  • Chicago Cardinals – Crow 7 pass from Hill (Conrad kick)

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]